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  1. October 31, 2013

    Staff of senator who attacked banks make overtures to lenders

    Members of the staff of Sherrod Brown, a US senator, have made overtures to financial companies that could help the critic...

  2. October 15, 2013

    Party foes bury the hatchet to chase deal

    Turning to Harry Reid on the Senate floor, Mitch McConnell offered the first concrete sign a US budget deal was in the wind...

  1. April 5, 2012

    Republican race tightens in Pennsylvania

    The Republican presidential race has sharply tightened in Pennsylvania, with Mitt Romney taking a lead over Rick Santorum in...

  2. April 4, 2012

    Senate tackles Facebook privacy and employers

    A forthcoming bill in the US Senate is designed to protect Facebook users from their own compromising photos. In the wake of...

  3. March 30, 2012

    US Senate confirms financial regulators

    The US Senate has confirmed the nominations of four proposed bank regulators, finally allowing a former state regulator to...

  4. March 22, 2012

    Senate passes insider trading ban for Congress

    A bill banning insider trading by members of Congress and some federal workers was sent to President Barack Obama to be...

  5. March 14, 2012

    White House pushes securities reform

    The US administration has triggered opposition from labour unions and other traditional allies with a push to relax some...

  6. March 9, 2012

    Cyberhackers are the most sinister of troublemakers

    There is at first sight a mystery about the six internet hackers revealed to be facing criminal charges in related cases in...

  7. March 1, 2012

    Senate rejects birth control initiative

    The US Senate has narrowly voted down a controversial Republican-sponsored initiative that would have allowed employers with...

  8. February 7, 2012

    Egypt-US meetings cancelled amid trial row

    An Egyptian army delegation visiting Washington abruptly cancelled meetings with senior American lawmakers on Monday as US...

  9. February 3, 2012

    Senate votes to ban lawmaker insider trading

    The US Senate has voted to ban lawmakers from trading stocks based on non-public information gleaned from their legislative...

  10. February 2, 2012

    Congress set to pass new Iran sanctions

    The US Congress is likely to introduce a new round of sanctions targeting Iran after a Senate panel comfortably approved on...

  11. January 20, 2012

    Lobbying campaign scuttles US piracy bills

    An unconventional lobbying campaign by technology companies and their supporters has scuttled work on proposed legislation...

  12. January 16, 2012

    Debate over online piracy rages in US

    Proposed bills in the US House of Representatives and Senate aimed at reducing online piracy have stirred up an unusually...

  13. January 15, 2012

    Israel calls for tougher US sanctions on Iran

    The Israeli government has criticised Washington for failing to impose tougher sanctions against Iran, and blamed what he...

  14. December 16, 2011

    Republicans call stimulus deal ‘offensive’

    The fate of a deal to extend stimulus measures for the US economy for two months has been thrown into doubt as Republicans...

  15. December 14, 2011

    Democrats eye U-turn over tax on millionaires

    The White House and Senate Democrats have discussed dropping their demand for higher taxes on the wealthiest Americans to...

  16. December 13, 2011

    CME chief alleges Corzine aware of transfers

    Jon Corzine, the former chief executive of MF Global, “was aware” that the broker-dealer made use of customer funds during...

  17. December 11, 2011

    Top Republican hopes for payroll tax deal

    The top Republican in the Senate predicted a deal would be reached by Congress on renewing stimulus measures for the US...

  18. December 8, 2011

    Illinois appeases exchanges with tax breaks

    Legislative leaders in Illinois have agreed a $100m-a-year tax-relief package for CME Group, the Chicago Board Options...

  19. December 7, 2011

    Blagojevich sentenced to 14 years

    Rod Blagojevich, the disgraced former governor of Illinois who once tried to sell Barack Obama’s vacant US Senate seat,...

  20. December 2, 2011

    White House on defensive over Iran sanctions

    The Obama administration has been put on the defensive over sanctions on Iran after the US Senate unanimously approved tough...

  21. December 1, 2011

    Hopes rise for deal over US payroll tax cuts

    The White House is seeing progress in its efforts to secure legislation that would extend expiring payroll tax cuts and...

  22. November 30, 2011

    Congress eyes move to ease raising of capital

    As 25m US workers struggle to find full-time work, the Obama administration and Congress are examining proposals to overhaul...

  23. November 30, 2011

    Congress push to relax US securities laws

    Proposals for a big relaxation of US securities laws are being pushed forward in the US Senate in the face of opposition...

  24. November 28, 2011

    Democrats defiant on payroll tax cuts

    Democratic leaders in the Senate opened negotiations in Congress over the extension of payroll tax cuts for American workers...

  25. November 21, 2011

    US farm subsidies remain under scrutiny

    The failure of the “supercommittee” has foiled attempts by lawmakers to use the process to limit cuts in agricultural...

  26. November 16, 2011

    Tight budget set for US markets regulator

    The US agency overseeing futures and derivatives will probably receive a third less in funding than the Obama administration...

  27. November 11, 2011

    Currency Wars

    The currency wars are heating up. The US Senate has passed a bill to penalise countries that manipulate their exchange rates...

  28. November 7, 2011

    US: boondoggle of student loans

    Depending on whose figures one believes, outstanding US student loans – uniquely non-dischargeable in bankruptcy – are...

  29. October 26, 2011

    Visas may be offered to stimulate US property

    The US Senate is considering giving residence visas to foreigners who spend more than $500,000 on residential property in an...

  30. October 21, 2011

    Wetjen confirmed as CFTC commissioner

    Mark Wetjen has been approved as the newest member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, replacing its longest...

  31. October 21, 2011

    US Senate blocks key Obama jobs measure

    WASHINGTON, Oct 20 - US Senate Republicans and Democrats rejected each other's economic stimulus bills on Thursday,...

  32. October 20, 2011

    US Republicans: An oracle of orthodoxy

    In a different era of Republican politics, Tommy Thompson’s decision to run for the US Senate would have given the deans of...

  33. October 17, 2011

    Obama’s new jobs plan puts pressure on critics

    The Obama administration has asked the US Congress to support urgent measures to fund jobs for teachers, firefighters and...

  34. October 12, 2011

    US Congress passes trade pacts

    Three bilateral trade agreements have passed the US House of Representatives and Senate. But the votes came with a sense of...

  35. October 11, 2011

    Senate Democrats seize initiative from Obama

    As Barack Obama sets out a re-election agenda for 2012, he is facing competition from Democrats in the Senate who are...

  36. October 11, 2011

    Obama loses first round of jobs bill battle

    The White House is digging in for a long battle with Congress over its $447bn job plan after a first vote failed on the...

  37. October 11, 2011

    US currency bill passes Senate vote

    A bill that aims to punish Beijing for holding down its currency passed the Senate on Tuesday despite a warning from China...

  38. October 6, 2011

    Bipartisan US push on overseas profits tax

    Efforts by US multinationals to secure a tax holiday on overseas profits were bolstered by a fresh bipartisan push in the...

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