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  • House GOP moves toward possible lawsuit on immigration Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 11:47 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— House Republicans are moving toward authorizing a potential lawsuit against President Barack Obama on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner announced Tuesday, as the GOP struggled for a way to stop the president's unilateral deportation curbs. Boehner announced the plans in a closed-door meeting with lawmakers, telling them GOP leaders are...

  • U.S. House Speaker Boehner acknowledges 'stumbles' Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 11:23 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 27- Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, whose ranks swelled as a result of last November's elections, have gotten off to a clumsy start this year, House Speaker John Boehner said on Tuesday, as legislative initiatives have been derailed by attacks from inside the party. "A growing body of people are sick and tired of the' trust me we'll do...

  • Rep. Issa: GOP issues in focus  Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 6:52 AM ET
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif) at the 2015 WEF in Davos, Switzerland.

    Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-Calif.), weighs in the on the Republican agenda, including trade agreements, Keystone and tax reform.

  • Congress, President Barack Obama headed to the conservative heartland on Wednesday to promote his plans for bolstering the middle class. Obama left Washington for a two-day trip to Idaho and Kansas to push his message that everyone should stand to gain from an economy that has all but recovered from years in the doldrums. Despite losing control of the Senate to...

  • House committee passes border security bill Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 10:26 PM ET

    House GOP leaders scheduled the bill for a floor vote next week, as Republicans sought to demonstrate that they can chart their own course on immigration— not just oppose President Barack Obama. Michael McCaul of Texas, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. Conservatives who have scuttled past attempts by GOP leaders to deal with immigration...

  • Congress, President Barack Obama headed to the conservative heartland on Wednesday to promote his plans for bolstering the middle class. Obama left Washington for a two-day trip to Idaho and Kansas to push his message that everyone should stand to gain from an economy that has all but recovered from years in the doldrums. To a crowd of more than 6,000 in a stadium...

  • HAVANA, Jan 21- The United States and Cuba clashed over immigration policy on Wednesday at the first session of high-level talks seeking to restore diplomatic ties between the Cold War adversaries. President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro announced on Dec. 17 they had reached a historic breakthrough after 18 months of secret negotiations.

  • That's because while he was able to check off most of what he promised to do through executive action in last year's speech, Obama was unable in the bitterly partisan election year to get Congress to go along with the bigger plans he had for the country that required their approval. As Obama prepares to make that annual trek up Pennsylvania Avenue to address...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 18- President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday at 9:00 pm EST. The White House has signaled repeatedly that tax reform would be a potential area of compromise with the Republican-controlled Congress. He will also push for Trade Promotion Authority to speed trade deals...

  • New Cuba rules no beach bonanza for US travelers Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 9:58 PM ET
    Havana, Cuba

    New U.S. rules allowing its citizens expanded travel into Cuba won't benefit its cold-war foe's beaches much as tourism remains specifically prohibited.

  • WASHINGTON/ HONOLULU, Jan 4- Republicans take full control of the U.S. Congress this week with an agenda of trying to force approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and push back on President Barack Obama's sweeping policy shifts on Cuba and immigration. Angry over the president's moves last year to bypass Congress on issues such as immigration, Republicans have...

  • The federal bureaucracy just grew by 1,000 Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 8:41 AM ET
    A future office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services agency, in Arlington, Va., Dec. 25, 2014.

    The cost of Obama's immigration order: nearly $8 million a year in lease payments and more than $40 million in salaries. The NYT reports.

  • Framework for compromise on Capitol Hill  Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 6:35 AM ET

    Former Gov. Ed Rendell, (D-Pa.), and Sara Fagan, former White House political director, debate whether the Republicans can break the gridlock in Congress next year, as President Obama comes into the final stretch of his presidency.

  • VANCOUVER, Dec 17- Canada is looking for 50 wealthy foreigners to join a pilot run of an immigration program for millionaires, although applicants will have to be far richer than those who entered under a previous scheme and will also need language skills to get in. The federal government, which scrapped its previous investor class visa earlier this year amid...

  • Ecuador family gains favor with donations to Dems Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:02 PM ET
    U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez

    The Obama administration waived an Ecuadorian woman's U.S. travel ban after her family gave money to Democratic campaigns. The NYT reports.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 13- The U.S. Senate on Saturday passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that lifts the threat of a government shutdown as Congress attempts to wrap up a two-year legislative session marked by bitter partisanship and few major accomplishments. Passage of the 1,603- page bill was a long, tough struggle in the Senate and the House of Representatives...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 13- The threat of a U.S. government shutdown began to lift on Saturday as Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate struck a deal for a vote on a $1.1 trillion federal spending bill, ending a dispute fueled by Tea Party firebrand Ted Cruz. A similar situation began unfolding in the Democratic-controlled Senate after Cruz and two other Senate...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 13- The U.S. Senate passed a five-day extension of federal funding on Saturday, staving off a government shutdown and buying lawmakers more time to resolve a fight over a longer, $1.1 trillion spending bill led by Tea Party firebrand Ted Cruz. On Saturday, a similar situation looked to be unfolding in the Democratic-controlled Senate after Cruz...

  • Washington's current spending authority expires at midnight Saturday, but probably will be extended until midnight Wednesday to give the Senate more time to finish a $1.1 trillion measure that President Barack Obama is awaiting. Senate leaders, unable to pass the huge budget bill quickly, might be forced to hold a procedural vote on Sunday at 1 a.m. eastern...

  • Washington's current spending authority expires at midnight Saturday, but probably will be extended until midnight Wednesday to give the Senate more time to finish a $1.1 trillion measure that President Barack Obama is awaiting. Senate leaders, unable to pass the huge budget bill quickly, might be forced to hold a procedural vote on Sunday at 1 a.m. eastern...