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  • WASHINGTON— With Republicans muscling a balanced-budget plan through the Senate, Congress is positioned for months of battling President Barack Obama over the GOP's goals of slicing spending and dismantling his health care law. The Senate was beginning a spring recess after approving the measure, leaving Congress' two GOP- run chambers to negotiate a...

  • ATLANTA— In the political uproar over Common Core, various myths are peddled as fact. Rand Paul slams "rotten to the core" propaganda forced on children by an initiative that has no curriculum at all. Even so, the 2016 GOP presidential prospects who are criticizing Common Core have a point— if an overstated one— when they dispute the notion that it is strictly a...

  • House, Senate panels adopt balanced-budget plans Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 3:29 AM ET

    Shortly before midnight on Wednesday, the House Budget Committee called off a vote on a plan to remove restrictions on additional defense dollars, a proposal to placate lawmakers intent on easing the pain for the Pentagon. The failure of the GOP- led committee to approve its budget blueprint as scheduled was unprecedented in recent memory.

  • Poll: Little change in desire for action on inequality Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 3:17 AM ET

    Elizabeth Warren on the left to Republican presidential prospect Jeb Bush on the right decrying the widening gap between the wealthy and everyone else. The public's focus on income inequality has remained stagnant over the past 36 years, according to the General Social Survey, which measures trends in opinion. Numbers from the 2014 survey came out last week...

  • Trump said he had formed an exploratory committee to determine whether to run, and that he had hired staff in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. In a telephone interview with Reuters, Trump said he would put his job creation record up against anyone, including the dozen or so Republicans who are considering a White House run in 2016.. The United States for years...

  • WASHINGTON, March 18- Real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump took the first steps on Wednesday toward launching a 2016 presidential campaign, a sign the businessman may jump into the Republican race after publicly considering it in years past. Trump said he had formed an exploratory committee to determine whether to run, and that he had hired staff in...

  • Tea party divided by Export-Import Bank Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 | 10:55 AM ET
    William Schubert, president of a small infrastructure export firm

    Conservatives are frustrated by their failure to stop President Obama’s immigration and healthcare policies. The New York Times reports.

  • Senator Marco Rubio, a likely Republican presidential candidate in 2016, on Wednesday unveiled a plan to reduce taxes for multinational corporations and parents, but it would widen federal budget deficits without cuts to popular health and retirement programs. The Florida senator's tax plan, introduced with Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee, would close...

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Mike Lee proposed a tax reform plan on Wednesday they said would help drive long-term growth by reducing the top corporate rate and simplifying rates for other taxpayers. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, the two conservative lawmakers said their plan would lower the maximum tax rate for companies to...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 5- The United States is pressing Cuba to allow the opening of its embassy in Havana by April, U.S. officials told Reuters, despite the Communist island's demand that it first be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. A refusal by Cuba to allow the United States to quickly establish an official embassy for the first time in half a...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 3- U.S. congressional leaders and several possible 2016 presidential hopefuls said on Tuesday all children should be vaccinated, joining a debate that has become a national flashpoint as a measles outbreak rekindles a discussion on parents' right to forgo inoculation of their children. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida said.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 2- U.S. lawmakers are preparing a series of bills to ease U.S. restrictions on trade with Cuba, with plans to introduce them in the Senate in the next two months, senior congressional aides said on Monday. One piece of legislation being drafted would allow U.S. telecommunications companies to do business in Cuba and another would specifically...

  • Romney: I'm not running for president in 2016 Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 12:33 PM ET
    Mitt Romney is greeted by fellow Republicans at a dinner during the Republican National Committee's annual winter meeting aboard the USS Midway on Jan. 16, 2015 in San Diego.

    Republican Mitt Romney said on Friday he will not seek to run for president in 2016.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- Rick Perry's farewell speech to the Texas legislature listed the accomplishments expected from an outgoing Republican governor of the country's largest oil-producing state. "We have expanded our economy while protecting our environment," said Perry, who is openly exploring a second White House run in 2016.. Conservative political...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- Rick Perry's farewell speech to the Texas legislature listed the accomplishments expected from an outgoing Republican governor of the country's largest oil-producing state. "We have expanded our economy while protecting our environment," said Perry, who is openly exploring a second White House run in 2016.. Conservative political...

  • HAVANA, Jan 23- A senior U.S. diplomat in Cuba for negotiations with Havana on restoring long-frozen diplomatic relations met a group of dissidents on Friday, seeking to underline Washington's concern over human rights but irritating the island's communist government. But Havana has stressed that efforts to normalize ties should not be accompanied by...

  • Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson met some of Cuba's dissidents on Friday to emphasize the importance the United States places on human right in talks with Cuba on restoring diplomatic ties. The meeting ruffled Cuba, which has stressed that efforts to normalize ties should not be accompanied by meddling in its internal affairs.

  • GOP Senator Rubio preparing for 2016 run: Report Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 7:39 AM ET
    Sen. Marco Rubio

    U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is preparing to launch a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, ABC News reported on Friday, citing an adviser.

  • HAVANA, Jan 22- The United States said it pressed Cuba to improve human rights during historic, high-level talks on Thursday, annoying the Cubans after both sides reported making progress toward restoring diplomatic relations. Obama needs the Republican-controlled Congress to completely normalize relations with Cuba, and Republicans such as Florida...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 15- The United States rolled out a sweeping set of measures on Thursday to significantly ease sanctions on Cuba, opening up the country to expanded U.S. travel, trade and financial activities. The 54- year-old U.S. embargo on Cuba will remain in place- only Congress can lift it. Congressional critics of Obama's shift say that Washington should not be...