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U.S. defends human rights record at U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States weathered criticism of its human rights record from friends and foes alike on Friday in a United Nations forum that the former Bush administration…

Norway seeks U.S. explanation in surveillance row

OSLO (Reuters) – Norway demanded on Friday an explanation from the United States of reports that its embassy in Oslo has conducted illegal surveillance of Norwegian residents for more than…

Obama: U.S. can’t afford two years of gridlock

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, still smarting from his Democrats’ big losses in congressional elections, said on Friday the United States cannot afford to get mired in legislative gridlock…

Boehner: Jobless rate shows need for tax cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives Republican leader John Boehner said on Friday the high unemployment rate shows the need for President Barack Obama to work with Republicans to extend…

Clinton rules out a presidential run through 2016

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ruled out running for president in 2012 or 2016 on Friday, saying the United States should be ready for…

White House signals compromise on tax cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A conciliatory White House said on Thursday it was willing to negotiate with Republicans on tax cut extensions, but Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell took a hard…

Murray re-elected as Senator from Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic Senator Patty Murray has won the Senate race in Washington state, according to media projections, and Republican challenger Dino Rossi called to concede. Read the full…

Palestinians to give U.S. peace effort more time

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Palestinians will give the United States several more weeks to try to relaunch direct peace talks with Israel, but will not buckle on their key demand…

Republicans to crank up oversight of government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The incoming Republican majority in the House of Representatives is more likely to attack Democrats through highlighting congressional oversight hearings rather than the more rancorous subpoena process,…

Republicans scuffle over US House banking panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Just days after winning control of the House of Representatives, Republican leaders on Thursday faced an internal fight over the chairmanship of a key committee that oversees…