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6:04 am
Sat February 28, 2015

House GOP Scurries To Avert Homeland Security Shutdown

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 8:40 am

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4:36 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Jeb's Rowdy Supporters Help Him Escape The CPAC Lion's Den

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush shakes hands with the audience after speaking at CPAC Friday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Jeb Bush walked into the lion's den of the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday, and walked out smiling — thanks to a few busloads of his supporters who proved louder and more persistent than his hecklers.

Bush, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, started out unevenly in his interview-style appearance, rushing through his answers to Fox News host Sean Hannity, using clunky phrases from his stump speech, and at times almost shouting to overcome boos and taunts.

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2:44 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Homeland Security Funding Bill Caught Up In House

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 6:13 pm

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2:44 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Some Republicans Skeptical Of Jeb Bush's Conservative Credentials

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 6:13 pm

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1:32 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

What Do Conservatives Want For 2016? We Asked

Josh DiNatale (left) and Zachary Burns, St. Joseph's University students and members of their College Republicans chapter, get ready to pose for a photo with a cutout of Sen. Rand Paul at CPAC 2015.
Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 1:53 pm

The Conservative Political Action Conference, held this week in Washington D.C., is prime time for 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls trying — yes, already — to win over a key part of their base. Former Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Gov. Scott Walker and others paraded on and off the main stage, trying to fire up the crowd with their ideas for America's next, post-Obama chapter.

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6:48 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Congress Agrees To Maintain Homeland Security Funding — For A Week

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio walks to the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Friday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 8:44 pm

(This post was last updated at 9:55 p.m. ET.)

With just hours before the Department of Homeland Security would have run out of funding, the GOP-controlled House voted to approve a week-long funding extension that both sides hope will provide time needed to find a full solution through the end of the fiscal year.

The House immediately adjourned following the 357-60 vote.

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3:23 am
Fri February 27, 2015

CPAC Attendees Hear From GOP Presidential Hopefuls

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 5:42 am

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Politics
3:11 am
Fri February 27, 2015

House Not Quite Ready To 'Suck It Up' Over Homeland Security Funding

"It is a waste of time. We will not allow a conference to take place. It won't happen," Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday about the possibility of the two chambers reconciling Department of Homeland Security funding bills.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 9:26 am

The Department of Homeland Security runs out of money at midnight Friday. The Senate is on track to pass a bill to fully fund DHS with no strings attached. Meanwhile, the House will be voting Friday on a stopgap spending bill to fund the department for only three weeks. House Republicans say it's to give the two chambers more time to work out differences. But Senate Democrats say that's not going to happen.

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2:45 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Jeb Bush Takes 2016 Show Into Unfriendly Territory At CPAC

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush addresses the audience at his most recent Conservative Political Action Conference appearance in March 2013. Bush is to appear again Friday, as he considers a potential 2016 presidential campaign.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 9:39 am

For close to a decade, Jeb Bush's audiences have almost exclusively been people who have paid good money to hear him speak.

That changes today, when he appears at the Conservative Political Action Conference — where potential 2016 presidential rivals are already taking shots at him and some activists are organizing a walkout.

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Business
2:08 am
Fri February 27, 2015

White House Move To Protect Nest Eggs Sparks Hopes And Fears

President Obama remarks on his proposal to tighten consumer protections for people saving for retirement as Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Labor Secretary Tom Perez listen, at AARP on Monday.
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Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 3:12 pm

The Obama administration is creating new protections for Americans saving and investing for retirement, but industry groups say the new rules could hurt the very people the president says he wants to help.

If you're building a retirement nest egg, big fees are the dangerous predators looking to feast on it. The White House says too many financial advisers get hidden kickbacks or sales incentives to steer responsible Americans toward bad retirement investments with low returns and high fees.

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All Tech Considered
1:45 am
Fri February 27, 2015

'Ballot Selfies' Clash With The Sanctity Of Secret Polling

A man takes a "selfie" while waiting in line to cast his vote in the Wisconsin gubernatorial race in November.
Darren Hauck Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 12:56 pm

From Pope Francis and President Obama to the kid down the block, we have, for better or worse, become a world full of selfie-takers.

But as ubiquitous as they are, there are some places where selfies remain controversial — like the voting booth. The legal battle rages over so-called ballot selfies in the state that holds the first presidential primary.

