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Budget fight: Obama claims the upper hand over Congress

In this March 16, 2015, photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Bolstered by a spate of upbeat economic news, Obama is claiming the upper hand in the budget fight unfolding in Congress. He’s aiming to exploit recent Republican stumbles to give Democrats an advantage _ despite their status as a weakened minority. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 an advantage despite their status as a weakened minority. But while Obama retains full use of the bully pulpit, his leverage over matters of government spending may prove limited.


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Republican budget aims to end deficits in 2024 with deep cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a budget that seeks to eliminate deficits by 2024 through deep cuts to social safety net programs, domestic spending and another attempt at repealing "Obamacare" health reforms. The plan...

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Republican budget aims to end deficits in 2024 with deep cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a budget that seeks to eliminate deficits by 2024 through deep cuts to social safety net programs, domestic spending and another attempt at repealing "Obamacare" health reforms. The plan...

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Obama’s Critique of Young People Who Want Legal Marijuana

Every so often, President Obama is confronted with young Americans who favor legalizing marijuana. Obama fleshed out his belief that young voters care too much about legalization in a sit-down that Vice published this week. Maybe way at the bottom you ...

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Obama’s Critique of Young People Who Want Legal Marijuana

Every so often, President Obama is confronted with young Americans who favor legalizing marijuana. Obama fleshed out his belief that young voters care too much about legalization in a sit-down that Vice published this week. Maybe way at the bottom you ...

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US, Iran resume nuke talks with GOP letter hanging over them

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) — Top U.S. and Iranian diplomats returned to talks Tuesday, seeking to resolve differences blocking a deal that would curtail Iran's nuclear program and ease sanctions on the country. Among the issues they're now contending with is a Republican letter warning that any deal could collapse the day President Barack Obama leaves office.


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US, Iran resume nuke talks with GOP letter hanging over them

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) — Top U.S. and Iranian diplomats returned to talks Tuesday, seeking to resolve differences blocking a deal that would curtail Iran's nuclear program and ease sanctions on the country. Among the issues they're now contending with is a Republican letter warning that any deal could collapse the day President Barack Obama leaves office.


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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 WashingtonSenate 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. Fast-track legislation is seen as key to sealing a 12-nation Pacific trade pact.


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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 WashingtonSenate 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. Fast-track legislation is seen as key to sealing a 12-nation Pacific trade pact.


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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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