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Jun 17, 2015

Clinton friend Blumenthal ‘shed no light’ before Benghazi panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime ally of Hillary Clinton, testified all day Tuesday behind closed doors before a congressional panel probing the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, but declared afterwards that he had “shed no light” on events there.

Blumenthal, who was an unofficial adviser to Clinton when she was U.S. Secretary of State, told reporters it seemed obvious the Republican-majority committee had subpoenaed him “for one reason and one reason only. And that reason is politics.”

Jun 16, 2015

Clinton friend Blumenthal testifies to Benghazi panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime ally of Hillary Clinton who was an unofficial adviser when she was U.S. Secretary of State, testified all day Tuesday behind closed doors before a congressional panel probing the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

Democrats accused the Republican-majority committee of seeking to damage Democrat Clinton’s presidential run by subpoenaing her old friend, who had no apparent first-hand knowledge of the attacks.

Jun 12, 2015

Obama makes personal plea ahead of razor-edge Congress trade vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama made a last-ditch personal appeal to congressional Democrats to back his trade agenda on Friday as his goal of strengthening U.S. economic ties with Asia hung in the balance.

Hours before divided lawmakers were due to vote on legislation central to his hallmark Pacific Rim trade deal, Obama visited Capitol Hill with Labor Secretary Thomas Perez for the culmination of an intense effort to build support among Democrats over the last 24 hours.

Jun 12, 2015

Obama drops in at congressional ball game on eve of trade vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – On the eve of a vote in Congress that could determine the fate of his Pacific Rim trade pact, President Barack Obama put in a surprise appearance on Thursday night at the annual congressional ball game between Republicans and Democrats.

Obama brought along beer to be awarded to the winning team and watched part of the contest on a muggy night at the ballpark that is home to Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals.

Jun 11, 2015

As Congress debates, annual baseball game awaits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats and Republicans take their age-old rivalry from the halls of Capitol Hill to the open air of a professional sports stadium on Thursday for an annual congressional baseball game whose stakes could hardly be higher.

Since 1909, when Democrats and Republicans began a tradition of donning gloves and playing each other once a year, the two sides have won an equal number of games, the organizers’ website says.

Jun 10, 2015

Congress must fix Obamacare if court guts it: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress and states would have to fix Obamacare if the Supreme Court disallows its tax subsidies that help people pay for insurance coverage, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said on Wednesday.

Anti-Obamacare libertarian activists are fighting to strip the subsidies from 6.4 million Americans in 34 states who use the plan and a ruling in their favor would mark a significant setback for President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.

Jun 10, 2015

U.S.’ Burwell defends Obamacare ahead of Court decision

WASHINGTON, June 10 (Reuters) – U.S. Health and Human
Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Wednesday defended
President Barack Obama’s signature health care law to
congressional critics ahead of a Supreme Court decision expected
later this month that could cripple the program.

“Today, thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), middle
class families have more security, and many of those who already
had insurance now have better coverage,” Burwell said in
prepared remarks to the House of Representatives Ways and Means

Jun 9, 2015

Whistleblower faults U.S. agency for lax airport screening

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. agency that screens passengers for explosives and weapons at airport checkpoints has been handing out passes for expedited screening “like Halloween candy,” a whistleblower told a U.S. Senate committee on Tuesday.

Becky Roering, a security official at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, testified about the “PreCheck” program run by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

Jun 5, 2015

U.S. lawmakers urge action on cyber bill after latest hacking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers urged Congress on Friday to pass legislation permitting sharing of cyber threat information between companies and the government, after one of the largest known cyber attacks on federal networks.

“It’s impossible to overstate this threat … We need to act quickly,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein, a co-sponsor of the “Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act” and the leading Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Jun 4, 2015

As Supreme Court Obamacare case looms, Republicans split on response

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. Republicans face a potential political backlash from voters if the Supreme Court rules soon against President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, and are split over what to do about it, with some calling on the Obama administration for help.

But the White House, perhaps sensing a chance to blame Republicans for trouble, is showing no outward signs of crafting a contingency plan in case of an adverse outcome in King v. Burwell, expected to be ruled on by the end of this month.