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  • LAUSANNE, Switzerland— CORRECTS: Officials: US considers letting Iran run centrifuges at fortified underground bunker.

  • Watchdog says senior Homeland official broke no laws Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 3:14 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A senior Obama administration official violated agency ethics policies but did not break any laws when he intervened in three visa cases involving foreign investors with ties to prominent Democrats, a government watchdog told Congress Thursday. The Homeland Security Department's now deputy secretary used his post as head of the department's...

  • WASHINGTON— In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years. The lopsided 392-37 vote shifted pressure onto the Senate, where its prospects have brightened as Democrats have muffled their criticism...

  • Senate pushes conservative budget toward approval Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 3:08 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Republicans slowly pushed a balanced-budget blueprint toward Senate approval Thursday, laying down conservative markers for a likely veto struggle with President Barack Obama over their plans to erase deficits through trillions in spending cuts and repeal of the health care law. Separately, legislation to stabilize the system for paying...

  • Judge appoints examiner in bankruptcy of Caesars division Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:20 PM ET

    CHICAGO— A former Watergate prosecutor who was later involved in efforts to secure the release of Americans during the Iran hostage crisis while assistant secretary of the Treasury is now investigating business deals made by Caesars Entertainment Corp. before the casino giant's debt-heavy operations division filed for bankruptcy in January.

  • GOP-controlled House oks balanced budget plan Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:00 PM ET

    The blueprint itself is non-binding, but sets Republicans on a path to pass legislation that repeals the health care law, remakes Medicare and overhauls the tax code, in addition to other steps to implement their plan. The GOP- controlled Senate is at work on a slightly different budget plan, with a vote expected by week's end. Republicans won control of Congress in...

  • The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated Wednesday that the bipartisan bill preventing cuts in doctors' fees for treating Medicare patients would total $214 billion in costs over the coming decade. —$6 billion, extends expiring Medicare payments, including to some hospitals, doctors and ambulance services. —$1 billion, increases...

  • UPDATE 1-RadioShack auction headed for courtroom showdown Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 5:34 PM ET

    March 25- An auction for RadioShack Corp failed to resolve whether the electronics retailer will remain in business as bidders attacked each in court filings, setting up a showdown before a judge on Thursday. By early Wednesday, however, one of RadioShack's lenders, Salus Capital Partners, asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge overseeing the case to intervene.

  • House panel votes to repeal federal estate tax Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 4:12 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A divided House panel has passed a bill that would repeal the federal estate tax. The House Ways and Means Committee voted 22-10 Wednesday to pass the bill, sending it to the full House. The nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation says less than 1 percent of estates pay the tax.

  • TRENTON, N.J.— The board that oversees New Jersey's nearly $80 billion public pension fund is moving ahead with an investment of up to $100 million in a private equity firm whose chairman gave millions to a political group once headed by Gov. The State Investment Council decided Wednesday to invest money with Denver- based KSL Capital Partners, whose chairman,...

  • GOP-controlled House passes budget to erase deficits Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 3:04 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Normally quarrelsome House Republicans came together Wednesday night and passed a boldly conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare. Tom Price, R- Ga., chairman of the House Budget...

  • WASHINGTON— IRS workers would be prohibited from using private email to conduct official business under a bipartisan bill passed Wednesday by the House Ways and Means Committee. The issue gained attention following revelations that Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican Jeb Bush used personal email addresses to conduct government business.

  • Obama ready to sign bill revamping Medicare doctor fees Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 1:58 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama said Wednesday he's ready to sign "good, bipartisan" legislation protecting physicians from steep cuts in Medicare reimbursements and bolstering health programs for children and the poor as Senate Democrats seemed to soften their opposition to the package. The bill is a scarce Capitol Hill commodity: a bipartisan...

  • SUPREME COURT APPEAR CONCERNED THAT GOVERNMENT NEVER HAD TO EXPLICITLY CONSIDER COSTS.

  • SUPREME COURT APPEARS CLOSELY DIVIDED OVER INDUSTRY CHALLENGE TO OBAMA MERCURY AIR POLLUTION RULE.

  • Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia kept it from becoming law. Rockefeller has retired from the Senate. Darrell Issa of California and Democratic Rep.

  • WASHINGTON, March 25- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday revived a woman driver's pregnancy discrimination claim against package delivery company UPS Inc by sending the case back to a lower court. On a 6-3 vote, the court said worker Peggy Young would have another chance to litigate whether the company should have granted her request for temporary changes in...

  • SUPREME COURT SENDS PREGNANT WORKER'S CASE AGAINST PACKAGE COMPANY UPS BACK TO LOWER COURT.

  • Cruz eyes insurance via Obamacare, a law he vows to scrap Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 8:55 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz could soon be buying his family's health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act he has vowed to dismantle. Cruz, whose Senate filibuster against the law he derides as "Obamacare" led to a partial government shutdown in 2013, is looking for health insurance because his wife, Heidi Cruz, took an unpaid leave...

  • Obama says he's ready to sign Medicare doctor payment fix Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 AM ET

    Without a fix, doctors face a 21 percent cut in Medicare fees, the consequence of a 1990 s budget law that Congress has repeatedly waived. Obama backed the idea of a fix at a White House event marking this week's five-year anniversary of his signing the Affordable Care Act, while stopping short of backing the House compromise. "As we speak, Congress is working to fix...