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President Obama Asks Congress For Approval Of Military Force Against ISIS

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 3:33pm

Operation Inherent Resolve began over the summer. Now President Obama is officially asking Congress to give its blessing to the war on the self-described Islamic State. On Wednesday the White House sent language up to Capitol Hill for an authorization for the use of military force.

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5 Things Jon Stewart Reminded Us About Politics

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 2:10pm

When comedian Jon Stewart announced he was leaving The Daily Show that sound you heard was 2016 hopefuls breathing a collective sigh of relief.

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White House Will Request War Powers From Congress Today, Senator Says

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 7:09am

The new Authorization for the Use of Military Force, or AUMF as it's known, would replace the 2001 authorization that was provided to President Bush in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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White House Reaches Out To Uninsured Americans, Jarrett Says

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 5:00am

The deadline to sign up for health coverage for 2015 under the Affordable Care Act is Sunday. Renee Montagne talks to presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett about the looming deadline.

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Sen. Kaine Pushes For Vote On Military Strikes Against ISIS

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:07am

As the White House decides to seek congressional approval to conduct the war against militants of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, Renee Montagne talks to Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia.

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Failing Bridges Taking A Toll; Some States Move To Raise Gas Tax

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 3:54pm

With gas prices down, a growing number of states are turning to a gas tax increase. New Jersey looks at following suit to fund much-needed projects, but some drivers aren't eager to pay up.

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FEC Invites Comment On Campaign Finance Laws At First Public Hearing

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 3:40pm

More than 32,000 Americans recently filed comments with the Federal Election Commission, telling the agency what's wrong with political money and how it's regulated. Now the FEC is about to have a public hearing — the first time in the agency's 39-year history that it's invited ordinary citizens to speak on these big issues.

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New Government Agency Designed To Tackle Cyber Threats More Effectively

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 3:40pm

The Obama administration is creating a new agency to gather and distribute intelligence on cyber threats more quickly. The agency is modeled after the National Counter Terrorism Center, created after Sept. 11 to improve information sharing across the U.S. government.

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New Illinois Governor Has Unions Bristling Less Than A Month Into The Job

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 3:40pm

Illinois' new Republican governor is taking a page in politics from other Midwestern states. Bruce Rauner is setting policies that have government labor unions bristling and he hasn't even been on the job for a month.

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What We Learned From Jeb Bush's E-Book

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 2:18pm

The former Florida governor isn't technically a presidential candidate yet. But he released the first chapter of an e-book based on hundreds of thousands of emails he sent and received as governor.

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David Axelrod Recounts His Years As Obama's Adviser And 'Believer'

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 12:59pm

In his new book, the veteran political consultant tells stories about his years at Obama's side. After one debate, Axelrod says, Obama "made clear how he felt about me at that moment, and he bolted."

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In White House Memory, A-U-M-F Translates to B-U-S-H

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 9:13am

Surely it is not a welcome thought for the current White House that it is going to Congress for the Authorization for the Use of Military Force "...just like President Bush."

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Senate Panel Approves Carter's Nomination As Defense Chief

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 9:09am

In a vote that sends his nomination to the full Senate, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved Ashton Carter's bid to be the next Defense secretary Tuesday.

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In Likely Democratic Primary, Who's Joining Hillary Clinton?

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 3:03am

Pretty much everyone expects Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016. But will she have any competition? A look at the Democratic bench and finds a rather short, short list.

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Insurers And Austin Mayor Promote Obamacare To Texas Latinos

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 2:35am

It's no secret that most state and federal legislators in Texas aren't fans of Obamacare. But insurers and Texan cities are successfully marketing plans on HealthCare.gov without the state's help.

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State Political Parties Blames Congress For Lack Of Funds

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 3:59am

With all the cash pouring into politics, there's one group of losers: state parties. Big donors are turning to outside groups, and many state parties watch their budgets and clout dwindle.

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Ukraine Is Just 1 Foreign Policy Challenge On Obama's Agenda

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 3:59am

President Obama is expected to submit to Congress what's called an AUMF, an authorization for the use of military force against ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State.

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Obama's 'Body Man' Looks Back On His Presidential Education

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 3:54pm

Reggie Love went from playing sports at Duke to working as Barack Obama's personal assistant. His new memoir, Power Forward, describes what he learned on the campaign trail and in the White House.

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Colombian Rebels Invite Miss Universe To Join Peace Talks

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 12:08pm

Paulina Vega, 22, said in interviews that she wanted to help end her country's 50-year civil war. So, FARC asked her to attend talks in Havana.

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McConnell's Call For 'Regular Order' May Not Mean What It Used To

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 9:56am

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to restore "regular order" to the Senate, making it more bipartisan and productive. Five weeks into the new session, the dream remains elusive.

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