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  • Personal, strategic motivations for Obama in Asia

    BANGKOK (AP) — For President Barack Obama, expanding U.S. influence in Asia is more than just countering China or opening up new markets to American businesses. It’s also about building …


  • White House calls fiscal cliff talks constructive

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama had a constructive meeting with congressional leaders on the looming “fiscal cliff” that could undermine the economy and slow job …


  • THE RESET: Pelosi decision may affect budget talks

    House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi’s decision to serve another term in that post will probably have a big influence on efforts by President Barack Obama and Congress to reach an …


  • Obama pressing business and labor on fiscal cliff

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a challenge to Republicans, President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to extend expiring tax cuts immediately for all but the highest income earners as a …


  • Obama: Immigration reform to start early next year

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says America must “seize the moment” to seek an overhaul of the immigration system and he expects that work to start soon after his …


  • Governors call for renewing wind energy tax credit

    The fate of a tax credit that advocates say is needed to maintain tens of thousands of wind energy jobs will be decided during high-stakes, last-minute negotiations between President Obama …


  • Obama: US can’t afford across-the-board tax hike

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the economy cannot afford a tax increase on all Americans and is calling on congressional Republicans to support an extension of existing tax …


  • Governors call for renewing wind energy tax credit

    The fate of a tax credit that advocates say is needed to maintain tens of thousands of wind energy jobs will be decided during high-stakes, last-minute negotiations between President Obama …


  • Congress faces agenda of unfinished business

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returns Tuesday to a crowded agenda of unfinished business overshadowed by the urgent need for President Barack Obama and lawmakers to avert the economic double hit …


  • Senators propose comprehensive immigration changes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senators on opposite sides of the aisle are proposing comprehensive changes to the immigration laws that would include a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 …


  • Senators discuss comprehensive immigration changes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senators on opposite sides of the aisle are proposing comprehensive changes to the immigration laws that would include a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 …


  • Senators develop ‘comprehensive’ immigration plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senators have hammered out a bipartisan “comprehensive, detailed blueprint” to overhaul immigration policy, and their plan includes a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million …


  • AP sources: US weighs broader nuke deal with Iran

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is considering a new approach in negotiations to curb Iran’s nuclear program that would ease economic sanctions faster than previously offered if Tehran makes …


  • Boehner says Obama should take lead on immigration

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says it’s time to change the nation’s immigration policies and called on President Barack Obama to take the lead in coming up with …


  • Obama to visit Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than two weeks after his re-election, President Barack Obama will become the first U.S. president to visit the once pariah nation of Myanmar, drawing attention to …


  • Obama to visit Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than two weeks after his re-election, President Barack Obama will become the first U.S. president to visit the once pariah nation of Myanmar, drawing attention to …


  • US targets Iranians blamed for blocking Internet

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has imposed financial sanctions against officials and government bodies in Iran that the U.S. blames for jamming satellite broadcasts and blocking Internet access for …


  • Fiscal cliff combines tax hikes, spending cuts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — So just what is this “fiscal cliff” that has the financial markets rattled and economists and policymakers alike in a tizzy over the potential for sending the …


  • Top Democrat wants quick deal on ‘fiscal cliff’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat in Congress called Wednesday for a quick solution to Washington’s “fiscal cliff” in an upcoming post-election session of Congress. At the same time, Senate …


  • US officials: No delays in rescue effort in Libya

    WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA security officers went to the aid of State Department staff less than 25 minutes after they got the first call for help during the attack on …


  • White House prepared to meet one-on-one with Iran

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it is prepared to talk one-on-one with Iran to find a diplomatic settlement to the impasse over Tehran’s reported pursuit of nuclear weapons, …


  • After a few laughs, Romney, Obama back to the fray

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are returning to the sometimes-nasty rhetoric of a close presidential campaign after a brief truce, renewing their focus …


  • Romney criticizes Biden on consulate attack

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Broadening his attack on administration foreign policy, Mitt Romney accused Vice President Joe Biden on Friday of “doubling down on denial” in a dispute over security …


  • Gov’t to allow Indians to possess eagle feathers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Friday it is going to allow members of federally recognized Indian tribes to possess eagle feathers, although that’s a federal crime. This is …


  • Amtrak ridership hits record high amid GOP attacks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Amtrak trains carried 31.2 million passengers in the fiscal year ending in September, the highest annual ridership since the railroad was formed in 1971, the nation’s intercity …


  • US officials: We didn’t link Libya attack to video

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Tuesday it never concluded that the consulate attack in Libya stemmed from protests over an American-made video ridiculing Islam, raising further questions about …


  • Obama seeks cash as Romney expresses confidence

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama made a cross-country swing for cash and Hispanic support Monday amid signs that Republican rival Mitt Romney is cutting into his lead …


  • Panetta: Syria clash with Turkey may escalate

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — The continued exchange of artillery fire between Syria and Turkey raises additional concerns that the conflict may escalate and spread to neighboring countries, Defense Secretary Leon …


  • Obama: Jobs report shows economy is on right track

    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama says an encouraging jobs report shows that the country has made too much progress to turn back to the policies that he says …


  • First debate sets up moment of high-risk theater

    DENVER (AP) — President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney come face to face for the first time in this presidential campaign Wednesday night for a nationally televised debate that …