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Politics Barack Obama

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 19- Racing against a midnight deadline, the U.S. Congress will try on Friday to send President Donald Trump legislation to keep the government operating and avoid federal agency shutdowns that would otherwise begin on Saturday. Without a replenishment of funds, federal agencies ranging from the Department of Agriculture, Health and Human...

  • WASHINGTON— Threatening to shutter the federal government unless demands are met— who would do that? Some of the same Republicans who claim to abhor the bare-knuckle tactic now playing out in Washington have used it themselves. President Donald Trump in May griped via Twitter that Congress' negotiating process was frustrating his drive to enact his agenda.

  • WASHINGTON— It's a stretch, at best, to think the military would bear the brunt of a partial government shutdown, as President Donald Trump asserted Thursday at the Pentagon. Although he was meeting Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and other senior Pentagon officials to get briefed on two key defense reports— on nuclear policy and defense strategy— Trump emphasized...

  • The Republican-controlled House approved funding through Feb. 16 on a mostly partisan vote of 230-197, sending the stopgap bill to the Senate for consideration as President Donald Trump pushed hard for a measure to sign before Friday's deadline. However, a mix of Democrats and Republicans in the Senate who oppose the House bill for varying reasons left the...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 18- Legislation to avoid a U.S. government shutdown at midnight on Friday advanced in Congress as the House of Representatives on Thursday night approved an extension of federal funds through Feb. 16, although the bill faced uncertain prospects in the Senate. On a mostly partisan vote of 230-197, the Republican-controlled House approved the...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 18- The U.S. government and MetLife Inc announced on Thursday they would jointly seek to dismiss an appeal over whether the insurance company should face stricter oversight as a key part of the financial system. The move marks another significant shift for the administration of President Donald Trump in its efforts to ease back stricter rules...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 18- Legislation to avoid a U.S. government shutdown at midnight on Friday advanced in Congress, as the House of Representatives on Thursday night approved an extension of federal funds through Feb. 16, although the bill faced uncertain prospects in the Senate. On a mostly partisan vote of 230-197, the Republican-controlled House approved the...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 18- Legislation to avoid a U.S. government shutdown at midnight on Friday advanced in Congress, as the House of Representatives on Thursday night approved an extension of federal funds through Feb. 16, although the bill faced uncertain prospects in the Senate. On a mostly partisan vote of 230-197, the Republican-controlled House approved the...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 18- U.S. House Republicans said late on Thursday they had made progress toward passing a short-term extension of government funding to avert a politically embarrassing shutdown, after a day of tough negotiations and confusion when President Donald Trump offered mixed signals on the stopgap plan. The White House later said the president fully...

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services created a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division within its Office of Civil Rights to enforce the rights of doctors, nurses and others who invoke such objections. James Blumstein, a professor at Vanderbilt Law School in Tennessee, said the administration's plan could remedy what he described as years of...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 18- The U.S. government is seeking to further protect the "conscience and religious freedom" of health workers whose beliefs prevent them from carrying out abortions and other procedures, in an effort likely to please conservative Christian activists and other supporters of President Donald Trump. The U.S. Department of Health and Human...

  • Having route approval in Nebraska and the necessary commercial support for KXL brings us closer to a final investment decision, "TransCanada spokesman Terry Cunha said in an email. Alberta had previously committed to ship crude on TransCanada's canceled Energy East project, which would have transported 1.1 million bpd to the Atlantic Coast.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 18- Proposals before the U.S. Senate and House to tighten rules on foreign investment into critical technologies could cause companies to take their research and development overseas to avoid scrutiny, critics said on Thursday. The bills before the House of Representatives and the Senate would allow the inter-agency Committee on Foreign...

  • President Donald Trump speaks prior to signing a Presidential Proclamation shrinking Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah, December 4, 2017.

    Donald Trump lifted the Dow Jones industrial average in his first year in office more than any other president since Franklin Roosevelt.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 18- Proposals before the U.S. Senate and House to tighten rules on foreign investment into critical technologies could cause companies to take their research and development overseas to avoid scrutiny, critics said on Thursday. The bills before the House of Representatives and the Senate would allow the inter-agency Committee on Foreign...

  • U.S. stocks added nearly $6.9 trillion in market cap since Trump was elected, close to half of what was added in eight years of Obama.

  • Trump's consumer protection bureau has an odd budget request: Zero

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau acting director Mick Mulvaney is hitting up the Fed with a budget request you don't see every day: Nothing.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 18- The U.S. government is seeking to further protect the "conscience and religious freedom" of health workers whose beliefs prevent them from carrying out abortions and other procedures, in an effort likely to please conservative Christian activists and other supporters of President Donald Trump. The U.S. Department of Health and Human...

  • Since Congress implemented the modern budget process in the mid-1970s, there have been 18 gaps in government funding, according to the Congressional Research Service, but not all resulted in government shutdowns. Nov. 14 to 18, 1995: This was the first of two government shutdowns that occurred after Democratic President Bill Clinton vetoed spending...

  • Jan 18- TransCanada Corp said it received enough interest from clients for its $8 billion Keystone XL oil pipeline, bringing it closer to a final decision on when it will start work on the project. Having route approval in Nebraska and the necessary commercial support for KXL brings us closer to a final investment decision, "TransCanada spokesman Terry Cunha...