WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday he "forcefully" objects to suggestions that policy differences between his administration and the Israeli government signal his lack of support for the longtime U.S. ally.
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The U.S. State Department said it would release on Friday a group of Hillary Clinton's emails that Republicans believe may shed light on how the former secretary of state responded to the attack in 2012 that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya. "The emails we release today do not change the essential facts or our understanding of the events before, during or after the attacks," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement.
By Richard Cowan and Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Friday was poised to approve the "fast-track" authority that President Barack Obama says he needs to complete a 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal central to projecting American influence in Asia. The Republican-controlled Senate still must decide several amendments, including a contentious one on currency manipulation that the Obama administration has been working to defeat. Under fast-track, lawmakers would give Obama and his successor in 2017 the power to negotiate trade deals with foreign governments knowing that Congress could offer input but only approve or disapprove the deals and not amend them.
By Howard Schneider and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There were no fancy economic models or forecasts when former Florida Governor Jeb Bush first tossed out the idea that 4 percent annual growth should be the overarching goal for the U.S. economy. The goal is ambitious: 4 percent growth is well beyond the U.S. average since World War Two and nearly double what many economists regard as the country's current potential. Asked by Reuters during a campaign-style stop in New Hampshire on Thursday how he had arrived at the figure, Bush said: "It's a nice round number.
The U.S. State Department will release "very, very soon" a first tranche of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails relating to an attack in 2012 on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya. "We will be releasing very, very soon the first set we said we would release of the documents that have already been provided to the committee that are related to Benghazi," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters, referring to a House of Representatives committee investigating the attack.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A decade-old oil leak where an offshore platform toppled during a hurricane could continue spilling crude into the Gulf of Mexico for a century or more if left unchecked, according to government estimates obtained by The Associated Press that provide new details about the scope of the problem.