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.?

U.S. envoy in Egypt spoke with ElBaradei: statement

CAIRO (Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to Cairo made contact with prominent Egyptian political activist Mohamed ElBaradei on Tuesday to discuss a political transition in Egypt, the U.S. Department of State said. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/S8Q64e3qdOw/us-egypt-usa-elbaradei-idUSTRE7107ZJ20110201\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

U.S. envoy tells Mubarak to prepare for transition

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An envoy of President Barack Obama privately urged Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday to prepare for a transition of power, the closest the United States has come to urging Mubarak to step aside. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/uiEGKuCRvCw/us-egypt-usa-idUSTRE70R6A920110201\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

Obama meets with Dell, Xerox, IBM executives

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama met with six chief executives from his Technology CEO Council on Tuesday to discuss U.S. competitiveness, innovation, and the need for investments to create jobs, the White House said. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/5c6AAUFbgKk/us-obama-tech-ceos-idUSTRE7107WW20110201\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

State revenues growing, but outlook "ominous"

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – State tax revenues continued to strengthen at the end of 2010, but even with that improvement the long-term outlook for most states “is still ominous,” the Rockefeller Institute of Government said in a report released on Tuesday. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/HeWJj3TsQrw/us-usa-states-revenue-idUSTRE7106DG20110201\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

U.S. and Russia to finalize nuclear deal on Saturday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Russia will formally inaugurate their new START nuclear arms pact on Saturday, launching a deal that commits the two former Cold War foes to cutting their atomic arsenals. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/uPetZCdbtXQ/us-usa-russia-start-idUSTRE7104SI20110201\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

U.S. orders non-essential personnel out of Egypt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday ordered all non-emergency embassy and other U.S. government personnel to leave Egypt amid mounting protests against the rule of President Hosni Mubarak. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/hiZUcdPPL08/us-egypt-protest-usa-order-idUSTRE71041720110201\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?