U.S. Senate clears debt limit measure for Obama

Feb 13, 2014

U.S. Senate clears debt limit measure for Obama

Must-pass legislation to allow the U.S. government to borrow money to pay its bills cleared Congress Wednesday for President Barack Obama’s signature, staving off a debt default that could have rattled financial markets and spiked interest rates. The Senate approved the measure by a ...

U.S. debt ceiling hike clears House, heads to Senate

Feb 12, 2014

U.S. debt ceiling hike clears House, heads to Senate

U.S. Republicans capitulated Tuesday to President Barack Obama’s call to extend the nation’s borrowing authority with no strings attached, dialing back the threat of an election-year fiscal showdown. The House of Representatives narrowly approved a measure to suspend the U.S. debt ceiling until March ...

U.S. eases immigration rules for refugees

Feb 10, 2014

U.S. eases immigration rules for refugees

The Obama administration has eased the rules for would-be asylum seekers, refugees and others who hope to come to or stay in the United States and who gave “limited” support to terrorists or terrorist groups. The change is one of President Barack Obama’s first ...

Feb 5, 2014

U.S. Army confronts massive $29 million recruiting fraud scandal

Criminal investigators suspect that hundreds of U.S. Army soldiers exploited a recruitment program to receive illegal kickbacks worth more than $29 million, lawmakers and officials said Tuesday. The scale of the potential fraud was “astounding” and ranks as one of the largest criminal probes ...

U.S. immigration reform may hike the cost of citizenship

Feb 3, 2014

U.S. immigration reform may hike the cost of citizenship

Hilda Vasquez squirreled away the money for her U.S. citizenship application by selling batches of homemade tamales at South Texas offices. Carmen Zalazar picked up extra babysitting jobs at night after caring for kids all day in Houston. The women scrimped and saved for ...

Feb 3, 2014

Clinton warns new Tehran sanctions could upend talks

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is warning Congress that new unilateral sanctions against Iran could upend sensitive international negotiations over its nuclear development, imploring lawmakers to work with the Obama administration in presenting a unified front to Tehran. Echoing President Barack Obama’s ...

Feb 1, 2014

Bridge headache grows for Christie

A scandal that has shaken any presidential prospects for Republican star Chris Christie appeared to deepen Friday as a former ally said the New Jersey governor made inaccurate statements after top aides were accused of orchestrating a huge traffic jam at one of the ...

Republicans debate next move on immigration

Jan 31, 2014

Republicans debate next move on immigration

Republicans in the House of Representatives wrestled with the outlines of immigration legislation on Thursday, sharply divided over both the contentious issue and the political wisdom of acting on it in an election year. At a three-day retreat, Republican leaders circulated an outline that ...

Obama plans laws to shrink income gap

Jan 26, 2014

Obama plans laws to shrink income gap

by Julie Pace

President Barack Obama will confront a politically divided Congress with a demand to expand economic mobility in the U.S., asserting in his State of the Union policy address Tuesday night that he will take action on his own if lawmakers fail to help shrink ...