Florida governor may stall Obama healthcare law

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) – Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott signaled on Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare overhaul may not be implemented in the state as a legal battle over the law appears headed to the Supreme Court. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/vF-o84jgr5U/us-usa-healthcare-florida-idUSTRE7109QO20110202\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

Obama says change in Egypt "must begin now"

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday an orderly transition of power in Egypt “must begin now” in remarks critical of the Egyptian leader’s plan to stay in office six more months. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/SAPxx4khj28/us-egypt-usa-obama-idUSTRE7109F720110202\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

Pakistan safe havens not a "mission-stopper" for U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States can win its nearly 10-year-old war in Afghanistan even if neighboring Pakistan does not shut down militant safe havens on its side of the border, a top U.S. commander said on Tuesday. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/GqLrnC5Yym4/us-usa-afghanistan-safehavens-idUSTRE7110LQ20110202\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

U.S. general "militarily uncomfortable" with Afghan date

LONDON (Reuters) – A senior U.S. military commander said on Tuesday setting a 2014 goal for halting NATO combat operations in Afghanistan weakened the Taliban’s arguments although he was “militarily uncomfortable” with it. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/a-4Aeb5utNo/us-afghanistan-mattis-idUSTRE7110LJ20110202\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

Florida governor may stall Obama healthcare law

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) – Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott signaled on Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare overhaul may not be implemented in the state as a legal battle over the law appears headed to the Supreme Court. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/ASBOd-OJRWE/us-usa-healthcare-florida-idUSTRE7109QO20110201\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

Senate Republicans push health law repeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans moved on Tuesday to force a U.S. Senate vote to repeal President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul — a day after a federal judge ruled that the law was unconstitutional. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/zLhX0-nxTCM/us-usa-healthcare-congress-idUSTRE70O62D20110201\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

NY’s Cuomo slashes spending, freezes taxes in budget

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed laying off nearly 10,000 state workers and cutting billions from education and Medicaid as he laid out his first budget on Tuesday designed to close a $10 billion deficit. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/pb5pDaAvAlQ/us-newyork-budget-idUSTRE7104JE20110201\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

U.S. ambassador warns against "gutting" Iraq mission

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to Iraq urged Congress on Tuesday not to “gut” the post-war diplomatic presence in Iraq after a Senate committee report urged Washington to consider reducing its massive civilian presence there for security reasons. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/c7u2_qhSO8Q/us-iraq-usa-diplomats-idUSTRE7109HS20110201\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

Obama seeks "responsible" budget to curb deficit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday spelled out that his upcoming budget will seek a “responsible” path to reducing U.S. debts over time, while lawmakers pushed for a summit to tackle the problem. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/HJesxbqV1TM/us-usa-obama-budget-idUSTRE7108AW20110201\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

U.S. sees Suez Canal closure as inconceivable

LONDON (Reuters) – The United States would respond “diplomatically, economically, militarily” to any closure of the Suez Canal although such an event seems inconceivable, the head of U.S. Central Command said on Tuesday. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/HlXHr8j6Qjg/us-egypt-usa-mattis-idUSTRE71086W20110201\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?