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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 Moscow’s role on Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan. Read more

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 influence to calm the situation, the top U.S. military officer said on Wednesday. Read more

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 $1.3 trillion federal deficit. Read more

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 country struggles with sky-high debt. Read more