Members of Congress: Ventilation fans sucked smoke into subway cars, killing one

Rubric: Congress | 22 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
Members of Congress: Ventilation fans sucked smoke into subway cars, killing one

Area Congress members briefed on Metro smoke incident. FILE – In this Jan. 12, 2015 file photo, smoke fills a Washington Metro system subway car near the L’Enfant Plaza station in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Litwin) WASHINGTON – Ventilation fans in Washington’s subway tunnels didn’t work properly during a fatal accident last week in which a train filled with smoke, and fans on the stricken train actually drew smoke inside the cars, members of Congress said Wednesday. One woman died and more than 80 others were hospitalized with smoke inhalation after an electrical malfunction brought a train to a halt inside a tunnel near a busy downtown station. After being briefed ...

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Members of Congress say ventilation fans drew smoke into stricken DC subway

Rubric: Congress | 22 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
Members of Congress say ventilation fans drew smoke into stricken DC subway

Area Congress members briefed on Metro smoke incident. FILE – In this Jan. 12, 2015 file photo, smoke fills a Washington Metro system subway car near the L’Enfant Plaza station in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Litwin) WASHINGTON – Ventilation fans in Washington’s subway tunnels didn’t work properly during a fatal accident last week in which a train filled with smoke, and fans on the stricken train actually drew smoke inside the cars, members of Congress said Wednesday. One woman died and more than 80 others were hospitalized with smoke inhalation after an electrical malfunction brought a train to a halt inside a tunnel near a busy downtown station. After being briefed ...

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Obama warns Congress on changing Dodd-Frank

Rubric: Congress | 22 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
Obama warns Congress on changing Dodd-Frank

After defiant speech, Obama heads to Republican heartland. The Internet-savvy White House went directly to social media Tuesday night – a deft move analysts say that could change the way politicians convey their big news to Americans.AS MY colleague wrote yesterday, the fact that there is virtually no chance of any of the priorities outlined in Barack Obama’s State of the Union address becoming law during his administration renders the entire affair a sort of pantomime.The Republicans delivered a swift reality check to President Obama as they rejected his policy agenda and told him that America was ready to move on from his leadership. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our ...

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Obama urges Congress to end embargo on Cuba

Rubric: Congress | 21 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
Obama urges Congress to end embargo on Cuba

Looking to California, Obama calls for expanded paid leave. The United States is the only advanced economy with no paid parental leave policy, no paid sick days. US President Barack Obama called on Congress to pass a law guaranteeing equal pay for women, saying it was crucial to helping boost the incomes of struggling families. “Nothing helps families make ends meet like higher wages,” Obama said in his annual State of the Union speech. “That’s why this Congress still needs to pass a law that makes sure a woman is paid the same as a man for doing the same work. The proposal was part of a list of initiatives Obama called “middle-class economics” aimed at strengthening ...

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Republican newcomer Ernst says Congress ready to change US direction

Rubric: Congress | 21 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
Republican newcomer Ernst says Congress ready to change US direction

After State of the Union, subtle differences in English and Spanish GOP response. WASHINGTON — The new Republican Congress understands Americans’ suffering from the economy, health care system and Washington gridlock — and it will steer the country away from President Barack Obama’s failed policies, the newly minted senator delivering her party’s official response to the State of Union address promised Tuesday. The following is the full text of the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, as prepared for delivery by Iowa Senator Joni Ernst. The freshman senator from Iowa, with less than a month of experience, in Washington, told Americans ...

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In State of the Union Speech, Obama Is to Urge a Skeptical Congress to Back …

Rubric: Congress | 21 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
In State of the Union Speech, Obama Is to Urge a Skeptical Congress to Back …

DONALD LAMBRO: Obama’s tax-and-spend agenda holding back recovery. As President Obama prepares to deliver his seventh annual address to Congress, a new notion is floating around politics: that the State of the Union is “dead.” “Obama killed it,” reported Politico. Reports of its demise, to paraphrase Mark Twain, have been “greatly exaggerated.” Start with the idea that “only” thirty million people will watch it. He is expected to call on Republicans to work with him on potential areas of consensus, including a new push to approve far-reaching trade deals in Europe and Asia. But the president will also use the annual primetime address to sketch an activist vision for his ...

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In State of the Union Speech, Obama to Urge a Skeptical Congress to Back …

Rubric: Congress | 20 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
In State of the Union Speech, Obama to Urge a Skeptical Congress to Back …

In State of the Union Address, Obama Is to Move Past Hardship and Reset Goals. The question facing President Obama as he delivers his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday is whether his final two years in the White House can come close to repeating the successes of his first two.It did for eight people, including Victor Fugate of Butler, Mo., who told President Barack Obama how his policies helped them overcome personal hardship. He has neither the Democratic majority that ushered through major bills revamping the nation’s fiscal and health-care systems, nor the sky-high poll ratings he had shortly after taking office. Obama’s calls for increasing taxes on the wealthy, making community ...

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Obama to confront GOP Congress, looming legacy in SOTU speech

Rubric: Congress | 20 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
Obama to confront GOP Congress, looming legacy in SOTU speech

Alan Gross and wife to attend State of the Union as Obama guests. Though Republican leaders have said they share Obama’s desire to reform the nation’s complicated tax code, the party has long been opposed to many of the proposals the president is expected to outline Tuesday. An astronaut, a drug-store executive, Ebola aid workers and a freed Cuban prisoner are among those who scored golden tickets to Tuesday night’s State of the Union address by President Obama.Gross, a subcontractor for the US Agency for International Development, was released from a Cuban jail on December 17 after spending five years imprisoned for crimes against the state stemming from his efforts to hook ...

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AP EXPLAINS: President’s State of Union address to Congress

Rubric: Congress | 19 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
AP EXPLAINS: President’s State of Union address to Congress

AP EXPLAINS: President’s State of Union Address to Congress. President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address Tuesday night to stake out a populist vision of tax reform and new middle-class benefits — and practically dare Republicans to say no. As a first step for politicians looking to address rising inequality in the US, overhauling how capital gains are taxed would seem like a good place to start. WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers are already signaling they will do what they can to block President Barack Obama’s pitch for tax increases on the wealthiest Americans. Similarly to the UK, the US tax code favours income generated from rising asset values, such as ...

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Bucking Obama, Congress will introduce Iran sanctions bill within days

Rubric: Congress | 19 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
Bucking Obama, Congress will introduce Iran sanctions bill within days

5 things about Barack Obama’s Robin Hood tax plan. If you’re among the tens of thousands of Central Florida workers planning to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit this year, there’s good news: It will be both easier to qualify and more generous in how much money you get back. President Barack Obama would take from the rich and give to everyone else as part of a sweeping tax plan he intends to push Tuesday in his State of the Union address.Administration says president’s signature means US violation of JPOA; nuclear talks in Geneva end with “limited” progress, to be continued early February. The EITC, a federal initiative to encourage Americans to work, is also ...

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