Jeb Bush knocks Hillary Clinton over Asia trade talks stance

 Republican Jeb Bush on Wednesday bashed Democratic 2016 presidential contender Hillary Clinton for voicing reservations about overseas trade talks, a rare issue on which the White House enjoys support from Republicans, with many Democrats opposed.

Obama officials lobby against Iran nuclear legislation

The Obama administration lobbied lawmakers on Monday to persuade them not to pass any legislation that could hamper prospects for negotiating a final deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program.

Rand Paul criticizes fellow Republicans as he launches White House bid

 US Senator Rand Paul accused his fellow Republicans on Tuesday of contributing to Washington`s dysfunction, launching a 2016 White House bid with a vow to shatter the status quo and defend individual freedoms.

Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin: Poll

A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Boehner `shocked` by report Israel spied on Iran talks

The top Republican in Congress said Tuesday he was "shocked" by a report that Israel spied on Iranian nuclear talks but insisted he did not know whether information was shared with US lawmakers.

Fictional TV presidents more popular than Obama: Poll

Whether it`s the earnest Josiah Bartlet from "The West Wing" or the manipulative Frank Underwood in "House of Cards," Americans prefer television presidents to their real-life POTUS, President Barack "No Drama" Obama.

Obama presses Republicans on attorney general pick

 President Barack Obama urged his Republican foes in Congress to confirm his choice for the country`s next top law enforcement officer, accusing them of holding her "hostage" in their efforts to push other legislation.

Obama jokes about Clinton email, knocks Republicans at dinner

 President Barack Obama took aim at his Republican opponents and his gaffe-prone vice president on Saturday in a satirical speech that included a roast of his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her recent problems with email.

Hillary Clinton condemns Republican letter to Iran

Former US secretary of state and probable presidential challenger Hillary Clinton condemned Tuesday a bid by Republican senators to disrupt nuclear talks with Iran.


Iran N-agreement will lapse if not approved by Congress: Republicans

Almost 50 Republican senators warned Iran in a letter made public on Monday that an agreement on its nuclear programme that is not approved by the US Congress could lapse as soon as President Barack Obama leaves the White House in less than two years.

US Senate strikes homeland security deal, deadline looms

US Senate leaders struck a deal Wednesday to avert an ugly shutdown and fund homeland security operations through September, but it remained unclear whether lawmakers will agree to the plan before Friday`s deadline.

Obama vetoes Keystone pipeline bill, Republicans furious

In a rarest of the rare move, US President Barack Obama has vetoed a legislation authorising construction of the cross-country Keystone XL oil pipeline, a move that made Republicans furious.

Emboldened Obama embraces presidential power

Barack Obama is expected to issue the third and most significant veto of his presidency Tuesday, embracing raw executive power in the twilight of his administration.

Obama budget seeks boost for military, domestic programs

President Barack Obama will call for a 7 percent rise in U.S. domestic and military spending in his budget that would end caps known as `sequestration,` the White House said on Thursday, setting up a new source of conflict with Republicans in Congress.

Republicans regret Obama taking only Democrats to India

The Republican leadership Sunday regretted that US President Barack Obama has taken only lawmakers from his Democratic party as part of his Congressional delegation to India.

Obama launches Democrats` middle class push in 2016

The economic successes US President Barack Obama touted in his speech to Congress Tuesday were not just taunts to Republicans; he was helping Democrats build an early strategy for keeping the White House in 2016.

Obama to say US turning the page on `vicious recession`

President Barack Obama will draw a line under years of economic hardship during his State of the Union address on Tuesday, directly challenging his Republican foes to help the middle class.

Obama threatens veto of increase of hours in health care law

The White House issued its second veto threat since Republicans took full control of Congress, saying on Wednesday that President Barack Obama would block legislation to increase his health care law's definition of a full-time worker from 30 to 40 hours per week.

The new US Congress in numbers

The US Congress reconvenes Tuesday for its 114th session, following November 4 midterms that saw Republicans clinch a Senate majority and expand their control in the House of Representatives.

Obama looks past Republicans in promoting his 2015 agenda

President Barack Obama plans new steps to help middle-income Americans, part of a 2015 agenda he hopes can build on the postelection momentum from high-profile moves on immigration and Cuba.