This may be a fight of the digital age, but according to New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, it involves a very old American ideal — the sanctity of the secret ballot.

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5:33 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

3 Reasons President Obama Is Winning This Immigration Fight

President Obama at a town hall meeting on immigration in Miami Wednesday with journalist Jose Diaz-Balart. The event was hosted by Telemundo and MSNBC.
Pedro Portal AP

As the Republican Congress tried this week to get itself out of the box it put itself in, President Obama was in Miami, aggressively ratcheting up the political pressure on the GOP on the issue underlying the standoff over funding the Department of Homeland Security — immigration. Here are three reasons why the president is winning this fight:

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Politics
4:11 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Why Two Democrats Will — And Won't — Attend Netanyahu's Speech

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 7:42 pm

Democratic U.S. Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky is Jewish and a strong supporter of Israel, but says he will not be attending Israeli President Netanyahu's address to Congress. Democratic Rep. Steve Israel of New York's Third District will attend. He organized Jewish Democratic members of Congress to meet with the Israeli Ambassador to get him to move the meeting and wrote a letter to Speaker John Boehner protesting how the invitation was issued, but is still planning to attend despite his concerns.

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11:41 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Senate Panel OKs Loretta Lynch Nomination As Attorney General

Loretta Lynch, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Jan. 28. The panel voted Thursday to send her nomination to be U.S. attorney general to the full Senate.
Ron Sachs DPA /Landov

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 6:03 pm

Loretta Lynch, President Obama's nominee for attorney general, cleared a major hurdle Thursday to succeed Eric Holder as the country's top law enforcement officer. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-8 to send the nomination to the full chamber, which is expected to confirm her nomination.

Three Republicans joined the panel's Democrats to vote "yes." Those opposed to her nomination cited President Obama's executive actions on immigration.

"We should not confirm someone to that position who intends to continue that unlawful policy," said Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.

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10:38 am
Thu February 26, 2015

What We're Watching At The Conservative Political Action Conference

Ben Carson talks with media after his CPAC speech.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 5:48 pm

This week's Conservative Political Action Conference has drawn a huge crowd of activists and politicos, per usual — but it's also a prime spot for 2016 presidential hopefuls. The GOP's potential candidates — former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Gov. Scott Walker, Gov. Bobby Jindal — are rolling on and off the main stage, hoping to fire up the conservative audience. And how well they do with this crowd — an important part of their base — may say a lot about 2016. Here are five things I'll be watching for at CPAC:

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Politics
3:45 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Planned Netanyahu Speech To Congress Continues To Cause Political Uproar

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 5:52 am

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3:39 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Obama Ups Pressure On GOP Over Homeland Security Funding

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 5:03 pm

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2:13 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Gov. Scott Walker Goes Head-To-Head With Labor Over Right-To-Work

Hundreds of union members rally outside the Capitol in Madison on Tuesday to oppose a Republican-led measure that would make Wisconsin a right-to-work state.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 4:13 pm

Wisconsin is set to become the nation's 25th "right to work" state. Republicans in the state Legislature are fast-tracking a bill to Gov. Scott Walker, who is a potential 2016 presidential candidate.

The state Senate passed a right-to-work bill late Wednesday, and the State Assembly could pass it next week.

The measure aims to weaken private sector unions by letting workers opt out of mandatory dues. Wisconsin Republicans appear to be following an anti-union playbook that's been circling the Midwest.

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1:44 am
Thu February 26, 2015

On Net Neutrality, Republicans Pitch Oversight Rather Than Regulation

Republicans in Congress are no fans of FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler's "net neutrality" plan.
Jose Luis Magana AP

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 7:37 am

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote Thursday morning to put more stringent regulations on Internet providers.

Backers, including many tech firms and the Obama administration, say the net neutrality rules will ensure equal access to the net for content providers. But Republicans in Congress are no fans of FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler's plan.

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U.S.
6:46 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Wisconsin Governor To Sign Right-To-Work Bill Amid Protests

State Sen. Scott Fitzgerald is the lead author of the right-to-work bill, which he says is a step towards modernizing Wisconsin's labor laws.
Shawn Johnson WPR

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 9:13 pm

Update 11:10 p.m.

As expected the state Senate passed the right-to-work bill late Wednesday, 17-15, after eight hours of debate, Wisconsin Public Radio's Erik Lorenzsonn reports.

