Senators passed the first major free trade bill in years late Friday, with more than a dozen pro-trade Democrats linking arms with most Republicans to grant President Obama a major legislative victory — and powers to conclude a Pacific trade deal.
The trade agreement survived another hurdle in the Senate on Friday evening when a pro-free trade coalition of Democrats and Republicans rejected provisions requiring the government to investigate and punish other countries’ currency manipulation.
Senators on Friday raced their own holiday-imposed deadline for preserving key Patriot Act powers, with Democrats accusing Republican leaders of trying to force a choice between having to back the NSA’s controversial bulk collection powers or else letting other wiretapping and lone-wolf terrorism tools expire.
President Obama tried to reassure American Jews Friday that a tentative nuclear deal with Iran will prevent Tehran from developing weapons of mass destruction, saying his personal legacy is tied to the talks.
Braving their party’s liberal wing, pro-trade Democrats joined Republicans on Thursday to head off a filibuster and put the Senate on course to approve fast-track trade negotiating powers for President Obama, delivering an impressive win on the White House’s biggest domestic priority.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received monthly missives about the growing unrest in Libya from a longtime friend who was previously barred by the White House from working for her as a government employee, according to emails received on her personal account.
The Federal Election Commission stalemated Thursday on writing new campaign finance rules to limit wealthy donors’ spending in federal elections, virtually ensuring next year’s elections will be fought under the current rules that the Supreme Court has written in several major decisions this decade.
Texas asked a federal judge Wednesday to consider imposing a fine on the Obama administration lawyers who misled the court over President Obama’s amnesty, filing papers saying the Justice Department is still trying to hide details of how Homeland Security botched the rollout of the program.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush put some distance Thursday between himself and his brother, saying the federal government probably spent too much during the eight years former President George W. Bush was at the helm.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who recently announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee, said Thursday he thinks “the more, the better” when it comes to the 2016 GOP field.
Rolling Thunder is revved and ready. Indeed, the capital of the free world will soon reverberate with the thud of several hundred thousand motorcycles, assembled for the annual Ride for Freedom on Sunday, piloted by patriots who have a mission on their minds. Despite the spectacle of noise, power and prowess, none of these riders forgets that the Washington visit is to draw attention to the visceral question of POWs and those still missing in action, along with the ongoing needs of military veterans.
The administration said Thursday that it would consider sending more military advisers to Iraq, although President Obama doesn’t believe the U.S.-led coalition is losing the war against the Islamic State after the terrorist group’s significant gains in recent days.