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Former top U.S. diplomats urge support for START

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former secretaries of state for five Republican presidents urged Senate Republicans to back the New START nuclear treaty with Russia, suggesting failure to do so could affect…

Top U.S. military officer presses China over North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China’s push for new talks with North Korea is no substitute for action after Pyongyang’s deadly attack on a South Korean island, and Beijing should use its…

Deficit panel recalibrates, seeks more support

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A presidential commission trying to balance the U.S. budget on Wednesday softened a proposed tax overhaul to win broader support for its bold plan to slash the…

Geithner and lawmakers seek deal on Bush-era tax cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s top economic advisers sought to break a deadlock over taxes with congressional leaders on Wednesday, haggling over how to extend Bush-era rates while the…

New Republican governors meet with Boehner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Newly elected Republican governors pleaded with the party’s congressional leaders on Wednesday for greater financial flexibility and less federal regulation for states facing big budget shortfalls and…

U.S. won’t allow drilling in Atlantic, off Florida

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Wednesday reversed its decision to allow drilling in Atlantic coast waters and offshore Florida, moving cautiously in the wake of BP’s massive oil…

Obama says confident on getting tax cut deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama expressed confidence on Wednesday that Democrats and Republicans would be able to break a political deadlock and reach a deal on soon-to-expire Bush-era tax…

Pentagon says cost cuts not aimed at profits

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s chief arms buyer underscored on Wednesday the Defense Department’s determination to cut costs, but sought to reassure investors the initiative was not aimed at…

House approves short-term spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to avert a federal government shutdown by extending temporary funding for another two weeks, giving Democrats time to craft a…

White House memo outlines new anti-leak measures

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House has set up a special anti-WikiLeaks panel after the embarrassing flood of State Department cables leaked by the website, and its proposals include teams…