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4:53 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Secret Service Director Grilled About Agency Scandals In House Hearing

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:18 pm

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy told the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Tuesday that it took five days before he was informed that a car carrying two agents struck a security barrier outside the White House.

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3:23 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock Resigns Amid Spending Scandal

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:18 pm

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Politics
3:19 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Netanyahu Hopes To Win 4th Term In Israeli Election

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:18 pm

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World
2:52 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Ukraine Finance Minister On Rebuilding The Economy In The Midst Of War

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:18 pm

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World
2:52 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

U.N. Peacekeeping Behind The Curve Technologically, Experts Say

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:18 pm

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Economy
2:52 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

France, Germany, Italy Defy U.S. In Joining China-Led Development Bank

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:18 pm

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The Two-Way
1:23 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock Resigns Amid Spending Questions

Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., talks to reporters on Feb. 6. The congressman, whose spending habits have come under heavy scrutiny, resigned Tuesday effective March 31.
Seth Perlman AP

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 1:33 pm

Updated at 3:32 p.m. ET

Rep. Aaron Schock, the Illinois Republican whose lavish spending has come under heavy scrutiny, has resigned.

NPR's Juana Summers tells our Newscast unit that Schock will resign his House seat at the end of the month.

Here's Schock's statement on his resignation, which was first reported by Politico:

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It's All Politics
11:26 am
Tue March 17, 2015

House GOP Budget Sets Stage For Showdown With The President

Republican Rep. Tom Price, House Budget Committee chairman, said Tuesday that his budget "saves $5.5 trillion, gets to balance within 10 years, without raising taxes."
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:18 pm

House Republicans unveiled a draft budget Tuesday designed to bring government spending in line with revenues over the next decade, while making significant cuts to safety net programs such as Medicaid and food stamps.

The plan is non-binding, but sets the stage for a political showdown between the new, all-Republican Congress and President Obama.

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The Two-Way
10:56 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Secret Service Director Tells Panel: 'This Is My First Test'

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy testifies before a Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on the Secret Service budget Tuesday, when he responded to sharp questions about misconduct by his agents.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 4:40 pm

Answering pointed questions about new claims of misconduct by his agents, Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy says he had a "good stern talk" with his staff about why he wasn't told sooner about an incident in which two senior agents who were apparently drunk drove a government vehicle through an area at the White House complex where their colleagues were investigating a suspicious package.

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It's All Politics
9:52 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Tweets: Under Pressure β€” Service Director Testifies

U.S. Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy pauses as he testifies during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 2:14 pm

Updated at 11:50 A.M.

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U.S.
3:34 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Republicans Get Their Turn To Present Budget Plans

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 5:25 am

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2:32 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Why Federal Budgets Aren't What You Think They Are

For all the attention the president's and Congress' budget proposals receive, they don't actually fund any program or levy any taxes. They're more about politics.
Jon Elswick AP

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 8:44 am

As Republican leaders in the House and Senate unveil their proposed budgets this week, here is the most important thing to remember about the federal budget: It isn't really a budget.

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It's All Politics
5:03 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Obama, 2016 Contenders Deal With Changing Attitudes On Marijuana

Polls show changing American opinion on marijuana, and it's having an effect on politics.
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 9:26 am

The divide between Republicans and Democrats on pot politics is narrowing, President Barack Obama said in an interview Monday.

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Politics
3:36 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

New Hampshire Visit Offers Glimpse Into Possible Walker, Bush Rivalry

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 6:01 pm

The two likely Republican presidential front-runners, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, visited New Hampshire this weekend. Though neither has officially declared their candidacy, The Boston Globe's James Pindell says they're giving political reporters a lot to talk about.

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It's All Politics
3:08 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

War Criminals Next Door: Immigration Division Brings Violators To Justice

Salvadoran Gen. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, shown in an undated photo, is alleged to have presided over human rights violations in that country, including the murders of four Americans in 1980.
AP

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 3:48 pm

An appeals panel in Florida has upheld a deportation order against a former defense minister of El Salvador, who is alleged to have presided over human rights violations in that country, including the murders of four American churchwomen in 1980. Gen. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova was allowed to retire in the U.S. in 1989. Now, a little known unit of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is trying to expel him as well as others charged with human rights abuses.

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It's All Politics
3:05 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

I'm Mike Huckabee, And I Approve This ... Infomercial?

In an infomercial for Barton Publishing's Diabetes Solution Kit Huckabee says he knows diabetes can be reversed "because I did it and today, you can too."
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Mike Huckabee has always had the reputation as a candidate who does things outside the box.

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Politics
2:37 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Letters: Hillary Clinton's History With Privacy

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 6:01 pm

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2:37 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

As Nuclear Talks Resume, Iranian Negotiators Consider Republican Letter

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 6:01 pm

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2:37 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Missed Abortion Language Tangles Senate's Trafficking Bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he won't let the chamber vote on Loretta Lynch β€” the nominee to become the next attorney general β€” until the Senate passes its human trafficking bill.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 6:01 pm

A once widely supported Senate bill that would create a fund for human trafficking victims has hit a snag over language Democrats say they didn't know was in the bill β€” a provision that would bar funds collected under the measure from being used to pay for abortions. And the impasse over that language now threatens to delay other Senate business, like confirming a new attorney general.

