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Senate OKs Fast-Track Trade Authority Bill

The Senate has advanced a bill that would grant President Barack Obama and future U.S. presidents the authority to fast-track passage of trade deals, The Hill newspaper reported Friday. Alexander Bolton writes the trade bill was approved by senators in a 62-37 vote Friday and is expected to stir debate …

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Susan Rice: White House Remains Committed to Asia Policy Pivot

The Obama administration has reiterated its intention to re-balance its foreign policy focus toward the Asia-Pacific, Reuters reported Wednesday. Steve Holland writes Susan Rice, national security adviser to President Obama, spoke about the administration’s effort to strengthen ties with allies in Asia during a recent speech at Georgetown University in …

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Report: 800K Civilian Workers Could be Furloughed if Gov’t Shuts Down

Data analysis indicates an estimated 800,000 federal civilian workers will experience furloughs if a government shutdown occurs, GovExec reported Tuesday. Kellie Lunney writes USA Today analyzed previous shutdown contingency plans and found that large agencies exempted a sizeable number of employees performing “essential” duties from the unpaid leave. Social Security benefits, …

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