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Obama Lays Groundwork For Sanctions Against Russia

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 3:00pm

With an executive order Thursday, President Obama authorized sanctions on Russia for its involvement in Ukraine. Speaker Boehner praised the sanctions and offered congressional support going forward.

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Running Against The Koch Brothers

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 3:00pm

The loudest voice taking on vulnerable Senate Democrats right now is not the Republican party, but Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group founded by the billionaire Koch brothers.

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Senate Blocks Bill To Overhaul Military Sex Assault Prosecutions

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 2:43pm

The measure would have removed the authority of senior military commanders to prosecute sexual assault cases within their ranks. The vote was 55-45 vote.

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VIDEO: Dalai Lama Prays Senators Will 'Act With A Pure Mind'

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 1:02pm

The Buddhist spiritual leader delivered the U.S. Senate's opening prayer on Thursday. If the politicians heed his words, "happiness will follow," he says.

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Claims And Counterclaims Fly As CIA And Senate Exchange Fire

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:04am

Did the agency spy on Senate staffers? Did those Senate aides take classified documents from the CIA's headquarters? Investigators are sorting through the accusations.

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CPAC 2014: Reading The Tea (Party) Leaves

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 10:29am

As the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference gets underway, one of the major questions hanging over the event is this: how much clout does the Tea Party still have?

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Race To Stop 'Revenge Porn' Raises Free Speech Worries

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 10:16am

More than a dozen states are considering bills that would criminalize the online posting of sexually explicit photos or videos without the subject's consent. But First Amendment experts urge caution.

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Democrats Help Block Nominee For DOJ's Top Civil Rights Job

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 4:00am

The nomination of Debo Adegbile, a civil rights lawyer who helped handle the appeal of a cop killer, forced Democrats to choose between infuriating law enforcement groups or angering minority voters.

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Government Printing Office Is Churning Out Less Paper

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 4:00am

The government is saving money by offering more online services. But some worry that seniors and other without access to the Internet are being left behind.

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New England Governors Back Obama's Minimum Wage Hike Plan

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 4:00am

Obama took his push for a higher national minimum wage to Connecticut. The message was welcomed by the governors he appeared with, but back in Washington there isn't much political momentum.

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GAO To Probe State-Based Health Exchanges

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 3:09am

The investigative arm of Congress on Wednesday agreed to look into problems with state health exchange websites. Which states will be included will be determined as the probe goes forward.

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Selling Health Care To California's Latinos Got Lost In Translation

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 2:03am

Certain sales strategies work great with American Latinos. California's insurance exchange didn't try any of them in their first round of advertising for the Affordable Care Act.

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2-Year Extension Offered For Canceled Health Plans

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:31am

The extension for individual policies that don't meet requirements of the new health care law, helps defuse a political problem for Democrats who face tough re-elections battles this fall.

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Bill Clinton, Party-Builder In Chief

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 4:59pm

The former president's political portfolio is in keeping with his longstanding efforts to build the Democratic Party into a more powerful organizational force.

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Senate Rejects Obama Nominee For Key Civil Rights Post

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 3:22pm

The clash over attorney Debo Adegbile's Justice Dept. nomination pitted powerful law enforcement interests against the civil rights community.

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My Brother's Keeper In The Community: Hopes And Aims At Ground Level

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 3:00pm

President Obama's new initiative, My Brother's Keeper, aims to ease disparities faced by young men of color in the U.S. Malik Washington of the William Kellibrew Foundation explains what's needed to make it successful.

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IRS Hearing Begins With Refusals To Answer — And Ends In Shouting

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 3:00pm

The House Oversight Committee again called Lois Lerner to testify on IRS actions and again she pleaded the fifth. The hearing ended in an argument between committee members.

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Decades-Old Case Looms Large In Defeated Civil Rights Nomination

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 3:00pm

Debo Adegbile was the nominee to lead the Justice Department Civil Rights Division, and he has a compelling story — from child actor to activist lawyer. The Senate defeated his nomination Wednesday.

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With Nuclear Waste Dump Closed, Where To Keep Cold War Leftovers?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 3:00pm

Workers are about to re-enter a New Mexico waste dump that was hit by a recent accident. The incident is shaping up to be yet another setback in the quest to find a home for America's nuclear waste.

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Hagel's On The Hill, Pushing For A Slimmer Military

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 3:00pm

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is on Capitol Hill Wednesday to explain why smaller budgets will require a smaller army — even as tensions with Russia flare anew in the Ukraine.

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