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  • Texas gubernatorial candidates court Hispanic vote in debate

    20 September 2014, 2:28 am

    (Reuters) - Heading into the final weeks of the campaign, Texas gubernatorial candidates Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis held their first debate in a Rio Grande Valley border town as they targeted support from Hispanic voters.
  • Spending, war disputes to dog post-election, lame-duck Congress

    19 September 2014, 5:52 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress will face a contentious post-election session in November dominated by a longer-term spending bill and more wrenching questions over President Barack Obama's strategy to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
  • Kansas Democrat asks court to require new U.S. Senate candidate

    19 September 2014, 5:51 pm

    KANSAS CITY Kan. (Reuters) - A Kansas Democrat has asked the state Supreme Court to order his party to name a new U.S. Senate candidate for the November election after the court ruled the name of a county prosecutor who withdrew must be removed from the…
  • Wisconsin governor candidate cuts ties with consultant over jobs plan

    19 September 2014, 5:36 pm

    MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke severed ties with a political consultant after he used similar language in her jobs plan as he did in economic plans he drafted for other clients, Burke's campaign said on Friday.
  • Former Connecticut Governor Rowland found guilty of campaign law violations

    19 September 2014, 4:04 pm

    NEW HAVEN Conn. (Reuters) - Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland violated U.S. election laws by taking under-the-table payments from a business owned by the husband of a candidate whose campaign he secretly advised, a federal jury found on Friday.
  • U.S. won't stand in way of Venezuela's U.N. Security Council bid

    19 September 2014, 3:54 pm

    UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will not stand in the way of Venezuela securing a temporary seat on the U.N. Security Council in 2015-16 after Latin American and Caribbean states unanimously endorsed its bid, U.N. diplomats and U.S.…
  • White House anti-assault campaign uses stars, sports to reach campuses

    19 September 2014, 3:52 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, who have long talked about the need to curb sexual assault at universities, got some help on Friday from the people many young adults actually listen to: celebrities and athletes.
  • U.S. Congress urged to pass bill to speed development of antibiotics

    19 September 2014, 2:39 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Financial incentives and a more flexible regulatory approach are needed to persuade drug companies to develop new antibiotics, drug industry and public health experts told U.S. lawmakers on Friday, though some warned that modifying the…
  • White House does not expect Obama, Iran's Rouhani to meet at U.N.

    19 September 2014, 1:44 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday it did not expect President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani would hold a meeting when they are in New York for the United Nations General Assembly next week.
  • U.S. Senate Democrats propose exit tax for inverting companies

    19 September 2014, 11:28 am

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Senate Democrats want to force U.S. companies to pay an exit tax on any profits held overseas if the companies decide to reincorporate abroad to cut their tax bills, the latest in a slew of proposals to stem such "inversion" deals.
  • It’s a good time to run for office in Iowa: meet Queen Joni

    19 September 2014, 7:37 am

    IOWA CITY Iowa (Reuters) - Most Republicans running in tight U.S. Senate races in November's midterm elections can rely on campaign endorsements from a few national figures. But most Republicans are not Joni Ernst.
  • In shift, U.S. officials fight release on bond of migrants: lawyers

    19 September 2014, 1:15 am

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration is routinely arguing against the release on bond of Central American women and children at a New Mexico detention center in a policy shift meant to discourage others like them from entering the United States, say…
  • Bush family member angered by Republican Senate candidate's ads in Georgia

    18 September 2014, 9:04 pm

    (Reuters) - Neil Bush, son and brother of two former presidents, has denounced assertions in political ads for Republican Senate nominee David Perdue in Georgia that an organization founded by Bush's father funneled money to extremist groups.
  • U.S. Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding government

    18 September 2014, 8:21 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress gave final approval on Thursday to President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State, a major part of his military campaign to "degrade and destroy" the militant group.
  • Kansas Democrat ordered removed from U.S. Senate ballot

    18 September 2014, 8:16 pm

    KANSAS CITY Kan. (Reuters) - Kansas election officials must remove the name of the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from the November election ballot, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in a decision that could help decide which party will control…
  • Connecticut jury begins weighing charges against former governor

    18 September 2014, 8:15 pm

    NEW HAVEN Conn. (Reuters) - Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland carried out a scheme to use a phony nursing home contract to hide his work as a paid adviser for a 2012 congressional candidate in violation of federal campaign law, prosecutors said on…
  • U.S. Senate approves Sheets as Treasury undersecretary

    18 September 2014, 7:56 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate approved Nathan Sheets as the Treasury's top official on international affairs, charged with pressing Washington's position on everything from the value of China's currency to how to resolve Europe's debt crisis.
  • U.S. Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding government

    18 September 2014, 7:25 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate approved President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants on Thursday, a major part of his military campaign to "degrade and destroy" the radical group.
  • Kansas Democrat ordered removed from U.S. Senate ballot

    18 September 2014, 7:17 pm

    KANSAS CITY Kan. (Reuters) - Kansas election officials must remove the name of the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from the November election ballot, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in a decision that could help decide which party will control…
  • Trio of Republican 2016 hopefuls stake out positions with Syria vote

    18 September 2014, 7:16 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three likely Republican White House contenders thrust the party's foreign policy divide into the spotlight with their Thursday votes and comments on a measure to arm moderate Syrian rebels.
  • Bush family member angered by Republican Senate candidate's ads in Georgia

    18 September 2014, 6:49 pm

    (Reuters) - Neil Bush, son and brother of two former presidents, has denounced assertions in political ads for Republican Senate nominee David Perdue in Georgia that an organization founded by Bush's father funneled money to extremist groups.
  • U.S. Senate to cast final vote on arming Syrian rebels

    18 September 2014, 6:43 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday was poised to approve President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants.
  • Arab Bank never backed Hamas, lawyer tells U.S. jury

    18 September 2014, 6:38 pm

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Arab Bank Plc never provided material support for the Palestinian group Hamas, a lawyer for the bank told jurors on Thursday during closing arguments at the bank's civil trial on charges of financing terrorism.
  • Obama nominates Indian-American as ambassador to India

    18 September 2014, 6:24 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama nominated former State Department official Richard Verma as U.S. ambassador to India on Thursday, just ahead of a visit to Washington by new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a White House statement said.
  • U.S. House Speaker Boehner bemoans notion 'I don't have to work'

    18 September 2014, 6:12 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday expressed his dissatisfaction with a chronically high jobless rate and complained of a "very sick idea" that the unemployed would "rather just sit around."

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