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  • WASHINGTON, March 1- Congress narrowly averted a partial shutdown of the U.S. domestic security agency late on Friday night, but the forces behind the chaotic episode remain- fractious Republicans and House Speaker John Boehner's lack of control over them. In five to seven months, the federal debt ceiling will again be reached, and by October Congress must pass...

  • Congressional Republicans name new budget referee Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 10:18 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Congressional Republicans Friday named economist Keith Hall to serve as Capitol Hill's budget referee as director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The budget office provides cost estimates of legislation and other research to Congress to better inform their policy decisions. "His vast understanding of economic and labor...

  • RAMSGATE, England, Feb 26- Thanet, a spur of southern England jutting into the North Sea, has been run by Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party for 117 of the last 130 years. But in recent years Thanet has been hit by an influx of East European immigrants and poor people on welfare, placed by local authorities into dirt-cheap housing which has resulted...

  • Report: Surge in Chinese investment raises fraud risks Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 9:02 AM ET

    The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission raises questions about America's EB-5 visa program, which grants green cards to foreigners in return for investments of $1 million— or just $500,000 in high-unemployment or rural areas. The commission cites the case of a real estate developer indicted last year on charges of duping 290 Chinese...

  • Confident Obama predicts success in immigration appeal Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    MIAMI— President Barack Obama urged immigrants thrown into limbo by legal wrangling to keep planning for eventual relief, professing confidence Wednesday that his deportation directives won't be thrown out in court. "This is just one federal judge," Obama said of the district judge in Texas who put Obama's order on hold. A 26- state coalition led by Texas is suing...

  • Obama says he would veto immigration repeal Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:00 PM ET

    MIAMI— President Barack Obama says he would veto a stand-alone measure in the Senate repealing his executive actions on immigration. Obama is answering questions at a town hall meeting in Miami hosted by the Spanish-language TV network Telemundo. But with a partial agency shutdown looming, the Senate is now looking to vote separately on funding and Obama's...

  • Homeland Security standoff: The Republican risk Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 10:28 AM ET

    The latest standoff on funding—for the Department of Homeland Security—is riskier for Republicans. CNBC's John Harwood explains.

  • Halting Obama immigration order was a good thing Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 10:04 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    Here’s why that judge in Texas did both Obama and immigrants a favor by blocking the president’s immigration order.

  • WASHINGTON— Ahead of a looming partial agency shutdown, the head of Homeland Security increased pressure on Congress to fully fund the department, warning that border control security and other counterterrorism efforts will "grind to a halt." Several insisted they could not accept the two-part strategy proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: a...

  • 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...

  • Immigration stalemate: The economic toll Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 4:01 PM ET
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaks to reporters on Feb. 24, 2015, in the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

    The legal and political debate over immigration reform often overlooks the economic cost of inaction.

  • CNBC update: Russia's 'propaganda campaign'  Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 3:27 PM ET

    Sec. of State John Kerry is saying Russia is engaging in the most extensive propaganda campaign since the height of the Cold War, and a sinkhole swallowed two pedestrians, reports CNBC's Sue Herera.

  • STEPHENVILLE, Texas— Ex-Marine found guilty in shooting deaths of' American Sniper' author Chris Kyle, another man.

  • GOP considers short-term Homeland Security funding Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 8:28 AM ET
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks from his office in the U.S. Capitol to the Senate chamber to open debate on a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security February 23, 2015 in Washington, DC.

    As the deadline looms for a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, the Senate looks to a short-term extension.

  • Obama: US security funding lapse will hit economy Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 3:27 AM ET

    President Barack Obama warned on Monday that a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security would hurt the U.S. economy.

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate's top Republican shifted tactics Tuesday to try to free up stalled legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security in advance of a Friday midnight deadline. "But... we can't do that until we fully fund the Department of Homeland Security. Tuesday's developments did little to clear up the impasse over immigration that is...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 23- A short-term funding extension for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security gained ground on Monday among Senate Republicans as a possible option to deal with a stalled spending bill and a Friday deadline looming for a partial shutdown of the agency. The Senate failed for a fourth time to advance a $39.7 billion bill to fund the agency that...

  • President Barack Obama warned on Monday that a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security would suspend pay for more than 100,000 border patrol, port inspection and airport security agents. Homeland Security spending authority will expire at midnight on Friday unless Congress approves new funding. A new $39.7 billion budget for the...

  • Homeland Security shutdown may actually happen Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 1:58 PM ET
    Jeh Johnson, secretary of Homeland Security, listens during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing in Washington.

    A shutdown of the department of Homeland Security is looking increasingly likely, according to the New York Times.

  • WASHINGTON— Days from a Homeland Security Department shutdown, Senate Republicans sought a way out Monday by splitting President Barack Obama's contested immigration measures from the agency's funding bill. It was far from certain whether it would win any Democratic support, and House conservatives remain firmly opposed to any funding bill for the...