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House Republicans seek information on enforcement of eagle and bird deaths at wind farms

WASHINGTON - House Republicans are seeking to compel the Obama administration to turn over uncensored, internal documents related to its enforcement of environmental laws at wind farms where eagles and other protected birds have been killed. The House Natural Resources Committee issued the subpoena Tuesday. Only one wind energy company has been prosecuted for killing eagles and other birds in violation of federal law. Duke Energy pleaded guilty in November to killing eagles and other birds at two Wyoming wind farms and will pay $1 million.

U.S. NSA nominee backs protection for companies in any cyber law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's nominee to head of the National Security Agency said on Tuesday he considered liability protection for corporations that share information with intelligence agencies as a "critical element" in any new U.S. cybersecurity legislation. "My sense is it's a critical element in any legislation," the nominee, Vice Admiral Michael Rogers, said at his U.S. Senate confirmation hearing. (Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Bill Trott)

White House economists paint rosier picture under Obama budget; but enactment not in the cards

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's top economists say the nation is on track to make economic progress over the next two years, but say it would do even better if Congress would enact the additional spending he proposed in his most recent budget. A divided Congress in an election year is not likely to heed that call.

Obama says he's hearing from business owners who are paying more than minimum wage

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's hearing from business owners across the country who are voluntarily paying their workers more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says those actions show that change comes to Washington, not from it. Congressional Republicans are resisting Obama's pleas to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Obama recorded the address in Washington before leaving Friday for a weekend in Florida.

Name the next U.S. ambassador to Canada, business group tells Senate

WASHINGTON - A prominent business group says it's time the U.S. Senate appointed the next ambassador to Canada, calling the delay in his confirmation a counter-productive and unnecessary result of partisan games. The Canadian American Business Council said nominee Bruce Heyman is qualified for the job and shouldn't be forced to wait any longer. It sent a letter Thursday to the leaders of both parties in the Senate, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, asking them to approve an appointment that has already received the backing of the chamber's foreign-relations committee.

Another delay to Obama health law

The White House on Wednesday unveiled another delay in implementing President Barack Obama's signature health law -- apparently to shield vulnerable Democrats in mid-term elections. The Obama administration said that insurers could continue to market health care plans that do not meet the minimum standards of the new law until October 1, 2016.

Obama administration allows health plan renewals for two more years

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration said on Wednesday it would allow health insurers to extend plans that fail to comply with President Barack Obama's healthcare law for an additional two years, giving some consumers the option of keeping their policies into 2017. In a release of comprehensive insurance guidelines for next year, officials also said the government was extending the 2015 open enrollment by one month to create a three-month period running from November 15, 2014, to February 15, 2015.

Senate rejects Obama pick for top civil rights post

The US Senate rejected President Barack Obama's controversial pick for a prominent civil rights post Wednesday amid a backlash over the nominee's connection to a high-profile convicted cop-killer. Seven members of Obama's Democratic Party joined all Republicans in opposition to help torpedo the nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. Adegbile is a leading civil rights attorney and was part of the team which helped get Mumia Abu-Jamal's death sentence commuted to life in prison in 2012.

Obama's $3.9 trillion budget for 2015 attacked by Republicans, panned by anti-deficit groups

WASHINGTON - Republicans are dismissing President Barack Obama's new $3.9 trillion budget as nothing more than a Democratic manifesto for this year's congressional campaigns, but the fiscal plan is taking hits from another quarter too — anti-deficit groups.

Obama's $3.9 trillion budget for 2015 attacked by Republicans, panned by anti-deficit groups

WASHINGTON - Republicans are dismissing President Barack Obama's new $3.9 trillion budget as nothing more than a Democratic manifesto for this year's congressional campaigns, but the fiscal plan is taking hits from another quarter too — anti-deficit groups.
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