Most of the protesters from earlier in the day had left the Capitol by the time of the bill's passage. Nevertheless, the few that remained chanted "Shame!" at lawmakers as they exited the Senate chambers, while some began singing protest songs in the Capitol rotunda.

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10:23 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Rep. Boehner: House Has 'Done Its Job' On Homeland Security Funding

House Speaker John Boehner told reporters Wednesday: "The House has done its job to fund the Department of Homeland Security and to stop the president's overreach on immigration. We're waiting for the Senate to do their job."
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 6:46 pm

Update at 6 p.m. ET: Senate To Move Forward On Vote

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced Wednesday afternoon that they would move forward with a vote on a so-called "clean" funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, meaning it would have no policy provisions attached targeting President Obama's immigration policy.

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8:27 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Obama Administration Intensifies Criticism Of Israel's Netanyahu

Secretary of State John Kerry told a House panel Wednesday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's judgment on talks with Iran "may not be correct."
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 10:39 am

Updated at 5:45 p.m.

Secretary of State John Kerry sharply criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's "judgment" on talks with Iran on its nuclear program — the latest Obama administration official wading into the controversy stirred by the Israeli leader's planned talk to Congress on March 3 on the dangers posed by the Islamic republic.

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Politics
3:20 am
Wed February 25, 2015

6 Years On, Is The Tea Party Here To Stay?

Tea Party supporter William Temple protests against President Obama's health care law outside the Supreme Court in 2012.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 12:22 pm

It was February of 2009. President Obama had been in office less than a full month. His approval rating was over 60, and nearly 60 percent of the House and Senate seats were held by Democrats. The country seem poised on the edge of a new era, perhaps even another New Deal.

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3:05 am
Wed February 25, 2015

GOP Will Try To Override Obama's Keystone XL Pipeline Veto

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 6:05 am

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3:02 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Faces Runoff In April

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8:26 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Faces Runoff In Re-Election Bid

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (center and 8th Ward Alderwoman Michelle Harris join phone bank workers Tuesday on Election Day in Chicago. Emanuel was unable to clear the 50 percent threshold in the race, triggering a runoff election against a fellow Democrat in April.
M. Spencer Green AP

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 6:24 am

Amid turnout of only a third of registered voters, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is headed for a runoff in his re-election bid, according to figures released by the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.

With 98.6 percent of precincts reporting, the former congressman and chief of staff for President Barack Obama leads with 45.37 percent of the vote, followed by Democratic Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia with 34 percent.

Emanuel required a vote of 50 percent plus one to avoid a runoff. The runoff election with Garcia is scheduled for April 7.

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6:30 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Tables Have Turned As Senate Barrels Toward Homeland Security Deadline

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has offered Democrats a Department of Homeland Security funding bill without provisions, but Democrats still want a commitment from House Speaker John Boehner.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 11:45 pm

The Senate is speeding ahead into the first real deadline it's had since the beginning of the new Congress. In many ways, nothing has changed from past deadlines — lawmakers don't seem interested in resolving the matter with time to spare, rhetoric is hot and angry, and as always, one side is accusing the other of filibustering. Except this time it's the Republicans howling at the Democrats for being the obstructionists.

The script remains the same. The two sides have merely switched parts.

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4:19 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Republicans Hope To Use Homeland Security Budget As Leverage On Immigration

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 5:16 pm

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2:50 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Little-Known Laws Help Sex Trafficking Victims Clear Criminal Records

This woman, who has had her prostitution charge wiped away, says she got the lotus tattoo to cover up the brand of a former pimp. "Once they put their name on me, I was their property," she adds. She says she got the word "persist" tattooed as a reminder to keep moving forward.
Evie Stone NPR

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 7:05 am

Advocates for women arrested on prostitution charges want the justice system to adopt a different approach. They say instead of being locked up, many prostitutes should actually be considered victims of human trafficking. And they're starting to offer those women a way to clean up the criminal records left behind.

One of them lives in an apartment not far from Dallas. Inside, a 24-year-old woman pushes up her sleeve to show off a tattoo of a lotus flower. The deep purple ink covers up an older mark.

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2:50 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Christie Delivers N.J. Budget Address Amid Fiscal Challenges

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 5:16 pm

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