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US delays review of Keystone XL pipeline

Apr 18, 2014

By JOSH LEDERMAN and DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is extending indefinitely the amount of time federal agencies have to review the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline ...

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White House makes economics focus of Asia trip

Apr 18, 2014

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region.

But tensions between Russia and Ukraine will likely push regional security concerns higher on the ...

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Some countries get Obama, but want his wife, too

Apr 18, 2014

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama travels abroad, getting just the leader of the free world doesn't seem to be enough. People want the first lady, too.

But Michelle Obama won't be with her husband when he sets off Tuesday on a four-country visit ...

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Obama presents Navy with football trophy, again

Apr 18, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the Navy football team not only had to overcome tough opponents to win the Commander-in-Chief trophy this year but a government shutdown as well.

The military service academies had to suspend some sporting events last fall amid budget fights in ...

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Appeals court rejects challenge on cement plants

Apr 18, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday turned aside a challenge by environmental groups to an air pollution standard for cement plants.

In a 3-0 decision, the appeals court said the emissions-related provisions of the Environmental Protection Agency standard are permissible.

The ...

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Spokeswoman: Sebelius not considering US Senate

Apr 18, 2014

By JOHN HANNA, AP Political Writer

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Departing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is not considering running for the U.S. Senate, a spokeswoman said Friday.

The statement from HHS spokeswoman Dori Salcido is in line with comments from Sebelius' fellow ...

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Title of new Hillary Clinton book: 'Hard Choices'

Apr 18, 2014

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's upcoming book will be called "Hard Choices," a title that reflects how the potential 2016 presidential candidate may try to define her record as President Barack Obama's secretary of state while she considers another White ...

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Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law

Apr 18, 2014

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law is getting better, with more people enrolled overall and a much-needed surge of interest among young adults.

The president announced Thursday that 8 million have ...

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Homeland Security reissues immigrant asylum rules

Apr 18, 2014

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department has reissued asylum rules to immigration officials amid concerns that they are misinterpreting how to decide which immigrants get to see a judge for asylum claims.

In a memorandum to U.S. Citizenship and ...

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2 long-time friends discuss the First Amendment

Apr 17, 2014

By PETE YOST, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The legality of government surveillance is likely to come before the Supreme Court someday, and Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg appear less than thrilled at the prospect.

Scalia thinks the judicial branch is the least qualified ...

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Obama voices skepticism on Russia in Ukraine

Apr 17, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn't make good on its ...

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IRS audits less than 1 percent of big partnerships

Apr 17, 2014

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service audits fewer than 1 percent of large business partnerships, according to a government report released Tuesday.

That means some of Wall Street's largest hedge funds and private equity firms are largely escaping ...

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Chelsea Clinton expecting first child

Apr 17, 2014

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the year of the baby: Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their first child later this year.

The 34-year-old daughter of former President Bill Clinton and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made the ...

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Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

Apr 17, 2014

By JOSH LEDERMAN and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and ...

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President defending health law good for some Dems

Apr 17, 2014

By CHARLES BABINGTON and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's full-throated defense of his health care overhaul seems perfectly timed for Democrats who want their party to embrace the law more enthusiastically.

At a White House news conference Thursday,

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Obama disputes GOP version of immigration call

Apr 17, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's surprised that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is accusing him of failing to work with Congress on immigration.

Cantor said after the two men spoke by phone Wednesday that Obama still hasn't learned how to work effectively with lawmakers.

Obama ...

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Obama hopeful on Ukraine, will watch Russians

Apr 17, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he hopes Russia lives up to its agreement with Ukraine but adds that Russia's previous actions give him concern.

Obama says his hope is that Russia will follow through in the next several days on promises made at its meeting Thursday in Geneva with ...

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Obama sends condolences on S Korea ferry disaster

Apr 17, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is sending condolences to victims of a South Korean ferry disaster and says he will pay tribute during a visit to the country next week.

Obama said at a White House news conference Thursday that the United States has an "unwavering commitment" to its ally ...

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Kerry: Steps embraced to ease tensions in Ukraine

Apr 17, 2014

GENEVA (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says diplomats from Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine have agreed on a series of steps aimed at de-escalating violence in strife-ridden Ukraine.

He said all of this "represents a good day's work." But Kerry also says "words on ...

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