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Oldest Serving Member Of The House Loses To Tea Party Opponent

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 10:57pm

Rep. Ralph Hall of Texas, 91, was defeated in a Republican primary runoff by John Ratcliffe, 48, a former U.S. attorney with Tea Party support.

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First Lady Fights To Keep Healthful School Lunch Law Intact

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 3:43pm

The first lady's fight to help kids eat more healthfully and fight obesity is about to get real. She's launching a campaign Tuesday to fight congressional efforts to delay new school food rules.

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Brad Paisley Leaves 'Southern Comfort Zone' For Troops In Afghanistan

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 1:54pm

The country music star rescheduled an Iowa gig so he could travel to Bagram Airfield with the president. Paisley's change of plans turned out to be a boon for vendors at the Tree Town Music Festival.

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White House Mistakenly Blows Cover Of CIA Officer In Afghanistan

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 10:55am

A list of U.S. officials who briefed President Obama on his surprise trip to Bagram air base in Afghanistan this weekend inadvertently included the name of the agency's station chief in Kabul.

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Obama Wants At Least A Small Troop Presence In Afghanistan

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 4:06am

President Obama made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Sunday — his first since 2012. Since that time, U.S. troop levels there have been cut by about two-thirds.

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It's Geithner Vs. Warren In Battle Of The Bailout

Sun, 05/25/2014 - 4:29am

Former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner says the 2008 bank bailout worked well. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says it taught bankers to be reckless because the risks are on taxpayers. Vote for who is right.

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Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Keep Up Their Winning Streak

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 10:46am

Following court decisions this past week, Oregon and Pennsylvania became the 18th and 19th states to recognize gay marriage. Only North Dakota has a ban in place that's not under legal challenge.

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Conservatives Brainstorm To Win Voters In The Middle

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 9:11am

Election watchers say Republicans could take control of the Senate in 2014, but to guarantee a win, some conservatives are floating ideas to broaden the party's appeal to the middle class.

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Gastrodiplomacy Gives Foreign Chefs A Fresh Take And Taste Of America

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 4:28am

The State Department has a new exchange program for culinary professionals. A delegation from the Middle East and Africa recently discovered there's more to American cuisine than fast food.

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Gastrodiplomacy Gives Foreign Chefs A Fresh Take And Taste Of America

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 4:28am

The State Department has a new exchange program for culinary professionals. A delegation from the Middle East and Africa recently discovered there's more to American cuisine than fast food.

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Putin Says He'll Respect Ukraine Vote But U.S. Is Skeptical

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 6:04pm

The White House and State Department have called on the Russian leader to use his influence to stop separatists from disrupting Sunday's election.

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Court Orders Conyers Back On Ballot

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 5:44pm

Rep. John Conyers got off to a good start on his holiday weekend with a federal court's decision preventing Michigan officials from throwing him off the primary ballot.

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A Year On, What's Changed (And What Hasn't) On Drone Oversight

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 4:47pm

A year ago, President Obama defended using drones to target terrorism suspects overseas and offered a rationale for reining in the program. Where do things stand on efforts to impose constraints?

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House-Approved USA Freedom Bill Disappoints Original Supporters

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 3:26pm

A year after President Obama urged for more safeguards for civil liberties in intelligence collection, the House passed new guidelines. But civil liberties watchdogs say they no longer support it.

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Obama Taps San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro For HUD Secretary

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 3:16pm

The president announced Friday he's chosen Julian Castro to be his next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Castro would take over at a time when the housing market has been treading water.

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Week In Politics: Scandal At The VA, Primary Results

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 3:16pm

Robert Siegel speaks with E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Ramesh Ponnuru of The National Review about the ongoing controversy at the VA and Tuesday's primary winners.

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Obama Taps San Antonio Mayor For Housing Post

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 3:03pm

The president nominates Julian Castro as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, replacing Shaun Donovan, who would become budget director.

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Faith And Patriotism Coexist For First Muslim Representative

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 2:36pm

When Keith Ellison became the first Muslim elected to Congress in 2006, he faced anti-Islam sentiments. The Democrat from Minnesota talks about his his book My Country, 'Tis of Thee.

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Boehner Reaches Out To The Tea Party. Or Trolls Them.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 1:31pm

Some elements of the Tea Party would like to see John Boehner ousted from his position as House Speaker. Even so, Boehner insists there isn't much difference between the Tea Party and Republicans.

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Michigan Confirms Ruling That Drops Rep. John Conyers From Primary

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:36pm

The Detroit-area congressman is the second-most-senior member of the U.S. House, but problems with his nominating petitions could invalidate his candidacy.

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