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  • Pipeline delay gives boost to Obama's political base  - (Posted 18 hours ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The latest delay to a final decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will reinforce a White House strategy to energize President Barack Obama's liberal-leaning base before fall elections in which Democrats risk losing control of the U.S. Senate.
  • Obamacare enrollees urged to change passwords over Heartbleed bug  - (Posted 1 days ago at Reuters)
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans with accounts on President Barack Obama's health insurance enrollment website,, were advised that their passwords had been reset to guard against the "Heartbleed" bug, in a message posted on the site on Saturday.
  • Social Security to resume benefits statement mailings  - (Posted 1 days ago at Reuters)
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Paper Social Security benefits statements, which used to be mailed out every year and then fell victim to budget cuts, are going to make a partial comeback.
  • Obama signs law to bar Iran diplomat from serving in U.N. post  - (Posted 2 days ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama signed a law on Friday that effectively bars an Iranian diplomat from serving as an envoy at the United Nations because of suspicions he was involved in the 1979-81 Tehran hostage crisis.
  • Supreme Court denies Teva stay in Copaxone patent fight  - (Posted 2 days ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday denied a request by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd to stay a lower-court ruling in a patent case that favored the developers of generic versions of Teva's top-selling multiple sclerosis drug.
  • U.S. appeals court rejects latest challenge to Wisconsin union law  - (Posted 3 days ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday rejected the latest challenge to a Wisconsin law that restricts the power of public-sector unions.
  • Obama looks to salvage Asia 'pivot' as allies fret about China  - (Posted 3 days ago at Reuters)
    (The last paragraph of this April 16 story has been corrected to say Chuck Hagel is U.S. Defense Secretary)
  • Obama argues healthcare law is working, rejects Republican criticism  - (Posted 3 days ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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.
  • Two justices say high court will likely rule on NSA programs  - (Posted 3 days ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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.
  • Two U.S. arms programs face live-or-die reviews after costs jump  - (Posted 3 days ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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  - (Posted 3 days ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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.
  • Obama budget would boost U.S. tax revenue, cut deficits: CBO  - (Posted 3 days ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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.