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  • *Asia higher but markets edgy about U.S. growth prospects. SINGAPORE, March 23- Asian stocks, taking some cues from a steady Wall Street, edged up on Thursday while the path for the dollar, which crawled up from a four-month low, remained clouded by concerns about the prospects for U.S. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan advanced 0.2 percent.

  • With a vote on the bill possible as soon as Thursday, members of the House Freedom Caucus, a conservative Republican faction, said they had been negotiating alterations to the plan with the White House. "I can tell you that we're making great progress," Mark Meadows, chairman of the hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus, told reporters. Trump was to meet at the...

  • President Donald Trump and House of Representatives leaders pushed on Wednesday for votes for their plan to overhaul Obamacare and said they were making progress in their efforts to win over conservative Republicans who have demanded changes to the legislation. With a vote on the bill expected Thursday evening, members of the House Freedom Caucus, a...

  • With a vote on the bill scheduled for Thursday evening, members of the House Freedom Caucus, a conservative Republican faction, said they had been negotiating possible concessions from the White House. "I can tell you that we're making great progress," Mark Meadows, chairman of the Freedom Caucus, told reporters. Representative Steve King, a conservative who was...

  • *Asia higher but markets nervous about U.S. growth prospects. SINGAPORE, March 23- Asian stocks rose on Thursday, taking their cues from a Wall Street bounce, while the dollar crawled up from a four-month low but remains clouded by concerns about U.S. "Investors with a lot of cash used yesterday's downturn and the mornings weakness today as a buying opportunity," said...

  • WASHINGTON— The conservative Koch network is promising to spend millions of dollars to defeat the health care overhaul backed by President Donald Trump and top House Republicans. "The bill as it stands today is Obamacare 2.0," said James Davis, executive vice president of Freedom Partners, in a statement announcing the new fund. The organizations backed by...

  • DETROIT, March 22- The cost to implement tough fuel-efficiency standards for cars imposed by the Obama administration for the first half of the next decade could be up to 40 percent lower than previously estimated using existing conventional technologies, according to a report from a nonprofit group released on Wednesday. Instead of an average cost of $875...

  • The Senate began debate on Wednesday evening under a provision that allows Congress to repeal recently approved federal regulations. Earlier this month, the FCC temporarily blocked those rules from taking effect, a victory for internet providers such as AT&T Inc Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc that had strongly opposed the measure.

  • The Senate will begin debate under a provision that allows Congress to repeal recently approved federal regulations, said Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Earlier this month, the FCC temporarily blocked the Obama data security rules from taking effect, a victory for internet providers such as AT&T Inc Comcast Corp and...

  • Mark Meadows, who heads the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said after a White House meeting with Vice President Mike Pence that his group had more than enough members to stop the bill from passing, although he remained hopeful for potential changes to the legislation. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the administration was optimistic, citing a...

  • WASHINGTON— The inspections regime put in place to closely monitor Iran's nuclear activity is in jeopardy unless the U.S. and other nations contribute more money, the head of the U.N.' s International Atomic Energy Agency said Wednesday. Republicans and Democrats in Congress have pushed back sharply on President Donald Trump's proposed cuts, an indication...

  • Mark Meadows, who heads the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said after a White House meeting with Vice President Mike Pence that his group had more than enough members to stop the bill from passing, although he remained hopeful for potential changes to the legislation. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the administration was optimistic, citing a...

  • LINCOLN, Neb.— Activists who want to derail the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska are again mobilizing to try to make their case to a small state commission that will decide the project's fate. TransCanada announced last month that it had filed an application with the commission, which regulates oil pipelines in Nebraska. The Keystone XL would carry about 830,000...

  • NEW YORK, March 22- Most U.S. and European share indexes fell on Wednesday as concerns over potential delays to President Donald Trump's pro-growth policies again unnerved investors, while safe-haven gold, U.S. President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders struggled on Wednesday to get enough support in the House of Representatives to win...

  • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

    The United States appears to be backing away from another global effort to reduce corruption connected to drilling and mining.

  • President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders struggled on Wednesday to get enough support in the House of Representatives to win passage of their Obamacare rollback bill, watched by wary investors in financial markets. Repealing and replacing Democrat Barack Obama's 2010 Affordable Care Act is a first major test of Trumps legislative...

  • March 22- In investing, it seems, the wages of following your political bias is higher volatility without higher returns. Fund managers do tend to opt for firms with which they are in political alignment, the study finds, and do so more when their own party controls the White House. The new study, by M. Babajide Wintoki and Yaoyi Xi of the University of Kansas, looked at a...

  • March 22- In investing, it seems, the wages of following your political bias is higher volatility without higher returns. Fund managers do tend to opt for firms with which they are in political alignment, the study finds, and do so more when their own party controls the White House. The new study, by M. Babajide Wintoki and Yaoyi Xi of the University of Kansas, looked at a...

  • CNBC PRO: Byron Wien

    Byron Wien shares his market views in an interview Wednesday on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street."

  • President Donald Trump greets reporters as he arrives to meet with congressional Republicans at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. March 21, 2017.

    The first year of every presidency offers the best chance for legislative achievement, with the new chief executive at peak strength.