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  • 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.

  • Immigrants line up for Arizona driver's licenses Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 3:04 AM ET

    PHOENIX— Young immigrants protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy began getting Arizona driver's licenses Monday for the first time. Arizona was one of the last states in the country where officials refused to issue driver's licenses to young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children but allowed to remain under...

  • 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.

  • 113th Congress ends with more fights than feats Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:16 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The tempestuous 113th Congress has limped out of Washington for the last time, capping two years of modest and infrequent legislating that was overshadowed by partisan clashes, gridlock and investigations. That was the fewest since at least 1947 and 1948, when what President Harry Truman dubbed "the do-nothing Congress" enacted over 900 laws.

  • WASHINGTON— A Congress that began with bright hopes for immigration legislation is ending in bitter divisions on the issue even as some Republicans warn that the political imperative for acting is stronger than ever for the GOP. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, an author of the comprehensive immigration bill that passed the Senate last year with bipartisan...

  • Senate OKs nominees and tax bill as term ends Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 3:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Democratic-controlled Senate confirmed the last batch of President Barack Obama's judicial appointees and sent the White House legislation extending tax breaks for working-class millions and special interests alike late Tuesday as Congress ended a tumultuous two-year run. But dozens of Obama's nominees to agency positions won...

  • Spending deal may not offer 2015 Congress road map Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The U.S. Congress cleared a $1.1 trillion spending bill for President Barack Obama's signature after a day of Senate intrigue capped by a failed, largely symbolic Republican challenge to the administration's new immigration policy. The Senate passed the bill on a day Democrats launched a drive to confirm two dozen of Obama's stalled nominees to...

  • 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...

  • The latest collectible of the wealthy: Passports Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | 5:17 PM ET
    Automated passport machines at JFK airport

    Rich investors are increasingly shopping for citizenship in other countries, hoping for a hedge against volatile governments or economies.

  • 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...

  • Congress reaches deal for $1.1T US spending bill Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 9:28 PM ET

    Congressional negotiators resolved policy disputes to reach a deal for a $1.1 trillion spending bill on Tuesday but may still need a stop-gap extension to avoid a government shutdown on Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- Congressional negotiators resolved policy disputes to reach a deal for a $1.1 trillion spending bill on Tuesday but still expected to need a stop-gap extension to avoid a U.S. government shutdown at midnight on Thursday. The snags added some drama to a spending bill that appeared to be cruising toward passage, despite demands from...

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec 9- President Barack Obama sought to reassure Latinos on Tuesday that signing up for deportation relief under his new immigration policy was safe and would not put them in jeopardy if his White House successor tried to overturn the action. Supported strongly by immigration activists and staunchly opposed by many Republicans, Obama's...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- Congressional negotiators raced on Tuesday to wrap up final policy disputes over a $1.1 trillion spending bill as a midnight Thursday deadline to avert a U.S. government shutdown drew closer. House of Representatives Republicans were prepared to pass a short-term funding extension of one to two days if necessary to forestall a shutdown, as...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- Congressional negotiators raced on Tuesday to wrap up several policy disputes over a $1.1 trillion spending bill as a midnight Thursday deadline to avert a U.S. government shutdown drew closer. Senator Richard Shelby, the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee, said it was possible passage of the measure could stretch to the...

  • Obama reveals these family secrets on Colbert Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 7:25 AM ET

    Appearing on Colbert, President Obama spills the beans about what Malia and Sasha think about his appearance and reveals another dirty secret.