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  • Obama urgently asks $3.7 billion for border crisis Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 3:10 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama appealed to Congress on Tuesday for $3.7 billion in emergency spending to deal with the immigration crisis on the nation's southern border, where unaccompanied children have been showing up by the thousands in a human drama that's causing a political storm in Washington and beyond.

  • Report: Health law sign-ups dogged by data flaws Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 9:44 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Many of the 8 million Americans signed up under the new health care law now have to clear up questions about their personal information that could affect their coverage.

  • Reaction to Supreme Court birth control decision Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 3:23 AM ET

    The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies like the Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby chain of arts-and-craft stores can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, if they have religious objections.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • WASHINGTON, April 30- U.S. Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked one of President Barack Obama's top legislative priorities, a bill to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in five years.

  • April 18- The Obama administration said on Friday it would extend the period of time for federal agencies to weigh in on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, giving no new deadline.

  • Supreme Court ruling that struck down the overall cap on federal election contributions is sending ripples across American politics, as states have begun backing away from their own restrictions on donations and lawyers are forecasting a new wave of challenges to campaign finance laws nationwide.

  • WASHINGTON, April 2- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a key pillar of federal campaign finance law by allowing donors to give money to as many political candidates, parties and committees as they wish.

  • WASHINGTON, April 1- President Barack Obama's national healthcare program signed up more than 7 million people by the last day of March, the White House said on Tuesday, notching a rare victory after a months-long, glitch-filled rollout of the law.

  • WASHINGTON, March 25- U.S. Senate Democratic leaders are discussing whether to drop reforms to the International Monetary Fund from a Ukraine aid bill, but have not yet made a decision, a senior Democratic Senate aide said on Tuesday.

  • WASHINGTON, March 19- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday a U.S. Senate plan to extend long-term unemployment benefits retroactively "is simply unworkable" after a state officials group warned of implementation problems.

  • WASHINGTON, March 19- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday a U.S. Senate plan to extend long-term unemployment benefits retroactively "is simply unworkable" after a state officials group warned of implementation problems.