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Sep 10, 2015

House Speaker Boehner says goal is to stop sale of ‘baby parts’

By Richard Cowan and Alina Selyukh

(Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John
Boehner said on Thursday the goal in negotiations over funding
for Planned Parenthood was to avoid a government shutdown on
Oct. 1 and also to stop the sale of “baby parts.”

“The goal here is not to shut down the government. The goal
is to stop these horrific practices of organizations selling
baby parts,” Boehner told reporters.

Sep 3, 2015

Obama moves on Central American migrant children questioned

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s emergency response to Central American children arriving in the United States without permission has spawned aggressive law enforcement efforts in Mexico where authorities rarely weigh humanitarian concerns, according to a report released on Thursday.

Last year, a flood of “unaccompanied minors” – children traveling without their parents – from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras rushed to the southwestern U.S. border with Mexico.

Aug 27, 2015

When Congress returns from vacation, budget fight looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress will soon embark on a high-stakes budget negotiation with President Barack Obama that, if productive, could give Republicans the increased military spending they want and Democrats the increased domestic spending they seek.

Alternatively, the federal government could shut down.

Scenarios in between these extremes are also possible, but congressional aides said outcomes were hard to predict since little behind-the-scenes progress was made on thorny issues during Congress’s five-week summer recess. It ends Sept. 8.

Aug 21, 2015

Obama builds Iran nuclear deal support one vote at a time

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is gradually building support in the U.S. Congress for an international nuclear deal with Iran, working the phones to counter lobbying against the pact and sending a letter to lawmakers urging them to support it.

Obama needs to win the backing of one-third of either the House of Representatives or the Senate to prevent Republicans from killing the nuclear deal announced in July.

Aug 20, 2015

U.S. senators urge recall of all vehicles with Takata air bags

By Richard Cowan and Paul Lienert

(Reuters) – Two U.S. senators on Thursday called on Japanese
auto supplier Takata Corp to immediately recall all
vehicles containing the company’s air bags, a demand that could
affect more than 50 million cars on U.S. roads.

Senators Richard Blumenthal and Edward Markey, both
Democrats, serve on a Senate panel that has been investigating
problems with Takata air bags that can rupture and spew metal
shards at vehicle occupants. The defective air bags have been
connected with at least eight deaths and more than 100 injuries.

Aug 18, 2015

Senate Democrats stake out both sides of Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Robert Menendez blasted the U.S.-led international nuclear deal with Iran on Tuesday, vowing to oppose it in defiance of President Barack Obama, who picked up much-needed support for the deal from two other Senate Democrats.

As September voting on the agreement in the U.S. Congress neared, Menendez, a former Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, became the second senior lawmaker from Obama’s own party to announce he would vote to kill the pact with Tehran.

Aug 17, 2015

Senator Menendez to announce Iran nuclear pact stance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Robert Menendez, who is widely expected to oppose a proposed nuclear deal with Iran, is set on Tuesday to formally announce his position on the pact.

Congress is poised to vote in September on the U.S.-led international agreement. As proposed by President Barack Obama and other world powers, the deal aims to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions on the country.

Aug 16, 2015

U.S. civil rights leader Julian Bond dies at 75

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. civil rights leader and former head of the NAACP Julian Bond, who emerged as one of the pre-eminent student activists in America’s turbulent 1960s, died on Saturday aged 75.

Bond died in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, the Southern Poverty Law Center said in a statement, without giving the cause of death. Bond was the civil rights organization’s first president.

Aug 3, 2015

Planned Parenthood fight over fetal tissue research hits U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Planned Parenthood will be the focus of a partisan showdown in the U.S. Senate on Monday, as abortion foes press forward a political offensive against the women’s healthcare group over its role in fetal tissue research.

Congressional Republicans are trying to cut off Planned Parenthood’s federal funding, reinvigorating America’s debate about abortion as the 2016 presidential campaign heats up.

Aug 3, 2015

Planned Parenthood fight hits U.S. Congress, wider impact unclear

WASHINGTON, August 3 (Reuters) – Women’s health group Planned Parenthood, under attack by anti-abortionists posting hidden-camera videos online, will be the focus of a partisan showdown on Monday in the U.S. Senate, with any wider influence on voters from the charge still unclear.

Congressional Republicans are trying to cut off Planned Parenthood’s federal funding. The effort followed the release of videos by the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group, that have reinvigorated America’s abortion debate as the 2016 presidential campaign shifts into high gear.

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