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Train Derailment Highlights Amtrak's Infrastructure Needs

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:15pm

Amtrak was created in the 1970s to allow several private railroads to get out of the passenger business. Experts say that while its safety record is generally good, it needs upgrading.

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Army General Overthrows President Of Burundi In Apparent Coup

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 3:53pm

An army general says he has overthrown the president of the tiny African nation. The apparent military coup follows weeks of unrest over the president's plan to be re-elected to a third term.

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The Morning After: Lawmakers Vote To Reduce Amtrak Funding

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 3:48pm

In Philadelphia, an Amtrak train derailed on Tuesday. But in Washington on Wednesday, transportation supporters still could not get the House on track for providing more funding.

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Kansas Lawmakers Consider Raising Taxes To Lower Deficit

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 3:33pm

Kansas lawmakers and Gov. Sam Brownback cut taxes in 2012 with the goal of spurring economic growth. But now they're facing a budget deficit of $400 million.

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Senate Reaches Deal To Vote On 'Fast-Track' Trade Bill Thursday

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 2:22pm

The deal calls for separate votes on bills that Democrats had wanted to move as a single package, with a vote on a customs bill that includes safeguards championed by Sen. Charles Schumer.

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I'm From Philly. 30 Years Later, I'm Still Trying To Make Sense Of The MOVE Bombing

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:55am

Philly native Gene Demby was four years old when city police dropped a bomb on a house of black activists in his hometown. Thirty years later, he's still trying to make sense of it all.

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Bill Endorsing Illegal Immigrants To Serve In Military Splits GOP

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 8:03am

Some members of Congress would like to allow immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally to serve in the armed forces. But some Republicans are threatening to hold up a key defense bill over it.

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Obama Lays The Foundation For A Post White House Life

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:07am

In addition to his presidential library, Obama will focus on young people — particularly young men of color through an organization he started at the White House called My Brother's Keeper.

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Vote On Obama's Fast-Track Trade Bill Blocked By Senate Democrats

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:07am

On Tuesday, Senate Democrats kept trade legislation from moving forward, dealing a blow to President Obama's agenda. Republicans and the White House now grapple with what comes next.

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Imprisoned Nuclear Activist Nun Granted Victory On Appeal

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:02am

A federal appeals court thew out the most serious charge, sabotage, against 85-year-old Sister Megan Rice. Her case gained attention after supporters said she was being held in unfair conditions.

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The 13 Questions Hillary Clinton Has Answered From The Press

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:01am

It has been more than three weeks since Hillary Clinton has answered a question from the press. That hasn't stopped reporters from trying.

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Jeb Bush Backtracks On Iraq, Says He 'Interpreted The Question Wrong, I Guess'

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:09pm

Jeb Bush is walking back comments he made on Iraq that he would have authorized the invasion even knowing what we know now. But he later said he actually doesn't know what he would have done.

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Texas Sen. Doesn't Want Clergy 'Coerced' Into Officiating Same-Sex Marriages

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 6:12pm

In Texas, state legislators are considering a number of bills disapproving of same-sex marriage. They are also learning some lessons from the "religious freedom" controversy in Indiana.

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Obama: We Must 'Guard Against Cynicism' When It Comes To Poverty

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 6:08pm

"There's a lot we can do," President Obama said at a forum in Washington, D.C., Tuesday. Just across town, progressive leaders laid out plans to tackle poverty.

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Chicago Wins Bid For Obama Presidential Library

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:30pm

The Barack Obama Foundation announced Tuesday the bid from the University of Chicago — in the president's adopted home town — beat out proposals from Hawaii, New York and another Chicago university.

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Senators Deny Obama Authority To Expedite Pacific Trade Deal

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:30pm

The U.S. Senate blocked a measure that would give President Obama fast-track trade authority to complete a massive Pacific trade deal. Most of Obama's opponents on trade come from his own party.

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Nemtsov Report Alleges Russian Military Forces Fought In Ukraine

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:30pm

A report begun by Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov before his murder in February has been published in Moscow. It makes detailed allegations about direct Russian military involvement in the war in Ukraine, which is something the Kremlin has always denied.

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Jeb Bush Faces Criticism Over Iraq War Comments

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:30pm

Jeb Bush's last name is one of the biggest stumbling blocks to his becoming president. He has vowed that he's his own man, but he now says he would also have authorized the Iraq War — even knowing what we know now.

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John Kerry Meets With President Putin In Sochi

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:30pm

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry finally got the meeting he's been chasing for many months. He met face-to-face with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the resort town of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday.

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Fast-Track Trade Measure Fails Key Test Vote In Senate

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 2:20pm

The White House calls the vote merely a "procedural snafu," and expects to eventually prevail.

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