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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.

Slew of challenges for Republican-led US Congress in 2015

 The 113th Congress, which wrapped up December 16, was one of the least productive in modern history. Onward to 2015.

I'm not a lame duck: Barack Obama's year-end message to Americans

If U.S. President Barack Obama is feeling the pain from a rough year at the office, he did a great job of covering it up on Friday.

US Congress agrees on $1-tn budget bill to avoid shutdown

 US Congressional leaders have agreed on a budget bill of $1 trillion to finance the federal government until 2015 and avert a government shutdown like the one which occurred last year.

Republicans starting to strut their stuff for 2016

A half-dozen potential Republican presidential contenders spent last week peacocking across the sprawling grounds of Florida luxury resort, schmoozing with donors and sizing up the competition in the party's most fractured field in decades.

Republicans` next clash with Obama: Iran nuclear talks

The extension of international nuclear negotiations with Iran is likely to prompt a far-reaching showdown between the White House and US Republicans who seek to tighten economic screws against Tehran.

Immigration row fuels early 2016 US presidential race
Immigration row fuels early 2016 US presidential race

When President Barack Obama unveiled his immigration plan and Republican rivals howled their disapproval, the drama signalled not just a clash of political positions: it kicked off the 2016 presidential campaign.

Barack Obama immigration plan riles Republicans, clashes loom
Barack Obama immigration plan riles Republicans, clashes loom

Barack Obama`s Republican rivals on Friday heaped scorn on his plans to offer up to five million undocumented migrants protection from deportation, as the US president went on the road to defend the bold measures.

Republicans vow to fight `illegal` Obama immigration plan

US Republicans offered strident reaction Thursday to President Barack Obama`s unilateral plan to bring millions of undocumented non-citizens out of the shadows and make them eligible for work permits.

Republicans eye counter strikes to Obama immigration plan
Republicans eye counter strikes to Obama immigration plan

Outraged Republicans have pounced on President Barack Obama`s planned announcement on immigration reform, warning that unilateral action will trigger fierce reprisals from a Republican-led Congress.

Barack Obama takes responsibility for Democrats` election rout

US President Barack Obama has taken responsibility for his party`s crushing defeat in last week`s midterm elections.