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New York's Cuomo pushes tax cuts, infrastructure boost

By Edward Krudy ALBANY, New York (Reuters) - New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo gave a wide-ranging election-year speech in his annual address on Wednesday, pressing signature issues such as cutting taxes, revitalizing worn infrastructure and boosting the upstate economy. The packed event was attended by many of New York's political elite, including New York City's new mayor, Bill de Blasio. "Three years ago New York's government was a national punch line," said Cuomo. "Albany was mired in scandals and dysfunction.

GOP seeks jobless bill changes to offset the cost

WASHINGTON (AP) — One day after clearing a key Senate hurdle, legislation to renew long-term jobless benefits veered toward gridlock Wednesday as Democrats objected to Republican demands to offset the cost so deficits don't rise.

Commentary: Why I Dislike Congress, but I Like My Congressman

My congressman, Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, is an attorney and ranking member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. He represents western areas of Los Angeles, including West Hollywood, where I live, as well as Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Malibu and Santa Monica.

GOP seeks to offset cost of jobless bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to renew long-term jobless benefits appears headed toward Senate gridlock as Democrats object to Republican demands that the cost be offset so deficits don't rise.

Immigration foes dig in amid expectations in House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives and the nation's biggest business lobby sparred Wednesday over immigration overhaul, with advocates vowing a renewed effort to get the House to act this year and opponents digging in against anything that shifts the political spotlight from President Barack Obama's troubled health care law.

'War on Poverty' at 50: Political Clash Over LBJ's Vision

Fifty years after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared “all-out war on human poverty and unemployment” in America, Republicans and Democrats are locked in a pitched battle over whether the United States is winning – or losing. The debate, spilling out on Capitol Hill on the...

Dueling agendas test de Blasio, Cuomo relationship

The New York City mayor and New York governor are old friends, but differing political ideologies and a question of how to fund early childhood education programs could test their relationship.

Rubio pushing reform agenda to tackle poverty

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio says the nation needs a new reform agenda to help the poorest Americans find work and help their families climb out of poverty.

Obama invites Merkel to visit during call about trade, NATO

President Barack Obama invited German Chancellor Angela Merkel to visit Washington this year, the White House said on Wednesday in a brief statement about a phone conversation between the two leaders. The visit would give Obama a chance to make amends after revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency had been monitoring Merkel's cellphone. Obama is set to announce this month his decisions on how to rein in U.S. surveillance. Obama wished Merkel "a speedy recovery" after she broke her pelvis while cross-country skiing, the White House said, and the two leaders discussed ongoing talks for a U.S.-European Union trade deal and an upcoming NATO summit.

Obama Sits by His Man Biden After Book's Scathing Critique

A picture was truly worth a thousand words at the White House today. Just one day after former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ contempt for Vice President Joe Biden’s foreign policy acumen spilled from between the covers of his 640-page memoir, President Obama and the vice...

Rand Paul to make move to repeal Iraq War law

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will introduce legislation on Friday to repeal the law that green-lighted the March 2003 invasion of Iraq and remains on the books two years after President Barack Obama declared that war over, Paul’s office said Wednesday.

Experts withdraw from Internet security conference

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least eight security researchers or policy experts have withdrawn from an Internet security conference in protest over the conference host's alleged collaboration with the National Security Agency.

Kerry seeking cease-fire, aid for Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Paris and Kuwait on Saturday to rally international support for ending the three-year civil war in Syria and increase aid for its victims.

Chris Christie Aide's Emails Linked to NJ Traffic Nightmare

Newly discovered emails appear to connect a top aide of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to the controversial closure of several lanes on the world’s busiest bridge as political payback against a local mayor. “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” Bridget Anne Kelley,...

Immigration foes dig in amid expectations

WASHINGTON (AP) — A chief Republican foe of immigration legislation says it would be a "colossal mistake" for the House to consider any measure this year and shift attention from President Barack Obama's health care law. For months, Republicans have been focused on attacking the health care law, sensing a political boost in its problem-plagued rollout.

Biden calls Iraqi leader for 2nd time this week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden has spoken for a second time this week to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (NOO'-ree ahl-MAHL'-ih-kee), voicing support for the Baghdad government's effort to regain control of the city of Fallujah from al-Qaida-linked fighters.

Germany closer to right balance on growth: U.S.'s Lew

Germany is moving in the right direction in striking a balance between economic growth and fiscal consolidation but should continue to look for ways to spur domestic demand, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Wednesday. "Over the course of this past year, I think we've seen very constructive movement to get the balance right between fiscal consolidation and growth," he said in a joint news conference with his German counterpart Wolfgang Schaeuble. Still, Lew echoed the message that he gave during his last visit in April 2013, saying it was important for countries like Germany, which run large current account surpluses, to take further steps to promote growth in order for Europe and the global economy to rebalance and recover. "We have made very clear that we think that more domestic demand and investment would be a good thing," he said.

Commander who reversed conviction to retire

WASHINGTON (AP) — The commander whose decision to overturn a sexual assault conviction forced major changes in military law said Wednesday he is retiring, blaming public second-guessing of his actions as a distraction for the Air Force.

Biden, al-Maliki discuss ongoing battle in Anbar province-White House

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke on Wednesday with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki about the ongoing fight against al Qaeda affiliated insurgents in the country's western Anbar province, the White House said in a statement. In the leaders' second phone call this week, Biden encouraged al-Maliki to continue to work with local, tribal, and national leaders, and said he welcomed a decision to extend state benefits to tribal forces killed or injured in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the White House said. Wednesday's call came as al-Maliki prepared to launch a major assault against ISIL.