U.S. yanks high-speed rail funds for Wisconsin and Ohio

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Thursday rescinded $1.195 billion intended to fund the development of high-speed rail in Ohio and Wisconsin and said it will redirect the funds to “other states eager to develop high-speed rail corridors” in the United States. Read more

Holder urges Senate reject ban on Guantanamo moves

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday made a last-ditch plea urging lawmakers to allow foreign terrorism suspects held at the Guantanamo military prison to be moved to U.S. soil for prosecution. Read more

Congress votes to avert Medicare doctor pay cut

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Legislation to avert a 25 percent pay cut for doctors treating patients covered by the federal Medicare health insurance program for the elderly won final U.S. congressional approval on Thursday. Read more

Obama pushes export reforms, eyes Russia in WTO

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday voiced strong support for Russian membership in the World Trade Organization as he laid out an overhaul of export controls to help U.S. high-tech firms increase foreign sales. Read more

Food safety overhaul depends on spending bill

Food safety overhaul depends on spending bill

The biggest overhaul of the U.S. food safety system in decades took a major step toward becoming law on Wednesday when House Democratic leaders folded it into a must-pass bill to fund the U.S. government. The House passed the spending bill on Wednesday and the Senate was expected to consider it over the next few […]

China, North Korea reported near consensus

China, North Korea reported near consensus

China and North Korea reached consensus on the Korean peninsula crisis after “candid” talks, Chinese state media reported, which analysts said suggested Pyongyang likely agreed not to inflame the situation. The meeting came as Beijing and Washington continued to trade barbs over how best to deal with the spike in tension on the divided peninsula, […]

Tax deal moves forward despite doubts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A plan by President Barack Obama to broadly extend tax cuts moved forward on Wednesday despite opposition from his own Democrats and fear in bond markets of long-term damage to the economy. Read more

Defense chief Gates to visit China next month

TOKYO/BEIJING (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates will visit China next month, as the world’s two largest economies try to repair a relationship that has been battered by arguments about military exercises and Taiwan. Read more

House bars moving Guantanamo detainees to U.S. soil

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved legislation to prohibit moving terrorism suspects from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay to U.S. soil, a blow to President Barack Obama’s efforts to prosecute them in criminal courts. Read more

House passes "Dream Act" immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives approved a controversial measure on Wednesday providing a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who came to the United States before age 16. Read more