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  • CIA concedes it spied on U.S. Senate investigators, apologizes

    31 July 2014, 7:00 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The CIA conceded on Thursday that it had improperly monitored computers used by the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee in an investigation of interrogation tactics and secret prisons for terrorism suspects after the Sept. 11, 2001,…
  • U.S. conservative lawmaker crafting Ex-Im reform plan

    31 July 2014, 6:15 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A conservative U.S. lawmaker who voted against the Export-Import Bank in the past is crafting a bill that would overhaul the export lender but keep it open, in a sign that the bank's chances of surviving may be improving.
  • U.S. House Republicans try resurrecting border funds bill

    31 July 2014, 5:50 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives will try in coming days to pass legislation giving President Barack Obama additional funds to deal with a flood of Central American child immigrants, after Republicans who control the chamber on Thursday…
  • U.S. House panel requests probe of federal labs

    31 July 2014, 4:50 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. congressional committee investigating the mishandling of anthrax at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asked a federal watchdog agency on Thursday to review U.S. lab procedures for handling dangerous pathogens.
  • New York governor says he was fixing errors amid reported federal probe

    31 July 2014, 4:07 pm

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, reportedly threatened with a possible federal probe of witness tampering, said on Thursday he reached out to "relevant parties" only to correct errors in news reports about his disbanding an anticorruption…
  • Obama signs order requiring contractors to disclose labor violations

    31 July 2014, 4:04 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday signed an executive order that requires contractors bidding for government work to disclose past labor law violations and gives screening assistance to federal agencies awarding contracts.
  • Giving up on Congress, immigration protesters target White House

    31 July 2014, 3:41 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As chances of Congress agreeing on any immigration legislation dwindled on Thursday, several hundred protesters gathered outside the White House to push one main goal: keeping immigrant families together.
  • U.S. House sends longer transport funding plan back to Senate

    31 July 2014, 3:33 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday rejected a Senate-passed $8.1 billion measure to fund transportation projects through 2014 in a bid to force through Republicans' plans that would extend funding until May.
  • Executive: 'Didn't want anyone to know' of gifts to former Virginia governor

    31 July 2014, 2:50 pm

    RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - The businessman who, federal prosecutors say, gave gifts and loans to former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife said Thursday he kept the largesse secret because he knew he was giving bribes to help his diet-supplements…
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds registry for same-sex couples

    31 July 2014, 2:45 pm

    MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a 2009 law that establishes a registry for same-sex couples, saying it does not violate an amendment to the state's constitution banning gay marriage.
  • Boehner warns on unilateral immigration action by Obama

    31 July 2014, 1:53 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday that any unilateral steps by President Barack Obama on immigration would make matters worse and add to a "legacy of lawlessness."
  • Next Obamacare enrollment period faces bumps: U.S. official

    31 July 2014, 1:08 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumers who purchase private health coverage through the federal Obamacare website HealthCare.gov are likely to find only modestly higher premiums but may still have technical problems signing up, a top health official said on…
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds collective bargaining law

    31 July 2014, 11:13 am

    MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Wisconsin's collective bargaining reforms, which prompted protests from organized labor, do not violate the free speech and equal protection rights of public sector union workers, the state's supreme court ruled on Thursday.
  • Voter ID law upheld by Wisconsin Supreme Court

    31 July 2014, 10:38 am

    MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a state law requiring voters to have photo identification to cast a ballot, although the law remains blocked by an earlier ruling by a federal judge that it is unconstitutional.
  • Businessman says helped ex-Virginia governor, wife as part of 'business relationship'

    30 July 2014, 9:51 pm

    RICHMOND Va (Reuters) - The businessman at the heart of a corruption trial involving former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, testified on Wednesday he helped them out with gifts and loans strictly for the benefit of his dietary…
  • Obama to Republicans: ‘Stop just hatin’ all the time’

    30 July 2014, 7:50 pm

    KANSAS CITY Mo./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama took his criticism of congressional Republicans to a higher pitch on Wednesday, imploring them to "stop just hatin' all the time" as they voted to sue him over charges he has overstepped the bounds…
  • House Republicans vote to sue Obama over healthcare law

    30 July 2014, 7:46 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday cleared the way for the launch of a lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of overstepping his authority in carrying out his signature healthcare law.
  • U.S. lawmakers warn Japan, Canada on Pacific trade deal talks

    30 July 2014, 7:35 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday said Japan's refusal to drop all barriers to farm imports under a Pacific trade deal was unacceptable and urged the U.S. administration to cut Japan and Canada out of the talks if they…
  • Obama to order federal contractors to disclose labor violations

    30 July 2014, 7:33 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will sign an executive order on Thursday that would require potential government contractors to disclose past labor law violations, a White House official said.
  • U.S. bars Venezuelan officials accused of abuses in protests

    30 July 2014, 5:51 pm

    WASHINGTON/CARACAS (Reuters) - Washington barred a group of Venezuelan officials, including government ministers and presidential advisers, from the United States on Wednesday after accusing them of abuses in a crackdown on protests against President Nicolas…
  • U.S. Senate bill would make colleges get tough on sexual assault

    30 July 2014, 5:49 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced legislation on Wednesday to combat sexual assaults on college and university campuses by requiring schools to provide more help for victims and work more closely with police investigators.
  • Massachusetts governor signs law limiting protests at abortion clinics

    30 July 2014, 5:06 pm

    BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Wednesday signed into law a measure allowing to police to order anti-abortion protesters away from clinic entrances if their presence impedes public access.
  • Biofuel groups press White House on more than just 2014 targets

    30 July 2014, 5:00 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. biofuel industry is urging the Obama administration to go beyond simply raising proposed targets for use of the fuels, making the case instead for fundamental changes to the government's approach to the renewable fuel program.
  • U.S. House passes $17 billion veterans healthcare bill, 420-5

    30 July 2014, 4:51 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a $17 billion plan to ease long healthcare delays at the scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs Department, adding much of the cost to the federal deficit.
  • Federal Obamacare market still faces cost overruns, delays: watchdog

    30 July 2014, 4:49 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ten months after the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, Obamacare's federal health insurance exchange is still dogged by cost overruns and technology delays that could hamper enrollment when it resumes in November, a U.S. watchdog said.

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