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Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:28pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control. (...)
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Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:28pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment. (...)
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Obama budget to call for $1 billion for Central America

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:21pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says President Barack Obama's budget will call for $1 billion in aid for Central America. He says that's three times what the U.S. typically gives the region. (...)
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House Dems seek better messaging, not new policies, for 2016

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:14pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Better messaging, not changes in policy, is the key to winning elections again, House Democrats said Thursday as they huddled in Philadelphia to talk strategy. And the message, they said, must focus relentlessly on middle class paychecks. (...)
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Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:14pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control. (...)
Categories: Politics

Obama to Democrats: Time to end budget austerity

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:07pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President Barack Obama is calling for an end to the automatic spending cuts that have reduced money for domestic and defense programs. He says the cuts triggered by a 2011 budget act don't "differentiate between smart government spending and dumb government spending." (...)
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Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:10pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment. (...)
Categories: Politics

McCain to protesters: 'Get out of here, you low-life scum'

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:49am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain kicked protesters out of a committee hearing Thursday, calling them "low-life scum" as they hollered for the arrest of one of the witnesses, former secretary of state Henry Kissinger. (...)
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