China names Xi Jinping president, capping his rise
BEIJING - China's new leader Xi Jinping has capped his rise by adding the largely ceremonial title of president in a vote by the rubberstamp national legislature.
His elevation to the presidency Thursday gives him the last of the three titles held by his predecessor, Hu Jintao.
The move was expected after Xi was named head of the Communist Party and chairman of its military, positions of true power, last November in a once-a-decade handover to a new group of leaders that has been years in the making.
Delegates to the National People's Congress, meeting in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, voted 2952-to-1, with 3 abstentions, in balloting that amounts to a political ritual echoing the party leadership's decisions.
WASHINGTON - The House has passed a bill to prevent the Obama administration from waiving work requirements in the landmark 1996 welfare reform law.
Republicans say President Barack Obama is trying to weaken work requirements in the law - a claim that is disputed by administration officials.
Last summer, the Obama administration said it would grant states waivers of some of the law's requirements but only if governors can show they can accomplish the same welfare-to-work goals using different methods. No state applied for a waiver.
The bill also authorizes funding for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program through the end of the year. Without an extension, federal funding for the TANF program would run out March 27.
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