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Nov 26, 2013

Obama administration proposes new limits on tax-exempt political groups

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration proposed new rules on Tuesday to rein in tax-exempt groups that have transformed the U.S. political landscape in recent years by harnessing hundreds of millions of dollars in anonymous donations to influence elections.

The proposal would alter definitions in the tax code that allow limited campaign and fundraising activities by the tax-exempt groups, some of which have been at the center of allegations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny.

Nov 23, 2013

Analysis: U.S. businesses back Tea Party Republicans after shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Business groups waged a fierce lobbying campaign last month to convince Republicans to re-open the government and raise the debt ceiling, but many of the most influential U.S. corporations have not cut off support to lawmakers who did not heed their appeal.

Eight of the most active business PACs wrote checks totaling $84,750 to 56 Republicans in the Senate and the House of Representatives after they voted against an October 16 deal to re-open the government that had been shut down since October 1 and avert an imminent debt default, according to a Reuters analysis.

Nov 23, 2013

U.S. businesses back Tea Party Republicans after shutdown

WASHINGTON, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Business groups waged a
fierce lobbying campaign last month to convince Republicans to
re-open the government and raise the debt ceiling, but many of
the most influential U.S. corporations have not cut off support
to lawmakers who did not heed their appeal.

Eight of the most active business PACs wrote checks totaling
$84,750 to 56 Republicans in the Senate and the House of
Representatives after they voted against an Oct. 16 deal to
re-open the government that had been shut down since Oct. 1 and
avert an imminent debt default, according to a Reuters analysis.

Nov 19, 2013

Insight: Health site woes show Washington misses out on cutting edge tech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One part of the Obama administration’s technically flawed HealthCare.gov website is actually working as promised. Unfortunately, the company that built it does not intend to seek more government business.

Working out of a garage a few blocks north of the White House, a 12-person software shop called Development Seed built a customer interface praised for its elegance and stability, a bright spot in the rollout of a website that has been an embarrassment for President Barack Obama.

Nov 19, 2013

Insight: Health site woes show Washington misses out on cutting edge technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One part of the Obama administration’s technically flawed HealthCare.gov website is actually working as promised. Unfortunately, the company that built it does not intend to seek more government business.

Working out of a garage a few blocks north of the White House, a 12-person software shop called Development Seed built a customer interface praised for its elegance and stability, a bright spot in the rollout of a website that has been an embarrassment for President Barack Obama.

Nov 19, 2013

Health site woes show Washington misses out on cutting edge tech

WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – One part of the Obama
administration’s technically flawed HealthCare.gov website is
actually working as promised. Unfortunately, the company that
built it does not intend to seek more government business.

Working out of a garage a few blocks north of the White
House, a 12-person software shop called Development Seed built a
customer interface praised for its elegance and stability, a
bright spot in the rollout of a website that has been an
embarrassment for President Barack Obama.

Nov 10, 2013

U.S. lawmakers seek tighter Iran sanctions before any deal

WASHINGTON/GENEVA (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers said on Sunday they aimed to tighten sanctions on Iran to prevent Washington giving away too much in a deal on Tehran’s nuclear program that diplomats said was still possible despite the failure of high-level weekend talks.

Their comments reflected widespread Congressional skepticism about a rapprochement between Iran and world powers and coincided with renewed lobbying from Israel against a proposal it sees as leaving open a danger Iran could build a nuclear bomb. Tehran denies harboring any such ambition.

Nov 10, 2013

U.S. lawmakers aim to tighten sanctions to spur Iran talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers said on Sunday they aim to tighten sanctions on Iran to ensure the Obama administration does not give away too much in a planned deal to stop Tehran’s nuclear development program.

The remarks are further evidence of the skepticism the Obama administration faces at home and abroad in its efforts to build a dialogue with the Islamic republic after more than three decades of deep mistrust.

Oct 29, 2013

In new U.S. budget talks, Republican proposal has flipped the script

WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S.
Congress are taking a new tack in the budget wars that have
convulsed Washington for the past three years: They want to soak
the rich, or at least get them a little damp.

As Democrats and Republicans kick off another round of
budget talks on Wednesday, a proposal by House of
Representatives Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan appears to
have flipped the usual script.

Oct 29, 2013

Push for immigration action targets House Republicans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. businesses, religious leaders and other supporters of overhauling the nation’s immigration laws mounted a massive lobbying push on Tuesday to urge a reluctant House of Representatives to tackle the issue before the end of the year.

More than 600 people from 40 states planned to meet one-on-one with lawmakers to encourage the House to act soon on a top priority of labor groups, Latinos and businesses ranging from apple growers to software companies.

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