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2:18 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

No Big Money Or TV Ads — What's With The U.K.'s Low-Key Election?

Conservative party Chairman Grant Shapps speaks to party supporters after canvassing in London on Saturday.
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Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 3:07 pm

In the U.K., national elections are less than two months away. In the U.S., the presidential election is more than a year away. But you could be forgiven for thinking it's the other way around.

America experiences a long, drawn-out election fever, while the U.K. hardly shows any symptoms at all. That is to say, almost none of the events most strongly associated with an American presidential campaign are part of a typical British national election.

Take political rallies, where the bleachers fill with thousands of flag-waving, screaming supporters.

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Politics
2:18 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Flake: Senate GOP Letter To Iran 'Not Appropriate'

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 3:07 pm

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10:26 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Clinton Says She Didn't Save Personal Emails From Her State Department Tenure

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to reporters Tuesday at United Nations headquarters, where she said she chose to use a personal email account for government business out of convenience.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 6:35 pm

Updated at 3:21 p.m. ET

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has been under fire for her use of a personal email address while in office, said Tuesday she "chose not to keep personal emails" from her tenure at the State Department, but that she turned over 55,000 printed pages of her official correspondence to the department.

At a news conference at the U.N., Clinton said the personal correspondence included emails about planning her daughter Chelsea's wedding, preparations for her mother's funeral and her yoga schedule.

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It's All Politics
9:01 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Wild Day In Madison Likely To Be Another Win For Gov. Walker

Protesters filled Wisconsin's state Capitol in Madison on Monday, demonstrating against last weekend's shooting death of Tony Robinson, an unarmed black man.
Andy Manis AP

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 6:21 pm

You could scarcely imagine a day that better demonstrated the split personality of Wisconsin politics.

On Monday, the state Capitol building in Madison was flooded once again with an angry crowd of protesters. This time the outrage was sparked by a local police officer who shot and killed an unarmed 19-year-old black man.

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Politics
3:20 am
Tue March 10, 2015

GOP Senators Remind Iran That Nuclear Deal Needs Their Backing

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 5:45 am

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4:04 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

3 Reasons Democrats Are Freaking Out About Hillary Clinton

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton checking her phone in 2010. For many Democrats, the answer to the question: "If not Hillary, who?" is — disaster.
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Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 6:16 pm

The back-to-back Clinton controversies are making Democrats queasy.

At a time when more than a dozen Republican presidential hopefuls are jostling each other in New Hampshire and Iowa, this should be a great moment for the virtually unopposed Hillary Clinton. She could be staying above the fray, using the time to staff up and prepare her policy agenda. But that's not what's happening.

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It's All Politics
3:27 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

47 GOP Senators Tell Iran They May Not Honor A Nuclear Deal

Freshman Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas wrote the letter — co-signed by 46 of his GOP colleagues — to the leaders of Iran.
Lauren Victoria Burke AP

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 11:13 am

Update 11:10 p.m. ET:

Vice President Joe Biden, a former senator himself, condemned the GOP senators' letter in a strongly worded press release late Monday, calling it "beneath the dignity of an institution I revere."

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Politics
3:24 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

U.N. Report: No Country Has Achieved Equality For Women

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (in white-and-blue vest) joins other leaders at the 2015 International Women's Day March at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza on March 8 in New York City.
Michael Stewart WireImage/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 9:49 am

Twenty years ago, then first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton made headlines with these words at September 5, 1995, at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing:

"If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference let it be that human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights once and for all."

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Politics
2:38 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

In Israeli Election, Arab Sportscaster Runs On Ticket Of Mainstream Jewish Party

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 6:07 pm

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1:49 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

White House: Obama Traded Emails With Clinton, But Didn't Know Account Was Private

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 2:42 pm

President Obama exchanged emails with Hillary Clinton while she served as secretary of state, the White House said Monday, a day after the president told CBS he learned about Clinton's use of a private email address through news reports like "everybody else."

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Shots - Health News
1:34 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Supreme Court Sends Birth Control Case Back To Appeals Court

University of Notre Dame contends that the act of signing a form opting out of the Affordable Care Act's birth control mandate makes the school complicit in providing coverage.
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Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 3:48 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered a federal appeals court to take a second look at the University of Notre Dame's challenge to the birth control mandate in Obamacare, and the rules for opting out of the required coverage.

The law allows religious charities and educational institutions to opt out of providing employee and student birth control coverage by signing a one-page form.

But Notre Dame contends that the act of signing that opt-out form makes it complicit in providing coverage that the Catholic university objects to on religious grounds.

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The Two-Way
12:42 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Signs Right-To-Work Bill

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the Iowa Agriculture Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday.
Jim Young Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 1:02 pm

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a right-to-work measure Monday that makes his state the 25th in the nation with such a law. That effectively means that mandatory union membership and dues are banned at privately owned businesses — a move strongly opposed by unions, which say it restricts collective bargaining.

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The Two-Way
10:46 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Obama Imposes Sanctions On Venezuela, Invoking Emergency Powers

President Obama says new sanctions will target Venezuelan figures who have helped repress human rights. Here, opposition leader Maria Corina Machado (center) marched with opponents of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas to mark International Women's Day.
Federico Parra AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 3:06 pm

Citing an "erosion of human rights guarantees" and corruption in Venezuela, President Obama issued an executive order Monday imposing sanctions on members of the country's military and intelligence services.

The White House says the executive order builds on the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014, part of a response to a violent crackdown on government protests.

