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  • House Roll Call: Approving 1-week DHS funding bill Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 10:25 PM ET

    The 357-60 roll call Friday by which the House approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week. The bill goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. Republicans— Aderholt, X; Brooks, N; Byrne, Y; Palmer, N; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y.

  • Ted Cruz of Texas told an influential anti-tax group Friday that he opposes Common Core education standards, a day after potential GOP presidential rival Jeb Bush endorsed the program. Cruz described Common Core as "national standards being dictated from Washington" during an appearance at the Club for Growth's annual winter meeting. Cruz and Bush are among...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 27- The Obama administration is battling Wall Street to win the support of dozens of Democrat lawmakers over rules that could rein in brokers who handle trillions of dollars in retirement accounts. President Barack Obama on Monday called on the Department of Labor to write new rules for brokers that seek to reduce conflicts of interest and "...

  • OXON HILL, Md.— Wisconsin Gov. The likely Republican presidential contender sparked pointed criticism from labor union leaders across the country after remarks delivered on the first day of the Conservative Political Action Conference in suburban Washington. Islamic State militants have captured large parts of Iraq and neighboring Syria over the last...

  • MGE posts 4Q profit Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 12:31 PM ET

    MADISON, Wis. _ MGE Energy Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $15.2 million. The Madison, Wisconsin- based company said it had net income of 44 cents per share. For the year, the company reported profit of $80.3 million, or $2.32 per share.

  • Kohl's 4Q results top estimates on strong holiday sales Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 7:16 AM ET

    Kohl's Corp. earned $369 million, or $1.83 per share, for the period ended Jan. 31. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.80 per share. Analysts expected $6.3 billion, according to Zacks.

  • MADISON, Wis., Feb 25- The Wisconsin Senate narrowly approved a "right-to-work" bill on Wednesday that would bar private-sector employees who work under union-negotiated contracts from being required to join their unions or pay them dues. The bill, which would make Wisconsin the 25th U.S. state with a right-to-work law on the books, cleared the Republican-led...

  • Christie and Walker take different paths on union issues Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:15 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— New Jersey's Chris Christie and Wisconsin's Scott Walker are getting ready to run for president, but they've still got day jobs as governors— and face another round in the ring with organized labor. For Christie, that means trying to reach a deal to fix New Jersey's underfunded pension system by working with a teacher's union that he's repeatedly...

  • MADISON, Wis.— For two straight days this week, 2,000 union members converged on Wisconsin's Capitol to rally against a new right-to-work bill, chanting, marching and hurling profanities at GOP lawmakers and Gov. They introduced the measure on Friday and the Senate began debating it Wednesday, making it difficult for unions to mobilize large-scale protests...

  • MADISON, Wis., Feb 25- The Wisconsin state Senate on Wednesday began debating a proposal to make Wisconsin the 25th right-to-work state in the nation, as thousands of demonstrators protested the measure at the state capitol. The Republican-led state Senate is expected to approve the bill, which would prohibit requiring private sector workers to join or...

  • GOP lawmakers accuse Yellen of playing politics Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 1:02 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen came under fire Wednesday from House Republicans, who challenged the central bank's lack of accountability during her second day of testimony to Congress. After she gave her semiannual economic report, GOP lawmakers on the House Financial Services Committee grilled Yellen with a basket of complaints.

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— A legislative panel on Wednesday recommended significant changes to a contentious proposal that would allow people with concealed carry permits to take their guns to most public places in Wyoming. Allen Jaggi, R- Lyman, would allow concealed-carry permit holders to take their weapons to any public event or place, including schools and college...

  • Calling for cooperation, Obama engages in confrontation Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 3:13 AM ET

    Sensing a Republican retreat, Obama is headlining a Miami town hall on Wednesday, enlisting his Latino base of support to increase pressure on GOP lawmakers who want to tie spending on the Homeland Security Department to repeal of his immigration executive actions. Indeed, Obama on Tuesday summoned a bipartisan group of lawmakers to the White House for a...

  • State-by-state breakdown of used cars with open recalls Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 12:18 PM ET

    Carfax, a company that sells vehicle history reports to dealers and car buyers, searched recalls and state registration databases and found that more than 46 million cars are on U.S. roads with recalled parts that have yet to be repaired. Here is a state-by-state breakdown of cars with unfixed recalls in 2014:. Source: Study of 2014 state registration data by...

  • Exact Sciences reports 4Q loss Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 11:58 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis. _ Exact Sciences Corp. on Tuesday reported a loss of $32.4 million in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 39 cents per share. Exact Sciences shares have decreased 12 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • GOP ends right-to-work hearing early, enraging unions Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 1:24 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— Republicans on the state Senate's labor committee ended a public hearing on contentious right-to-work legislation early and sent it on to the full Senate Tuesday, enraging dozens of people who had been waiting all day to speak and sparking a demonstration in front of the Senate chamber. Stephen Nass, a Whitewater Republican and the committee's...

  • Barbara Lee and John Fleming are highly dubious at best about President Barack Obama's requests for enhanced powers to make trade deals and to deploy the U.S. military. Ideological chasms usually separate Democrat Lee of California— one of Congress' proudest liberals— and Republican Fleming of Louisiana, among its staunchest conservatives.

  • Alliant Energy posts 4Q profit Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 6:18 PM ET

    MADISON, Wis. _ Alliant Energy Corp. on Monday reported fourth-quarter profit of $62.5 million. Alliant Energy expects full-year earnings to be $3.45 to $3.75 per share. Alliant Energy shares have declined 2 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • "That's the stick we'll use to measure every candidate," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. As an example, he cited the success of Wisconsin Gov. Walker survived a subsequent recall attempt and then won re-election, and lawmakers in Wisconsin are now pushing to pass right-to-work legislation that would limit the organizing power of private-sector unions.

  • WASHINGTON— After years of a Washington dispute over investment advice, the Obama administration is proposing tougher restrictions on brokers who manage Americans' retirement accounts. The Labor Department will put forward the proposal, making it available for public comment for several months. About $4.5 trillion sat in 401 retirement accounts as of last...