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May 15, 2015

U.S. Congress better when political ‘extremists’ are weak: poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress is more effective when political “extremists” have less clout, most Americans said in a Reuters-Ipsos poll that also showed the public still has a dim view of Congress, despite a run of legislative achievements this year.

Reinforcing the idea that the November 2014 elections were about Americans wanting more effective government, the poll found that 57 percent of those surveyed said Congress is more effective “when the extremists on either side don’t have as much leverage,” while 22 percent disagreed with this.

May 12, 2015

Obama, McConnell missteps undercut trade pact in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Senator Mitch McConnell have seldom worked together and it showed on Tuesday, when the political odd couple failed to persuade the U.S. Senate to move forward with a Pacific Rim trade treaty they both favor.

By hitting the brakes, at least for now, on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at the center of Obama’s legacy-defining foreign policy pivot to Asia, Senate Democrats put the president and Senate Republican Leader McConnell on notice.

May 8, 2015

Democrats suspect Benghazi panel delaying Clinton appearance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats complained on Friday that a congressional panel probing the 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, appeared to be putting off calling Hillary Clinton to testify, prolonging a partisan attack on her.

Former Secretary of State Clinton has been hounded by the Benghazi inquiry. A Republican-led House of Representatives investigatory panel set up last year is digging deeper as Clinton ramps up her 2016 campaign for the White House.

May 8, 2015

Five years on, Obamacare poses quandary for U.S. Republicans: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Americans with health insurance under Obamacare, including Republicans, are generally satisfied with it, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll found, posing a quandary for Republican politicians who have long vowed to repeal it.

President Barack Obama’s signature policy, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010, was opposed by 53 percent of almost 21,000 Americans surveyed, and favored by 47 percent.

May 8, 2015

Five years on, Obamacare poses quandary for U.S. Republicans-poll

WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) – Americans with health
insurance under Obamacare, including Republicans, are generally
satisfied with it, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll found, posing a
quandary for Republican politicians who have long vowed to
repeal it.

President Barack Obama’s signature policy, the Affordable
Care Act (ACA) of 2010, was opposed by 53 percent of almost
21,000 Americans surveyed, and favored by 47 percent.

May 5, 2015

U.S. Senate Republicans determined to move on fast track trade bill

By Susan Cornwell and Krista Hughes

(Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republicans plan to push ahead with
legislation key to sealing a Pacific trade pact as soon as
possible, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on
Tuesday, despite objections from the chamber’s top Democrat.

McConnell, speaking on the Senate floor, said that as soon as
the Senate finishes work on budget and Iran legislation, he will
attempt to bring up a bill to streamline the passage of trade
deals through Congress.

May 4, 2015

Clinton willing to testify once to U.S. Benghazi panel – lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton is willing to testify once before a special congressional panel investigating the 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, not twice as the panel’s chairman has asked, her lawyer said on Monday.

The attack has hounded former Secretary of State Clinton for years, and Republicans in charge of the House of Representatives investigative panel are digging deeper as she ramps up her bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

May 4, 2015

Clinton willing to testify once to Benghazi panel -lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton is willing to testify once before a special congressional panel investigating the 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, not twice as the panel’s chairman has asked, her lawyer said on Monday.

The attack has hounded former Secretary of State Clinton for years, and Republicans in charge of the House of Representatives investigative panel are digging deeper as she ramps up her bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

Apr 30, 2015

State Dept says extra Benghazi info does not change facts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The State Department said Thursday that the new trove of documents it has provided Congress from its own investigation into the deadly 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya do not change the “essential facts” known about the attack.

The facts set out by the State Department’s “Accountability Review Board” (ARB) report, released in December 2012, did not find former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — now a Democratic presidential candidate — responsible for security lapses in Benghazi.

Apr 22, 2015

Democrats blast U.S. House Benghazi probe as out to get Clinton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Democrats on Wednesday criticized a Republican-led probe of the 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, as a political assault on Hillary Clinton, citing a possible delay in its final report until 2016, while a related State Department letter seen by Reuters stoked further controversy.

The letter described the investigating committee’s “top priority” as collecting Clinton’s emails about Benghazi, a disclosure likely to fuel Democratic complaints that the focus reflects a desire to undermine her campaign for president.