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2:54 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Federal Government, States Battle Over Safety Of Powdered Alcohol

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

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1:44 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

The Rules Don't Apply To Hillary Clinton ... Or Any Of The Other Un-Candidates

Hillary Clinton speaks to the media after keynoting a Women's Empowerment Event at the United Nations on Tuesday in New York City. Clinton answered questions about recent allegations of an improperly used email account during her tenure as secretary of state.
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Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 5:20 pm

Hillary Clinton is, at least for now, not officially running for president. That's what she has said all along, and now all six members of the Federal Election Commission are on record agreeing with her.

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12:14 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Obama 'Embarrassed' For Republicans Who Wrote Iran Letter

President Obama is shown in the Oval Office in the White House March 3, where he spoke about yet another topic: Iran and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 2:38 pm

President Obama said he's "embarrassed" for the 47 Republican senators who tried to undercut nuclear talks with Iran by writing a letter directly to the Iranian leadership.

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3:12 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Utah's Governor Signs LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 7:49 am

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4:40 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

How The Iran Letter Is Playing In The 2016 Campaign

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker contends that the next president might not be bound by a nuclear deal President Obama strikes with Iran.
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Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 7:09 pm

Forty-seven Senate Republicans signed a letter to Tehran's leaders Monday questioning the authority of any agreement Iran might sign with President Obama that is not ratified by Congress. And it's becoming an issue in the 2016 presidential campaign with potential Republican candidates signing onto the letter.

Tom Cotton, the freshman Arkansas senator behind the letter, even tweeted a Farsi translation directly to the Iranian president and foreign minister.

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The Salt
4:14 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

A Craft Beer Tax Battle Is Brewing On Capitol Hill

Brewers pay a federal tax on each barrel of beer they produce. Two proposals on Capitol Hill would lower that tax for small brewers, but not everyone's on board.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 5:49 am

Congressman Patrick McHenry is a man who knows his beer. The refrigerator in his Capitol Hill office is filled to the brim with it. The Republican's district includes the city of Asheville, N.C., which claims it has more breweries per capita than any other U.S. city.

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Business
4:06 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Obama, Unions On Opposite Sides Of The (Fast) Track For Trade Deals

Shipping containers at the Port of Los Angeles. Unions are stepping up their efforts to thwart White House plans for passing foreign trade deals on a "fast track" through Congress.
Nick Ut AP

This week, labor leaders made sure President Obama knows that when it comes to foreign trade, they are living on opposite sides of the track — the "fast track," that is.

That's a term describing a president's broad power to negotiate a trade agreement — and then put the final package on a "fast track" through Congress. Lawmakers can give it a yes-or-no vote, but can't amend or filibuster the deal.

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It's All Politics
2:42 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Hillary Clinton's Privacy Problem

In April 1994, Hillary Clinton took questions from reporters for more than an hour as first lady. By that point, she had a reputation for not being particularly transparent and for not spending enough time addressing the national media.
Doug Mills AP

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 2:21 pm

Controversy swirled. The press had questions, a lot of them. And so, finally, Hillary Clinton decided to address reporters.

"Well let me thank all of you for coming," she said, sitting on a low platform in the State Dining Room.

It was April 1994. The first lady wore pale pink and took questions for more than an hour about the Whitewater investigation, cattle futures, the suicide of White House Deputy Counsel Vince Foster and which documents may have been removed from his office. Finally, there was the question of why she had let the scandals fester so long.

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Politics
2:34 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Secret Service Scandals Continue After Agents Crash Car Into White House Barricade

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 4:43 pm

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Politics
2:34 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Utah LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill Includes Religious Exemptions

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 7:49 am

The governor of Utah is expected to sign a bill into law Thursday that protects LGBT residents from housing and employment discrimination. It also includes exemptions for religious groups.

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Politics
4:18 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Sen. Mikulski To Spend Rest Of Her Term 'Sizzling With Advocacy'

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 5:37 am

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Politics
3:30 am
Thu March 12, 2015

GOP, Cautious Of War Weariness, Takes Hard Line On Foreign Policy

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 5:37 am

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Politics
3:28 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Congressional Approval For Military Fight Against ISIS Faces Uphill Battle

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 5:37 am

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U.S.
3:04 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Plans To Explore For Oil Offshore Worry East Coast Residents

Mayor Billy Keyserling of Beaufort, S.C., speaks out against drilling for oil offshore, Jan. 14. He says local votes expressing opposition to oil drilling plans are important even if they don't hold the force of law.
Bruce Smith AP

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 5:37 am

As the Obama administration opens the door to offshore drilling, the oil industry is promising more jobs and less reliance on foreign oil. Some people who live along the Eastern Seaboard are saying, "no thanks."

Coastal towns and cities in several states are formally opposing offshore drilling and oil exploration.

Tybee Island, Ga., is a short drive across the marsh from the historic city of Savannah. The island is dotted with hotels and tiny vacation cottages for tourists — and for about 3,000 people, it's home.

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Business
2:54 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Targeting Unions: Right-To-Work Movement Bolstered By Wisconsin

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker became a Republican political star by taking on his state's public employee unions. This week he signed a bill that would weaken private-sector unions.
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 8:40 pm

This week, Wisconsin became the nation's 25th right-to-work state. It passed a law saying workers cannot be forced to join labor unions, or pay union dues, to keep a job.

