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White House-Congress rift over Bergdahl deal deepens

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A political storm over the trade of five Taliban inmates for a captured American soldier intensified on Monday when Obama administration officials told U.S. lawmakers that up to 90 people within the administration – but no members of Congress – were told in advance about the swap. "It strikes […]

US plans nearly $1 billion arms deal with Iraq

The United States plans to sell nearly $1 billion worth of warplanes, armored vehicles and surveillance aerostats to Iraq. The deal includes 24 AT-6C Texan II light-attack aircraft, a turboprop plane manufactured by Beechcraft that has .50 caliber machine guns, advanced avionics and can carry precision-guided bombs, the Pentagon said. The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation […]

Obama sends Vietnam nuclear deal to Congress

The US Congress on Thursday began its review of a nuclear agreement with Vietnam, which advocates say would create billions of dollars in trade but has triggered human rights concerns. President Barack Obama sent to Congress the text of the agreement which would allow the United States to transfer reactors and know-how to Vietnam, which […]

U.S. firm ends lobbying deal with Ukraine-related group

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Washington lobbying firm with close ties to the White House and Democratic Party has ended its relationship with a Brussels-based group linked to ousted Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovich. A second Washington lobbying firm with ties to the Republican Party continues to represent the same Brussels group, according to […]

U.S. says ‘disappointed’ by Palestinian unity deal

The United States said on Wednesday it was let down by a unity pact agreed to between the Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestine Liberation Organization and added it could make peace efforts difficult. “The timing was troubling, and we were certainly disappointed in the announcement,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told […]

US moves to push global trade deal on green goods

The United States said Friday it was planning to begin negotiations with other leading trading countries for a deal to cut tariffs for green goods like solar panels. The office of the US Trade Representative said it had officially notified Congress of the plan to open talks for a new pact on environmental goods under […]

Defense: General’s deal drops sex assault charge

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — An Army general who admitted to multiple affairs with soldiers under his command was expected to plead guilty Monday to a host of charges while the most egregious — that he forced one woman to perform oral sex — was to be dropped as part of a deal. View full […]

Boehner questions Senate unemployment deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner questioned the feasibility of a bipartisan Senate deal to renew expired benefits for the long-term unemployed, a remark that seemed to suggest the agreement could be in trouble in the House. View full post on Congress News Headlines – Yahoo! News

US senators strike deal to extend jobless insurance

US senators struck a bipartisan deal to reinstate emergency benefits for two million of America's long-term unemployed, easing a months-long congressional impasse. President Barack Obama had pushed hard for an extension of the emergency benefits last year, but the effort fell apart, leaving 1.3 million jobless in the lurch when their standard 26 weeks of […]

Exclusive: Argentina, Repsol to sign $5 billion settlement deal – source

Argentina and Repsol will sign a definitive $5 billion settlement over the 2012 nationalization of the Spanish oil firm's majority stake in Argentine energy group YPF within days, a source involved in the talks said on Thursday. Under the terms of the deal, Repsol will receive various bonds with a total nominal value of around […]