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Senate approves Obama’s hard-fought trade negotiating bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Senate has handed President Barack Obama a major victory by approving his request for enhanced trade negotiating authority. The bill now faces a tough battle in the House. The Senate voted 62-37 Friday to endorse … Continue reading

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Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. The vote … Continue reading

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U.S., Cuba make progress on restoring ties but no deal yet

By Daniel Trotta WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Cuba and the United States reported making progress toward restoring diplomatic relations following two days of talks and pledged on Friday to continue informal negotiations in the coming weeks. The chief U.S. negotiator said … Continue reading

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Senate tries to bridge gaps on domestic surveillance

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chairman of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee released a proposal meant to bridge divides among lawmakers on how to handle the June 1 expiration of domestic spying programs, but there was no clear … Continue reading

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Senate votes to grant Obama fast-track power on trade deals

By Richard Cowan and Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama scored a major victory on Friday when the U.S. Senate voted to give him “fast-track” powers that would help wrap up negotiations on a 12-nation Pacific Rim trade … Continue reading

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Clinton emails show concern about image after Benghazi

By Mark Hosenball and Alistair Bell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top aides to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fretted over how she would be portrayed after the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three … Continue reading

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Senate expected to act on NSA collection of phone records

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fate of the bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency is now before the Senate, in what is increasingly looking like a game of legislative chicken. The Senate is expected to decide … Continue reading

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Archives show Hillary Clinton OK’d tax breaks for nonprofits

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — As first lady in the final year of the Clinton administration, Hillary Rodham Clinton endorsed a White House plan to give tax breaks to private foundations and wealthy charity donors at the same time the … Continue reading

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Longtime Clinton adviser sent flood of emails on Benghazi

WASHINGTON (AP) — Longtime Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal had been blocked from working for Hillary Rodham Clinton at the State Department by wary White House officials. But that didn’t cut his direct line to Clinton on one of the most … Continue reading

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Sen. Cantwell turns Senate divisions on trade to advantage

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s trade bill faced a crucial test vote in the Senate, and Washington state Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell saw an opportunity. In a tense drama that unfolded in real time on the Senate floor Thursday, … Continue reading

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