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Defeated U.S. Congress leader Cantor leaves political options open

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. congressional leader Eric Cantor took to the airwaves on Sunday to try to rebuild his political reputation after a stunning primary election loss that has shaken the Republican Party, and refused to rule out a future run for public office. But on two Sunday television talk shows, Cantor […]

Tea Party-backed lawmaker makes bid for No. 2 U.S. House post

By Susan Cornwell and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An outspoken Tea Party-backed Republican lawmaker on Friday opened his campaign for the No. 2 leadership post in the U.S. House of Representatives against a top deputy of Speaker John Boehner in a bid to boost conservatives' influence in the party. Raul Labrador of Idaho said […]

Kevin McCarthy lone contender for U.S. House No. 2 job after rivals quit race

By Susan Cornwell and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – California lawmaker Kevin McCarthy emerged as the sole contender in the Republican contest to fill one of the top positions in the U.S. Congress after two candidates dropped out on Thursday, but some lawmakers said McCarthy was not conservative enough and hoped others would jump in […]

Factbox: U.S. House Republicans jockey for leadership posts

A handful of Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are canvassing colleagues for support in an election for senior leadership positions next week. House Republicans began scrambling to move up the leadership ladder after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning primary defeat this week prompted him to announce that he will step down from […]

U.S. cautions Central American parents against sending children alone to border

The U.S. Homeland Security secretary sought to discourage Central American parents on Thursday from sending their children to join a wave of unaccompanied migrants from the region flooding across the U.S. border. Between October and May, more than 47,000 unaccompanied minors, mostly from Central America, have crossed into the United States, nearly double the number […]

Bergdahl expected back in U.S. on Friday: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, held five years as a Taliban prisoner of war before being released on May 31, will return to the United States on Friday after receiving care at a military hospital in Germany, a senior defense official said on Thursday. Bergdahl, released in a prisoner swap for five […]

U.S. House Speaker Boehner says can work with new majority leader

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday he could work with any Republican who gets elected as House majority leader next week. "I can work with whoever gets elected," Boehner told reporters. Asked if he backed Representative Kevin McCarthy of California for majority leader, Boehner said it was up […]

U.S. congressman Cantor to step down as Republican leader in July: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. congressman Eric Cantor will step down as House of Representatives Republican leader effective July 31 following his defeat in a primary on Tuesday, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing three Republicans familiar with his plans. Cantor, a seven-term congressman from Virginia, was soundly defeated in the Republican primary by an […]

Vermont to raise minimum wage to $10.50, highest of any U.S. state

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin on Monday signed a law that will raise the state's minimum wage to $10.50 an hour by 2018, higher than any other U.S. state The move to raise the entry-level salary from $8.73 comes in a year when Democrats, including Shumlin, have sought to make worker pay an election issue. U.S. […]

U.S. expects more Guantanamo transfers despite Bergdahl controversy

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration expects more inmates will be transferred from the Guantanamo Bay military prison this year, a U.S. official said on Thursday, despite the political firestorm over the exchange of five Taliban detainees for the last American soldier held in Afghanistan. "There are a significant number of transfers […]