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Oct 24, 2014

U.S. House panel to meet with safety regulators about Takata air bags next week

WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – The U.S. House committee looking into the defective air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp (7312.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will hold an initial briefing with U.S. safety regulators next week to learn the details of the regional recalls affecting 10 automakers, a committee aide said on Friday.

The date of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s briefing was not disclosed. It is not a hearing and will not be open to the public, the aide said.

Oct 12, 2014

Obama hangs tough on migrant detention despite slowing influx

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The surge in child migration from Central America is receding but the United States is aggressively pushing ahead with plans to expand detentions, a little-publicized part of a broader campaign to deter illegal migrants.

Under pressure from opposition Republicans to stem the unprecedented flow of children earlier this year, the Obama administration beginning in June pledged to speedily return them to their home countries and help better secure borders in Mexico and Central America.

Oct 3, 2014

Obama tells angry Hispanics he won’t give up on immigration reform

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sought to rally frustrated Latinos on Thursday with a firm promise to keep fighting for immigration reform and a renewed pledge to take executive action this year to reduce deportations of undocumented immigrants.

After enraging many Hispanic voters last month by delaying a change in immigration policies until after the November midterm elections, Obama has faced widespread condemnation from a voting bloc that helped him win the presidency in 2008 and 2012.

Oct 2, 2014

Push for new tax math seen if Republicans seize U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A new math for tax policy is attracting fresh attention in Washington as polls suggest that Republicans could capture full control of the U.S. Congress next month.

Known as “dynamic scoring,” the approach is about how to estimate the federal budget impact of tax law changes and it has long been backed by Republicans but opposed by some Democrats.

Oct 2, 2014

Obama seeks to restore trust with disappointed Latinos

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After enraging Latino voters last month by delaying promised immigration reforms, President Barack Obama is expected to assure Hispanic-American lawmakers on Thursday that he is on their side and help is on the way.

Obama, who for the past two years missed the annual gala held by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, will return to the group and reiterate his ongoing commitment to immigration reform, according to a White House official.

Sep 21, 2014

Selling Mitch McConnell: What’s love got to do with it?

PADUCAH Ky (Reuters) – Mitch McConnell is hardly a lovable guy. The Republican leader in the U.S. Senate has a dour public persona and many of his constituents don’t view him as a “real Kentuckian,” according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that underscores what his election campaign already knows – McConnell has an image problem.

While other politicians might be deterred by polls showing how unpopular they are in their home state, McConnell has risen to the challenge as he seeks a sixth term in what is perhaps his toughest re-election battle in a 30-year Senate career.

Sep 18, 2014

House votes to arm Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives approved President Barack Obama’s plan on Wednesday to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions remain over whether it will give them the advanced weapons they say they need to defeat Islamic State militants.

The House voted 273-to-156 to authorize the plan, a test of support for Obama’s stepped-up campaign to “degrade and destroy” Islamic State fighters who have seized a third of both Iraq and Syria, declared war on the West and seek to establish a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East.

Sep 17, 2014

U.S. advisers may take forward positions in Iraq fighting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives approved President Barack Obama’s plan on Wednesday to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions remain over whether it will give them the advanced weapons they say they need to defeat Islamic State militants.

The House voted 273-to-156 to authorise the plan, a test of support for Obama’s stepped-up campaign to “degrade and destroy” Islamic State fighters who have seized a third of both Iraq and Syria, declared war on the West and seek to establish a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East.

Sep 17, 2014

U.S. House votes to arm Syrian rebels, but questions remain

WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of
Representatives approved President Barack Obama’s plan on
Wednesday to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions
remain over whether it will give them the advanced weapons they
say they need to defeat Islamic State militants.

The House voted 273-to-156 to authorize the plan, a test of
support for Obama’s stepped-up campaign to “degrade and destroy”
Islamic State fighters who have seized a third of both Iraq and
Syria, declared war on the West and seek to establish a
caliphate in the heart of the Middle East.

Sep 17, 2014

As U.S. lawmakers vote on arming Syrian rebels, big questions remain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives votes on Wednesday on legislation to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions remain over whether it will give them the advanced weapons they say they need to defeat Islamic State militants.

The vote is a test of support within President Barack Obama’s own party for his stepped-up campaign to “degrade and destroy” Islamic State fighters who have seized a third of both Iraq and Syria, declared war on the West and seek to establish a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East.

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