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Saudis Postpone 2nd Round Of Public Flogging For Jailed Blogger Raif Badawi

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 8:44am

A doctor who examined Badawi found his wounds from last Friday's public flogging hadn't healed and he would be unable to withstand another round. The punishment could be carried out next Friday.

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Obama Urges Congress To Make Paid Sick Leave Mandatory

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:10am

President Obama says employers should offer more generous leave policies, including paid sick leave for the 43 million American workers who don't have it. Obama is urging Congress to require that.

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Conservative Koch Brothers' Group Puts Congressional GOP On Notice

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 4:04pm

Americans for Prosperity set out its own agenda for congressional Republicans, including a call to build the Keystone XL pipeline and repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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White House Starts Chipping Away At U.S. Embargo On Cuba

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 3:46pm

The Obama administration is following through on its pledge to ease travel and trade restrictions on Cuba. The Treasury and Commerce Departments say the new rules they have just issued go into effect on Friday. Critics of the administration, though, are questioning the legality of the moves.

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New Texas Governor Adds To Tension Between State, City Governments

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 3:45pm

There's growing tension between the state government and big cities in Texas. Republicans in the statehouse are chaffing at moves by municipal governments in large cities and are crying foul.

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Senate Republicans Move To Block Further Transfers From Gitmo

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 3:41pm

As part of a renewed push by the Obama administration to empty the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the transfer of five more detainees to other countries was announced on Wednesday night. All five are citizens of Yemen, where the local branch of al-Qaida is claiming responsibility for last week's attacks in Paris. Senior Republican senators introduced legislation this week blocking such transfers. They say releasing the prisoners lets them return to the battlefield.

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Obama Shifts Federal Sick-Leave Rules, Urges Congress To Follow

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 3:21pm

Federal workers can take an advance of up to six weeks of sick leave under a new policy unveiled Thursday. The White House is urging Congress to make paid sick leave mandatory.

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How Orwell's 'Animal Farm' Led A Radical Muslim to Moderation

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 1:05pm

When Maajid Nawaz was 16, he joined a radical Islamist group. After four years in prison in Egypt, he decided to leave it. "I'm very, very lucky to have been able to get through it," he says.

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4 Guantanamo Detainees Transferred To Oman, 1 To Estonia

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 9:23am

The transfers, announced late Wednesday, bring to 122 the number of detainees who remain at Guantanamo Bay. The move comes amid GOP opposition, citing security, to freeing prisoners from the facility.

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Romney Comments Add To Speculation On GOP Presidential Race

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 4:12am

The latest person to seriously consider throwing his hat in the ring is Mitt Romney, who had said he would not run again. What does his apparent change of heart mean for the GOP nominating battle?

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House Rule On Social Security Funding Causes Controversy

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 4:12am

Rules passed by the GOP House majority prevent money from being transferred from the retirement fund to the disability fund. Critics say it's an attempt to make cuts to both Social Security programs.

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Republicans In Congress To Talk Strategy At 2-Day Retreat

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 4:12am

House and Senate Republicans are holding a joint retreat in Hershey, Pa., on Thursday and Friday. Democratic Senators will gather in Baltimore to talk strategy, and to hear from President Obama.

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Homeland Security Secretary Defends Executive Actions On Immigration

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 4:26pm

Audie Cornish talks to Jeh Johnson, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

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Obama Spotlights High-Speed Internet Success In Iowa

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 3:16pm

President Obama visited Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Wednesday to spotlight that community's investment in an affordable, high-speed Internet system. The president wants to encourage similar systems elsewhere, but community-owned networks face challenges from commercial Internet providers.

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House Votes To Block Obama's Immigration Actions

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 3:16pm

The House moved to turn back President Obama's immigration actions. The White House is pushing back. Now what?

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Obama Pushes FCC To Expand Broadband Access

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 1:16pm

The president is asking the agency to address state laws that could inhibit competition for high-speed Internet service. The move could draw opposition from major cable and Internet companies.

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What If Mitt And Jeb Really Do Go At It, Hammer And Tong?

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 9:09am

If Romney is serious, and follows through, it will fundamentally change the nature of the GOP primaries next year. And if both he and Jeb Bush run, they become each other's first hurdle.

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Harris Opens Bid For Boxer's Senate Seat, But Others May Follow

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 5:18am

Sen. Barbara Boxer of California announced that she won't seek re-election. State Attorney General Kamala Harris has said she'll run for the seat, but a number of Democrats are considering a run, too.

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Homeland Security Budget Caught Up In Immigration Politics

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 4:03am

The House is set to pass a $40 billion spending bill that pays for the Department of Homeland Security to the end of the budget year — but also invalidates President Obama's executive actions on deportations.

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Tough Attorney General Pick Loretta Lynch Vies For Senate Confirmation

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 4:03am

Lynch grew up in a state where her parents fought for the vote. She could be the first black woman, and mom, to lead the Justice Department.

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