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EPA delays rule to cut carbon from new coal power plants

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Wednesday said it would delay for months a final rule to control carbon dioxide emissions at new coal-fired power plants, thwarting for now one way the Republican-controlled Congress could have blocked the administration's plans on global warming.

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White House threatens veto on Republican bill to weaken Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Wednesday that President Barack Obama would veto a Republican-backed bill that would reduce the number of people who qualify for employer-based health insurance under his signature Affordable Care Act. The...

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Warren aims to shape Democrats’ debate as 2016 race begins

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. speaks about raising wages during the forum AFL-CIO National Summit, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at Gallaudet University in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)WASHINGTON (AP) — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday hammered Washington's leaders — Republicans and Democrats alike — for failing to help middle-class workers since the 1980s. Left unsaid: That time period includes President Bill Clinton's administration.


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Senator introduces bill to cut aid to Palestinians

FILE - In this April 8, 2014 file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Paul is introducing a bill that would immediately halt U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority until it withdraws its bid to join the International Criminal Court to pursue war-crimes charges against Israel. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Rand Paul introduced a bill on Wednesday that would immediately halt U.S. aid to the Palestinians until they halt their effort to join the International Criminal Court to pursue war-crimes charges against Israel.


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Republican-led House to vote on diluting financial regulations

Boehner arrives for a news conference following a Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Emily Stephenson and Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives expects to vote Wednesday on legislation retooling a series of financial regulations, an early sign that Republican leaders will attack President Barack Obama's Wall Street reforms this year. Scaling back reforms including the so-called Volcker rule on banks is a top Republican priority as stated on the website of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California. ...


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Obama advisers to recommend veto of House Keystone bill

A depot used to store pipes for Transcanada Corp's planned Keystone XL oil pipeline is seen in Gascoyne North DakotaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's advisers will recommend he veto a House bill approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline if the legislation reaches his desk, the White House said in a statement on Wednesday. Republican senators started the new U.S. Congress on Tuesday with legislation to approve TransCanada Corp's pipeline from Canada to the United States and White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama would not sign it. The White House's Office of Management and Budget on Wednesday issued a statement formalizing the veto threat. ...


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Five key cases heading to the Supreme Court aside from Obamacare

The United States Supreme Court resumes business later this month, with some high-profile cases on its docket. But the cases that aren’t making headlines are some of the most interesting in front of the Justices.

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Under fire, House GOP lawmaker says he rejects bigotry

WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 3 Republican in the House says he rejects all forms of bigotry after his admission last week that he addressed a white supremacist group in 2002.

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McConnell blasts veto threat, asks Obama to work with GOP

Vice President Joe Biden, right, administers the Senate oath to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. during a ceremonial re-enactment swearing-in ceremony, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington. McConnell's wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao is at center. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Barack Obama is obstructing the change American voters want by threatening to veto the first bill introduced in the new, Republican-controlled Senate.


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Appeals court to hear arguments on restrictive Texas abortion law

By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Abortion rights advocates are set to ask a appeals court on Wednesday to declare unconstitutional a Texas law they say would shutter more than half the state's remaining abortion clinics. A panel of the 5th ...

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