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Democrats blocking Obama's trade push

President Barack Obama is aggressively pushing an ambitious agenda to liberalise global trading. But already political trade wars are forming, and they're with fellow Democrats rather than with Republicans, his usual antagonis

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Bill to ramp up Iran sanctions fails in US Senate

A US Republican lawmaker on Tuesday blocked Democrats from passing legislation designed to further punish Iran for developing its nuclear programme, and each side blamed the other for its failure in a presidential election year that will put extra

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Obama campaign raises more than $45m in Feb

US President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and its Democratic allies raised more than $45 million in February, increasing their financial haul compared to January as worries mount that Republicans could outspend Democrats in 2012.  

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Most Americans would back strike on Iran: poll

A majority of Americans would support US military action against Iran if there were evidence that Tehran is building nuclear weapons, even if such action led to higher gasoline prices, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday.    

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Most Americans would back strike on Iran: poll

A majority of Americans would support US military action against Iran if there were evidence that Tehran is building nuclear weapons, even if such action led to higher gasoline prices, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday.    

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Obama pushes payroll tax cut

President Barack Obama will challenge the US Congress to preserve an expiring payroll tax cut on Tuesday as he travels to New Hampshire to seize the initiative in the wake of a collapsed effort to reduce the nation's budget deficit. With t

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Republicans vow to stop Iranian bomb

Republican candidates vowed to stop Iran from developing an atomic bomb if they became president but differed over how to do it in a debate that tested their knowledge of world hotspots. The US economy has been the No 1 issue for the 2012

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US debt row moves to Senate, impasse persists

Democrats sought to forge a last-ditch compromise with Republicans on Friday by offering a concession to avoid a crippling US default, but a bitter divide remained before Tuesday's deadline to raise the country's debt ceiling. The Republic

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US seeks elusive deal to escape debt debacle

Top Republicans and Democrats worked behind the scenes on a compromise to avert a crippling US default, looking to salvage a last-minute deal from rival debt plans that have little chance of winning congressional approval on their own. Wit

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Obama seeks 'Plan B' as debt plans stall

A Republican plan to cut the US deficit faced delay and stiff opposition on Wednesday,  raising the risk of default and a ratings downgrade as the clock ticks towards a deadline less than a week away. Deeply divided Republican and Dem

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