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Holder Orders Equal Treatment For Married Same-Sex Couples

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 11:19am

The attorney general has ordered "full and equal protection" for such couples, a move that has far-reaching repercussions for how they're treated in federal proceedings.

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A Possible Explanation For How U.S. Diplomat's Call Was Tapped

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 7:27am

Victoria Nuland, a top State Department official, thought she was having a private conversation. But someone else was listening, and her undiplomatic remarks were leaked online. This is how it may have happened.

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3 Things To Know About The Looming Debt Ceiling Showdown

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 7:20am

Treasury says it's got enough cash on hand to last only until Feb. 27, so Congress has less than three weeks to act to stave off default.

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Bidding Starts Early For Site Of Obama's Future Library

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 5:05am

The Barack H. Obama Foundation launched this week, with the goal of raising millions of dollars to fund the 44th president's library and museum. The politics of picking a city for the venture, however, makes fundraising look easy.

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Trenton's Mayor Mack Found Guilty Of Bribery, Fraud Charges

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 7:02pm

A federal jury has found Mayor Tony F. Mack of Trenton, N.J., guilty of six charges ranging from extortion and bribery to fraud. Mack's brother was also convicted of some charges in the case, which involved plans for a parking garage.

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House Republicans May Get To Immigration, Just Not Now

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 4:11pm

In politics, it often comes down to timing. And right now, the timing just isn't good for congressional Republicans to take up an immigration overhaul.

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Disappointing Jobs Data May Point To A Tougher 2014

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 3:19pm

After consistent improvements in 2013, employment growth has downshifted over the past two months. Economists fear that could be pointing to slower growth in 2014.

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Obama Tries Going It Alone — And Moves Onto Murky Legal Ground

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 3:00pm

President Obama's strategy of governing by executive order is designed to deal with a recalcitrant Congress. But Republican lawmakers are signaling that they'll challenge the White House there too by demanding the legal analysis to support the president's actions.

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Week In Politics: Jobs Numbers And CBO Report

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 3:00pm

Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times about the lackluster January jobs report, the debate surrounding a new report from Congressional Budget Office and the renewed debate over immigration policy.

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Job Growth Runs Cold In January

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 3:00pm

The U.S. Labor Department reported disappointing hiring numbers on Friday. In January, employers added just 113,000 jobs, though the unemployment rate fell slightly to 6.6 percent.

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Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh To Replace Sen. Max Baucus

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 11:35am

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock appointed his number two, John Walsh, to serve out the term of longtime Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, who was confirmed Thursday as U.S. ambassador to China. The appointment gives Walsh a brief incumbency advantage going into an expected tough fall battle.

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Does Probation For Profit Criminalize Poverty?

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 11:03am

Hundreds of thousands of people are put on probation every year. Now, a study by Human Rights Watch finds private probation contractors are racking up profits and effectively criminalizing poverty. Host Michel Martin discusses the issue with HRW's Chris Albin-Lackey and Rhonda Cook of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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What If Hillary Clinton Doesn't Run?

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:49am

Some Democrats think the party has a strong bench in the event Clinton declines to run for president in 2016. Not everyone is convinced.

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Biden: 'No Obvious Reason' He Shouldn't Run For President

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 7:20am

"That doesn't mean I'm the only guy that can do it," the vice president tells CNN. "But if no one else, I think, can, and I think I can, then I'd run." He's far behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a recent poll of Democrats. Biden said he'll decide by summer 2015.

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GOP Still Looking At Pieces Of Debt Limit 'Puzzle'

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 4:00am

Friday is the statutory deadline for the Treasury's borrowing authority, but Congress has no agreement on how to raise the limit. House Republicans appear unwilling to force another showdown over the debt ceiling, but they have not yet found a way to save face, and there are few legislative days left before Treasury exhausts its means to pay the bills.

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As Deficit Anxiety Fades, Debt Rears Its Ugly Head

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 4:28pm

Cutting the national debt and deficit used to be the most divisive political debate in Washington. These days, not so much. Both parties have agreed to move on and focus on issues they largely agree on: income inequality and social mobility. But there's not much they can do without a sustainable budget.

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With Pension Cuts Looming, Vets Get Mobilized

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 3:00pm

When it became clear that the congressional budget deal included a cut to military pensions, veterans service organizations sprang into action. The question now is whether the powerful lobby will be able to roll back the cuts in the pensions.

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Bloomberg On Climate Change: Cities Are Leading The Way 'Right Now'

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 3:00pm

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made combating climate change a major focus during his time in office. Now, the billionaire businessman and philanthropist has a new international role to push his message. He has been appointed the U.N. special envoy for cities and climate change. Melissa Block talks with Bloomberg about the new job and what cities can do to fight climate change.

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Song And Dance: Of Course Clay Aiken Is Running For Congress

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 8:50am

Sure, the instinctive response might be tittering when an American Idol runner-up runs for Congress, but we've got a long and storied history of just this kind of thing. Why not this guy?

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Senate Retreats Offer Chance To Bond, Plot Strategy

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 6:23am

It was annual Senate retreat day in Washington Wednesday, a time when senators get away from the U.S. Capitol and all its daily distractions. But not too far away.

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