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Senate eases 'trade war' bill US senators agree economy bill  Senators say they have reached agreement on a huge $780bn economic stimulus package designed to revitalise the US economy US Senate approves stimulus plan US lawmakers reach stimulus deal   Members of both houses have reached a deal over US President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan   Another Obama cabinet pick quits   Republican Senator Judd Gregg is withdrawing as President's nominee for commerce secretary because of differences with the administration US House approves stimulus plan  The House has approved Obama's economic stimulus plan, which is now being voted on by the Senate. The $787bn plan failed to get Republican b... US recession 'may last into 2010'   Determined Obama vows to renew US   US President has addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time, warning that a 'day of reckoning' has arrived for the US Hudson pilot urges safety funding US Congress eases curbs on Cuba Bloody war crossing U.S. border  A war between Mexican drug cartels is no longer solely a south-of-the-border problem, members of Congress said at a hearing US lawmakers vote for bonus tax  House of Representatives had voted in favour of a bill to levy a 90% tax on big bonuses from firms bailed out by taxpayers U.S. lawmakers meet with Fidel Castro Clinton warns of Iran sanctions Report: Rice, Cheney OK'd waterboarding Republican senator switches party Pirate ex-hostage favors military escorts Time short to stop Iran, investigator says  New York District Attorney Robert Morgenthau: the Islamic republic is 'deadly serious' about developing nuclear weapons and long-range missi... Netanyahu presses U.S. over Iran threat Guantanamo detainee move blocked  The Senate has overwhelmingly rejected plans to transfer detainees out of Guantanamo, and refused funding to close down the prison camp   US commander in Pakistan warning  Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: A US troop build-up in Afghanistan could push Taliban deeper into Pakistan, further destabilising... Senator: Cheney's lying about CIA memos US House supports emissions bill Democrats win crucial Senate seat US federal security lapses found US top court nominee faces Senate  The US Senate has begun a hearing on whether to confirm Sonia Sotomayor as Obama's choice to serve on the Supreme Court Supreme Court nominee states case Senator Edward Kennedy, 77, dies
Clinton pledges to use diplomacy Republicans cool on economy plan US House passes economic package

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  The House of Representatives has passed by 244 votes to 188 President Obama's $825bn economic stimulus package

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  The Democratic Massachusetts senator, the brother of ex-President John F Kennedy, has died after battling a brain tumour
 Edward Kennedy became a member of the Senate in 1962 to replace his brother when he resigned to become president, and was re-elected 7 times

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  US President has made one of the most critical speeches of his presidency, as he faced Congress over his plans for healthcare reform
 He said that failure to introduce reform had led the country to breaking point and it was now time to act
Sep.12   Tea party activists rally at U.S. Capitol  The conservative advocacy group Tea Party Express protest health care reform, higher taxes and out-of-control government spending Sep.15 US House rebukes heckler lawmaker Sep.30   U.S. to withdraw 4,000 troops from Iraq  The U.S. military commander in Iraq: The United States will withdraw another 4,000 troops in Iraq by the end of October

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Oct.13   Senate panel passes health bill
  A Senate committee has approved a bill to reform healthcare, a key step in President Barack Obama's attempt to overhaul the system Oct.17     Senator Kerry warns on Afghan troops  John Kerry has said it would be irresponsible to send more US troops to Afghanistan before the result of the presidential election there is ... Oct.20 Congress passes Guantanamo bill

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Nov.7     Obama in 11th-hour health plea  US President is due to make an 11th-hour plea in person to lawmakers ahead of a crucial vote on his landmark healthcare reforms   US House backs healthcare reforms
  The House has backed, in a 220-215 vote, a healthcare bill in a step towards reforms promised by President Obama, despite strong opposition.    The bill aims to extend coverage to 36 million more...
Nov.8 Obama says health vote 'historic' Nov.21   Healthcare bill passes first Senate hurdle  The Senate has narrowly voted,60 votes to 39, to hold a full debate on a bill designed to overhaul the country's healthcare provision

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Dec.8   McChrystal: Next 18 months 'critical'
  Top U.S. commander: Finding Osama bin Laden and rolling back Taliban are necessary steps toward winning the war in Afghanistan Dec.24   Senate passes healthcare reform bill
  The bill aims to cover 31 million uninsured Americans and could lead to the biggest change in US healthcare in decades.    The bill was adopted by 60 votes to 39, with senators voting along party lines. President Obama is saying it was the most important piece of...
Obama hails Senate health bill support

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