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  • 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— The House of Representatives has voted to overturn protections for immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as kids. The 218-209 vote Wednesday would undo a program President Barack Obama announced in 2012 called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The vote came on an amendment to a spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security.

  • PENWELL, Texas— Sheriff: 10 dead, 5 hurt after prison bus falls off overpass, crashes into train in West Texas.

  • US House votes to overturn Obama's immigration actions Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 1:33 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Shunning a White House veto threat and opposition within their own party, House Republicans approved legislation Wednesday to overturn President Barack Obama's key immigration policies and expose hundreds of thousands of younger immigrants to expulsion from the U.S. The 236-191 vote came on a broad bill that would provide $39.7 billion to...

  • Republicans press attacks on Obama agenda Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 2:41 PM ET

    Obama invited his antagonists to the White House for their first face-to-face meeting since the new Republican-controlled Congress convened. But their show of cordiality for the cameras did little to mask the partisan hostilities between Capitol Hill and the White House. Back at the Capitol, the Senate debated legislation to force the administration to...

  • WASHINGTON— The federal deficit for the first three months of the budget year is up slightly from the same period a year ago, reflecting the absence of a special payment from mortgage company Freddie Mac that helped narrow the gap in 2014.. Both Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are still making quarterly payments to the government, even though the payments from both...

  • Obama threatens veto on immigration, regulatory bills Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 7:17 AM ET

    The White House says Obama would veto legislation backed by House Republicans that would undo the immigration executive orders the president issued late last year. The GOP wants to include provisions blocking the executive actions in a spending bill to fund the Homeland Security Department. Obama also issued a formal veto threat Monday against a bill that...

  • Ahead of the Bell: US budget deficit Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 6:28 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Treasury Department releases federal budget data for December. CBO is forecasting that tax revenues will be higher than a year ago but they are also forecasting an increase in spending in such areas as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits. Congress in December approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill that will fund most of the...

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders paid lip service to the notion of bipartisanship in their first meeting of the year Tuesday, but neither side appeared to give ground on GOP priorities that have been met with a flurry of veto threats from the White House. The Keystone measure and immigration bill are among the five veto...

  • 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...