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Keystone XL getting bipartisan Senate push

By Timothy Gardner and Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the latest effort by U.S. lawmakers to breathe life into the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline, Senator John Hoeven re-introduced legislation on Thursday that would force congressional approval of the controversial project. Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican, said he has…

Republican lawmakers compare Obama to Nixon over ‘hidden’ Benghazi email

Republican lawmakers compared Barack Obama’s White House to the secretive Nixon administration on Thursday, denouncing its response to the 2012 attack on a US mission in Benghazi, Libya. On Wednesday a conservative group published a White House email it had obtained after a legal challenge and which critics say shows…

Obama and European leaders prepare to move ahead on new sanctions against Russia

U.S. President Barack Obama and top European leaders are moving ahead on a new round of sanctions against Russia, U.S. officials said amid hints they could come within days. American sanctions could be imposed as early as Monday, a source close to the issue told AFP, asking not to be…

Eric Holder to remain U.S. attorney general through November elections at least

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder plans to stay on through November’s mid-term elections and has no timeline for an exit after that, a Justice Department official told Reuters on Friday. “The Attorney General does not plan to leave before the mid-terms. That does not mean that he…

Jimmy Kimmel mocks The Drudge Report’s freak out over Obama bowing to Japanese robot

On his show Thursday night, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at The Drudge Report for considering President Barack Obama’s playful interaction with a Japanese robot to be the top news of the day. Obama witnessed Honda’s ASIMO robot in action during a trip to Tokyo. The president bowed…

Report: White House considering two-step process for immigration reform

By Julia Edwards and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is considering small steps in the near term to ease the threat of deportation for some undocumented immigrants, but advocates in communication with the administration expect President Barack Obama to make bigger changes later in the year. With…

Obama mocks critics: GOP still going through ‘stages of grief’ over health care law’s success

President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the U.S. Congress in November. Appearing in the White House briefing room days before leaving the national…

Obama commutes sentence of Texas man mistakenly given extra jail time

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentence of a Texas man who was mistakenly sentenced to an extra three and a half years in jail due to a typographical error. Ceasar Huerta Cantu, of Katy, Texas, pleaded guilty in 2006 of charges related to drug…

Insurance premium hikes from Obamacare will not be as severe as predicted: CBO

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The average premium for an Obamacare benchmark plan will rise slightly in 2015 and increase about 6 percent a year during the rest of this decade, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said on Monday in a report the White House trumpeted as proof…

New nominee for Health and Human Services secretary draws early fire from Republicans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s new nominee for health secretary drew some early political fire from Republicans on Sunday in what could foreshadow a stormy election-year confirmation debate in the U.S. Senate over the future of the law known as Obamacare. Two days after Obama nominated his budget director,…

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