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1. House Scraps Vote on Confederate Flag in Federal Cemeteries
- Friday, July 10, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-controlled House scrapped a vote on permitting the Confederate flag at Park Service-run cemeteries – including four in Tennessee – on Thursday, a retreat under fire that only escalated a ferocious attack by Democrats complaining the banner celebrates a murderous, racist past.
2. Congress Races to Finish VA, Highway Bills
- Friday, August 01, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and headed toward a five-week summer break with no agreement in sight on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally to the United States.
3. Perez: Fast-Food Strikes Show Need for Wage Hike
- Friday, August 30, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – The recent spate of fast-food worker strikes is another sign of the need to raise the minimum wage for all workers, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said in an interview with The Associated Press.
4. Obama's New Budget: Higher Taxes for the Wealthy
- Tuesday, February 14, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama unveiled a $3.8 trillion spending plan on Monday that seeks to achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade but does little to restrain growth in the government's huge health benefit programs, a major cause of future deficits.
5. Obama Takes on Big Government: 'It Has to Change'
- Monday, January 16, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – Seeking more power to shrink the government, President Barack Obama on Friday suggested smashing six economic agencies into one, an election-year idea intended to halt bureaucratic nightmares and force Republicans to back him on one of their own favorite issues.
6. Obama Announces Resignation of Chief of Staff
- Tuesday, January 10, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – In an abrupt jolt to the White House, President Barack Obama announced Monday that chief of staff William Daley was quitting and heading home to Chicago, capping a short and rocky tenure that had been expected to last until Election Day in November. Obama budget chief Jack Lew will take over the job.
7. White House Waffling on Long-Term Care Plan?
- Tuesday, October 18, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House appeared to waffle Monday on the fate of a financially troubled long-term care program in President Barack Obama's health overhaul law, as supporters and foes heaped criticism on the administration.
8. Obama: Jobs Bill is 'Moment of Truth' for Senate
- Wednesday, October 12, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate faced a critical "moment of truth," President Barack Obama declared Tuesday as lawmakers neared a vote on his $447 billion jobs bill. Despite his exhortations, defeat was likely at the hands of Republican senators opposed to stimulus spending and a tax surcharge on millionaires.
9. Obama Says He Can't Fix Immigration on His Own
- Thursday, September 29, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Facing weakening support among Hispanics, President Barack Obama expressed deep frustration Wednesday over what he called an inaccurate and damaging perception that he can fix the nation's flawed immigration system on his own.
10. House Nears Vote on GOP Debt Bill; Dems Oppose
- Monday, August 01, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — Partisan to the core, Congress groped uncertainly Friday for a way to avoid a government default threatened for early next week. "We are almost out of time," warned President Barack Obama as U.S. financial markets trembled.
11. White House Threatens to Veto Boehner's House Plan
- Wednesday, July 27, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House threatened on Tuesday to veto emergency House legislation that aims to avert a threatened national default, a pre-emptive strike issued as Republican Speaker John Boehner labored to line up enough votes in his own party to pass the measure.
12. Tea Party Takes its Turn in Debt Battle
- Tuesday, July 19, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House weighed in with a veto threat Monday against a tea party-backed plan to let the government borrow another $2.4 trillion, a measure conditioned on big and immediate spending cuts and adoption by Congress of a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget.
13. McConnell, Boehner Increase Criticism of Obama
- Wednesday, July 13, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The top Republican in the Senate proposed on Tuesday giving President Barack Obama sweeping new power to, in effect, unilaterally increase the nation's debt limit to avoid a first-ever default on U.S. obligations.
14. No Stopgap: Obama Demands Big Deal for Debt Limit
- Tuesday, July 12, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama declared Monday he would reject any stopgap extension of the nation's borrowing limit, adding fresh urgency for Republicans and fellow Democrats to resolve intense tax and spending disputes and head off economic calamity.
15. Grim Jobs Report Casts Shadow Over Debt Talks
- Monday, July 11, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Beset by a weak jobs report, President Barack Obama on Friday called for swift action by Congress to raise the nation's borrowing limit, saying the uncertainty over the debt ceiling has hindered hiring in the private sector.
16. Republicans Press Obama on Spending
- Thursday, June 02, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Top House Republicans pressed President Barack Obama Wednesday for a detailed plan on budget cuts, and one leading lawmaker accused him of distorting a GOP Medicare proposal at the center of the partisan divide over spending.
17. Obama Talks Jobs With Jobs, Other Tech Leaders
- Friday, February 18, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is assembling the biggest names in Silicon Valley to confer on jobs and innovation, trying to get leaders from companies like Google and Apple behind his push to keep spending on high-tech initiatives even as Republicans are out to slash the budget.
18. G-20 Refuses to Back US Push on China's Currency
- Monday, November 15, 2010
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Leaders of 20 major economies on Friday refused to back a U.S. push to make China boost its currency's value, keeping alive a dispute that raises fears of a global trade war amid criticism that cheap Chinese exports are costing American jobs.
