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  • PHILADELPHIA— President Barack Obama is trying to cheer up House Democrats, urging them to keep battling for middle-class families even as they trumpet brighter news about jobs, energy production and other economic milestones. They need better messaging, not changes in policy, to win elections again, the Democrats said Thursday as they huddled in...

  • PHILADELPHIA, Jan 29- Senior Democrats in the House of Representatives said on Thursday they would insist President Barack Obama provide hard evidence that proposed free trade deals will boost median U.S. incomes, laying out tough terms to support his trade agenda. Representative Chris Van Hollen, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, said each trade...

  • PHILADELPHIA— Better messaging, not changes in policy, is the key to winning elections again, House Democrats said Thursday as they huddled in Philadelphia to talk strategy. This time, they're counting on Obama's rising popularity— and fading headlines on Ebola and terrorist beheadings— to help persuade voters they'd be better off with a Congress run by...

  • Between the 2009 and 2013 fiscal years, funding for a wide swath of discretionary grant programs, from Head Start preschool education to anti drug initiatives, fell by an average of 40 percent in Republican-leaning states like Texas and Mississippi. By contrast, funding to Democratic-leaning states such as California and politically competitive swing...

  • But if the Alaska delegation is any hint as to where things are headed, his proposal is going nowhere in a Republican-controlled Congress. Lisa Murkowski, chair of the Senate Energy committee, said the administration's plans were a "kick to the gut" that treated Alaska as if it were a "snow globe out there" that should be left untouched. There is no drilling in the...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the conviction of a former Nevada lobbyist accused of making illegal campaign contributions to Sen. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected F. Harvey Whittemore's contention that the evidence presented at trial was insufficient to convict him. Reid, a Nevada Democrat, was not accused of any...

  • Budget Chairman promises GOP plan to balance in decade Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 6:12 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The new Republican chairman of the Senate Budget Committee said Thursday that he'll try to pass a fiscal blueprint this spring that will promise a balanced budget by the end of 10 years. But Enzi wouldn't say what he hopes to do with special budget legislation that can overcome a Democratic filibuster in the Senate. Enzi promised to pass such a...

  • SALT LAKE CITY— Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt on Thursday slammed Utah's push to seize control of federal lands as a radical measure that threatens the outdoor recreation industry, which brings a lucrative gear show to the state twice a year. Babbitt's remarks are the latest indication Utah's political posturing on the issue could affect its...

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama has chosen Brian Deese, a veteran White House aide and a deputy director in his budget office, to replace John Podesta as a senior adviser and presidential whisperer, White House officials said Wednesday. The choice signals a generational change at the White House and a shift from a well-known Washington operative to a...

  • Ron Johnson sought on Wednesday to revive the Wisconsin Republican's challenge to the federal health care overhaul, arguing before an appellate panel that he was indeed harmed by executive rules associated with the legislation. The oral arguments heard by three judges of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago centered on those rules, adopted after...

  • BOISE, Idaho— President Barack Obama is headed to Idaho for the first time since a 2008 campaign stop and could touch on anything from tax reform to immigration, depending on Tuesday's State of the Union address. Idaho is just one of four states the president has yet to visit in his six years in office. The last time a sitting president visited Idaho was in 2005, when...

  • WASHINGTON— Republicans running Congress have promised to use every weapon in their arsenal to take down President Barack Obama's health care law. It's the only filibuster-proof option available to Republicans, who control the Senate with 54 seats but must still muster 60 votes to pass other legislation. Ted Cruz, R- Texas, told a Heritage Foundation gathering...

  • WASHINGTON— Inside the Democratic Party, economic policy is often seen as a contest between President Barack Obama's track record and the anti- Wall Street approach advocated by Massachusetts Sen. The policy road map was produced at the Center for American Progress, a Washington- based think tank stocked with veterans of the Bill Clinton and Obama...

  • Carter would replace former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel who, like his predecessors Roberta Gates and Leon Panetta, complained about White House micromanaging of the Pentagon and felt he had a lack of influence over decision-making, according to sources familiar with Hagel's tenure. The next defense chief will join a national security team facing crises...

  • Carter, a former deputy secretary at the Department of Defense, would have the task of breaking into the tight-knit White House inner circle that President Barack Obama has leaned on to run national security policy. The White House had no comment on the selection, but spokesman Josh Earnest had glowing praise for Carter. Carter performed "very, very ably" in his...

  • Carter, a former deputy secretary at the Department of Defense, had been considered a leading candidate for the job to replace Chuck Hagel, who is resigning. Other names have been circulated as a possible replacement for Hagel, including former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig and Kurt Campbell, a former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific...

  • MOSCOW/ KIEV, Nov 26- In Russia, powerful friends helped him make a fortune. Russian government records reviewed for this article reveal for the first time the terms of recent deals between Firtash and Russia's Gazprom, a giant gas company majority owned by the state. According to Russian customs documents detailing the trades, Gazprom sold more than 20 billion...

  • NASHUA, New Hampshire, Nov 2- Long viewed as an ally by Wall Street, likely 2016 presidential contender Hillary Clinton has increasingly been taking banks and big business to task while on the campaign trail for Democrats across the country. It comes days before Tuesday's midterm elections and as Clinton ramps up her political activity ahead of a probable White...

  • LONDON, Oct 31- Gasoline prices in all parts of the United States are tied to Brent rather than the domestic crude oil benchmark WTI, according to a detailed study published on Thursday by the Energy Information Administration. "The issue of which crude oil matters most for U.S. gasoline prices is particularly relevant as policymakers in the executive branch and...

  • COLUMN-History of controls on U.S. oil exports: Kemp Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 7:21 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 23- On Oct. 20, 1973, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia imposed a total embargo on oil shipments to the United States among other countries in response to their support for Israel during the Arab-Israeli war. Following the U.S. mid-term elections next month, Congress will take up the issue again, a debate that would benefit from an understanding of the history...