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WASHINGTON, Sept 27- The U.S. government braced on Friday for the possibility of a partial shutdown of operations on Oct. 1 as Congress struggled to pass an emergency spending bill that Republicans want to use to achieve Tea Party- backed goals, such as defunding the new healthcare reform law.
*Both Democrats and Republicans skeptical on Iran. *Iran seeks "consistent voice" from Washington. WASHINGTON, Sept 25- After balking at President Barack Obama's plan to attack Syria, the U.S. Congress is also stirring in opposition to his latest foreign policy goal: an effort to improve relations with Iran.
*Iran seeks' consistent voice "from Washington. WASHINGTON, Sept 25- After balking at President Barack Obama's plan to attack Syria, the U.S. Congress is also stirring in opposition to his latest foreign policy goal: an effort to improve relations with Iran.
Senator Ted Cruz, a renegade Tea Party favorite, took his fight to defund President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul to the Senate floor on Tuesday, but most of his Republican colleagues refused to join him.
WASHINGTON, Sept 24- There are signs that the conservative Tea Party movement has pushed other Republicans in the U.S. Congress too far and that a counter-revolt may be brewing.
WASHINGTON, Sept 24- U.S. Senate Republicans on Tuesday appeared to fall in line with their leaders who want to pass an emergency spending bill by Sept. 30 and avoid government shutdowns, even if it means failing in a drive to destroy "Obamacare."
*Vladimir Putin presses U.S. Congress over Syria. LONDON, Sept 4- Gold fell nearly two percent on Wednesday, as investors cashed in ahead of a crucial non-farm report that will give clues on the timing for the Federal Reserve's tapering, and on speculation a U.S. strike on Syria was not imminent.
*Uncertainty on Syria supports safety bid for dollar. The dollar, which hit more than one-month highs against the euro and the yen, was also favored for its status as a safe-haven amid ongoing uncertainty on whether the United States will conduct a military strike against Syria.
Sen. John McCain, (R-AZ), explains why any military strike against Syria must take out Syrian President Bashar Assad's command and control capability, and "get the right weapons to the right people" and "turn this situation around."
WASHINGTON, Aug 27- President Barack Obama will likely have to contend with Democratic defections and bring some Republicans on board to support Lawrence Summers if he chooses the controversial former Treasury secretary as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.
*Security Council calls for "clarity" over alleged attack. BEIRUT/ AMMAN, Aug 22- Syria's opposition demanded on Thursday that United Nations chemical weapons inspectors immediately investigate a besieged rebel-held region hit by an alleged chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of people a day earlier.
BEIRUT/ AMMAN, Aug 22- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces bombarded rebel-held suburbs of Damascus on Thursday, activists said, keeping up pressure on the besieged region a day after the opposition accused the army of gassing hundreds in a chemical weapons attack.
CAIRO, Aug 21- Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak will leave jail as early as Thursday after a court ruling that jolted a divided nation already in turmoil seven weeks after the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. Two groups of activists have already called for sit-ins in Cairo to protest against his expected release.
BEIRUT/ AMMAN, Aug 21- Syria's opposition accused government forces of gassing hundreds of people on Wednesday by firing rockets that released deadly fumes over rebel-held Damascus suburbs, killing men, women and children as they slept.
The United States is unlikely to make significant cuts in assistance to Egypt, despite calls from Congress to do so and a Cabinet-level meeting this week.
CAIRO, Aug 21- Deposed Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak will leave jail as early as Thursday after a court ruling that jolted a divided nation already in turmoil seven weeks after the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.
*But punishing Egypt could be counter-productive. PARIS, Aug 15- Having failed to dissuade Egypt's military-dominated rulers from launching a bloody crackdown on supporters of an ousted Islamist president, Western governments are venting condemnation and groping for ways to influence the outcome.
*Obama proposes winding down Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac. The core of Obama's proposal involves winding down mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which own or guarantee more than half of all U.S. home loans and are critical to keeping capital flowing to lenders and borrowers.
Sen. John McCain and President Barack Obama may seem like an unlikely team, but amid an uncooperative House and Senate, they are coming to the middle and working to compromise.
*Navy had planned contract award next year. Officials at AgustaWestland, a unit of Italy's Finmeccanica SpA, and Boeing Co, which had considered proposing its V-22 tiltrotor plane or H-47 Chinook helicopters, said Wednesday they do not plan to submit bids. The Navy had planned to award a contract in the third quarter of fiscal 2014..