White House statements on Crimea referendum

After the referendum that took place on Sunday in Crimea on its future with Ukraine and Russia, the White House issued a statement on the vote and a readout of a Sunday phone call between President Obama and Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

First, here is a White House statement from …

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Congress leaves town with no deal on Ukraine aid

Just a day after a show of American solidarity with the new Prime Minister of Ukraine, rival aid bills for that nation derailed in Congress, as lawmakers leave town for a ten day break without giving final approval to any financial aid or sanctions against the Russian government for the …

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Sebelius faces bipartisan complaints on health law

A day after Democrats lost a special election in Florida that may have turned in part on the backlash against the Obama health law, a U.S. House hearing featured bipartisan complaints about what the Obama Administration is not making public and how much help is being given to Americans trying …

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Health law enrollments slow in February

For a second straight month, the rate of growth in enrollments for the Obama health law slowed, as the Obama Administration reported that private health insurance signups had gone over 4.2 million people by the end of February.

“Now, during this final month of open enrollment our message to the …

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Democrats not united on climate change

In an election year bid to build public support for climate change legislation, Democrats and the Obama Administration used an all-night session on the Senate floor to call for action in the Congress, even as there was fresh evidence that Democrats aren’t exactly united on how best to deal with …

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Questions raised on use of government credit cards

A report by internal investigators at the Environmental Protection Agency found ‘ineffective oversight’ at the EPA allowed federal workers to use government credit cards to buy gift cards, gym memberships, food and thousands of dollars in other items that were not properly approved for purchase by the agency in 2012.

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Congress speaks out on Ukraine

As the U.S. House easily approved a plan to funnel aid to Ukraine in the form of loan guarantees, a House committee approved a non-binding resolution that would also express American frustration at the turn of events in Crimea and Ukraine, as lawmakers look to send a message to Moscow.

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Obama health law ‘fix’ extended to 2016

In yet another delay for part of the President’s signature health law, the Obama Administration on Wednesday announced that consumers could hang on to health insurance policies that don’t meet minimum coverage standards for another two years.

It wasn’t even four months ago – in mid-November of 2013 – that …

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No Tea Party upsets for Congress in Texas

In the first test of the 2014 mid-term elections, voters in Texas stuck with their incumbent members of Congress, turning back almost every challenger in both parties, as Republicans shrugged off calls from within for major election upheaval in the U.S. House and Senate.

The results in the Lone Star …

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Obama submits budget for 2015

President Obama today sent Congress a $3.9 trillion budget for Fiscal Year 2015, a plan focused on plans to boost spending on infrastructure projects and job creation to help spur new economic growth.

“It’s a road map for creating jobs with good wages and expanding opportunity for all Americans,” Mr. …

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