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Apr 3, 2013

Obama launches fund-raising blitz to help Democrats in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will launch a fund-raising drive for the 2014 mid-term elections on Wednesday with addresses to deep-pocketed donors in California, hoping the Democratic Party can defy the odds and gain congressional seats in the polls.

The party in power in the White House usually loses seats in election years in which the presidency is not up for grabs. This means Democrats have their work cut out for them in trying to win a majority in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and add to their majority in the Senate.

Mar 31, 2013

Senate group resolves key issues on immigration reform: lawmakers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With U.S. business and labor now in agreement, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators has resolved all major issues in a pending deal to overhaul the U.S. immigration system and aims to unveil it after Congress reconvenes in the second week of April, key lawmakers said on Sunday.

The lawmakers said that while there was no final deal yet, they hope and even expect there to be one soon after the measure is put into legislative language so all eight senators in the bipartisan group can review it.

Mar 31, 2013

U.S. Senate group resolves key issues on immigration reform-lawmakers

WASHINGTON, March 31 (Reuters) – With U.S. business and
labor now in agreement, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators has
resolved all major issues in a pending deal to overhaul the U.S.
immigration system and aims to unveil it after Congress
reconvenes in the second week of April, key lawmakers said on
Sunday.

The lawmakers said that while there was no final deal yet,
they hope and even expect there to be one soon after the measure
is put into legislative language so all eight senators in the
bipartisan group can review it.

Mar 31, 2013

Outlook for immigration deal brightens

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prospects for a law to create a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants brightened on Saturday after major business and labor groups reached an agreement on a guest-worker program, a source familiar with the deal said.

The agreement was reached on Friday night in a conference call between the head of the Chamber of Commerce, Tom Donohue, and the president of the AFL-CIO labor organization, Richard Trumka, with New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer acting as the mediator, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Mar 31, 2013

Outlook improves dramatically for U.S. immigration deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prospects for a U.S. law to create a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants brightened on Saturday after major business and labour groups reached an agreement on a guest-worker program, a source familiar with the deal said.

The agreement was reached on Friday night in a conference call between the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Tom Donohue, and the president of the AFL-CIO labour organization, Richard Trumka, with New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer acting as the mediator, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Mar 30, 2013

U.S. business, labour groups reach immigration deal as overhaul advances

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prospects for a broad U.S. immigration overhaul brightened on Saturday after major U.S. business and labour groups reached an agreement on a guest-worker program, a source familiar with the deal said.

The agreement was reached on Friday night in a conference call between the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Tom Donohue, and the president of the AFL-CIO labour organization, Richard Trumka, with New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer acting as the mediator, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Mar 30, 2013

Business, labor groups reach immigration deal as overhaul advances

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Major U.S. business and labor groups have reached an agreement on a guest-worker program that removes a major hurdle to a broad immigration overhaul and clears the way for Senate legislation to be introduced soon, a source familiar with the deal said on Saturday.

The agreement was reached on Friday night between the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Tom Donohue, and the president of the AFL-CIO labor organization, Richard Trumka, with New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer acting as the mediator, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Mar 28, 2013

Obama makes impassioned plea for gun control legislation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama attempted on Thursday to inject fresh momentum into efforts to pass gun-control legislation, pleading with U.S. lawmakers not to forget those shot to death in Newtown, Connecticut three months ago.

Amid signs that he may have to accept a scaled-down version of gun legislation, Obama sounded a note of frustration in calling upon Americans to demand action from the U.S. Congress in the weeks ahead.

Mar 27, 2013

Actress Ashley Judd opts not to enter Kentucky Senate race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Actress Ashley Judd’s next role will not be as a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky.

Judd said on Wednesday she has decided not to run in 2014 to try to unseat Republican Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, after considering such a candidacy for months.

Mar 26, 2013

Obama appoints first woman Secret Service director

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday chose veteran agent Julia Pierson to lead the Secret Service, the first woman to head the agency, a year after its reputation was tarnished by a scandal involving male agents and prostitutes in Colombia.

Pierson will replace Mark Sullivan, who was in charge during the Colombia scandal – one of the worst in the agency’s history. He retired as director in February.

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