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U.S. conservative 'Joe the Plumber' a union man? 'You betcha,' he says

By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - An Ohio man who rose to fame as "Joe the Plumber" by challenging then-presidential candidate Barack Obama on tax policy in 2008 has taken a unionized job with one of the U.S. Big Three automakers, he said on his website. Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, a conservative, announced on Sunday that he recently had the "fortune of being hired by a great company", Chrysler Corporation, where all workers must be United Automobile Workers union members.

GOP Senator Rand Paul sues Obama administration over NSA surveillance

WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. Rand Paul and a tea-party backed group are suing the Obama administration over the National Security Agency's phone record collection policies. Paul says the suit is filed for themselves and on behalf of all Americans who are or have been customers of phone service in the United States since 2006. The Kentucky senator and Freedomworks are represented by former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who unsuccessfully ran for Virginia governor last year.

Abe stresses importance of alliance in talks with U.S. Sen. Rubio

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stressed the significance of the Japan-U.S. alliance in a meeting Tuesday in Tokyo with U.S. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, the Foreign Ministry said. Rubio is considered to be a possible contender for the next presidential election.

Sen. Rubio to meet President Park in Seoul this week

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, one of the potential Republican presidential candidates, will visit South Korea this week for meetings with President Park Geun-hye and other senior officials, his office announced Sunday. The Florida senator, who serves as the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee, plans to arrive in Seoul on Thursday. He will meet the South Korean president the next day.

Maine governor to state attorney general: 'Sue me'

By Dave Sherwood BOWDOINHAM, Maine (Reuters) - It is not every day that a U.S. governor asks his own state's attorney general to sue him, but that was Maine Republican Paul LePage's response to Democrat Janet Mills' demand that he release a report on the state's welfare system.

Tea Party conservatives shift to fight over U.S. debt ceiling hike

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Even as a touch of bipartisan bonhomie settles over Washington with the passage of a budget compromise, conservatives in Congress are planning their next attempt to rein in government spending when the U.S. bumps up against its borrowing limit in the spring. Tea Party-oriented conservatives, who failed in efforts to stop the budget deal, say they may have a better chance at attaching new fiscal restraints to legislation raising the U.S. debt ceiling.

Bad week for US Tea Party amid beating from top Republican

When the top US Republican in Congress slams far-right groups as "ridiculous," it's clear the Tea Party is in trouble and that its influence in the halls of power has hit a snag. This week, the House of Representatives achieved a first since 1986 by resoundingly approving a two-year bipartisan budget deal in a divided government. Three quarters of Republicans in the GOP-controlled chamber voted in favor of the measure, which repeals billions of dollars in painful automatic cuts and crucially avoids the prospect of a US government shutdown next year.

GOP friction: Boehner takes on right-flank groups that say he's just not conservative enough

WASHINGTON - After years of bitter friction within Republican circles, House Speaker John Boehner is lashing out against hard-line conservative and tea party groups — the latest GOP establishment figure to join the increasingly public battle roiling the party.

House budget chief Ryan says pact boosts Republican prospects

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican co-author of a rare bipartisan budget deal in Congress defended the agreement from opposition in his own party on Sunday as an asset that could help Republicans capture the Senate next year and the White House in 2016.

Analysis: U.S. budget deal could bring truce, minimize shutdown threats

By David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A minimalist U.S. budget deal that congressional negotiators hope to reach in coming days will do almost nothing to tame rising federal debt, but it could usher in a nearly two-year fiscal truce, minimizing the risk of future funding crises and government shutdowns.
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