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Obama reaches out to Republicans on tax forms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday suggested working with Republicans on a provision of the new healthcare law that requires businesses to file tax forms on transactions worth…

Somber White House tries to put brave face on defeat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – So much for criticism that Barack Obama doesn’t show emotion. On Wednesday the Democratic president’s mood was clear: somber, resigned, and chastened by the biggest political drubbing…

Republicans capture House, gain in Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama faced a bleak political landscape on Wednesday after voters punished Democrats over high unemployment and a sluggish economic recovery, delivering a divided Congress in…

Sen. Harry Reid says willing to tweak healthcare law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday said he was willing to make tweaks to the landmark healthcare reform law enacted earlier this year over united Republican…

Clinton warns of "resource curse" in Papua New Guinea

PORT MORESBY (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday offered to help Papua New Guinea create a sovereign wealth fund to manage its resource revenue and avoid a…

U.S. says open to fair criticism at U.N. rights forum

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States is open to fair criticism of its human rights record, including racial discrimination and counterterrorism policies, when it is under U.N. scrutiny this week,…

Republican election wave hits state houses

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The surge that gave Republicans control of the House of Representatives on Tuesday also hit state legislatures, giving Republicans power to potentially cement their hold in Congress…

South Korea’s Lee says trade deal key test of U.S. will

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said on Wednesday the United States will be sending an important message on its commitment to free trade if it finally advances…

Tea Party calls for "fiscal sanity" in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tea Party-backed Republicans who won at congressional elections on Tuesday vowed to bring their uncompromising politics to the debate over government spending and deficits. Read the full…

Obama and Boehner discuss priorities in phone call

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama called John Boehner, the likely next Speaker of the House of Representatives, to discuss priorities and common ground between Democrats and Republicans after Tuesday’s…