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Lawmakers Spar Over Whether Amtrak Funding Cut Matters

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 1:27pm

"It's not about funding. The train was going twice the speed limit," said House Speaker John Boehner. Democrats advocated for an amendment that would fund advanced technology.

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Jeb Bush Fully Walks Back: 'I Would Not Have Gone Into Iraq'

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:51pm

After days of shifting positions on whether he would have gone to war in Iraq, even knowing what we know now, Jeb Bush did an about-face, saying definitively that he would not have gone in.

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Taking Aim At Money In Politics, Feingold Announces Comeback Bid

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:36am

Former Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., announced Thursday he would seek a rematch with Republican Sen. Ron Johnson in one of the top-targeted races of 2016.

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4 Questions For Republicans On Foreign Policy

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 7:31am

Republicans are critical of President Obama's foreign policy with the rise of the Islamic State militant group and the Iran negotiations. But the GOP faces its own challenges related to world affairs.

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A Trade Deal Read In Secret By Only Few (Or Maybe None)

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 7:16am

To study the draft Trans-Pacific Partnership text, senators have to go to the basement of the Capitol and enter a secured, sound-proof room and surrender their cell phones.

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GOP Presidential Hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio Releases Foreign Policy Plan

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:10am

Foreign policy has become a big issue in the 2016 presidential race. On Wednesday, Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio laid out his vision. Critics say Rubio's plan isn't very detailed.

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How Do You Say 'Snafu' In Japanese?

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 5:54pm

White House press secretary Josh Earnest has called a delay in passing trade legislation a "snafu." But he said he didn't know how to translate the word for countries impacted by the deal. We do.

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House Considers Bill To Stop NSA Bulk Collection Program

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:42pm

Republicans and Democrats are expected to come together in the House Wednesday to pass legislation prohibiting the National Security Agency from its ongoing massive collection of phone records.

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House Approves USA Freedom Act, Extending And Revising The Patriot Act

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:18pm

The USA Freedom Act would extend many parts of the surveillance legislation while also barring the NSA's massive collection of Americans' phone data. The measure's fate in the Senate is uncertain.

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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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