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Challenges to Dodd-Frank surface in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The first targeted legislative challenges to 2010’s Dodd-Frank financial regulation reforms are emerging in the Congress, with nine senators introducing a bipartisan bill on Tuesday to delay a proposed cap on debit card interchange fees. Read the full story.
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Miami area mayor faces ouster in major recall vote

MIAMI (Reuters) – Voters in one of the most populous counties in the United States went to the polls on Tuesday for a recall vote, spearheaded by a billionaire anti-tax crusader, aimed at toppling a once-popular Republican mayor. Read the full story.
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Governor unveils cuts to close Ohio budget gap

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) – Ohio’s Republican Governor John Kasich on Tuesday unveiled a $55.5 billion two-year budget that sells off five prisons and slices aid to local governments to help close an $8 billion budget gap. Read the full story.
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Petraeus: tough spring ahead, but Afghan drawdown on

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan delivered an optimistic assessment of the unpopular war on Tuesday, telling lawmakers his troops will continue to make headway against Taliban insurgents even with a drawdown of American troops set to begin in July. Read the full story.
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Obama trip is a historic chance for U.S.-Brazil ties

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Since taking office on New Year’s Day, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has told a procession of surprised American visitors over coffee that she wants to end a decade of mistrust and build a new strategic alliance with the United States. Read the full story.
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Can embattled Obama recapture his old magic?

Barack Obama rode a wave of voter passion in 2008 fed largely by intense dislike of President George W. Bush and the Iraq war, plus excitement among young and minority voters at the notion of electing the nation’s first black president. Now, as Obama cranks up his re-election campaign, all those factors are absent. The president has many tools, of course, for inspiring and exciting potential voters. But he faces a different landscape, one in which key supporters are disappointed by concessions he has made to Republicans, and discouraged by huge Democratic losses last fall. Obama acknowledged the challenge last
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Petraeus will try to sell Afghan war to skeptical Congress

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is facing an impatient and frustrated Congress, balancing his troops’ solid progress in combat with worries about Kabul government corruption, an expected Taliban resurgence this spring and the slow development of Afghan security forces. Gen. David Petraeus on Tuesday was to deliver his first formal assessment to America at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, returning to Washington for the first time since he took over as battlefield commander nine months ago. And he is expected to tell lawmakers that forces can begin to withdraw this summer as planned. The Taliban’s momentum “has been
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