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May 14, 2015

U.S. Senate poised to breathe new life into Obama’s trade agenda

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s trade agenda, which focuses squarely on developing stronger ties with Asia, gets a shot at new life on Thursday when the U.S. Senate is set to hold an important test vote on legislation to help him complete a Pacific Rim deal.

Just two days earlier, Obama’s own Democrats defied him and blocked consideration of the “fast-track” trade negotiating authority he needs to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal with 11 other Pacific Rim countries ranging from Chile to Malaysia.

May 13, 2015

Senate nears deal on trade vote after Democrat revolt against Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate appears to be closing in on a deal to begin voting on a controversial trade deal a day after a Democrat rebellion appeared to hurt the chances of President Barack Obama winning swift authorization to complete a Pacific trade pact.

A compromise being brokered between Republicans and Democrats would set up a vote on fast track trade authority with a worker assistance provision, while two other trade bills sought by Democrats, on currency manipulation and African trade benefits, would be considered separately.

May 12, 2015

U.S. Senate Democrats gang up to delay fast-track trade bill

WASHINGTON, May 12 (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democrats
delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama’s trade agenda
on Tuesday, blocking debate on a bill that would have smoothed
the path for a Pacific trade pact.

The stunning outcome cast doubt on legislation that is key
to the Obama administration’s ability to complete the 12-nation
Trans-Pacific Partnership, a central plank of its pivot to Asia.

May 12, 2015

Fast-track trade bill fails first test in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, May 12 (Reuters) – Legislation giving U.S.
President Barack Obama authority to speed trade deals through
Congress failed a crucial procedural test on Tuesday, delaying a
measure that may be key to President Barack Obama’s diplomatic
pivot to Asia.

In a setback to the White House trade agenda, the Senate
voted 52-45 – eight votes short of the necessary 60 – to clear
the way for debate on the legislation, which would allow a quick
decision on granting the president so-called fast track
authority to move trade deals quickly through Congress.

May 12, 2015

Fast-track trade bill faces key test in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, May 12 (Reuters) – The Pacific trade agreement
faces its first test in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday in a
knife-edge vote that may hold the key to President Barack
Obama’s diplomatic pivot to Asia.

“This is going to be an old fashioned cliffhanger,” said a
senior Senate Democratic aide.

May 12, 2015

Fast-track trade bill faces key test in U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pacific trade agreement faces its first test in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday in a knife-edge vote that may hold the key to President Barack Obama’s diplomatic pivot to Asia.

The Senate vote is one of a likely series of congressional hurdles to be overcome that will hinge on the support of a handful of Democrats. The White House has launched a campaign blitz directed at them in support of granting the president authority to speed trade deals through Congress.

Apr 27, 2015

Lynch inherits civil rights probes from Holder as U.S. attorney general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A string of deadly confrontations between mostly white police and black men will be among challenges immediately facing Loretta Lynch when she is sworn in on Monday as U.S. attorney general.

Lynch, 55, takes over as the country’s top law enforcement official after a weekend that saw thousands of people in Baltimore, Maryland, take to the streets in mostly peaceful protests over the latest such case. A 25-year-old black man died a week after being injured while in police custody.

Apr 23, 2015

U.S. Senate confirms Loretta Lynch as attorney general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to
approve Loretta Lynch as President Barack Obama’s next attorney
general, ending a five-month deadlock that made Lynch wait
longer for confirmation than the last seven attorneys general
combined.

The first black woman to become the top U.S. law enforcement
official, Lynch, 55, was approved by a 56-43 vote. Ten
Republicans voted for Lynch, including Senate Majority Leader
Mitch McConnell. She is expected to take over as head of the
U.S. Justice Department on Monday, replacing Eric Holder.

Apr 23, 2015

Loretta Lynch nears Senate confirmation as U.S. attorney general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch on
Thursday moved a step closer to being confirmed as the next U.S.
attorney general when the U.S. Senate voted to limit debate on
President Barack Obama’s nominee after a delay of more than five
months.

By a vote of 66-34, the Senate took the procedural step of
heading off any senator’s new delaying tactics, thus setting up
a final vote later in the day.

Apr 23, 2015

Senate finally moves to confirm Lynch as attorney general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to limit debate on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to become President Barack Obama’s next attorney general in a procedural move intended to end a five-month deadlock that made her wait longer for confirmation than the last seven attorneys general combined.

If confirmed as expected, Lynch would be the first black woman to become the top U.S. law enforcement official.

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