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Senators Reach Deal To Pay For Veterans' Care Outside VA System

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 4:08am

Senators have reached a bipartisan agreement to build more clinics for veterans, hire more doctors and to allow the faster dismissals of senior level employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Explaining The Bergdahl Swap Hasn't Been Obama's Finest Hour

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 7:26pm

Some aspects of how Obama and his team told the world about the trade for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have raised eyebrows, even among congressional allies, prompting questions like: What were they thinking?

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How One Man's Arrest In London Shut Down Pakistan's Megacity

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 4:46pm

Altaf Hussain has been running his powerful Pakistani political movement from self-imposed exile for 22 years. After he was arrested in London on Tuesday, Karachi came to a grinding halt.

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Outraged Senators Reach Across Aisle For Deal On VA Wait Times

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 3:16pm

Senators have unveiled a bipartisan deal to build new medical centers for veterans and allow the quicker dismissal of high-level employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs. It's a reaction to the scandal that resulted in the departure of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

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Senators Reach Framework To Pay For Veterans' Care Outside System

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 2:54pm

Sens. Bernie Sanders and John McCain announced the accord, which comes a week after Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned in the wake of the scandal over veterans' health care.

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Senate Confirms Burwell To Top Post At Health And Human Services

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 1:59pm

In a 78-17 bipartisan vote, lawmakers approved Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace outgoing HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

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'Guns Kept People Alive' During The Civil Rights Movement

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 11:49am

In his new book, This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible, former activist Charles Cobb Jr. says weapons were a key part of the civil rights movement.

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When LeBron James Speaks, Do People Stop And Listen?

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 11:44am

NBA star player LeBron James and his Miami Heat take on the San Antonio Spurs in the finals today. But The New York Times columnist William Rhoden says James is also gaining influence off the court.

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Values Collide In Texas Over 'Open Carry' Protests

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 11:43am

Texan gun advocates have been visibly bringing guns into stores and restaurants as part of "open carry" protests, but some business owners are unhappy. What does this mean for Texas gun politics?

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'Open Carry' Gun Laws Spark Texas Backlash

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 10:46am

The unnerving presence of young men carrying big guns in fast food restaurants and retail stores is causing consternation — even in firearm-friendly Texas.

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The Birds And The Bees... And iPads

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 8:03am

Three-fourths of parents say the Internet is forcing them to have "the talk" earlier.

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Senate Expected To Approve Sebelius Replacement At HHS

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 4:10am

The Senate votes Thursday on the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be Health and Human Services Secretary, replacing Kathleen Sebelius. Burwell was running the Office of Management and Budget.

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Senators Get Background Briefing On Sgt. Bergdahl's Release

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 4:10am

With criticism mounting on Capitol Hill of a prisoner swap that traded 5 jailed Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, some military, intelligence and diplomatic officials briefed senators.

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Is Clinton Distancing Herself From Obama? Maybe Not

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 5:53pm

Some observers suspect Hillary Clinton of preparing for a White House run by putting daylight between herself and the president. But there's always been differences between them on foreign policy.

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In Mississippi, A Heated Senate Primary Spills Into Runoff

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 3:08pm

In one of the country's most competitive primaries, incumbent Republican Sen. Thad Cochran and Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel appear headed for a runoff.

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After State Lawmaker Comes Out, Campaign Becomes Battle Of Write-ins

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 3:08pm

Mike Fleck, who was re-elected three times before he came out as gay in 2012, lost the Republican state house primary to a write-in candidate. So he won as a write-in on the Democratic ballot instead.

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Prisoner Swap Ignites Political Firestorm On The Hill

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 3:08pm

Everything the Obama administration touches seems to set off a political firestorm. The latest involves Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and the prisoner exchange that led to his release by the Taliban.

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NRA Retracts Statement Calling Open Carry Rallies 'Downright Weird'

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:31am

Recent remarks about carrying rifles in public reflected the opinion of a staffer, rather than the organization, the National Rifle Association says.

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Tea Party Still Packs A Punch: How It Happened In Mississippi

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 10:53am

Political observers declared the Tea Party dead in May after it lost every major GOP primary it contested. Sen. Thad Cochran's performance against his Tea Party rival makes that judgment seem rash.

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Sen. Cochran In Danger Of Losing Primary To Tea Party Candidate

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:11am

The most closely watched of Tuesday's primaries was the race in Mississippi, where incumbent Republican Senator Thad Cochran was fending off a challenge from Tea Party-backed Chris McDaniel.

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