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NJ Gov. Christie’s tax breaks reward political insiders

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2014, file photo, Camden Mayor Dana Redd, center, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie greet people at a gathering in Camden, N.J. Under Christie, New Jersey has paid more than $2 billion in state tax breaks since 2014, often to corporations with notable political connections and at least one developer who already owed millions of dollars in unpaid state loans, an Associated Press review found. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Under Republican Gov. Chris Christie, New Jersey has authorized more than $2 billion in economic development tax breaks since 2014, often to corporations with notable political connections. One grant went to a developer who owes millions of dollars on an unpaid state loan, an Associated Press review found.


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Obama claims the upper hand in budget fight with Congress

Bolstered by a spate of upbeat economic news, President Barack Obama is claiming the upper hand in the budget fight unfolding in Congress, aiming to exploit recent Republican stumbles to give Democrats ...

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Obama claims the upper hand in budget fight with Congress

Bolstered by a spate of upbeat economic news, President Barack Obama is claiming the upper hand in the budget fight unfolding in Congress, aiming to exploit recent Republican stumbles to give Democrats ...

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Benghazi committee extends deadline on Clinton’s emails

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a news conference at the United Nations in New YorkA House of Representatives committee investigating a 2012 attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, has extended the deadline for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to turn over related emails, a panel spokesman confirmed Monday. Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, head of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said on March 4 that Clinton had until March 13 to comply with a subpoena to provide the committee with relevant emails. "He still believes the best option for Secretary Clinton is to turn over her server to a neutral arbiter to independently determine what should be in the public domain. The committee has no interest in her personal emails." Clinton has said she has already given copies of all her work-related emails to the State Department.


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Senators blast slow Pentagon work to replace Russian rocket motor

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators are asking Defense Secretary Ash Carter to jumpstart a Pentagon initiative to develop a new U.S. rocket engine that could replace the Russian-built RD-180 motor, which powers a key rocket used t...

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U.S. Senate panel could vote on Iran nuclear bill next week

Corker talks to reporters as he arrives for the weekly Republican caucus policy luncheons at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee could vote as soon as next week on a bill requiring President Barack Obama to submit any nuclear agreement with Iran for Congress' approval, the panel's chairman, Republican Senator Bob Corker, said on Monday. Obama has threatened to veto the bill, saying it impinged on presidential authority and could disrupt the talks. Corker told reporters at the U.S. Senate that he planned to move ahead with the legislation in the committee next week. Aides to Corker and the committee's top Democrat, Senator Robert Menendez, said the panel had not yet settled on a specific date to debate and vote on the bill.


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Official: Iran confronts US at nuke talks over GOP letter

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, listens to Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, before resuming talks over Iran's nuclear program in Lausanne, Switzerland, Monday, March 16, 2015. The United States and Iran are plunging back into negotiations in a bid to end a decades-long standoff that has raised the specter of an Iranian nuclear arsenal, a new atomic arms race in the Middle East and even a U.S. or Israeli military intervention. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Iranian diplomats twice confronted their American counterparts about an open letter from Republican senators who warned that any nuclear deal could expire the day President Barack Obama leaves office, a senior U.S. official said Monday.


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U.S. Senate’s Hatch says making progress on fast-track trade talks

Hatch confers with an aide after Democratic and Republican party policy luncheons at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonU.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, a Republican, said on Monday he is making progress with his Democratic colleagues on a bill to streamline the passage of free-trade deals through Congress. I chatted with the president (Barack Obama) today. He said it's very important to him and he wants me to get it through." Hatch has been negotiating with the panel's top Democrat, Ron Wyden, and the Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Paul Ryan.


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Obama: Republicans will change views on climate

US President Barack Obama has predicted Republicans will eventually ditch their skepticism about climate change in order to keep favor with votersUS President Barack Obama has predicted Republicans will eventually ditch their skepticism about climate change in order to keep favor with voters. "I guarantee you that the Republican Party will have to change its approach to climate change, because voters will insist upon it," Obama said in an interview with Vice news released Monday. Referencing his daughters Sasha (aged 13) and Malia (aged 16), Obama said the next generation was more knowledgeable about the environment than the current electorate.


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Official: Iran confronts US at nuke talks over GOP letter

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, listens to Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, before resuming talks over Iran's nuclear program in Lausanne, Switzerland, Monday, March 16, 2015. The United States and Iran are plunging back into negotiations in a bid to end a decades-long standoff that has raised the specter of an Iranian nuclear arsenal, a new atomic arms race in the Middle East and even a U.S. or Israeli military intervention. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Iranian diplomats twice confronted their American counterparts about an open letter from Republican senators who warned that any nuclear deal could expire the day President Barack Obama leaves office, U.S. officials said Monday.


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