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Key U.S. senator: No committee vote set on Iran bill

U.S. Senator Corker chairs his first Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in WashingtonThe chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Wednesday that no committee vote had yet been scheduled on a bill that would require President Barack Obama to submit any final Iran nuclear agreement for approval by Congress. Republican Senator Bob Corker, the committee chairman, and Senator Robert Menendez introduced the bill last week. Democrats have said they object to Republicans' plans to have a vote as soon as next week on the measure in the full Senate, which Obama has threatened to veto as a threat to the nuclear negotiations with Iran. Under normal procedure in the Senate, the Foreign Relations Committee would consider the bill and then send it to the full Senate for consideration.

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Sestak kicking off 2016 Senate campaign with walk across Pa.

Former Democratic congressman Joe Sestak, accompanied by his daughter Alex and wife Susan, speaks during a news conference in front of Independence Hall Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Philadelphia. Sestak is planning to walk across the state to kick off his campaign to capture the U.S. Senate seat occupied by Republican Pat Toomey. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Pennsylvania congressman Joe Sestak began a 422-mile walk across the state Wednesday to kick off his campaign to capture the U.S. Senate seat occupied by Republican Pat Toomey.

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US official: Obama still weighing sending arms to Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman and ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee are stepping up their pressure on the Obama administration to support Ukraine with weapons to defend against attacks from anti-government insurgents backed by Russia.

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Senators Rubio, Lee push U.S. tax plan to cut corporate rates

Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Mike Lee proposed a tax reform plan on Wednesday they said would help drive long-term growth by reducing the top corporate rate and simplifying rates for other taxpayers. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, the two c...

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Conservatives Can’t Trust Talk Radio to Cover Foreign Policy

Conservatives Can't Trust Talk Radio to Cover Foreign PolicyIn 2016, the Republican primary will include a debate about the best approach to foreign policy. For now, to illustrate how foreign policy topics are distorted on talk radio, I offer a specific example from this week. I refer to the widespread mockery of Marie Harf, a spokeswoman for the State Department, for an interview that she gave MSNBC's Chris Mathews on how to defeat ISIS. As someone who has written dozens of articles criticizing President Obama's foreign policy, I am always open to critiques of anyone in his administration.

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Lawmakers gear up for Supreme Court Obamacare fray

Park of Cambridge wears cast for her broken wrist with "I Love Obamacare" written upon it prior to U.S. President Barack Obama's arrival to speak about health insurance at Faneuil Hall in BostonBy Richard Cowan WASHINGTON(Reuters) - War rooms of lawmakers and their aides in the U.S. Congress are working furiously to try to influence the Supreme Court's nine justices who will hear arguments on Wednesday on the future of President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare law. These informal working groups, staffed by Republican and Democratic members of Congress, have gone into high gear in recent days. They plan to use an array of tools - from social media and radio interviews to newspaper opinion pieces, news conferences and Senate and House of Representatives floor speeches - to bolster the opposing legal arguments being laid out before the high court and to rally public opinion. On Twitter, for example, at #acaworks, Senate Democrats brim with upbeat assessments of how Obamacare has slashed the numbers of uninsured while also saving on seniors' drug costs.

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Republicans press U.S. consumer watchdog to stop regulating overdraft fees

By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers at a hearing on Tuesday said that the U.S. consumer watchdog should stop limiting the way banks charge overdraft protection fees even as the agency considers tighter regulations on the prac...

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U.S. Republicans oppose proposed overdraft rules for prepaid cards

By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers at a hearing on Tuesday said that the U.S. consumer watchdog should stop attempts to regulate overdraft charges on prepaid cards even as the agency considers tighter rules on the practice. ...

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