Congress overwhelmingly backs 5-year transportation bill
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Congress overwhelmingly backs 5-year transportation bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of stymied efforts to address the nation’s aging and congested highways and transit systems, Congress found the sweet spot for passage on Thursday — a 5-year, $305 billion bill laden with enough industry favors, parochial projects, safety improvements and union demands to gain overwhelming support. The bill was approved 359 … Continue reading

United States remains ill-prepared to combat state-backed cyber intrusions from China
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United States remains ill-prepared to combat state-backed cyber intrusions from China

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States remains ill-prepared to combat state-backed cyber intrusions from China and lawmakers should look at whether U.S.-based companies be allowed to ‘hack back’ to recover or wipe stolen data, a congressional advisory body said Tuesday. That’s the primary recommendation of this year’s report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review … Continue reading

Tensions build over whether Paris climate deal is binding
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Tensions build over whether Paris climate deal is binding

PARIS (AP) — France’s leadership is bristling at U.S. resistance to making a global climate accord under negotiation in Paris next month legally binding. French President Francois Hollande, whose country is hosting U.N. climate talks Nov. 30-Dec. 11, told reporters in Malta on Thursday that “if the deal is not legally binding, there is no … Continue reading

Big beer merger leaves future uncertain for competitors
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Big beer merger leaves future uncertain for competitors

LONDON (AP) — It’s no fun being in the middle. Heineken, Molson Coors and Carlsberg are storied brewers that trace their roots back hundreds of years and have loyal drinkers around the world. But the merger of their two biggest competitors leaves such mid-size brewers without a clear way forward. They find themselves squeezed between … Continue reading

GOP, Dems, Obama reach accord on 2-year budget deal
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GOP, Dems, Obama reach accord on 2-year budget deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The budget deal between congressional leaders and President Barack Obama, aimed at heading off a government shutdown and debt crisis, faces its first hurdle Tuesday when it goes before restive House Republicans, including rebellious arch-conservatives. The two-year pact, which would take those volatile fiscal issues off the table until after the 2016 … Continue reading

Clinton revels in signs that Dems are coalescing around her
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Clinton revels in signs that Dems are coalescing around her

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton took a celebratory lap around Washington on Friday, October 23, reveling in signs Democrats are coalescing around her White House candidacy after an 11-hour grilling by House Republicans. Joking about her “long day,” Clinton told female supporters gathered for a party breakfast address that she tried to “rise above … Continue reading

Obama touts immigration reform in speech to Hispanic leaders
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Obama touts immigration reform in speech to Hispanic leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama promised Hispanic leaders on Thursday he’ll continue to champion a comprehensive change to the nation’s immigration laws and said America’s greatness comes from building opportunities, not walls. While prospects for an immigration overhaul are negligible during the remainder of his presidency, Obama used the speech to highlight differences with … Continue reading

No shutdown: Congress approves bill to keep government open
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No shutdown: Congress approves bill to keep government open

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just hours before a midnight deadline, a bitterly divided Congress approved a stopgap spending bill Wednesday to keep the federal government open — but with no assurance there won’t be yet another shutdown showdown in December. Democrats helped beleaguered House Republican leaders pass the measure by 277-151 — a lopsided vote shrouding … Continue reading