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It's All Politics
4:03 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Meet The Tea Party's New Favorite Candidate

Three major Tea Party groups endorsed Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., to replace Marco Rubio in the Senate. DeSantis speaks here in 2013 against Obamacare.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 8:03 am

Conservatives have found their candidate for one of 2016's most important Senate races: Florida Congressman Ron DeSantis.

Soon after he launched his bid Wednesday, a trifecta of deep-pocketed Tea Party-aligned groups — the Senate Conservatives Fund, the Club for Growth and FreedomWorks — all signaled they would back the two-term congressman in his bid to succeed Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who's running for president.

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It's All Politics
3:01 am
Thu May 7, 2015

A Long Way From Wax Cylinders, Library Of Congress Slowly Joins The Digital Age

Gene DeAnna is curator of the National Jukebox project, which is an online collection of more than 10,000 pre-1925 recordings.
Brian Naylor NPR

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 8:03 am

Gene DeAnna sits at a computer next to a vintage Victrola, appropriate for his job as curator of the National Jukebox project.

It's an online collection of some 10,000 pre-1925 recordings, made acoustically, without any electrical amplification. DeAnna points to a photo on the jukebox's Web page.

"You can see in this picture here that they gathered the orchestra around a great big recording horn and behind the curtain there is a cutter that is cutting the recording into a wax master," he said.

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It's All Politics
3:42 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Remembering A Former House Speaker Whose Fall Signaled New Era Of Polarization

Former House Speaker Jim Wright of Texas in 2005. He died Wednesday at the age of 92.
Yuri Gripas AP

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 11:14 pm

Jim Wright occupies a kind of shadow territory in Washington memory. He rose to be speaker of the House, arguably the second most powerful job in the country. For a season he challenged the authority of the president on foreign policy. A master of the internal politics and practices of the House, Wright once seemed likely to rule that world for as long as the Democrats held the majority — which he and they and most everyone else expected to last forever.

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Politics
3:06 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

The Unpopularity Contest For Britain's Next Prime Minister

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 10:46 pm

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World
3:06 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

U.S. Issues Licenses For Ferry Travel To Cuba

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 5:55 pm

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It's All Politics
10:34 am
Wed May 6, 2015

The Race Where Race Didn't Matter

District Attorney Dan Donovan celebrates after his win in a special election to Congress from Staten Island, N.Y.
Julie Jacobson AP

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 2:59 pm

The Staten Island prosecutor who was at the heart of the investigation into the death of Eric Garner at police hands last year was overwhelmingly elected to Congress on Tuesday night.

In the special election in New York's 11th District to replace disgraced former Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., Republican District Attorney Daniel Donovan cruised to a nearly 20-point win over the Democratic nominee, New York City Councilman Vincent Gentile.

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It's All Politics
9:15 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Clinton Charms DREAMers On Immigration

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke Tuesday with DREAMers including Juan Salazar (second from right) and Astrid Silva (left). "I will fight to stop partisan attacks on the executive actions that would put DREAMers — including many with us today — at risk of deportation," Clinton said.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 10:47 am

When it comes to energizing Latino voters, a group of young people who can't even vote plays an outsized role.

They are known as DREAMers — undocumented immigrants, brought to the country by their parents when they were kids.They were so named for meeting the requirements under the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act proposal that would have created a pathway to citizenship for them. Now they're a political force.

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Politics
4:30 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Clinton Tells 'Dreamers' She Backs Path To Citizenship

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 4:07 pm

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3:03 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Huckabee Hopes Evangelical Voters Are Tying Yellow Ribbons For Him

When Mike Huckabee was governor of Arkansas, he tied a yellow ribbon around a bust of President Clinton at the Governor's Mansion. He said he would remove the ribbon when the federal government allows ARKids First to continue enrolling Medicaid-eligible applicants into the program.
Chris Johnson AP

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 6:37 am

When Mike Huckabee ran for president eight years ago, he was a new face on the national scene, a fresh upstart former governor of Arkansas and a one-time Baptist preacher, who quickly became a favorite among evangelical voters.

He had an ease on the campaign trail, an openness with the media, and a quirkiness that made him seem like a breath of fresh air.

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It's All Politics
3:30 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Clinton 'War Room' Pushback And The 'Invent Your Own' Media Campaign

The Clinton campaign is embracing several new technologies and platforms to get its message out more directly to voters, a tactic her potential rivals are sure to employ, too.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 7:33 pm

The Hillary Clinton campaign went into overdrive Tuesday trying to minimize the damage from a new book that delves into Clinton foundation fundraising — and it's not using the typical channels to do so.

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It's All Politics
3:11 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

New Jersey Pension Lawsuit Piles On Gov. Christie's Rough Week

New Jersey's pension system is more than $80 billion in the red. Gov. Christie mostly blames past governors for sticking him with this bill. "I'm like the guy who showed up for dinner at dessert. ... And I got the check," he said earlier this year.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 5:32 pm

It's been a tough week for New Jersey Gov. and possible Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie.

One of his former allies pleaded guilty and two others were indicted for allegedly creating a traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge as political retribution.

Now, New Jersey's highest court is set to hear arguments over one of Christie's signature accomplishments: his pension reform deal.

