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  • WASHINGTON— Loud but hardly universal catcalls from Republicans underscored the obstacles and opportunities ahead as U.S. and Cuban leaders announced an opening of embassies in Havana and Washington and a resumption of diplomatic relations severed the year President Barack Obama was born. Obama also called on Congress to lift the economic and travel...

  • Obama: 'Feeling pretty good' about health care Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 3:19 AM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Fresh off a Supreme Court victory, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he's "feeling pretty good" about the state of his health care law and pleaded for bipartisan cooperation on ways to make it work even better. The state's Republican governor, Bill Haslam, tried to expand Medicaid under the health care law to cover more than 200,000 state...

  • Federal Export-Import Bank set for midnight expiration Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 1:41 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Conservatives cheered the demise of the federal Export-Import Bank Tuesday and vowed to beat back efforts to revive it, even as business leaders and the White House issued dire warnings that letting the agency expire at midnight would hurt U.S. competitiveness globally. "Congress is taking a step backward," President Barack Obama argued in an...

  • Still, the court's willingness to rein in the EPA emboldened opponents of Obama's climate change agenda, who said the court had finally woken up to what they call the haphazard and costly nature of the environmental regulations that Obama has put forth. Mike Duncan, president of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, which lobbies for the coal...

  • Congress failed to renew the bank's charter because of opposition from Republicans who say it amounts to corporate welfare. Some questions and answers about the Export-Import Bank, and its future:. Q: What does the Export-Import Bank do?

  • WASHINGTON— The supporters of the federal Export-Import Bank have the Senate votes to revive it and will get a chance to do so, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday. "Looks to me like they have the votes, and I'm going to give them the opportunity," McConnell, who opposes the bank, said in a telephone interview from Kentucky, where he is spending Congress' July 4...

  • Obama signs trade, worker assistance bills into law Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 2:22 PM ET

    Five Democratic and two Republican members of Congress watched as Obama affixed his name to the two bills. The trade bill gives Congress the right to approve or reject trade agreements, but not change or delay them. "I think it's fair to say that getting these bills through Congress has not been easy," Obama said.

  • Justices rule against EPA power plant mercury limits Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 10:47 AM ET

    The EPA did factor in costs at a later stage, when it wrote standards that are expected to reduce the toxic emissions by 90 percent. The rules, which took effect in April, will remain in place while the case goes back to a lower court for the EPA to decide how to account for costs, environmental advocates say. Writing for the court, Justice Antonin Scalia said the EPA was...

  • NEW YORK— Now that same-sex marriage is legal across the United States, religious conservatives are focusing on preserving their right to object. Scott Walker is urging President Barack Obama and the nation's governors "to join me in reassuring millions of Americans that the government will not force them to participate in activities that violate their...

  • Finger-pointing starting in blame for government hack Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 3:31 AM ET

    OPM repeatedly neglected to implement basic cybersecurity protections, its internal watchdog told Congress. But the departments of Treasury, Transportation, State and Health and Human Services have significantly worse records, according to the most recent administration report to Congress under the Federal Information Security Management Act.

  • WASHINGTON— Congressional Republicans are poised to deal a sharp blow to their traditional allies in the business community by allowing the federal Export-Import Bank to go out of business at the end of the month. Over the past year it's also become a surprising test of GOP purity, as tea party-backed lawmakers and outside conservative groups have denounced...

  • Republican-led US Congress hands Obama major win on trade Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 3:10 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a triumph of divided government, the Republican-controlled Congress passed major trade legislation Wednesday that was long-sought by President Barack Obama but vehemently opposed by most lawmakers in his party. The measure to strengthen Obama's hand in global trade talks cleared the Senate on a vote of 60-38, and will go to the White House...

  • *Fast-track legislation clears Senate procedural hurdle. *Senate vote of 60-37 shows solid support base. On Wednesday, the Senate was likely to vote to grant Obama the power to speed trade deals through Congress, including his Trans-Pacific Partnership.

  • UPDATE 1-U.S. export lender heads for partial shutdown Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 4:21 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, June 23- Democrats warned on Tuesday U.S. businesses face a "huge disruption" if the Export-Import Bank partially shuts down at the end of the month, putting new trade finance deals on ice. The U.S. Congress has no plans to hold a vote on extending the charter of the U.S. export credit agency before going on a week-long break, meaning it is likely to expire on...

  • Senate vote of 60-37 shows solid support base. WASHINGTON, June 23- President Barack Obama's quest for a Pacific Rim trade deal to strengthen U.S. ties with Asia advanced on Tuesday, with the Senate moving toward a final vote on granting Obama the power to speed trade agreements through Congress. That just barely satisfied the 60- vote threshold needed after two...

  • *Senate vote 60-37 shows solid support base. WASHINGTON, June 23- President Barack Obama's Pacific Rim trade pact moved closer to a final U.S. Congress vote, with lawmakers agreeing on Tuesday to limit debate on legislation that would grant Obama authority to speed trade deals through Congress. A Senate vote on the legislation, known as fast-track negotiating...

  • A key Senate vote greatly brightened Obama's hopes for a 12- nation Pacific-rim trade agreement, a keystone of his effort to expand U.S. influence in Asia. The trade pact would be a high point in a foreign policy that has otherwise been consumed by crisis management, and would give Obama a rare legislative achievement in the Republican-controlled Congress.

  • President Barack Obama' s signature Pacific trade pact faces another test in the Senate on Tuesday as legislation needed to close the deal returns for a second run through the chamber. Although the measure passed the Senate a month ago on a vote of 62-37, including backing from 14 Democrats, some may withdraw support. It took two attempts to pass this same...

  • WASHINGTON, June 18- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday that he believes there will be sufficient votes in the chamber to separately pass a "fast track" trade negotiating bill and a worker aid bill. McConnell, speaking on the Senate floor, said he has started procedural steps to take up the trade promotion authority bill passed by the House...

  • House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued the statement as they maneuvered to stage votes on bills important to President Barack Obama's trade agenda, especially in Asia.