Judge strikes down healthcare reform law

MIAMI (Reuters) – A federal judge in Florida struck down President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare overhaul as unconstitutional on Monday in the biggest legal challenge yet to federal authority to enact the law. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/Y0D71tFGbgg/us-usa-healthcare-ruling-idUSTRE70U6RY20110201\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

White House clean energy standard gets key support

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Monday won a key endorsement for its proposal to boost U.S. electricity generation by clean energy sources as the head of the Senate’s energy panel said he could back the idea of including nuclear power in the fuel mix. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/5MG-5Pdg91s/us-usa-bingaman-nuclear-idUSTRE70U64Z20110131\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story […]

U.S. says 1200 citizens evacuated from Egypt on Monday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government has evacuated about 1,200 American citizens from Egypt on nine flights on Monday and at least six more flights are planned for Tuesday, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/2rrwNEpgU4c/us-egypt-usa-citizens-idUSTRE70U6S020110131\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

U.S. warns Mexican cartels on cross-border violence

EL PASO, Texas (Reuters) – Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Monday warned Mexico’s drug cartels that any attempt to bring their violent tactics across the border would produce a powerful reaction. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/PpbbUGIc3vw/us-usa-mexico-napolitano-idUSTRE70U5TB20110131\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

Early voting starts in Chicago as Emanuel wins Sun-Times nod

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Early voting started on Monday in Chicago’s mayoral race with former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, far ahead in a recent poll, gaining the endorsement of one of the city’s newspapers. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/EiSYS0Ep0lA/us-chicago-mayor-vote-idUSTRE70U5Y320110131\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

U.S. joins EU in new sanctions on Belarus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Monday imposed new financial and travel sanctions on Belarus in response to the government’s crackdown after December’s disputed presidential elections, the State Department said. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/9E_ljKw-ZGs/us-belarus-usa-sanctions-idUSTRE70U62B20110131\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

Iran could have nuclear weapon by 2012: Britain

LONDON (Reuters) – Western powers should work on the assumption that Iran could have a nuclear weapon by next year and an Israeli intelligence assessment of 2015 could be over-optimistic, British Defense Secretary Liam Fox said on Monday. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/98pJwkZQsjo/us-iran-nuclear-britain-idUSTRE70U5SV20110131\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

U.S. envoy to China, with eye on 2012, to step down

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, plans to resign soon, a White House official said on Monday, as he prepares for a potential campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/xRIrIv_wTm8/us-usa-politics-ambassador-idUSTRE70U4NV20110131\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

Judge may escalate battle over healthcare reform

MIAMI (Reuters) – A Florida judge could on Monday become the second U.S. judge to declare President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law unconstitutional, in the biggest legal challenge yet to federal authority to enact the law. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/GDTqdbaIHs8/us-usa-healthcare-states-idUSTRE70U0T220110131\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

White House to launch job-creating start-up effort

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House will announce an effort on Monday to encourage job-creating start-up businesses in hopes of reducing the country’s stubbornly high unemployment rate. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/EPMKXI6PfEw/us-obama-economy-startups-idUSTRE70U2BY20110131\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?