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Code Switch
2:52 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Ladies In The Streets: Before Stonewall, Transgender Uprising Changed Lives

A view of Gene Compton's cafeteria In San Francisco's Tenderloin District. In 1966, the eatery was the site of landmark confrontations between police and transgender activists.
Courtesy of Screaming Queens/Frameline

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 8:28 am

It was after the bars had closed and well into the pre-dawn hours of an August morning in 1966 when San Francisco cops were in Gene Compton's cafeteria again. They were arresting drag queens, trans women and gay hustlers who had been sitting for hours, eating and gossiping and coming down from their highs with the help of 60-cent cups of coffee.

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Politics
2:29 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Obama To Nominate Gen. Joseph Dunford As Joint Chiefs Chairman

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 5:32 pm

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2:29 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Mike Huckabee Announces Bid For Republican Presidential Nomination

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 5:32 pm

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Politics
2:29 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Hillary Clinton To Unveil Path To Citizenship Immigration Plan

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 5:32 pm

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2:29 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Attorney General Loretta Lynch Visits Baltimore

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 5:32 pm

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It's All Politics
2:17 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Obama Laces Up To Tout Asian Trade Deal At Nike

President Obama walks away from Marine One in his Nikes on Sunday. He heads to Nike Headquarters later this week.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 11:47 am

President Obama says he wants consumers around the world buying more products stamped, "Made in the U.S.A."

That's one reason he's pushing a controversial Asian trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Obama has chosen a curious setting to make his pitch for the trade agreement this week. He'll be speaking Friday at the Beaverton, Ore., headquarters of the Nike Corporation.

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The Two-Way
9:41 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee Announces Presidential Run

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
J. David Ake AP

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 10:56 am

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee announced Tuesday that he is seeking the Republican presidential nomination.

"It seems perfectly fitting that it would be here that I announce that I am a candidate for president of the United States of America," he told a crowd of supporters in his hometown of Hope, Ark., which is also Bill Clinton's hometown.

Huckabee, who previously ran for the presidency in 2008, hosted a television program on Fox News until January, when he ended the eponymous show to consider his political future.

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It's All Politics
4:03 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Can Huckabee Overcome The 'New Car Smell' Of Other Candidates?

Mike Huckabee is again trying to run on his experience as governor of Arkansas, not his stint as a firebrand conservative analyst.
Nati Harnik AP

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 2:53 pm

This post was updated at 11:40 a.m. ET.

Meet Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor. Forget about Mike Huckabee, Fox News host.

That's the message the GOP presidential hopeful is already conveying as he makes another bid for the presidency.

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Politics
3:02 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Carson Touts Candor As A Plus For His GOP Presidential Bid

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 5:44 am

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The Two-Way
6:15 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Site Using Candidate Carly Fiorina's Name Attacks Her Record At HP

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Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 6:33 pm

Just hours after the Republican Carly Fiorina announced her presidential run, she was criticized on a website bearing her name, for causing the loss of 30,000 jobs while serving as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard.

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It's All Politics
5:19 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

The Republican Presidential Field Just Got More Diverse. So What?

Ben Carson at his presidential announcement speech in Detroit.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 5:43 pm

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World
3:07 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Persian Gulf System Prohibits Nepali Migrant Workers From Returning Home

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 8:57 pm

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Africa
3:07 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Kenya Pushes For Close Of Word's Largest Refugee Camp

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Politics
3:07 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Republican Field To Gain 3 New Presidential Hopefuls

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Asia
3:07 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Nepali Village Struggles To Recover From Earthquake

Amrit Shrestha (left) looks through the rubble of his home in Nepal's Sindupalchowk district. Some 2,600 people were killed in the rural district, a third of the entire death toll in Nepal's devastating earthquake.
Russell Lewis NPR

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 10:17 am

Driving east out of Kathmandu, the road turns north and coils toward the Chinese border, up past the treeline, with breathtaking views of the indelible, snow-capped peaks of the Langtang Mountain Range. The valley fans out below, carpeted with ancient terraces.

It's a singular Nepali panorama. But alongside it another more sobering scene unfolds on the landscape.

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The Two-Way
3:04 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Clinton Agrees To Answer House Panel's Questions On Benghazi, Emails

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has agreed to testify before a House panel on Benghazi and her email-retention policies.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 4:47 pm

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a Democratic candidate for president, has agreed to testify before a House panel about the deadly attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and about her email-retention practices.

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Politics
3:04 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Beyond Quid Pro Quo: What Counts As Political Corruption?

Can candidates courting billionaires count as corruption, even if there are no explicit strings attached? Some activists see the campaign contributions of the super-rich as a problem, regardless of whether "quid pro quo" deals are made. Here, activists protest the political influence of the wealthy Koch Brothers near David Koch's Manhattan apartment on June 5, 2014.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 2:38 pm

The presidential hopefuls haven't spent much time so far with voters. Instead, they've committed many days to courting the millionaires and billionaires who can fuel a White House bid. And at the same time, activists on the left and right are seeking to redefine political corruption, which they believe this is.

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It's All Politics
3:03 pm
Sun May 3, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Ben Carson

In this handout photo from Singapore's Raffles Hospital, Dr. Keith Goh and Carson operate on 29-year-old conjoined twins Ladan and Laleh Bijani in 2003.
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Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 8:48 am

This post was updated at 10 a.m. ET

The field of major Republican presidential candidates is growing larger. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina jumped into the race Monday. And former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is expected to jump into the race this week.

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It's All Politics
3:03 am
Sun May 3, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina at a luncheon Tuesday with New Hampshire Republican lawmakers.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 11:56 am

This post was updated at 8:10 a.m. E.T. Monday

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