19. Obama: Money Alone Can't Solve School Predicament
- Tuesday, September 28, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama started the school week Monday with a call for a longer school year, and said the worst-performing teachers have "got to go" if they don't improve quickly.
20. Companies Add 67K Workers, but Jobless Rate Rises
- Tuesday, September 07, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – Private employers hired more workers over the past three months than first thought, a glimmer of hope for the weak economy ahead of the Labor Day weekend. But the unemployment rate rose because not enough jobs were created to absorb the growing number of people looking for work.
21. Obama's Health Care Pitch to Democrats: Trust Me
- Tuesday, March 09, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) - In private pitches to Democrats, President Barack Obama says he will persuade Congress to pass his health care overhaul even if it kills him and even if he has to ask deeply distrustful lawmakers to trust him on a promise the White House doesn't have the power to keep.
22. Obama Will Try to Salvage Health Care Bill
- Thursday, January 28, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama had hoped a historic victory on health care would be the centerpiece of his State of the Union speech Wednesday. Instead, he'll be appealing to jittery Democrats to save what was once his top domestic initiative, now stalled in Congress.
23. Gov't Insurance Option Isn't Quietly Fading Away
- Thursday, October 15, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - Fears about high costs of the health care overhaul and mistrust of insurers are rekindling interest in letting the government sell health insurance as part of the plan.
The leading congressional proposal as of Wednesday – a Senate Finance bill that relies on private coverage with no new government plan – could price out some 17 million Americans. And the insurance industry may have unwittingly helped the case for public coverage with a report over the weekend asserting the Finance bill would raise premiums for everyone.
24. Health Care Progress Seen on Capitol Hill
- Thursday, July 30, 2009
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Congress reported progress on legislation to overhaul the nation's health care Wednesday as President Barack Obama introduced a retooled message asserting his plan would protect Americans and limit insurers' power.
25. Reid: No Health Care Vote in Senate Until Fall
- Friday, July 24, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democratic leaders on Thursday abandoned plans for a vote on health care before Congress' August recess, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama's ambitious timetable to revamp the nation's $2.4 trillion system of medical care.
26. Obama May Have to Wait for Health Care Passage
- Thursday, July 23, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - Conservative House Democrats signaled on Wednesday that Congress is far from fulfilling President Barack Obama's goal of overhauling health care, just hours before the president planned another televised appeal to lawmakers to get the job done.
27. Budget Umpire: Health Care Bills Would Raise Costs
- Friday, July 17, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats' health care bills won't meet President Barack Obama's goal of slowing the ruinous rise of medical costs, Congress' budget umpire warned on Thursday, giving weight to critics who say the legislation could break the bank.
28. Obama: Health Care Reform Essential to Stability
- Thursday, July 16, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - Praising and prodding Congress, President Barack Obama on Wednesday said a vast reform of the nation's health insurance system is required to head off instability to families, industry and the government itself.
29. White House, Hospitals Reach Deal on Health Care
- Thursday, July 09, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's hospitals will give up $155 billion in future Medicare and Medicaid payments to help defray the cost of President Barack Obama's health care plan, a concession the White House hopes will boost an overhaul effort that's hit a roadblock in Congress.
30. Senate Off to a Rocky Start on Health Care
- Thursday, June 18, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate on Wednesday began writing legislation to revamp the nation's health care system, but its historic first step was overshadowed by partisan anger and cost problems that troubled lawmakers on both sides.
31. Kennedy Health Plan Aids Elders, Young Adults
- Thursday, June 11, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - Proposals that would help disabled seniors and healthy young adults are among dozens of provisions tucked into sweeping health care legislation that senators will begin considering next week.
32. Health Insurers Ask Gov't to Police Their Industry
- Thursday, May 07, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - Health insurance companies are offering new concessions, including lower rates for millions of women, as they try to persuade Congress not to set up a government health plan to compete against them.
33. Obama Urges Spending Curbs, Hands Out $15 Billion
- Tuesday, February 24, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - Urging future restraint even as current spending soars, President Barack Obama pledged on Monday to dramatically slash the skyrocketing annual budget deficit as he started to dole out the record $787 billion economic stimulus package he signed last week.
34. Automakers Pitch Congress Anew on Rescue
- Friday, December 05, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) - Humbled U.S. automakers pleaded with Congress on Thursday for an expanded $34 billion rescue package, but heard fresh skepticism in a bumpy encore appearance.
"We're here today because we made mistakes," General Motors chief executive Rick Wagoner told the Senate Banking Committee in prepared testimony.
35. Infusion by Bank of America Buys Time, Stability for Countrywide
- Friday, August 24, 2007
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The infusion of $2 billion from Bank of America Corp. should help shore up sagging Countrywide Financial Corp. as it tries to outlast the credit crunch squeezing Wall Street and the mortgage industry, analysts said Thursday.