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Politics Jan 055 things to watch for as new Congress convenes
WASHINGTON -- The new Congress convenes Tuesday with Republicans in control of the House and Senate as a formidable counterpoint to President Barack Obama in his final two years in office.
Politics Jan 03From agriculture to energy, GOP intent on pushing back in 2015
Republican senators poised to lead major committees when the GOP takes charge are intent on pushing back many of President Barack Obama's policies, setting up potential showdowns over environmental rules, financial regulations and national security.
Politics Dec 16Obama to sign Russia sanctions bill
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will sign legislation slapping new sanctions on Russia and providing weapons and other aid to Ukraine despite White House concerns that military assistance will further escalate the conflict, the White House said Tuesday.
Politics Dec 14Congress clears sweeping $1.1 trillion spending bill
Congress cleared a $1.1 trillion spending bill for President Barack Obama's signature after a day of Senate intrigue capped by a failed, largely symbolic Republican challenge to the administration's new immigration policy.
Nation Dec 05Congress wants to block Nazis from getting Social Security
By voice vote late Thursday, the Senate gave final congressional approval to a measure that would shut a loophole that allowed suspected Nazis to be paid millions of dollars in benefits, clearing it for the White House. Under the bill,…
Politics Nov 06GOP in charge of the Senate, eager to move on Keystone XL, taxes
WASHINGTON — Republicans' resounding victory gives them an opportunity to push legislation that's been bottled up in the Democratic Senate, from targeting elements of President Barack Obama's health care law to constructing the Keystone XL oil pipeline to rolling back…
World Sep 16Hagel, Dempsey defend Obama’s plan to target Islamic State extremists
WASHINGTON — The nation’s top military leader told Congress on Tuesday that if President Barack Obama’s expanded military campaign to destroy Islamic extremists fails, he would recommend that the United States consider deploying American ground forces to Iraq.
Politics Sep 06Congress will vote on spending bill Monday to keep government open
After a five-week summer break, lawmakers face a shortened September session with a tight must-do list: pass a temporary spending bill to fund federal departments and agencies through mid-December and extend the freeze on taxing access to the Internet.
Politics Sep 012014 electorate is ‘still an incumbent’s world’
WASHINGTON -- A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a…
Politics Aug 305 things to know about November’s House races
The GOP is expected to tighten its majority grip on the House in November's elections, adding seats as President Barack Obama's unpopularity drags down Democrats. The president's party traditionally suffers losses in the midterms.