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March 13, 2013
Obama concedes budget deal may be impossible
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is conceding "we're probably not going to be able to get a deal" on budget, tax and spending issues...
March 13, 2013 - 8:02am
March 6, 2013
House approves bill preventing shutdown March 27
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican-controlled House approved legislation Wednesday to prevent a government shutdown on March 27 and blunt the impact of newly imposed spending cuts on the Defense Department. By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican-controlled...
March 6, 2013 - 1:22pm
Too much money spent in Iraq for too few results
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ten years and $60 billion in American taxpayer funds later, Iraq is still so unstable and broken that even its leaders question whether U.S. efforts to rebuild the war-torn nation were worth the cost. By LARA JAKES AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) --...
March 6, 2013 - 7:34am
February 28, 2013
Senate Democrats, GOP to stage votes on rival cuts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With across-the-board spending cuts all but certain, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate staged a politically charged showdown designed to avoid public blame for any resulting inconvenience or disruption in government services. By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated...
February 28, 2013 - 12:46pm
New crisis looms as budget cuts hit US on Friday
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Billions of dollars in harsh budget cuts are hitting the U.S. government on Friday, and officials are conceding that last-minute...
February 28, 2013 - 7:30am
February 27, 2013
Obama, top lawmakers to meet Friday on budget cuts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will meet Friday with the top leaders in the House and Senate to discuss what to do about automatic cuts to the federal budget, White House and congressional leaders said. By JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack...
February 27, 2013 - 9:37am
February 26, 2013
Obama: Flexibility won't help with spending cuts
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) -- No progress to report in negotiations with Congress, President Barack Obama on Tuesday singled out for praise the few Republicans who say they're open to aspects of his approach to averting looming government-wide spending cuts, seeking to turn up the heat...
February 26, 2013 - 1:56pm
February 23, 2013
Editorial: Congress, Obama are budget failures
Congress and the Obama administration have painted themselves politically into a budget cutting corner that ordinary Americans are going have to bear the pain. House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Barack Obama are in a doubledare showdown...
February 23, 2013 - 4:00am
February 13, 2013
GOP faults Obama speech for liberalism, hostility
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans charged Wednesday that President Barack Obama delivered a State of the Union address studded with tired liberal notions and campaign-style hostility and said the speech did little to ease partisan tensions over issues like gigantic budget deficits. "An...
February 13, 2013 - 1:03pm
Obama proposals face quick opposition in Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama set up high-stakes clashes with Republicans over guns, immigration, taxes and climate change in a State of the Union address that showcased his determination to mark his legacy. Rep. Paul Ryan said Obama could better achieve his goals if he...
February 13, 2013 - 8:51am
February 7, 2013
Obama pushes 2nd term agenda to House Democrats
LEESBURG, Va. (AP) -- President Barack Obama predicted a tough road ahead as he urged House Democrats on Thursday to stick to their principles...
February 7, 2013 - 2:32pm
Obama to promote his agenda to House Democrats
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is promoting his second-term agenda to House Democrats, eager to keep them unified as a bulwark against a Republican majority on issues as diverse as the economy, immigration and guns. Obama was meeting with Democratic lawmakers Thursday during...
February 7, 2013 - 8:32am
January 31, 2013
Editorial: It’s time to work to solve this issue of immigration
There is growing interest in developing a bipartisan approach to an immigration plan for America. It has been a long time coming. The last time Congress tried a serious effort at immigration reform was in 2007, which failed. The issue has been debated now for more than a decade....
January 31, 2013 - 12:00am
January 18, 2013
Atwater, Minn., bakery treats headed to Washington for Klobuchar open house
WASHINGTON — Crispies from Thompson Bakery and Coffeehouse in Atwater will be served at an open house to be hosted Monday by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar in Washington, D.C. The open house will be held so that Klobuchar can greet Minnesotans visiting Washington to attend the inauguration...
January 18, 2013 - 10:00am
January 17, 2013
Obama's gun measures face a tough road in Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's sweeping gun-control package faces an uncertain future on Capitol Hill, where majority House Republicans are rejecting his proposals while the president's allies in the Democratic-controlled Senate are stopping well short of pledging immediate...
January 17, 2013 - 9:00am