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  • Rand Paul: US 'can't invite the whole world' Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | 12:06 PM ET

    Rand Paul says potential White House rival Jeb Bush was inarticulate when he described immigrants who come to the United States illegally as committing an "act of love." Bush, a former Florida governor, says the GOP cannot demonize immigrants and should show compassion. Paul was interviewed on ABC's "This Week" during a visit to early nominating New Hampshire.

  • US court rejects early look at surveillance case Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 9:53 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court on Monday declined an early look at a constitutional challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records, instead allowing the dispute to work its way through the usual lower-court process. But the Supreme Court rarely grants such requests.

  • *Swiss structure not challenged by IRS- Caterpillar. WASHINGTON, April 1- Caterpillar Inc defended itself on Tuesday against accusations of offshore tax-dodging, telling a U.S. Senate panel that a low-tax unit the company set up years ago in Switzerland has not been challenged by U.S. tax authorities.

  • WASHINGTON, April 1- The broken U.S. tax code encourages companies to shift profits overseas, Republican senators said on Tuesday, seeking to deflect criticism from Caterpillar Inc at a hearing on how it allegedly avoided paying $2.4 billion in taxes.

  • CHICAGO, March 31- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Monday took a page from a politician's playbook to defend the U.S. central bank's easy-money policies, citing the struggles of three Americans in a speech and touring a college workshop to shake hands with students and teachers.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 12- For Mitch McConnell, the top Senate Republican, a vote to end debate over raising the U.S. debt ceiling on Wednesday was much more than a vote to leave Washington before a snowstorm arrived.

  • *Faces House committee Tuesday, Senate committee Thursday. *GOP could criticize Fed stimulus. Feb 9- Janet Yellen's first test as chair of the Federal Reserve comes on Tuesday when she faces U.S. lawmakers, some hostile to the central bank, who will want to know how committed she is to winding down the Fed's support for the economy.

  • MADISON, Wisconsin, Jan 26- Over the past year Wisconsin's Republican governor, Scott Walker, has worked his way down a checklist of items commonly associated with a run at the U.S. presidency. Senators, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 24- The Republican National Committee on Friday called for the repeal of a U.S. anti-tax-evasion law, siding with big banks, libertarians and American expatriates that have criticized the Obama administration statute.

  • *McConnell looks to take down EPA regulations. *EPA's McCarthy grilled on climate science at hearing. Speaking on the Senate floor, McConnell said he will invoke the measure to challenge an EPA rule published in the Federal Register last week.

  • 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 6- The U.S. Congress on Monday began what promises to be another combative year by bracing for a showdown over a White House- backed bill to renew unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans. Regardless how the Senate vote turns out, it will kick off a 2014 drive by Obama and his Democrats to stem a growing gap between rich and poor.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 5- The U.S. Congress begins what promises to be another highly combative year on Monday with a showdown over a White House- backed bid to renew unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 27- President Barack Obama and Democrats will make a major push when Congress returns Jan. 6 to renew expired benefits for the unemployed and will seek to pressure Republicans over the issue by painting them as uncaring toward the middle class. With Congress in recess, no last-minute fix is possible.

  • 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.

  • UPDATE 1-U.S. budget deal clears crucial vote in Senate Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 | 11:21 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 17- A two-year U.S. budget deal on Tuesday cleared a Senate procedural vote that all but assured its passage by a simple majority later this week in the Democratic-controlled chamber.

  • 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.

  • Treasury official on Thursday called on the Senate to ratify five tax treaties the United States has signed with other nations but that have languished without a vote since 2011.. Though tax treaties previously have routinely won Senate approval, they have recently fallen victim to partisan gridlock despite a corporate lobbying effort to get them ratified.

  • 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.

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