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Oct 19, 2013

Rep. Bill Young, longest serving Republican in U.S. Congress, dead at 82

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Bill Young of Florida, the longest-serving Republican member of Congress, died on Friday more than a week after announcing his plans to retire, his family said in a statement. He was 82.

Young, a 22-term congressman and the former chairman of the powerful U.S. House Appropriations Committee, died at 6:50 p.m. ET (2250 GMT), his chief of staff, Harry Glenn, said in an email.

Oct 17, 2013

Bill to spare U.S. economy from debt crisis also delivers favors

WASHINGTON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – The last-minute bill to avert
a potentially catastrophic U.S. default and reopen the
government came in at a relatively skimpy 35 pages, but
lawmakers still managed to pack in some special favors.

Such stop-gap funding measures often include so-called
“anomalies” to address special needs that would otherwise be
handled in normal spending bills.

Oct 16, 2013

Any U.S. sanctions relief on Iran likely to start slowly

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Any easing by Washington of sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran taking steps to scale back its nuclear program is likely to be fleeting and symbolic, with any moves for bigger concessions likely to be blocked by Congress.

At talks in Geneva on the nuclear program with six world powers on Tuesday, Iran’s negotiators presented a proposal on defusing a decade-old standoff. But both sides said it was too early to talk of a breakthrough.

Oct 15, 2013

Secret U.S. court says does not rubber stamp surveillance requests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The secret U.S. court that reviews electronic surveillance and searches approves nearly every request it receives, but demands substantial changes to nearly one in four applications before giving the go-ahead, the court’s top judge said in a letter released on Tuesday.

Amid ongoing controversy about U.S. spy agencies’ collection of telephone and Internet data, Judge Reggie Walton of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court told members of Congress that 24.4 percent of requests submitted from July to September had been overhauled.

Oct 15, 2013

U.S. Congress calls for hard line on Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers urged President Barack Obama to keep to a hard line on sanctions imposed on Iran on Monday, a day before the resumption of talks on its nuclear program between world powers and Tehran.

Congress has generally been tougher on Iran than the Obama administration, pushing for ever-stricter economic measures over Tehran’s nuclear program. On Monday, both Democrats and Republicans called for Obama to stand firm, even as an administration official held out the possibility of quick sanctions relief if Tehran moves quickly.

Oct 14, 2013

U.S. senators would ease sanctions only after Iran concessions

WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Nine Democratic and
Republican U.S. senators said on Monday they were open to
suspending the implementation of new sanctions on Iran but only
if Tehran takes significant steps to slow its nuclear program.

Negotiations about Iran’s nuclear program are scheduled to
start in Geneva on Tuesday and will be the first since the June
election of President Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate who
wants to thaw Iran’s icy relations with the West to secure the
removal of punitive sanctions that have hobbled its oil-based
economy.

Oct 12, 2013

U.S. quietly observes coup law on Egypt aid, but shuns term

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Despite withholding most military aid to Egypt until it makes progress on democracy and human rights, the U.S. government is still tying itself in knots over whether to describe July’s army overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi as a “coup.”

The administration’s latest rhetorical gymnastics came to light when U.S. officials briefed Congress this week on their decision to withhold deliveries of fighter planes, tanks, helicopters and missiles – as well as $260 million in budget aid to Egypt.

Oct 12, 2013

Exclusive – U.S. quietly observes coup law on Egypt aid, but shuns term

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Despite withholding most military aid to Egypt until it makes progress on democracy and human rights, the U.S. government is still tying itself in knots over whether to describe July’s army overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi as a “coup.”

The administration’s latest rhetorical gymnastics came to light when U.S. officials briefed Congress this week on their decision to withhold deliveries of fighter planes, tanks, helicopters and missiles – as well as $260 million in budget aid to Egypt.

Oct 10, 2013

‘Captain Phillips’ torn from the headlines, but tells an old story

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Paul Greengrass’ new thriller, “Captain Phillips,” is torn from the headlines, but the British director sees the story of an American ship captain’s ordeal with Somali pirates as a timeless tale of poverty-stricken criminals and a run-in with the law.

“These young men get involved for the same reason that young men got involved in organized crime in the major cities of America in the ’20s and ’30s … or Britain’s highwaymen in the 18th century,” Greengrass said in an interview.

Oct 9, 2013

U.S. withholds military, economic aid for Egypt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Wednesday it would withhold deliveries of tanks, fighter aircraft, helicopters and missiles as well as cash assistance from Egypt’s military-backed government pending progress on democracy and human rights.

The decision, described by senior U.S. officials and a congressional source, is a signal of U.S. unhappiness with the course that Egypt has taken since its army on July 3 ousted the country’s first democratically elected president, Islamist Mohamed Mursi.

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      "Patricia Zengerle covers foreign policy and national security on Capitol Hill for Reuters. She recently covered the 2012 campaign and the White House and had been an editor in Washington, D.C., an editor in London, and a correspondent in Miami, Pittsburgh and New York. You can follow her on Twitter @ReutersZengerle"
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