House Republicans seek $32 billion in spending cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican leaders in the House of Representatives will seek $32 billion in spending cuts this year as part of an initial bid to shrink record budget deficits forecast to hit $1.5 trillion this year alone. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/yietP0ZPnkM/us-usa-congress-spending-idUSTRE7125Z420110203\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

Obama announces clean energy plan for buildings

STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – President Barack Obama announced a new clean energy program in Pennsylvania on Thursday, seeking to show he remains focused on jobs in a state that may be essential to his 2012 re-election prospects. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/Uv-OpZcVqVI/us-obama-economy-energy-idUSTRE7122YT20110203\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

Commerce chief eyes India military, nuclear deals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said on Thursday he will press India to buy U.S. fighter jets and other advanced technology products when he leads Boeing, Lockheed Martin and 22 other U.S. companies on a trade mission next week. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/h09Nt5R9tAM/us-usa-india-exports-idUSTRE7127SK20110203\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

Senate panel backs patent overhaul bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bill to reduce the likelihood of massive damage awards in patent disputes took a step forward on Thursday with approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/ciGGT6mlH28/us-patent-congress-idUSTRE7126RF20110203\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

Risks in Egypt were on Obama’s radar early on

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) – When a public uprising ousted Tunisia’s leader after two decades in power, U.S. policymakers and intelligence analysts immediately wondered what this might mean for Egypt, the most populous Arab nation and a staunch American ally. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/ygudBhVE_L4/us-egypt-usa-response-idUSTRE7120E220110203\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

Rummy, in new book, defends Iraq war debacle

Rummy, in new book, defends Iraq war debacle

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld concludes in his new autobiography that the war in Iraq has been worth the cost and remains largely unapologetic about his handling of the conflict, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday. Had the government of Saddam Hussein remained in power the Middle East would be “far more perilous than it […]

Wal-Mart struggles in the Big Apple

Wal-Mart struggles in the Big Apple

Wal-Mart’s lengthy struggle to open in New York City has hit fresh problems — a controversial report that said America’s biggest discounter does not just sell cheap, it makes neighborhoods poorer. The report concludes that Wal-Mart, the biggest U.S. private employer, kills jobs rather than creates them, drives down wages and is a tax burden […]

Rumsfeld defends handling of Iraq war in new book

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld concludes in his new autobiography that the war in Iraq has been worth the cost and remains largely unapologetic about his handling of the conflict, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/Yt2wi0ZpJ-M/us-rumsfeld-memoir-idUSTRE7120SX20110203\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

Senate rejects bid to repeal healthcare law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats in the Senate blocked a Republican bid on Wednesday to repeal his healthcare overhaul, a year-old law whose ultimate fate likely rests with the U.S. Supreme Court. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/5dZ3SjkkD68/us-usa-healthcare-congress-idUSTRE70O62D20110203\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

Lawmakers’ views vary on aid cutoff to Egypt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers are unlikely to slash American aid to Egypt quickly, but they are watching to see where unrest there leads, congressional aides and analysts said on Wednesday. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/i_fzIoFTwnU/us-egypt-usa-aid-congress-idUSTRE71194420110202\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?