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U.S. House re-elects Republican John Boehner as speaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday re-elected Republican John Boehner to serve a third term as Speaker of the chamber. Boehner won another two-year term as Republicans enjoy a stronger House majority and take control of...

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Obama would veto Keystone pipeline bill: White House

Environmental activists protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, in New York on May 13, 2013US President Barack Obama would veto Republican-sponsored legislation authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada if it passes the new Congress, the White House said Tuesday. "I would not anticipate that the president would sign this piece of legislation," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. Republicans, assuming control of both house of Congress as of Tuesday, have vowed to approve the controversial pipeline project which would move Canadian heavy oil across the United States to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico.

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Bill proposed to make cowboy hat official Texas headwear

By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The cowboy hat may become Texas' official headgear if a state representative has her way. Marsha Farney, a Republican from the Austin area who proposed the bill, said when people think of Texas, they think of cowb...

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Obama would not sign Keystone pipeline bill if it passes: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama would not sign a bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada if it passes under the new Republican-led U.S. Congress, the White House said on Tuesday. (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Will D...

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White House says it will veto bill to approve oil pipeline

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., listens at right as Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, where they discussed their plan to introduce legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto the first piece of legislation introduced in the Republican-controlled Senate, a bill approving the much-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline, in what was expected to be the first of many confrontations over energy and environmental policy.

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Republican Jeb Bush to launch PAC before 2016 presidential contest

Former Florida Governor Bush addresses the final session of the Republican National Convention in TampaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Jeb Bush will launch a political action committee on Tuesday that allows him to raise money for political activities as he considers a run for his party's 2016 presidential nomination. The former Florida governor intends to file paperwork for the PAC, called "The Right to Rise," on Tuesday, according to his spokeswoman Kristy Campbell. The move, which was expected, allows Bush to talk to donors formally before a fundraiser on Wednesday in Greenwich, Conn. ...

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Boehner in line for 3rd term as speaker; GOP readies agenda

Boehner in line for 3rd term as speaker; GOP readies agendaHouse Speaker John Boehner's prospects for a new term appeared secure Monday despite grumblings from tea party-aligned dissidents on the eve of a Republican takeover of Congress, while GOP leaders in both ...

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New Congress getting sworn in with GOP in charge

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. pauses outside his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, as he prepares for Tuesday's opening of the 114th Congress under GOP control. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are assuming full control of Congress for the first time in eight years in a day of pomp, circumstance and raw politics beneath the Capitol Dome.

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