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  • Romney to provide update to supporters on potential 2016 run

    30 January 2015, 3:56 am

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Mitt Romney is to give an update to his supporters on Friday on whether he should run for president a third time in 2016 amid signs he has yet to convince some financial backers as to why he should take the plunge again.
  • Moscow, Washington discuss possible Kerry visit to Russia: sources

    30 January 2015, 2:05 am

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow and Washington are discussing a possible visit to Russia by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the Ukraine crisis, diplomatic sources say.
  • U.S. Democrats set high bar for supporting Obama on trade

    29 January 2015, 11:45 pm

    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Senior Democrats in the House of Representatives said on Thursday they would insist President Barack Obama provide hard evidence that proposed free trade deals will boost median U.S. incomes, laying out tough terms to support his trade…
  • Obama budget to include $1 billion for Central America

    29 January 2015, 8:58 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 budget on Monday will include $1 billion in new aid for Central America as part of a broad effort to address the unaccompanied child migration crisis, the White House said on Thursday.
  • Obama budget seeks boost for military, domestic programs

    29 January 2015, 8:57 pm

    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will call for a 7 percent rise in U.S. domestic and military spending in his budget that would end caps known as "sequestration," the White House said on Thursday, setting up a new conflict with Republicans in…
  • U.S. sets Feb. 18 for children of undocumented immigrants to seek status

    29 January 2015, 8:28 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will begin accepting applications on Feb. 18 for temporary legal status from children of undocumented immigrants who came to the United States with their parents, under a plan announced by President Barack Obama last…
  • U.S. funding impasse blocks Secret Service hires: Homeland Security chief

    29 January 2015, 6:20 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service cannot hire new agents for the next presidential election or make improvements at the agency until Congress settles a dispute over funding, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Thursday.
  • U.S. lawmakers seek to end restrictions on travel to Cuba

    29 January 2015, 6:10 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Eight Republican and Democratic U.S. senators introduced legislation on Thursday to repeal all restrictions on U.S. citizens' travel to Cuba, the first step in Congress toward ending the U.S. embargo since President Barack Obama moved…
  • Idaho Republicans reject gay rights measure

    29 January 2015, 6:01 pm

    (Reuters) - A bill granting job and housing protections for gay and transgender people in socially conservative Idaho was stalled by Republican lawmakers on Thursday after three days of emotionally charged hearings that drew more than 1,000 residents to the…
  • Obama budget seeks boost for military, domestic programs

    29 January 2015, 5:36 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will call for a 7 percent rise in U.S. domestic and military spending in his budget that would end caps known as 'sequestration,' the White House said on Thursday, setting up a new source of conflict with…
  • John McCain calls protesters 'scum,' tells them to 'shut up'

    29 January 2015, 5:36 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain had a blunt message for demonstrators chanting for the arrest of Henry Kissinger at a Senate Armed Forces Committee hearing on Thursday: "Get out of here, you low-life-scum."
  • U.S. lawmakers introduce bill to promote LGBT rights worldwide

    29 January 2015, 5:05 pm

    NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.S. lawmakers in both houses of Congress introduced on Thursday a bill to protect and promote the rights of the international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
  • U.S. Senate banking chair says interested in Fed audit

    29 January 2015, 4:39 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee said on Thursday he was "very interested" in requiring a government audit of the Federal Reserve and its portfolio.
  • Keystone XL bill passes in Senate, faces Obama veto

    29 January 2015, 4:29 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate passed a bill on Thursday to approve the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline, despite the White House saying earlier in the day that President Barack Obama would veto the measure.
  • Democrats set high bar for supporting Obama on trade

    29 January 2015, 3:39 pm

    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Senior Democrats in the House of Representatives said on Thursday they would insist President Barack Obama provide hard evidence that proposed free trade deals will boost median U.S. incomes, laying out tough terms to support his trade…
  • Obama budget to include $1 billion for Central America: congressional aide

    29 January 2015, 3:19 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's budget will include $1 billion in new aid for Central America as part of a broad effort to address the unaccompanied child migration crisis, Democratic congressional aides told Reuters on Thursday.
  • U.S. Senate panel advances Iran sanctions bill

    29 January 2015, 3:01 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Banking Committee voted 18-4 on Thursday to advance a bill that would toughen sanctions on Iran if international negotiators fail to reach an agreement on Tehran's nuclear program by the end of June.
  • Prominent U.S. judge quits Justice Dept evidence commission in protest

    29 January 2015, 2:22 pm

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A prominent Manhattan federal judge who has frequently butted heads with U.S. authorities over their handling of financial cases has resigned in protest from a commission that advises the Justice Department on how to use forensic evidence…
  • Obama would veto bill for congressional approval of Iran deal: spokesman

    29 January 2015, 2:16 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama would veto a bill crafted by U.S. Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Bob Corker that would require the administration to receive congressional approval for any deal it strikes with Iran over Tehran's…
  • Keystone XL advances in U.S. Senate, faces Obama veto

    29 January 2015, 2:03 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate will likely pass a bill approving the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday, a measure the White House said President Barack Obama would veto.

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