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  • Attorney General nominee moves closer to confirmation
    Associated Press | January 29, 2015 12:24 am
    Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch is moving closer Thursday toward an expected confirmation, with a series of witnesses set to testify on her nomination before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
  • Fed sees strengthening economy but stays 'patient' on rates
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 9:18 pm
    The Federal Reserve's outlook for the U.S. economy is steadily brightening. Yet the Fed will be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows.
  • Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 6:04 pm
    Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president's unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.
  • Romney takes aim at Obama, Clinton in Mississippi
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 5:32 pm
    Mitt Romney hasn't officially declared himself a presidential candidate again, but the 2012 Republican nominee looked and sounded like one during a stop Wednesday in Mississippi, back-slapping at a popular barbecue joint before delivering a speech that questioned Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton's foreign policy and economic credentials.
  • S&P close to $1.37B deal over risky mortgage bond ratings
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 4:16 pm
    Standard & Poor's is close to a $1.37 billion settlement with the Obama administration and U.S. states over allegations it knowingly inflated its ratings of risky mortgage investments that helped trigger the financial crisis.
  • Biden: More costs for Russia unless Moscow changes course
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 4:05 pm
    Vice President Joe Biden says Russia must face increasing penalties unless it changes course on Ukraine.
  • State Dept. officials meet with House Benghazi panel
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 3:48 pm
    State Department officials met Wednesday with a special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, a day after the panel's Republican chairman complained about resistance from the Obama administration and vowed to "ratchet up" his inquiry.
  • Obama congratulates new Greek leader on election victory
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 3:28 pm
    President Barack Obama says the U.S. will work closely with Greece's new government and help Greece pursue long-term prosperity.
  • Panel unanimously OKs bill easing employee health care count
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 1:41 pm
    In a rare show of bipartisanship over President Barack Obama's health care law, a Senate committee voted unanimously Wednesday to exclude veterans from the 50-worker threshold that triggers required coverage for employees under that statute.
  • Census: 1 in 5 children on food stamps
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 1:41 pm
    Sixteen million children were on food stamps as of last year, the highest number since the nation's economy tumbled in 2008.
  • Iowa farmer leads Senate panel on high legal posts
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 12:52 pm
    Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Senate's most enthusiastic tweeter, is steering the venerable Judiciary Committee into a brave new world.
  • House passes bill aimed at expediting natural gas exports
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 12:08 pm
    Continuing its charge on energy, the Republican-controlled House on Wednesday passed a bill aimed at expediting approvals of natural gas exports.
  • Supreme Court halts 3 upcoming executions in Oklahoma
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 11:54 am
    The Supreme Court has ordered Oklahoma to postpone lethal injections executions using a controversial sedative until the court rules in a challenge involving the drug.
  • Text of the Federal Reserve's statement Wednesday
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 11:29 am
    Below is the statement the Fed released Wednesday after its policy meeting ended:
  • Govt tells agents to ID which immigrants not to deport
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 8:52 am
    The Obama administration has ordered immigration agents to ask immigrants they encounter living in the country illegally whether they might qualify under President Barack Obama's plans to avoid deporting them, according to internal training materials obtained by The Associated Press.
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