Obama, congressional Democrats to meet on taxes: aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic leaders in the Congress will meet later on Monday with President Barack Obama to discuss efforts to pass legislation this year extending Bush-era tax cuts, according to a congressional aide. Read more

U.S. eyes trade "triple crown" as APEC host

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States plans a big push toward freer trade in the Asia Pacific region in 2011, starting with approval of bilateral free trade agreement with South Korea, a U.S. official told Reuters. Read more

Gates not optimistic on end to ban on gays

MUSCAT (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates told thousands of sailors aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln Monday that he was not especially hopeful that Congress would lift a ban on gays serving openly in the military by year’s end. Read more

Mideast funding of militants irks U.S.: WikiLeaks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top U.S. officials have grown frustrated over the resistance of allies in the Middle East to help shut the financial pipeline of terrorists, the New York Times reported on Sunday, citing secret diplomatic dispatches. Read more

Lawmakers optimistic about deal on tax cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior lawmakers said on Sunday they were optimistic about striking a deal to extend Bush-era tax cuts for all taxpayers and continue emergency jobless aid for millions of long-term unemployed Americans. Read more

Mideast funding of militants irks U.S.: WikiLeaks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top U.S. officials have grown frustrated over the resistance of allies in the Middle East to help shut the financial pipeline of terrorists, the New York Times reported on Sunday, citing secret diplomatic dispatches. Read more

So much for the Christmas spirit

So much for the Christmas spirit

Mike Babick’s display of Christmas spirit in Prarie Village, Kansas, has grown too popular for some neighbors, who complain his expanding array of lights and holiday figures draw some unwelcome gawkers. Babick’s passion for the holiday has driven him to adorn his modest one-story home in this Kansas City suburb with more than a thousand […]

Obama touts South Korea trade deal

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) – President Barack Obama vowed at the weekend to work with Republicans and Democrats to pass a free-trade pact with South Korea that he said was a model for future agreements he would seek in Asia and around the world. Read more