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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Obama, fellow Dems are at odds on big trade bills

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants to put major emerging trade deals with Europe and Asia on a “fast track” to congressional passage. But with midterm elections looming, many fellow Democrats are working to […]

02/18/2014

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. Boehner said Thursday it will be difficult to pass immigration legislation this year, dimming prospects for one of President Barack Obama's top domestic priorities.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

White House giving Boehner room on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Republican leaders dampen expectations for overhauling immigration laws this year, the White House is hoping that the GOP resistance is temporary and tactical, and it’s resisting pressure from some political allies […]

02/07/2014

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.  (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Boehner: ‘We’re not going to default’ on debt

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner promised Thursday that the GOP-controlled House won’t miss a late-February deadline to increase the government’s borrowing cap. “Look, we do not want to default on our debt, and […]

02/06/2014

Job seekers checking out companies at a job fair. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

1.3 million losing unemployment benefits Saturday

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1 million Americans are bracing for a harrowing, post-Christmas jolt as extended federal unemployment benefits come to a sudden halt this weekend, with potentially significant implications for the recovering U.S. […]

12/27/2013

House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., walks to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

House Republicans signal support for budget deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans signaled support Wednesday for a budget deal worked out a day earlier, a plan narrowly drawn but promoted as a way to stabilize Congress’ erratic fiscal efforts, avert another government […]

12/11/2013

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, accompanied by Senate Budget Committee Chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/ Scott Applewhite, File)

Bipartisan negotiators seek modest budget pact

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic negotiators reached out for a budget agreement Tuesday to reduce automatic spending cuts aimed at programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon, risking a backlash from liberals and conservatives […]

12/10/2013

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, discusses the unfinished work of Congress and the struggle for Republican and Democratic budget negotiators to reach a compromise, at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. She is joined by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Md., left, and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., the ranking member of the House Budget Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Budget deal? Big obstacles, New Year’s deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) — With hopes of a “grand bargain” long gone, congressional negotiators now are seeking a more modest deal before year-end to ease the automatic spending cuts that are squeezing both the Pentagon and […]

12/05/2013

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Prospects brighten for small-scale budget deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite the poisonous environment in Congress, chances are improving for a small-scale budget deal next month that would ease automatic spending decreases that threaten to cut more deeply into domestic programs and […]

11/25/2013

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, center, poses next to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, center right, and the Iranian delegation after a ceremony at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, early Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Iran struck a historic deal Sunday with the United States and five other world powers, agreeing to a temporary freeze of its nuclear program in the most significant agreement between Washington and Tehran in more than three decades of estrangement. (AP Photo/Keystone,Martial Trezzini)

Congress plans tough Iran sanctions if deal fails

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers from both parties said Sunday they are skeptical that Iran will stick to a new nuclear deal and want Congress to prepare beefed up economic penalties to hit Tehran if the […]

11/24/2013

Wallace Coffey, chief of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, second from right, holds his tribe’s Congressional Gold Medal, together with representatives of other Native American tribes, during a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, honoring twenty-five Native American tribes who received the medal in recognition of the dedication and valor of the code talkers and their service to the U.S. Armed Forces during WWI and WWII. “Code talkers” refers to those Native Americans who used their tribal languages as a means of secret communication during the war. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Congress honors American Indian code talkers (Photo Gallery)

WASHINGTON (AP) — For decades, the wartime service of 96-year-old Edmond Harjo and other American Indian “code talkers” was something that wasn’t even officially acknowledged, let alone publically recognized. But on Wednesday, Harjo sat in […]

11/20/2013

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