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  • WASHINGTON, Jan 16- The U.S. Senate Republican leader said on Thursday he would use a rarely used law to try to stop the administration from issuing rules that would limit the amount of carbon that power plants can pump into the atmosphere.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 10- A powerful business group's decision to use its legal firepower to back a bottling company in a dispute with unionized workers turned a routine labor tussle in Washington state into a high-stakes Supreme Court case that could limit the ability of U.S. presidents to make appointments to critical jobs.

  • Senate approves Obama nominee for IRS chief Friday, 20 Dec 2013 | 7:03 PM ET
    The IRS building in Washington, D.C.

    The Senate on Friday voted to confirm John Koskinen as the new head of the Internal Revenue Service.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 19- The Obama administration made a major last-minute policy shift on Thursday, saying the change would help Americans meet a looming deadline to replace insurance plans canceled because of new standards under Obamacare reforms.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 18- Even as a touch of bipartisan bonhomie settles over Washington with the passage of a budget compromise, conservatives in Congress are planning their next attempt to rein in government spending when the U.S. bumps up against its borrowing limit in the spring.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 18- Even as a touch of bipartisan bonhomie settles over Washington with the pending passage of a budget compromise, conservatives in Congress are planning their next attempt to rein in government spending when the U.S. bumps up against its borrowing limit in the spring.

  • U.S. budget uncertainties pose risk to global growth -U.N. Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 12:15 PM ET

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 18- The outlook for the global economy has improved thanks to the end of the euro zone recession and a slight improvement in U.S. economic growth, though political wrangling over the U.S. budget is a major risk factor, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Growth in the United States strengthened somewhat. "

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 17- A two-year U.S. budget deal that eases some automatic spending cuts cleared a crucial Senate test vote on Tuesday, all but assuring its passage by a simple majority later this week in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 17- U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday he will oppose President Barack Obama's appointment of Janet Yellen as the next head of the Federal Reserve, citing concerns about her willingness to defend the dollar.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- Conservatives in the U.S. Senate are unlikely to stop passage of a two-year budget bill this week, with some Republicans expected to join Democrats in the Senate in voting for the measure.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 12- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner erupted in anger at conservative groups who oppose a rare bipartisan two-year budget deal on Thursday as lawmakers prepared to vote on the measure in the lower house.

  • U.S. budget deal heads for tense vote in House Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 | 1:23 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 12- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner erupted in anger at conservative groups who oppose a rare bipartisan two-year budget deal on Thursday as lawmakers prepared to vote on the measure in the lower house.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- A budget deal aimed at avoiding a U.S. government shutdown on Jan. 15 and relieving federal agencies of some indiscriminate spending cuts that are set to begin with the new year could emerge in Congress on Tuesday, congressional aides said on Monday.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday extended the time it will take to hear a case challenging White House recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and granted the Senate's top Republican 15 minutes during the Jan. 13 oral arguments.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 4- More people signed up on the government's new health insurance website on the first two days of December than in the entire first month of the launch of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform, sources familiar with the numbers said on Wednesday.

  • HealthCare.gov 'deploying well,' says White House Sunday, 1 Dec 2013 | 9:48 AM ET
    A healthcare reform specialist helps people select insurance plans at the free Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Fair at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California.

    "The bottom line, healthare.gov is night and day from where it was on Oct 1," said Jeff Zients on Sunday, who is in charge of fixing the web site.

  • Nov 30- The rollout of President Barack Obama's healthcare law entered a critical phase on Saturday, the deadline for substantially fixing the program's troubled enrollment website, as the administration scrambled to address the most obvious glitches.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 19- Signs of progress began to emerge in U.S. budget talks on Tuesday, as top Senate Democratic negotiator Patty Murray said that she sees a path toward an agreement to ease automatic "sequester" spending cuts. Murray, asked if there was now a path forward in her talks with her counterpart, Republican Representative Paul Ryan, said: "I believe there is."

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 7- President Barack Obama apologized on Thursday to Americans who are losing their healthcare insurance policies, saying in an interview that he regrets "we weren't as clear as we needed to be" about the reforms of his landmark healthcare restructuring.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 31 (Reuters)- Republican lawmakers opposed to Obamacare have been grappling with a predicament of their own making as they decide whether to move their staff into the new insurance marketplaces tied to President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul.

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