July 3, 2015

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Senate Republicans twisting arms for one more trade vote

WASHINGTON — Republican backers of President Barack Obama’s trade agenda are imploring key senators to stand by their previous votes when they revisit the issue in a showdown set for Tuesday. Opponents meanwhile are mounting an equally emotional push to keep Obama from obtaining “fast track” authority to negotiate trade agreements with Pacific Rim countries Read More…

86-year-old veteran says he’s going to run for Congress

WESTLAKE — Norbert Dennerll always had political aspirations, and he’s no stranger to coming up short in his bids for public office. He’s previously run for sheriff, Congress and president, but Dennerll, 86, isn’t ready to call it quits just yet. The Elyria resident and Marine Corps veteran, who’s receiving physical therapy at Lifecare Center Read More…

Obama’s trade bill faces showdown today in Congress

WASHINGTON — A landmark trade bill that tops President Barack Obama’s second-term agenda faces a showdown vote in the House as Democrats mount a last-ditch effort to kill it. The outcome was uncertain and the drama intense heading into Friday’s votes. In frantic 11th-hour maneuvering, liberals in the House defied their own president and turned Read More…

Obama: If Obamacare struck down by Supremes, let Congress fix it

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says he has no alternate plan if the Supreme Court invalidates a key benefit of his health care law and he places the burden on the Republican-controlled Congress to fix the law if the high court wipes out insurance for millions of Americans. Voicing confidence he will prevail before the Read More…

10 things to know, Thursday, April 30

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. A light amid quake tragedy Crowds cheer as a teenage boy is pulled from the wreckage of a Kathmandu building that collapsed five days ago when a massive temblor shook Nepal. 2. What’s next for Baltimore Police Read More…

Obama signs energy efficiency bill

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is signing long-delayed legislation to boost energy efficiency in buildings. Obama plans to sign the bill into law in the Oval Office Thursday afternoon. It aims to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and homes. The measure was widely popular in both parties. But it was defeated last Read More…

GOP divided as Supreme Court nears another Obamacare ruling

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans are divided over how to respond to an approaching Supreme Court decision on President Barack Obama’s health care law, even as growing numbers concede that their long-sought goal of repealing the statute will have to wait. Should the plaintiffs prevail in the GOP-backed lawsuit, the justices could annul one of the Read More…

Could U.S. dollar be weaponized against North Korea?

TOKYO — The last time the United States tried the military option on North Korea, more than a million died, a hostile and unexpectedly resilient adversary emerged and instead of regime change it got three generations of the Kim family. Understandably, there is little appetite in Washington to try that again. But if sending in Read More…

Senate’s Harry Reid announces he won’t seek re-election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, the wily Nevadan who dominated the Senate for a decade from the minority to the majority and back again, announced Friday he will retire after five terms. Reid, 75, who shepherded key Obama administration initiatives including the president’s health care law, lost his role as majority leader Read More…

UPDATED: Government partially shuts down after Congress fails to reach deal

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WASHINGTON — Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday, forcing some 800,000 federal workers off the job as a protracted dispute over President Barack Obama’s signature health care law reached the boiling point. Obama readied a midday statement to the nation while Democrats and Republicans at the Capitol blamed each other for Read More…