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  • 2016 may loom, but Jeb Bush is focused on business Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 | 8:26 AM ET

    CORAL GABLES, Fla.— While other Republicans considering the 2016 presidential race are openly laying the foundations of potential campaigns, former Florida Gov.

  • At UN, Obama to urge nations to go big on climate Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 5:22 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Having spent political capital fighting climate change at home, President Barack Obama will turn his sights overseas next week, urging fellow heads of state to be as ambitious as possible as they negotiate a make-or-break global treaty to be finalized in Paris next year.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- The U.S. Senate's top Democratic tax-writer said on Tuesday he is considering linking legislation to curb foreign corporate buyout deals known as inversions with separate efforts to renew expired tax breaks that businesses want extended.

  • House, Senate weigh bills that are going nowhere Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 3:09 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— House and Senate leaders, usually proud sorts, staged showdown votes in their chambers Thursday on measures that are going nowhere. Well before the vote, the measure was known to be dead on arrival in the Democratic-led Senate— and for good measure faced a promised Obama veto.

  • WASHINGTON, July 24- Jade and rubies from Myanmar will remain banned from the United States unless the Asian nation moves to end a provision in its constitution that bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from running for president, a senior U.S. senator said on Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- A top official will leave the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission to become the head of a banking group 10 days later in a spin through the revolving regulator-to-lobby-group door that is striking even by Washington standards.

  • WASHINGTON/ HONG KONG, July 23- A member of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission will become the new head of a bank lobby group that is fighting the derivatives regulator in court over a crucial new rule curtailing Wall Street.

  • WASHINGTON, July 21- Commissioner Scott O'Malia said on Monday he intends to leave the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, creating a vacancy just a short while after Chairman Tim Massad took over at the derivatives regulator. Before joining the CFTC, he was the staff director at the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.

  • WASHINGTON, July 13- This year was supposed to be different for Congress. U.S. lawmakers expected that a promising budget deal reached after a government shutdown last year would herald a new normal for passing annual spending bills, moving Congress away from the crisis-driven approach and resulting economic jitters of recent years.

  • WASHINGTON, June 23- President Barack Obama on Monday directed the federal government to give workers more leeway in determining their schedules, part of his goal to make U.S. workplaces more family-friendly- and a broad pitch to Democratic voters ahead of November elections.

  • WASHINGTON, June 10- Top U.S. Senate Democrats and Republicans on Tuesday said they were considering offering American companies a one-time tax break if they repatriate profits stashed abroad.

  • WASHINGTON, June 10- U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that Republicans were open to using a tax holiday for multinational companies as way to pay for broad highway construction legislation this year. McConnell said a tax holiday would give firms "the opportunity to bring home overseas profits."

  • WASHINGTON, June 5- The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell as President Barack Obama's new health secretary, making her chiefly responsible for implementing the controversial healthcare law known as Obamacare.

  • WASHINGTON, June 4- Kentucky may be well positioned to meet a carbon emission target for power plants set by federal regulators, even as U.S. Senate candidates there blast the plan, saying it will cripple the state's coal industry. The result: the Bluegrass State may be able to meet EPA targets between now and 2030..

  • The EPA rules would put the United States on a course to reduce overall U.S. power plant emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, but each state will have its own target. States, which can comply with individually set goals using a range of actions, must submit their plans to the EPA by June 2016.

  • The EPA rules would put the United States on a course to reduce overall U.S. power plant emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, but each state will have its own target. States, which can comply with individually set goals using a range of actions, must submit their plans to the EPA by June 2016.

  • Mid-term balance of power: Harwood     Tuesday, 20 May 2014 | 5:45 PM ET

    Looking at the balance of power in the Senate and how voters feel about the President and Congress. Do the Democrats have a "brand advantage" in several Senate races?

  • Midterms' civil war: GOP hits back on tea party Tuesday, 20 May 2014 | 2:23 PM ET
    Sen. Mitch McConnell campaigning May 17, 2014, in Adairville, Ky.

    The tea party's still out there challenging the Republican establishment, but what's different is that Republican leaders are pushing back—hard.

  • WASHINGTON, May 7- Kentucky Senator Rand Paul bet on a long-shot and lost in North Carolina's contentious Republican Senate primary, raising new questions about the Tea Party hero's bid to woo the party establishment on his way to a 2016 White House race.

  • WASHINGTON, May 6- Republicans in North Carolina will vote on Tuesday on their candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in November, in the first of several primaries this month that will test whether the party's establishment can beat back challenges from Tea Party rivals.