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  • Surveillance powers lapse with no deal in Senate Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 12:56 AM ET
    Construction trailers sit in front of the new National Security Agency (NSA) data center June 10, 2013 in Bluffdale, Utah.

    The NSA lost its authority at midnight to collect Americans' phone records in bulk, after Senator Rand Paul stood in the way of the program.

  • Can you hear me now? NSA to end phone snooping Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 3:19 PM ET
    National Security Agency headquarters, Fort Meade, Maryland

    The NSA has begun winding down its collection and storage of U.S. phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward.

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- The U.S. Senate on Friday was poised to approve the "fast-track" authority that President Barack Obama says he needs to complete a 12- nation Pacific Rim trade deal central to projecting American influence in Asia. The Republican-controlled Senate narrowly rejected a push by some lawmakers to include rules to punish currency manipulators, a...

  • U.S. Senate aims to pass fast-track trade bill Friday Friday, 22 May 2015 | 11:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, May 22- The U.S. Senate on Friday was poised to approve the "fast-track" authority that President Barack Obama says he needs to complete a 12- nation Pacific Rim trade deal central to projecting American influence in Asia. The Republican-controlled Senate still must decide several amendments, including a contentious one on currency manipulation...

  • Washington, May 21- President Barack Obama on Thursday moved closer to winning the power to speed trade deals through the U.S. Congress when the Senate advanced legislation important to his Asian trade push. The TPP is part of Obama's so-called pivot to Asia, a strategy to counter China's rising economic and diplomatic clout in Asia. They were joined by 49 of 54...

  • WASHINGTON, May 21- The U.S. Export-Import Bank moved a step closer to avoiding closure on Thursday as Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to hold a vote on renewing its charter in June. The decision gives Congress a legislative vehicle to start considering the fate of the federal export credit lender, with conservative House of Representatives...

  • Washington, May 21- President Barack Obama on Thursday moved closer to winning the power to speed trade deals through the U.S. Congress when the Senate advanced legislation important to his Asian trade push. The TPP is part of Obama's so-called pivot to Asia, a strategy to counter China's rising economic and diplomatic clout in Asia. Thirteen of 44 Democrats...

  • *Senate vote xx to xx shows solid/weak support base. Washington, May 21- President Barack Obama's signature Asian trade push cleared another hurdle in the U.S. Senate on Thursday after a knife-edge vote moved the White House closer to gaining the power to speed trade deals through Congress. Thirteen of 44 Democrats supported the legislation through the second...

  • *House of Representatives watching Senate outcome. WASHINGTON, May 20- President Barack Obama's keynote Asian trade push risks failing in a Senate vote on Thursday, a result that would threaten the administration's diplomatic pivot to Asia to counter China's rising economic and political clout in the region. A vote to advance debate requires 60 votes in the...

  • WASHINGTON, May 19- Legislation to fast track trade deals through Congress inched a step closer to a U.S. Senate vote on Tuesday but Democratic and Republican senators threatened to block debate until they are assured of a vote to keep the Export-Import Bank alive. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, took procedural steps aimed at bringing...

  • WASHINGTON, May 19- U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said on Tuesday that Republicans who control the Senate are likely to take steps to limit debate on a "fast-track" trade bill, moving it closer to a vote this week.

  • WASHINGTON, May 18- U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said on Monday he is prepared to stay as long as necessary to pass legislation key to a Pacific trade pact before lawmakers go on a break at the end of this week. Hatch, a Republican, said there is no reason for debate to drag on, despite potentially dozens of amendments to legislation to streamline...

  • WASHINGTON, May 18- With just five days left before a holiday break, the U.S. Congress on Monday was preparing to deal with urgent decisions on Pacific Rim trade, domestic spying rules and financing road projects. Congress is weighing whether to give President Barack Obama the "fast track" power he wants to negotiate trade deals, including one with 11 other Pacific...

  • WASHINGTON, May 17- Top Republicans predicted on Sunday that both chambers of Congress would muster the votes to pass the "fast-track" authority sought by President Barack Obama to negotiate major trade deals, despite opposition from Obama's fellow Democrats. We'll pass it later this week, "Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said in an interview with ABC.

  • *Senate backs import duties for currency manipulators. The Senate voted 78 to 20 to allow the United States to slap import duties on goods from countries found to be artificially lowering the value of their currencies to gain an export advantage, despite objections from the White House that the measure would breach international trade laws.

  • WASHINGTON, May 14- President Barack Obama's trade agenda, which focuses squarely on developing stronger ties with Asia, gets a shot at new life on Thursday when the U.S. Senate is set to hold an important test vote on legislation to help him complete a Pacific Rim deal. Just two days earlier, Obama's own Democrats defied him and blocked consideration of the "...

  • WASHINGTON, May 13- U.S. senators reached a deal on Wednesday to move forward this week with legislation key to the proposed 12- nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, a day after a Democratic rebellion dealt a blow to the White House's trade agenda. "The plan... will provide our Democratic colleagues with a way forward without killing the bill," Senate...

  • Mitch McConnell: 'We all hate Duke' Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 2:00 PM ET
    Mitch McConnell: 'We all hate Duke'

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reacts to CNBC's John Harwood's "gift" to him.

  • Mitch McConnell responds to 'Daily Show' turtle impersonation

    CNBC's John Harwood gets Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's reaction to Jon Stewart calling him a turtle on "The Daily Show."

  • What McConnell-Obama partnership is telling DC Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 6:03 AM ET
    President Barack Obama speaks alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), Republican of Kentucky.

    Sen. Mitch McConnell sits down with CNBC's John Harwood to talk about his unlikely partnership with the president on a trade deal.