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Senator Mikulski of Maryland to leave Congress after 2016

Monday, 02 March 2015 11:15
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland on Monday said she will not seek a sixth term in order to spend her final two years in Congress working for constituents in her mid-Atlantic state. "For the next two years, I will be here, working the way I do, 100 percent, fighting the way I do," Mikulski, the top Democrat on the powerful Appropriations Committee and the longest-serving female senator, said at a news…
Video shows fatal shooting of homeless man by police in Los Angeles
Monday, 02 March 2015 11:14
(Reuters) - A video posted online shows Los Angeles police scuffling with and shooting a homeless man during a confrontation, The Los Angeles Times reported on its web site. The video, posted on Facebook, shows several uniformed Los Angeles Police Department officers scuffling with a man in a downtown area where homeless people pitch tents at night known as skid row. Once on the ground, the man continues struggling, at which point several shots are…
Obama getting closer to visiting all 50 states as president
Monday, 02 March 2015 10:15
President Obama plans to get one step closer to visiting all 50 states while in office with a trip to South Carolina this week. Rep. James Clyburn, D-South Carolina, says Mr. Obama plans to visit Benedict College in Columbia Friday.Obama plans to take Malia, Sasha to SelmaThe week also highlights the personal racial politics of the first black president's past and future as he plans Friday to make his first return to South Carolina since…
Netanyahu: Friendship will weather Iran disagreement
Monday, 02 March 2015 10:14
Washington (CNN)10:07 a.m. UPDATE - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has taken the stage to a standing ovation. 10:01 a.m. UPDATE - U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power ended her remarks to AIPAC on Monday focusing on the United States' commitment to standing in lock step with Israel. "The bond between the United States and Israel is still a national commitment. It should never be a partisan matter," Power told the crowd.
Boehner allies downplay GOP rift
Monday, 02 March 2015 10:14
Washington (CNN)House Speaker John Boehner and his top lieutenants are downplaying the rift among Republicans that was exposed during last week's intense wrangling over funding for the Department of Homeland Security. The House, Boehner said on Sunday, is a "rambunctious place." "We have 435 members. A lot of members have different ideas about what we should and shouldn't be doing," he said during an appearance on CBS's "Face the Nation."
Conflicting personalities and worldviews threaten U.S. ties with Israel.
Monday, 02 March 2015 10:14
Washington (CNN)The disconnect between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is about a lot more than bad personal chemistry. Their relationship, which will be played out in all its dysfunctional glory during Netanyahu's visit to Washington this week, founders on a deep ideological divide and a sharply conflicting world view. A long, steadily worsening showdown between the rivals is coming to a head in the tense final stages of talks between world…
Accused Boston bomber's lawyers seek to discuss brother early in trial
Monday, 02 March 2015 10:13
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is due in court on Monday for a hearing in which defense lawyers and federal prosecutors will tussle over a few remaining logistical matters before opening statements later this week. A final flurry of motions was filed under seal on Friday, offering little clarity on what lawyers will debate Monday. Tsarnaev, 21, is accused of killing three people and injuring 264 with two…
Don't bet against the US economy
Monday, 02 March 2015 09:16
With a growth rate of 2.4 percent last year, the American economy was operating at 0.6 percentage points above its physical limits to non-inflationary economic activity. What are these physical limits? They are simply a combination of labor and capital resources and their ability to produce goods and services in an environment of stable costs and prices. Technically, that is also called the economy's (non-inflationary) growth potential. And here is what that measure of the…
Asian markets rise after China rate cut, US data
Monday, 02 March 2015 09:16
Asian markets rose Monday after China at the weekend cut interest rates for the second time since November, while better-than-forecast US economic data helped push the dollar up against the yen. Investors will also be watching several key events this week, including political gatherings in China, a meeting of the European Central Bank and the release of US jobs figures. Shanghai added 0.79 percent, or 25.99 points, to close at 3,336.29 and Hong Kong advanced…
US consumers keep a lid on spending despite rising incomes
Monday, 02 March 2015 09:16
LONDON (ShareCast) - US consumers kept a lid on spending in January, despite the improving economic fundamentals of the US economy and the better conditions of the jobs market.Personal (LSE: PGH.L - news) spending in the US dropped 0.2% in January, better than the 0.3% decline registered in December but lower than the 0.1% dip expected by economists. Consumer spending is the single biggest source of US economic growth, accounting for as much as two-thirds…

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