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It's All Politics
11:40 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Barney Frank's Journey From Closeted To An Openly Gay Member Of Congress

Michael Halsband Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 1:49 pm

In 1972, former Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., decided he would run for the state Legislature in Massachusetts β€” but he also explicitly decided to stay in the closet. And as he made this decision, he made a promise to himself to support LGBT rights.

"I could not live with myself if I did not oppose the discrimination," Frank tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

That year, two organizations asked candidates for the state Legislature if they would sponsor a gay rights bill. Frank says he enthusiastically agreed, expecting a senior member to take the lead.

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Politics
3:42 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Politics Roundup: A Balancing Act For 2016

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 5:50 am

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And now some pregame analysis from Cokie Roberts, who joins us most Mondays. And, Cokie, tempted as I am to talk about baseball with you, I guess we should focus on the politics (laughter) if you want, unless you disagree with that.

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It's All Politics
1:02 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Spring Training Has Begun β€” For Baseball, And For Candidates

At this stage in the election cycle, just like in baseball's spring training, fans love to see a new phenom catch fire. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, sporting a Milwaukee Brewers jersey in 2013, seems to be the rookie to watch in the 2016 presidential race so far.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 10:21 am

Baseball fans endure the long winter in part because they know, come March, the game will again come alive. They can't wait for their radio, TV, computer screen or smartphone to come alive with scenes from warm climates featuring men in crisp uniforms pitching and catching.

Major League Baseball's spring training is underway, but at this stage, wins and losses aren't really important. It's all about fundamentals: getting ready for the regular season and hopefully the playoffs.

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The Two-Way
12:42 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Kerry To Resume Talks Over Iran's Nuclear Program

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Switzerland today for more talks with Iran's foreign minister on the Islamic republic's nuclear program. The meeting comes a week after Senate Republicans signed an open letter to Iran suggesting any deal reached would lapse the day President Obama leaves office.

NPR's Peter Kenyon, who is reporting on the talks for our Newscast unit, says:

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It's All Politics
11:11 am
Sun March 15, 2015

5 Obama Jokes That Stood Out From His Gridiron Club Routine

There are no photos of last night's Gridiron Club dinner, but President Obama did plenty of laughing (and it looked something like this).
J. Scott Applewhite AP

About three-quarters of the way through his joke routine, President Obama chuckled and said "this lame-duck stuff is fun." Indeed, unencumbered by re-election concerns, Obama seemed to relish his role of comic-in-chief at the 130th annual Gridiron Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, the oldest and most exclusive club for members of the Washington press corps.

Here are five notable lines from Obama's appearance, in order of delivery:

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Middle East
7:50 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Syrian Rebels Will Face ISIS, But The U.S. May Not Have Their Backs

Fighters from the Free Syrian Army and the Kurdish People's Protection Units battle ISIS militants in Kobani, Syria, in November. U.S. officials haven't said whether they will defend the forces if they are attacked by Bashar al-Assad.
Jake Simkin AP

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 3:20 pm

The U.S. air war in Iraq and Syria against the self-proclaimed Islamic State is now in its eighth month.

American officials say dropping bombs won't be enough to defeat that group; it will also require fighting on the ground. So the U.S. is trying to put together a ground force in Syria by training and equipping thousands of Syrians.

One big question is what the U.S. will do if these Syrian rebel forces get attacked by the regime of Bashar Assad β€” and so far, the U.S. doesn't have an answer.

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Politics
6:25 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Loretta Lynch To Get A Senate Vote: The Week In Politics

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 3:20 pm

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5:19 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Lego Says You Can't Build That β€” Because Of Politics

A model made of Legos of the four female Supreme Court justices. The designs were rejected as a product submission because of politics.
Courtesy of Maia Weinstock

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 11:26 pm

Science journalist Maia Weinstock recently got the idea to create a custom Lego set to celebrate the female justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. She researched the Supreme Court building, the justices and their traditions, all the way down to the silver mugs that they often carry out to the bench when hearing oral arguments.

After purchasing the pieces she needed, Weinstock created the "Legal Justice League: Women of the Supreme Court in Lego," in honor of International Women's Day.

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It's All Politics
5:03 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Who Is Tom Cotton, The Man Behind The Iran Letter?

Tom Cotton, R-Ark., the freshman senator and Harvard graduate senator with a record of tough talk on foreign policy.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 11:33 pm

The man behind a letter 47 Senate Republicans addressed to Iranian leaders this week is a freshman senator who's been in the chamber just over two months. Tom Cotton was the unusual GOP candidate last fall who thrilled both the Tea Party base and the Republican establishment.

And now, the young Iraq War vet is a rapidly rising star among his new colleagues.

All week – even against a crescendo of backlash about the letter – there were still plenty of Senate Republicans gushing about the youngest member of their chamber.

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Politics
4:05 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

President Obama Visits Phoenix Hospital At Center Of VA Crisis

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 6:00 pm

President Obama and Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald visit the veterans hospital in Phoenix Friday to announce a new outside advisory committee to help the VA with customer service. A scandal last year at the Phoenix facility led to revelations of long wait times for veterans throughout the VA medical system.

The Two-Way
3:45 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Univision Incident Reignites Questions About Diversity In Latino Media

Former Univision host Rodner Figueroa
Alexander Tamargo Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 10:40 am

Univision host Rodner Figueroa has been let go for offensive remarks about first lady Michelle Obama.

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