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  • Obama Keystone Choice Pits Donors Against At-Risk Senate

    President Barack Obama’s advisers are lining up against the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline. Top Democratic donors oppose the project. And Obama himself dismisses claims that it will create many jobs.

  • Reid Says Budget Needed to Avoid Republican Suicide (Transcript)

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that he expects the Senate next week to confirm Janet Yellen as chairman of the Federal Reserve and to clear a budget agreement unless Republicans intend to commit “political suicide.”

  • Obama May Get Political Boost From Pressing BP on Fund

    President Barack Obama scored a political victory by pressuring BP Plc to commit $20 billion for damages from an environmental disaster that’s weighing on his presidency as the company struggles to contain thousands of barrels of oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico each day.

  • Nuclear Nuts & Bolts, Politics Loom Over Iran Talks

    After encouraging signs at the United Nations and the highest-level contact between the U.S. and Iran in 35 years -- a phone call between President Barack Obama and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani -- hurdles still line the path to a deal on Iran’s nuclear program.

  • Geithner Trails Obama to North Carolina Pushing Jobs Bill

    Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner followed President Barack Obama to North Carolina, praising Corning’s Inc.’s fiber-optics factory as a model of innovation and prodding Congress into jobs bill passage.

  • Palin’s Harley Ride Through Capital Raises Speculation on Presidential Bid

    Sarah Palin ’s ride through Washington on a Harley-Davidson Inc. motorcycle yesterday as part of the Rolling Thunder “Ride for Freedom” put her back in the national spotlight as the race for the Republican presidential nomination is revving up.

  • Obama Challenges Financial Industry to Join Regulatory Overhaul

    President Barack Obama challenged the financial industry yesterday to join rather than fight the effort to overhaul market regulations as he sought to close the deal for enactment of his proposals.

  • Democrat Tom Harkin Won’t Seek Re-Election to Senate

    Democrat Tom Harkin has decided not to seek re-election to his U.S. Senate seat in 2014, when Republicans try to gain control of the chamber.

  • Christie Denounces Political Shift Toward Libertarianism

    Choosing a side in his party’s ideological battle, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie attacked libertarian ideas on national security exemplified by U.S. Senator Rand Paul, a possible opponent in the 2016 presidential primary.

  • Obama In Uphill Fight to Win North Carolina as Convention Nears

    President Barack Obama has an uphill battle to win North Carolina again, though he’s keeping the race close enough to make Republican nominee Mitt Romney spend money in a state that Romney must carry to win the Nov. 6 election.

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