There's a concerted effort in many states to pass laws that would weaken the power of labor unions. But unions and their allies are also fighting back in many places.

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National Security
2:36 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

As Clinton Defends Email Policy, Department IG Finds Flaws

Then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (center) types on her cellphone with Roberta S. Jacobson, U.S. assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs (left), and U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Thomas Shannon in Brasilia, Brazil, before heading to Brussels in 2012.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 8:29 am

A day after Hillary Clinton's explanation of her use of a private email account while secretary of state, a State Department watchdog reported that only a fraction of the department's emails have been preserved. The Inspector General's report says that of the 1 billion emails sent by State Department employees in 2011, just over 61,000 were kept.

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Politics
2:36 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

So Far The 2016 Campaign Is More Like The 2016 Un-campaign

Then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sips tea on Turkish television program "Lets come to be with us" at the US Embassy in Ankara March 7, 2009.
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Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 8:40 pm

There's a touch of Alice In Wonderland in the 2016 presidential campaign. What's weird isn't that it's started so early, and not that the hopefuls are raising so much money. It's that almost all of those running insist they're not really candidates.

They're acting like candidates – or almost – while struggling to avoid anything that might trigger the description in campaign finance law of a candidate "testing the waters." The law calls for prospective candidates to set up exploratory committees, which have strict contribution limits.

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The Two-Way
2:10 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Why The GOP Iran Letter Is Spurring Debate Over An 18th Century Law

Its doubtful that Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton (right) will face legal consequences for the letter he wrote to Iran. The Logan Act hasn't been used to prosecute anyone since it was passed more than 200 years ago.
Lauren Victoria Burke AP

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 5:31 pm

Updated at 5:15 p.m. ET.

It may have been politically rude, but was the open letter 47 Republican senators sent to Iran this week illegal?

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12:40 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Voters Say They Want Change. So Why Do Bush And Clinton Lead Polls?

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton receives the Liberty Medal in 2013 from the National Constitution Center. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was the group's honorary chairman. Both are now likely presidential candidates for their respective party's nomination.
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Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 4:17 pm

Lost in the back and forth about the Hillary Clinton email controversy Tuesday was that both she and Republican frontrunner Jeb Bush share a common, potentially bigger problem their last names.

It's something that's been evident in focus groups, like one in Colorado last year, where one participant called Clinton "more of the same," and, of Bush, another wondered, "again?"

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All Tech Considered
10:57 am
Wed March 11, 2015

The App Of The Moment: Meerkat Tests Our Desire To Share Live Video

Meerkat, a live-video streaming app, has been this week's tech media darling.
Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 3:08 pm

After Jon Ward happened upon Meerkat, the newest live-video streaming app, he couldn't stop thinking about the reporting potential. As the senior political correspondent for Yahoo News, Ward knew the technology involved is anything but revolutionary. Yet there was something captivating about Meerkat.

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Politics
9:48 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Hillary Clinton Renews Tradition Of Trial By News Conference

Former Secretary of State and likely 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton faces the media Tuesday over her use of a private server and email account she used to conduct public business.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 4:43 pm

In the days ahead, strenuous efforts will be made to prove or disprove the assertions Hillary Clinton made in her news conference Tuesday regarding her email accounts. The fate of Clinton's presumed presidential candidacy will depend on that struggle.

Or not.

In past presidential cycles we have seen many a news conference where careers on the national stage seemed to hang in the balance. Some of these moments have led to redemption, others to utter disaster. And still others have proved inconclusive, with other factors determining the candidate's fate.

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Around the Nation
3:02 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Fla. Gov. Scott Denies 'Climate Change' Is A Banned Term

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 5:41 am

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3:02 am
Wed March 11, 2015

In Retrospect, Clinton Says She Should Have Used Separate Emails

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 2:46 pm

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6:46 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Utah Lawmakers OK Firing Squad If Lethal Injection Unavailable

Utah's Senate has approved a measure that would allow a firing squad to carry out the death penalty if the drug to carry out lethal injections is unavailable.

The vote was 18-10, and it's unclear if Republican Gov. Gary Herbert will sign the measure, which would make Utah the only state in the nation to allow firing squads, into law. The state abandoned the practice a little more than a decade ago.

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Science
2:41 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

As Climate Wars Heat Up, Some Skeptics Are Targets

Climate skeptic Willie Soon has argued in the past that too much ice is bad for polar bears. An investigation into Soon's funding found he took money from the fossil fuel industry and did not always disclose that source.
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Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 5:57 pm

Scientists who warn that the earth's climate is changing have been subjected to hacking, investigations, and even court action in recent years. That ire usually comes from conservative groups and climate skeptics seeking to discredit the research findings.

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It's All Politics
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.
Dan Kitwood Getty Images

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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Politics
2:18 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Senate's Letter To Iran Complicates Nuclear Negotiations

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

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2:18 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Florida Gov. Scott Denies Banning Phrase 'Climate Change'

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

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Politics
2:18 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Clinton Says She Didn't Think Private Email Would Be 'An Issue'

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

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