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Sep 25, 2015

U.S. House Speaker Boehner to resign from Congress at end of October

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker
John Boehner, who has repeatedly been challenged by the
conservative wing of his Republican Party, plans to resign from
the House at the end of October.

The Ohio lawmaker, 65, stunned Republican House members at a
morning meeting with the announcement he will step down from the
speakership, the top job in the 435-seat chamber, and resign his
seat in Congress effective on Oct. 30.

Sep 23, 2015

In heated U.S. debate, immigrants get boost of pope power

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In his first public words on his first trip to the United States, Pope Francis on Wednesday put himself in the shoes of millions of foreigners.

“As the son of an immigrant family, I am happy to be a guest in this country, which was largely built by such families,” the Argentine pontiff told U.S. President Barack Obama, speaking slowly in English after months of study.

Sep 23, 2015

Pope tells U.S. bishops crimes of sexual abuse should not be repeated

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Wednesday told U.S. Roman Catholic bishops that crimes of sexual abuse of minors by clergy should never be repeated, acknowledging the damage caused by years of scandal in the U.S. Catholic Church.

In the remarks, delivered at Saint Matthews Cathedral in Washington on the first full day of his visit to the United States, the pope did not utter the words “sexual abuse” but referred to the scandal by talking about “difficult moments” and providing help for victims.

Sep 22, 2015

As clock ticks, U.S. Senate seeks way to avert shutdown

WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – A legislative holding action
to avert a U.S. government shutdown began taking shape in the
Senate on Tuesday, but it was still far from certain whether a
dispute over funding for women’s healthcare group Planned
Parenthood could be overcome.

With only days remaining before an Oct. 1 deadline for
action, Senate leaders said they were pursuing a stop-gap
funding bill to extend the present federal budget for about 10
weeks beyond the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year.

Sep 22, 2015

U.S. Senate to sidestep abortion fight in funding bill

WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – A legislative holding action
to avert a U.S. government shutdown began taking shape in the
Senate on Tuesday, but it was still far from certain whether a
dispute over funding for women’s healthcare group Planned
Parenthood could be overcome.

With only days remaining before an Oct. 1 deadline for
action, Senate leaders said they were pursuing a stop-gap
funding bill to extend the present federal budget for about 10
weeks beyond the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year.

Aug 26, 2015

U.S. ‘deficit hawks’ keep up fight despite fading interest

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the U.S. government’s budget deficit has declined, so has anxiety about it in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail, but one family and the Washington “deficit hawk” community it bankrolls are unfazed.

Among the capital’s many activists, few names are as closely linked to one issue as the Peterson family is with attacking the deficit and the federal debt.

Aug 10, 2015

Another U.S. senator lines up in support of Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Brian Schatz said on Monday he backs the U.S.-led international nuclear deal with Iran, becoming the 16th senator to do so and moving President Barack Obama one vote closer to locking in enough Senate votes to make the deal fly.

A liberal, Jewish-born lawmaker from Hawaii, Schatz had been expected to come down in favor of the deal. But his decision was noteworthy because it came just a few days after another Jewish senator, Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York, announced his opposition to the Iran agreement.

Aug 7, 2015

U.S. Democrats say Iran deal will survive despite Congress setback

WASHINGTON, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Democrats said on Friday that
they would have enough votes to ensure that the U.S.-led
international nuclear deal with Iran survives review by
Congress, despite influential Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer
saying he would vote against it.

A spokesman for Senator Dick Durbin, who counts Democratic
votes as the Senate’s minority whip and who supports the deal,
said Democrats were still confident they could rebuff Republican
attempts to sink the agreement in a showdown next month.

Aug 7, 2015

U.S. Congress inquiry into Planned Parenthood widens

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Several Planned Parenthood officials
and three private bio-medical firms were targeted on Friday by a
U.S. congressional panel as lawmakers dig deeper into a
controversy swirling around the women’s health organization.

A U.S. House of Representatives committee made public a
letter requesting interviews with personnel from the
organization who appeared in surreptitiously recorded videos in
discussions about providing fetal tissue for research.

Aug 6, 2015

Obama’s choice on Iran deal ‘absurd': Senate leader McConnell

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday rejected President Barack Obama’s pitch for the Iran nuclear deal, saying it was “absurd” to argue that lawmakers must essentially choose between the agreement and going to war.

Obama made a “huge mistake” with that argument, McConnell, a Republican, told reporters in response to a speech by Obama on Wednesday.