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  • Limited review finds White House political office was within law

    25 July 2014, 7:38 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A limited review found the White House's political office appears to be operating within the law, a federal oversight agency said amid a congressional probe into whether taxpayer money has been used by the Obama administration for…
  • U.S. lawmaker urges halt to Ex-Im deals in Russia

    25 July 2014, 6:27 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A conservative U.S. lawmaker called on Friday for the Export-Import Bank to halt deals with Russia, but a U.S. company warned that a broader proposal to close the export credit agency would stymie a project that is helping to wean…
  • Trading power lunches for canned tuna in U.S. minimum wage bid

    25 July 2014, 6:19 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It was 4:25 p.m. and all Representative Tim Ryan had eaten so far were the few peanuts he foraged in a U.S. Capitol cloakroom.
  • Obama tells Central American leaders most children will go home

    25 July 2014, 6:00 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama urged the leaders of three Central American countries on Friday to work with him to stem the flow of child migrants who have surged across the U.S. border and warned that most of them would not be allowed to stay.
  • House panel set for Tuesday vote on Fed transparency bill

    25 July 2014, 5:51 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House Financial Services Committee said on Friday that it will vote on a bill next week aimed at bringing more transparency to the Federal Reserve, including the controversial requirement of adopting a rules-based approach to its…
  • Cellphone unlocking bill clears U.S. House, heads to Obama

    25 July 2014, 4:09 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation on Friday to give mobile-phone users the right to 'unlock' their devices and use them on competitors' wireless networks, something that is now technically illegal.
  • Special counsel says White House political office acted within law

    25 July 2014, 1:53 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House's political office did not engage in illegal partisan activity, a federal oversight agency said following a congressional hearing to probe whether taxpayer money has been used by the Obama administration for political…
  • U.S. House votes overwhelmingly for say on Obama's Iraq decisions

    25 July 2014, 1:50 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Friday for a resolution that would bar President Barack Obama from sending U.S. troops for any "sustained combat role" in Iraq without congressional authorization.
  • House report blasts Eisenhower Memorial as 'five-star folly,' cites costs

    25 July 2014, 12:54 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The troubled Eisenhower Memorial designed by celebrity architect Frank Gehry is a "five-star folly" plagued by rising costs, construction delays and design problems, congressional investigators said on Friday.
  • Army War College probes plagiarism claims against Montana senator

    25 July 2014, 12:46 am

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Army War College has opened an inquiry into accusations that Senator John Walsh, a Montana Democrat now facing a tough election challenge, plagiarized parts of a research paper tied to a master’s degree he earned from the school.
  • Obama rails against corporate maneuver to evade U.S. taxes

    25 July 2014, 12:03 am

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday hammered U.S. companies that avoid federal taxes by shifting their tax domiciles overseas in deals known as "inversions" and called on Congress to pass a bill to curb the practice.
  • Obama, Netherlands' Rutte agree more sanctions needed on Russia

    24 July 2014, 11:25 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama spoke by phone with Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday and the White House said both agreed on the need to impose more sanctions on Russia for continuing to arm pro-Russian separatists in…
  • White House bemoans lawmakers' delay on U.S. border crisis funds

    24 July 2014, 9:00 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House officials expressed growing alarm on Thursday that Congress may not soon approve President Barack Obama's emergency request for $3.7 billion to tackle the child migration crisis on the southern border of the United States.
  • Senior U.S. lawmaker: Myanmar must reform before more sanctions easing

    24 July 2014, 6:52 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Jade and rubies from Myanmar will remain banned from the United States unless the Asian nation moves to end a provision in its constitution that bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from running for president, a senior U.S. senator…
  • White House bemoans lawmakers' delay on U.S. border crisis funds

    24 July 2014, 6:25 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House officials expressed growing alarm on Thursday that Congress may not soon approve President Barack Obama's emergency request for $3.7 billion to tackle the child migration crisis on the southern border of the United States.
  • VA bill hits deadlock in U.S. Congress over $15 billion gap

    24 July 2014, 6:14 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Negotiations over legislation to ease the Veterans Affairs health-care crisis broke down on Thursday as leaders of the House and Senate veterans committees rolled out competing proposals with a $15 billion gap between them.
  • Honduran president links border crisis to U.S. policy divide

    24 July 2014, 6:02 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers' inability to reach an agreement on immigration policy is at least partly to blame for a crisis that has seen thousands of children flee Honduras for the U.S. border, Honduran President Juan Hernandez said on Thursday.
  • Obama presses to end corporate trick for evading taxes

    24 July 2014, 5:15 pm

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday hammered U.S. companies that avoid federal taxes by shifting their tax domiciles overseas in deals known as "inversions" and called on Congress to pass a bill to end the practice.
  • U.S. House panel votes to authorize lawsuit against Obama

    24 July 2014, 5:09 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday took another step toward authorizing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, claiming he has overstepped his executive powers in carrying out his landmark healthcare reform…
  • U.S. Republican Paul Ryan wants choice in delivering aid to poor

    24 July 2014, 4:40 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Paul Ryan proposed a plan to help poor Americans on Thursday that would allow charities, community groups and even for-profit firms to compete with the government for federal money to fight poverty.
  • U.S. House Republicans preparing bill to keep government running

    24 July 2014, 4:14 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. Congress, mindful of voter anger over past budget showdowns, are preparing legislation to keep the government open beyond Sept. 30 when existing funding expires.
  • Republican lawmaker to grill U.S. SEC over Ackman tactics

    24 July 2014, 12:10 am

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. lawmaker will pressure the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday to consider a raft of reforms, after William Ackman's aggressive efforts to take over Allergan Inc raised concerns about loose rules governing…
  • Republican Paul Ryan to renew U.S. poverty debate with grant plan

    23 July 2014, 10:37 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Representative Paul Ryan will probably spark a new round of arguments over how to fight poverty in America on Thursday as he introduces a sweeping plan to replace long-standing social safety net programs with new block grants…
  • U.S. Republican lawmakers seek greater say on Iran nuclear deal

    23 July 2014, 7:56 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican lawmakers introduced legislation on Wednesday that would force President Barack Obama to submit quickly to Congress any comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran and give lawmakers the chance to reject the deal and…
  • Sarah Palin cited for speeding in Alaska

    23 July 2014, 7:55 pm

    JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican nominee for vice president, was issued a speeding citation in her hometown of Wasilla, court records showed on Wednesday.

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