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Congressional Republicans will block Obama’s initiative with Cuba, Nigerian government in a tussle with US, Iran’s importance, Jews facing decline in Germany, and North Korea can improve relations through South Korea’s help

“President Barack Obama’s decision last month to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba was a good idea...,” writes Gwynne Dyer. “Unfortunately ... Obama’s good idea is not really going to change things much.... The Republican Party now controls both Houses of Congress, and the embargo cannot be ended except by Congressional consent.

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US lawmakers unveil more toned down Iran sanctions bill

Supporters of Iran sanctions in the US Senate have unveiled a toned-down bill aimed at gaining enough votes to override a presidential veto. President Barack Obama has argued forcefully against any new measures against the Islamic Republic, saying Iran...

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US lawmakers unveil more toned down Iran sanctions bill

Supporters of Iran sanctions in the US Senate have unveiled a toned-down bill aimed at gaining enough votes to override a presidential veto. President Barack Obama has argued forcefully against any new measures against the Islamic Republic, saying Iran...

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Graham sets up committee to consider 2016 bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has set up a committee he says will help him look beyond his home state to determine if he might have a "viable path" to the Republican presidential nomination.

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Graham sets up committee to consider 2016 bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has set up a committee he says will help him look beyond his home state to determine if he might have a "viable path" to the Republican presidential nomination.

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Senator to push for Iran sanctions _ or a say on any deal

FILE - In this June 10, 2014 file photo, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks to supporters after winning the Republican primary, in Columbia, S.C. Graham, a leading Republican critic of President Barack Obama's foreign policy, is pushing new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, unswayed by a White House veto threat and lobbying by Britain's leader. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading Republican critic of President Barack Obama's foreign policy is pushing new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, unswayed by a White House veto threat and lobbying by Britain's leader.


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Political questions swirl around theater shooting prosecutor

FILE - In a Sept. 30, 2013 file photo, 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler arrives for a hearing for Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes at district court in Centennial, Colo. Brauchler is overseeing the closely-watched prosecution of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, whose trial is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Many Colorado Republicans hope he runs for senator next year or governor in 2018. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — As a young man going through college on an ROTC scholarship, George Brauchler imagined he'd become Gen. George S. Patton, barking orders on the battlefield. But fellow officers urged him to consider law school, and he rose to become a district attorney who puts himself in the trenches.


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Obama tax proposals run into Republican criticism

The U.S. Capitol building is seen through a snow covered trellis at the start of the 114th Congress on the Capitol grounds in WashingtonBy Kevin Drawbaugh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's new tax plan ran into rapid criticism from the Republicans on Sunday, underscoring the challenges facing any attempt to overhaul the U.S. tax code. With the start of a new Congress this month under Republican control, lawmakers have been discussing tax reform. Unable to compromise over taxes and spending, Washington has not thoroughly revamped the code in 28 years, although it is commonly acknowledged that the tax code is riddled with loopholes and does not raise enough revenue to pay the country's bills. Obama proposes raising the top tax on capital gains to 28 percent from 23.8 percent, while also shutting down a loophole that lets the heirs of large estates avoid paying the full capital gains tax on assets they inherit.


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Republican senator Graham ‘testing the waters’ on presidential run

Reporters talk to U.S. Senator Graham as he arrives for weekly Republican caucus luncheon at U.S. Capitol in WashingtonU.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a leading congressional voice on foreign relations, said on Sunday he had formed a committee to look into the possibility of running for president in 2016. Graham, who has represented South Carolina in Congress since 1995, was asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" program about reports that he was having polls conducted to determine his chances. "We're not polling but we set up a testing-the-waters committee ... that will allow me to look beyond South Carolina to whether or not a guy like Lindsey Graham has a viable path," he said. I think the world is falling apart and I've been right more than wrong when it comes to foreign policy, but we'll see." Last week Senator John McCain, the unsuccessful Republican presidential nominee in 2008, said he was encouraging his close friend to run and joked that Graham was his illegitimate son.


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Factbox: Top themes Obama will discuss in State of the Union speech

President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday at 9:00 pm EST. Although it is bound to contain some surprises, the White House has spent two weeks rolling out many of the themes he plans...

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