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US Congress Moves Forward With Massive Defense Bill

Posted December 13th, 2011 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Congress is moving forward with a massive defense bill with a controversial provision on the military detention of certain terror suspects. Lawmakers say they made revisions to the detainee provision in an effort to avoid a threatened presidential veto. The $662 billion bill authorizes funding for the Defense Department and the national security […]

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Grassroots Delegates Get Bigger Role in Chinese Party Congress

Posted November 2nd, 2011 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media say workers, farmers and professionals will play a larger role than in the past when the ruling Communist Party selects its next generation of leaders late next year. In a statement published by the official Xinhua news agency, the party’s dominant Central Committee said women and ethnic groups will also be better […]

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Senate Rejects Obama’s Jobs Bill

Posted October 21st, 2011 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Senate has voted against President Barack Obama’s jobs package for the second time in less than two weeks. The 50-to-50 Senate vote late Thursday crushed a $35-billion package to help cash-strapped states employ teachers, police, and emergency responders. The proposal would have increased taxes on millionaires. All 47 Senate Republicans, joined by two […]

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House Committee Approves 3 Trade Agreements

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. congressional committee has approved three long-pending free trade deals that now will be sent to the full House of Representatives for expected final approval next week. The House and Ways Committee Wednesday acted on the Colombia, Panama and South Korea agreements, two days after the White House formally sent them to Congress. Both […]

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U.S. Lawmakers Question Solyndra Executives

Posted September 23rd, 2011 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Two top executives of a bankrupt solar panel company appeared before a U.S. congressional hearing Friday, but invoked their right not to answer questions. Members of House Energy and Commerce Committee questioned Solyndra chief executive Brian Harrison and chief financial officer W.G. Stover about the federal loan guarantee the company received before going bankrupt. But […]

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Partisan Battle Moves US Closer to Government Shutdown

Posted September 23rd, 2011 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Senate Democrats have blocked a bill that would have provided aid for U.S. flood victims and avoided a partial government shutdown, setting up another round of bitter partisan bickering. The Democratic-led Senate voted 59-to-36 Friday to kill an emergency spending bill from the Republican-led House of Representatives. The House passed the measure in the […]

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Partisan Battle Moves US Closer to Government Shutdown

Posted September 23rd, 2011 at 1:56 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Senate Democrats have blocked a bill that would have provided aid for U.S. flood victims and avoided a partial government shutdown, setting up another round of bitter partisan bickering. The Democratic-led Senate voted 59-to-36 Friday to kill an emergency spending bill from the Republican-led House of Representatives. The House passed the measure in the […]

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New Congressional Clash Threatens Government Shutdown

Posted September 23rd, 2011 at 12:24 pm (UTC-5)
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Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives are lashing out at the Democratic-led Senate in the latest round of partisan bickering that could shut down Washington. House Speaker John Boehner told reporters the Republican-led House upheld its responsibility by passing an emergency spending bill early Friday morning, and criticized Senate Democrats for threatening to […]

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US House Approves ‘Stopgap’ Government Spending Measure

Posted September 23rd, 2011 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives has approved an emergency spending bill the Democratic-led Senate has vowed to defeat, setting up another threat of a government shutdown. The measure approved early Friday morning by a vote of 219 to 203 will fund the government through November 18. The measure includes $3.65 billion that will go […]

US House Approves ‘Stopgap’ Government Spending Measure

Posted September 23rd, 2011 at 6:39 am (UTC-5)
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The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives have approved an emergency spending bill the Democratic-led Senate has vowed to defeat, setting up another threat of a government shutdown. The measure approved early Friday morning by a vote of 219 to 203 will fund the government through November 18, until a spending plan for the 2012 budget […]

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