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Iran: Warships Will Steam Close To U.S. Waters As ‘A Message’

Iran: Warships Will Steam Close To U.S. Waters As ‘A Message’An admiral of Iran's Northern Navy Fleet said warships under his command have been dispatched to skirt U.S. maritime borders for the first time, in tit-for-tat move aimed at protesting the U.S. naval presence in the Persian Gulf.

‘Time Is Short’ On Debt Ceiling, Treasury Secretary Says

‘Time Is Short’ On Debt Ceiling, Treasury Secretary SaysWarning that "simply delaying action on the debt limit can cause harm to our economy," Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew repeated Monday that he believes Congress should act soon to raise that limit so the federal government avoids even looking like it might default on its debts.

U.S. Issues Keystone XL Pipeline Environmental Review

U.S. Issues Keystone XL Pipeline Environmental ReviewThe State Department says that production of Canadian tar-sand crude, which has a bigger greenhouse gas footprint than other types of oil, is unlikely to be increased if the Keystone XL pipeline goes ahead — and therefore would do little to contribute to climate change.

Obama To Raise Minimum Wage For Federal Contracts

Obama To Raise Minimum Wage For Federal ContractsNews broke this morning that President Obama will announce during his State of the Union address tonight that he's going to sign an executive order raising the minimum wage in new federal contracts.

Obama: Marijuana Is Not ‘More Dangerous Than Alcohol’

Obama: Marijuana Is Not ‘More Dangerous Than Alcohol’The New Yorker has just dropped an extensive profile of President Obama by David Remnick, who wrote a major book on the president published in 2011.

Obama Expected To Say NSA Should Not Hold ‘Metadata’

Obama Expected To Say NSA Should Not Hold ‘Metadata’President Obama is expected to announce Friday morning that he is "ordering a transition that will significantly change the handling of what is known as the telephone 'metadata' " that the National Security Agency collects, officials are telling Reuters and NPR.

House Republicans Join In Passing $1 Trillion Spending Bill

House Republicans Join In Passing $1 Trillion Spending BillThe House on Wednesday passed a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill — a compromise that appeared to get past the bitter partisan showdowns that have caused an unpopular federal government shutdown and nearly tipped the U.S. into default.

An ‘Embarrassed And Humiliated’ Gov. Christie Apologizes

An ‘Embarrassed And Humiliated’ Gov. Christie ApologizesSaying he is "embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some people on my team," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday apologized to the people of New Jersey for his aides' role in a scheme to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee by closing lanes that lead to the George Washington Bridge.

Senate Votes To Move Ahead On Extending Unemployment Benefits

Senate Votes To Move Ahead On Extending Unemployment BenefitsA three-month extension of federal unemployment benefits for 1.3 million jobless Americans won a key procedural vote in the Senate on Tuesday.

Senate Confirms Janet Yellen As Federal Reserve Chair

Senate Confirms Janet Yellen As Federal Reserve ChairThe Senate has voted to approve the nomination of Janet Yellen as the next leader of the U.S. Federal Reserve. With Monday's vote, Yellen, 67, will become the first woman to serve as America's banking chief, heading an institution that was established in 1913.