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Exclusive: Obama sends team to Texas to assess need for National Guard deployment

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SAN FRANCISCO - President Barack Obama has sent a team to Texas to assess whether a U.S. National Guard deployment would help to handle an immigration crisis at the Mexican border, White House officials told Reuters on Wednesday, having so far resisted Republican calls for such a move.

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U.S. Senate Democrats cut $1 billion from Obama border request 10:26pm BST

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democrats on Tuesday proposed cutting $1 billion from President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency funding request to deal with a surge of some 57,000 undocumented Central American children across the southern border.

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Wisconsin governor race remains in a dead heat despite probe -poll 10:38pm BST

MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is seeking re-election in November, has not seen any significant drop in his support since the release of documents on a probe into possible illegal campaign financing, a poll showed on Wednesday.

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U.S. Senate panel unanimously approves Veterans Affairs nominee 5:56pm BST

WASHINGTON - Bob McDonald, President Barack Obama's choice to run the Veterans Affairs Department, looked set for an easy Senate confirmation after the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee unanimously approved his nomination on Wednesday.

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U.S. swaps regulator O'Malia to head bank lobby group 2:38pm BST

WASHINGTON/HONG KONG - A member of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission will become the new head of a bank lobby group that is fighting the derivatives regulator in court over a crucial new rule curtailing Wall Street.

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U.S. court rulings create new uncertainty over Obamacare 12:16am BST

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. judicial panels on Tuesday injected new uncertainty into the future of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with conflicting rulings over whether the federal government can subsidize health insurance for millions of Americans.

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Obama government looks to satisfy religious groups on Obamacare 3:43am BST

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is developing a method for religious organizations opposed to contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act to opt out of providing the coverage in their health plans without filling out a form.

Business executive wins Georgia Republican runoff in U.S. Senate race 12:01pm BST

ATLANTA - A former Fortune 500 executive who campaigned as a Washington outsider defeated an 11-term congressman on Tuesday in a key Republican runoff election in Georgia, setting the stage for November's race to fill an open Senate seat.

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U.S. announces arrests in border crackdown on human smuggling 3:48am BST

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials have made almost 200 arrests and seized more than $625,000 in illicit profits in a month-long crackdown on human smuggling in response to an influx of illegal immigration into Texas, the Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday.

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Obama's veterans agency nominee vows corporate-style discipline 12:12am BST

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama's nominee to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged on Tuesday to bring corporate-style discipline and accountability to the troubled agency plagued by healthcare delays and accusations of mismanagement and fraud.

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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.