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Obama argues healthcare law is working, rejects Republican criticism

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the U.S. Congress in November. | Video

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House Republican leaders holding up immigration reform: Obama 17 Apr 2014

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Thursday called on the U.S. Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which he said was being blocked by Republican leaders in the House of Representatives.

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Two justices say high court will likely rule on NSA programs 12:48am BST

WASHINGTON - Two members of the Supreme Court indicated on Thursday night that the court will ultimately have to decide the legality of National Security Agency surveillance activities.

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Obama budget would boost U.S. tax revenue, cut deficits: CBO 12:08am BST

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget request would boost U.S. tax revenue by nearly $1.4 trillion over 10 years if fully enacted, cutting deficits by $1.05 trillion while funding new spending, the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday.

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Conservatives encouraging presidential bid by surgeon outraise rivals 17 Apr 2014

WASHINGTON - If money is any indication, a prominent Baltimore doctor with no political experience is an early front-runner in the 2016 U.S. presidential race.

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Beau Biden, son of U.S. VP, to run for governor of Delaware 17 Apr 2014

- At least one member of the Biden family will be seeking higher office in 2016.

New Hampshire lawmakers fail to pass death penalty repeal 17 Apr 2014

BOSTON - New Hampshire's Senate failed to repeal the death penalty on Thursday, in a vote that capped weeks of emotional debate while focusing attention on the state's lone death row inmate.

Hotel magnate pleads guilty to U.S. campaign contribution scheme 17 Apr 2014

NEW YORK - A prominent hotel executive in New York pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiring to make $188,000 of illegal campaign contributions to three U.S. candidates via straw donors.

Two U.S. arms programs face live-or-die reviews after costs jump 12:29am BST

WASHINGTON - An unmanned U.S. Navy helicopter built by Northrop Grumman Corp and a precision ship-landing system built by Raytheon Co face mandatory reviews that could lead to their cancellation after quantity reductions drove unit costs sharply higher in 2013, the Pentagon announced on Thursday.

Cost to buy F-35 up 2 percent; to operate down 9 percent: Pentagon 12:27am BST

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon on Thursday forecast the cost of developing and buying Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet at $398.6 billion, up 2 percent from last year, but said the projected cost to operate and maintain the jets was down about 9 percent.

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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.