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Politics
3:34 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Politics Roundup: From Iowa To Hillary Clinton's Email Account

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 6:20 am

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1:58 am
Mon March 9, 2015

In Iowa, 2016 Has Begun — At Least For The Republican Party

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to members of the media during a two-day swing through Iowa that had all the trappings of a presidential campaign.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 2:07 pm

After five days spent driving around Iowa, meeting with political activists, consultants and regular voters, one thing is clear: the 2016 presidential campaign is on — at least on one side.

Nine GOP Men, One Stage, Six Hours

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The Two-Way
8:45 am
Sun March 8, 2015

Clintons Face Scrutiny Ahead Of Hillary's Campaign Announcement

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, and daughter Chelsea Clinton wave at the Clinton Global Initiative at the University of Miami on March 7.
Gaston De Cardenas AP

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 2:55 pm

Addressing a crowd at the Clinton Global Initiative University at Miami University in Coral Gables, Fla. on Saturday, former president Bill Clinton discussed the Clinton Foundation's decision to accept donations from foreign governments. The foundation's choice is questioned by critics as a possible conflict of interest, especially since some of the funds came in during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, a post she left in 2013.

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Politics
6:10 am
Sun March 8, 2015

GOP Hopefuls Do A Balancing Act At Ag Summit

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 11:08 am

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8:17 am
Sat March 7, 2015

How To Oust A House Speaker (Hint: Don't Even Try)

House Speaker John Boehner's job is secure, despite passing a bill to avert a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security — a bill that most of his Republican colleagues opposed.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 10:53 am

Here's one story in Washington that just won't go away.

It's the tale of conservatives who are frustrated with House Speaker John Boehner and want to replace him midsession.

The latest murmurs of a coup surfaced after more than 50 Republicans voted against Boehner's plan last week to avert a partial-shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security.

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Economy
7:22 am
Sat March 7, 2015

More Jobs, Less Inflation Drive Down 'Misery' — So Where's The Joy?

Construction workers in Washington, D.C., in December. The latest jobs report will further drive the "misery index" to its lowest level in more than half a century. But economists say meager wages and big debts are still problems.
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For decades, economists have tracked the "misery index," a simple formula that adds the unemployment rate to the inflation rate. The result equals how miserable — or not — you feel.

On Friday, the Labor Department released February's jobs report, and the good numbers will further drive down the misery index, already at its lowest level in more than a half-century, thanks to falling oil prices.

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Politics
4:22 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Clinton, White House Play Delicate Dance As Emails Await Release

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her mobile phone in March 2012 after her address to the Security Council at United Nations headquarters. While she's asked the State Department to quickly release her emails from her tenure as secretary, the process likely will take months — dragging out media coverage and critical questions.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 8:35 pm

The State Department says it will work as quickly as possible to review the emails former Secretary Hillary Clinton turned over in 2014, but combing through all 55,000 pages could take months.

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World
2:29 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Russian Democracy Activist Says Nemtsov's Death A Major Turning Point

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 5:04 pm

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Politics
2:29 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Justice Department To File Corruption Charges Against Sen. Menendez

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 5:04 pm

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1:19 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Source: Justice Dept. Prepares To Charge N.J. Sen. Menendez With Corruption

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., speaks to reporters during a news conference in Newark on Friday. The Justice Department plans to file charges alleging that he did political favors for a friend and donor, NPR has confirmed.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 7:06 pm

Updated at 8:15 p.m. ET

Menendez told reporters during a Friday night press conference — during which he read from a statement and declined to take questions — that he always had behaved appropriately while in office.

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It's All Politics
11:33 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Chat Recap: Justice Department's Ferguson Policing Report

A Ferguson police officer listens to a protester outside the Ferguson Police Department on Wednesday.
Michael B. Thomas Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 9:16 pm

This post was last updated at 10 pm E.T.

On Wednesday, the Department of Justice issued a scathing report about the Ferguson, Mo. police department, citing evidence of "clear racial disparities that adversely impact African-Americans." These disparities in arrests, vehicle stops and the use of force, the report contends, led to a lack of trust in police and courts in the city.

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Politics
11:32 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Obama Returns To Selma For 50th Anniversary Of Historic March

Barack Obama as a presidential candidate in Selma, Ala., in 2007 re-creating a voting rights march that was violently repressed by state troopers in 1965.
Roberto Schmidt AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 5:43 pm

It's the kind of moment rich with history — a moment to reflect on a searing date in the civil rights struggle, and to do so with the nation's first African-American president taking center stage at the memorial ceremonies. It's a time and place to reflect on where we have been and where we have come as a nation. But also to ponder the future for Barack Obama and whether the discussion of race and inequality will become major themes of his post-presidency, which begins in less than two years.

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Politics
3:04 am
Fri March 6, 2015

House Panel Questions Gen. Campbell About Readiness Of Afghan Force

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 8:40 am

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3:03 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Administration Fights Case That Would Assign Lawyers To Minors Seeking Asylum

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 8:40 am

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Politics
2:36 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

'Zionist Union' Party Creates A Stir In Israeli Elections

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 4:55 pm

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5:09 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Hillary Clinton Asks State Dept. To Release Her Emails To The Public

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, seen here at a U.N. event last March, has been criticized for using a private email account to conduct official business during her four years in the Obama administration.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 7:30 am

Responding to concerns over her use of a personal email account to conduct official business while in office, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she wants the public to have access to her emails. The State Department says it will review messages for possible release.

The issue rose to importance earlier this week, after it was revealed that during her entire tenure at the State Department, Clinton used a personal email account — a move that had kept the emails out of the government's control and circumvented archival practices.

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3:06 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Clinton's Private Email Server Has Advantages, Vulnerabilities

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 8:11 am

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