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North American Summit Like 'A Long But Rushed Lunch'

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 11:20am

President Obama is back home after a meeting with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts at the summit of North American leaders. But one observer says the meeting was short on substance.

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Ex-Aides' Emails May Taint Wis. Gov. Walker's Political Ambitions

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 6:05am

A Wisconsin court released 27,000 emails from former aide Kelly Rindfleisch that may prove embarrassing to Walker's administration. She was convicted of using her job to do illegal campaign work.

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How A Remote Alaska Road Became A Political Wedge Issue

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 6:28pm

Judging from an opponent's attack, you could easily conclude that Sen. Mark Begich opposes a lifeline to the small Aleutian village of King Cove. But the opposite is true.

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'Three Amigos' Talk Trade In Mexico

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 3:00pm

President Obama is meeting with heads of state from Canada and Mexico. These North American neighbors are often called the "three amigos." They are expected to talk about trade and border security.

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Calif. Billionaire Plans $100 Million Climate Change Campaign

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 11:47am

Tom Steyer, a retired hedge-fund investor, is aiming to spend big money to make global warming a priority issue in this year's midterm elections.

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U.S. Government Will Back Loans For Nuclear Power

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 10:08am

The $6.5 billion in federal loan guarantees will help build the first new U.S. nuclear power plants in more than three decades. The announcement brought quick criticism from some environmentalists.

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AFL-CIO's Trumka: Keep VW Union Vote In Perspective

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:00am

Workers at the Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., last week narrowly rejected joining the United Auto Workers. That was a setback for labor which was looking for an organizing victory in a southern state. The AFL-CIO is holding its winter meetings this week in Houston. The movement says its efforts to organize across the South continue despite the high profile defeat at the VW plant.

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LA Mayor: 'The Basics Have Been Neglected For Too Long'

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 2:44am

Eric Garcetti says he wants to reinvent Los Angeles and promote its diversity, food and innovators — but first, he says, he's going to focus on a less-glamorous agenda: infrastructure.

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Elusive Goal: A Transparent Price List For Health Care

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 2:36am

Price-shopping for coffee makers is easy. Finding the actual cost of a colonoscopy? Nearly impossible. But putting together a useful, comprehensive price-list for patients of the widely varying charges for various health procedures is difficult and expensive, states are learning.

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Justice Dept. Asks For Help Finding Prisoners Who Deserve Clemency

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 6:39pm

Longtime followers of the pardon power have criticized President Obama's relatively stingy approach over five years in office. An advocate for ending mandatory minimum sentences says she's "really encouraged" by the new push for clemency.

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Democrats Seek Cure For GOP Obamacare Attacks

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 5:04pm

Democrats are countering Republican attacks on the Affordable Care Act by promising to fix the broken parts and embracing the most popular provisions in the law.

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House Candidates Outpace Senate Contenders In Money Haul

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 3:17pm

House candidates typically raise more money overall than Senate hopefuls, but the gap this year is unusually wide. Why? There's no single answer, but there are lots of clues.

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House Candidates Outpace Senate Contenders In Money Haul

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 3:17pm

House candidates typically raise more money overall than Senate hopefuls, but the gap this year is unusually wide. Why? There's no single answer but there are lots of clues.

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Once Neglected, Secretaries Of State Step Into The Spotlight

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 3:00pm

There was a time when secretaries of state were seen as little more than functionaries. That view changed in 2000's Florida presidential election recount, which starred Katherine Harris. Now, secretaries of state are involved in implementing new state laws that have been making it either easier or harder for non-traditional voters to cast ballots — with decidedly partisan implications.

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CBO Predicts Job Losses From Minimum Wage Hike

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 3:00pm

The Congressional Budget Office is projecting job losses as a result of a proposed federal minimum wage increase. The raise to the hourly wage has been a cornerstone of President Obama's recent policy speeches. According to predictions by the non-partisan CBO, approximately 500,000 jobs would be lost by late 2016 due to such a law's implementation.

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Democrats Eye Long-Time GOP Seat In Florida Special Election

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 4:00am

A special election next month in Florida's 13th Congressional District is being touted as an important preview of the upcoming mid-term races. Polls suggest it's a tight race and that will likely turn on which candidate does a better job getting his or her supporters to come out and vote.

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For Boehner And GOP, Path To Immigration Reform Is A Muddle

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 3:00pm

House Speaker John Boehner's immigration proposal was shot down by his own party almost as soon as he laid it out. While it might have driven a wedge between two important Democratic groups, it still sounded too much like amnesty to many Republicans. The GOP finds itself in a pickle on immigration.

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For Some Olympians, Games Are Golden Ticket To Politics

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 2:58pm

At least six former Olympians have been elected to Congress. The games offer ambitious athletes something essential to a career in politics: name recognition.

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Kerry Warns Indonesia: Climate Change Threatens 'Entire Way Of Life'

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 10:41am

The secretary of state spoke to a group of students in the capital, Jakarta, saying climate skeptics "are simply burying their heads in the sand."

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GOP Struggles To Sell Message In Big Cities

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 12:02pm

Democrats currently control City Hall in 90 percent of the nation's largest cities. But not too many years ago, Republicans had a pretty good chance of winning big city mayoral races.

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