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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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Virginia ex-governor faces sentencing on corruption charges

By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell could be sentenced on Tuesday to as much as 12 years in prison for accepting sweetheart loans and lavish gifts from a businessman seeking to promote his dietary suppl...

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Virginia ex-governor gets two years in prison for corruption

By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell was sentenced on Tuesday to two years in federal prison and two years of probation for taking a bribe from a businessman seeking to promote a dietary supplement. McDo...

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Air of unpredictability as new Obama-McConnell relationship begins

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell are warily looking for areas of agreement as they begin a new chapter in a relationship that is likely to remain frosty but businesslike. With b...

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