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Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew  talks with Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen at the conclusion of the open session of the Financial Stability Oversight Council at the Treasury Department in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. The preliminary agenda for the open session includes an update on benchmark reform efforts and a discussion of the Council's process for considering nonbank financial companies for potential designation. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Fed holds firm, gives no hint of rate hike

By David R. Sands - The Washington Times

Interest rates will remain at historic lows for the time being as the Federal Reserve finished a two-day meeting without announcing a shift in policy. Published January 28, 2015

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Rep. Steve Israel of New York, who headed up House Democrats' campaign operation last year and now runs the Policy and Communications Committee, said Tuesday that his party had quickly regained its footing after taking a beating in the November elections. (Associated Press)

House Democrats, emboldened by GOP stumbles, rally around populist tax agenda

- The Washington Times

House Democrats are feeling emboldened as they head to their annual issues conference and a pep talk from President Obama in Philadelphia this week, relishing a series of stumbles by the Republican majorities in Congress and rallying around a populist tax-the-rich agenda that they are convinced will score points with voters.

President Obama, greeting Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. before delivering his the State of the Union address, as a member of the Senate in 2005 voted against confirming the justice who would deliver the decisive vote in favor of his health care act. (Associated Press)

Obama assails Supreme Court

- The Washington Times

A day after snubbing liberal activists who were pushing for tougher campaign-finance regulations, President Obama took a swipe at the Supreme Court Wednesday for its "wrong" ruling five years ago on the issue.

President Obama has now issued veto threats in three of his State of the Union addresses. (Associated Press)

Obama sets record for veto threats in State of the Union address

- The Washington Times

President Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday set a record for most veto threats as he promised to nix legislation to tweak Obamacare, change the Dodd-Frank Wall Street legislation, undo his deportation amnesty, and approve stronger sanctions to punish Iran for its nuclear program.

Image: White House Photo, Pete Souza

Obama's State of the Union speech to include $320B tax hike proposal

- The Washington Times

Escalating his battle with congressional Republicans, President Obama will propose $320 billion in higher taxes in his State of the Union address, mostly by raising the rate on capital gains and closing tax loopholes for wealthier families, senior administration officials said Saturday.

President Barack Obama speaks at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offices at the Constitution Center in Washington, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, about his plan to improve confidence in technology by tackling identify theft and improving consumer and student privacy. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama lays out new data-protection bills

- The Washington Times

Marching toward his State of the Union address later this month, President Obama on Monday laid out new privacy proposals to protect American consumers and students from identity theft and data breaches.

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