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Obama agents sent home from Europe for boozing

In a new embarrassment for the US Secret Service, three agents were sent home from Amsterdam for drunkeness, after one was found passed out in a hotel hallway. The agents were in The Netherlands ahead of US President Barack Obama's trip there this week as part of the elite unit tasked with protecting the president in the event of an attack. Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary confirmed to AFP Wednesday "three employees were sent home for disciplinary reasons," without giving any further details.

EU/U.S. trade deal will not weaken standards: Obama

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he would ensure that a planned EU-U.S. trade deal did not weaken existing consumer or environmental standards, as some critics fear. Obama told a news conference that the U.S. and EU publics had legitimate questions on whether a trade deal would benefit their countries over the long term and whether "hard-won victories" on consumer or environmental protection would be preserved.

U.S. lawmakers drop IMF reforms from Ukraine aid bill

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats agreed on Tuesday to drop language outlining reforms of the International Monetary Fund from a Ukraine aid bill to increase the odds it will get through Congress, said Majority Leader Harry Reid, after weeks of partisan bickering delayed the package. Reid cited stiff opposition to the IMF reform provisions in the Republican-led House of Representatives.

U.S. to allow some people to enroll in Obamacare after deadline

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration will soon issue new Obamacare guidelines allowing people to enroll in health coverage after a March 31 deadline, but only under certain circumstances, according to sources close to the administration.

South Carolina lawmakers fail in attempt to undo Obamacare

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - South Carolina lawmakers failed to derail implementation of President Barack Obama's signature health care law in the state when a measure was defeated in the Republican-controlled Senate. Last year, the state House passed a bill that nullified the law by calling for criminal penalties for anyone who sought to enforce it. Late Wednesday night, however, Senators voted 33-9 to defeat an amendment regarding the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

Michelle Obama in China for week-long tour

Michelle Obama arrived in Beijing on Thursday, kicking off a week-long tour which US officials say is focused deliberately on soft issues in a bid to dispel growing mistrust between the United States and China. Accompanied by her daughters and mother, the US first lady's visit will take her to some of China's most celebrated sites including the Great Wall, the ancient terracotta warrior sculptures of Xi'an and a panda reserve.

US senators strike deal to extend jobless insurance

US senators struck a bipartisan deal Thursday to reinstate emergency benefits for two million of America's long-term unemployed, easing a months-long congressional impasse. A group of 10 senators thrashed out the agreement, which would extend for five more months the benefits that ran out in late 2013 amid congressional bickering over how to pay for the insurance.

US senators strike deal to extend jobless insurance

US senators struck a bipartisan deal Thursday that would reinstate emergency benefits for two million of America's long-term unemployed, easing a months-long congressional impasse. A group of 10 senators thrashed out the agreement, which would extend for five more months the benefits that ran out in late 2013 amid congressional bickering over how the insurance would be paid for.

Canada gets a new U.S. ambassador, Bruce Heyman, after eight-month delay

WASHINGTON - The next U.S. ambassador to Canada has had his nomination confirmed nearly a year after President Barack Obama tapped him for the job. Chicago investment banker Bruce Heyman was approved in a vote Wednesday by the U.S. Senate, where partisan wrangling has slowed down the appointment of dozens of senior diplomats. Heyman was first revealed as the president's choice last spring, but the post in Ottawa remained vacant for eight months following the departure of the last American ambassador.

IMF funding issue delays U.S. Congress Ukraine bill

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers debated on Tuesday whether to include a shift in funding for the International Monetary Fund in a bill to address the crisis in Ukraine, raising concerns that the measure could be delayed for weeks. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee had hoped to vote on Tuesday on a package that aides said would include aid for Ukraine and sanctions, as well as $1 billion in loan guarantees.
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