Politics

5:04am

Fri May 8, 2015
It's All Politics

17 Months Before Election Day, One Campaign Aims For $100 Million

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 6:07 pm

"Exploratory" Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks April 17 at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, N.H. His super PAC — Right to Rise — is aiming to raise $100 million dollars by June 1.
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The price tag for the most expensive penthouses in Manhattan is just edging past $100 million. That's also the size of contributions given by conservative businessman David Koch and Hollywood mogul David Geffen to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where each philanthropist got naming rights for a building.

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5:04am

Fri May 8, 2015
It's All Politics

What Eye Contact — And Dogs — Can Teach Us About Civility In Politics

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 11:09 am

State Sens. Warren Limmer (left) and Bill Ingebrigtsen talk in the Senate chamber. Limmer said he has been scolded for looking at his colleagues during debate before, and had "to beg forgiveness to the Senate president."
David J. Oakes Minnesota State Senate

Republican Warren Limmer sits in the second row of the Minnesota state Senate. He says more than 80 percent of his colleagues sit behind him. But he doesn't dare turn around to look at them when he gets up to speak.

He might get scolded. It has happened before.

"Then my cadence is thrown off," Limmer said. "I have to beg forgiveness to the Senate president. And then I'll get a slight admonishment, and then I can proceed."

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10:34pm

Thu May 7, 2015
The Two-Way

Baltimore Police Will Be Target Of Broad Justice Department Inquiry

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 11:12 pm

Attorney General Loretta Lynch prepares to testify Thursday at a budget hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Susan Walsh AP

Two federal sources tell NPR that the Justice Department is preparing to launch a broad investigation into possible discriminatory policing in Baltimore.

The officials spoke anonymously because no formal announcement has been made, though the Associated Press says that could come as soon as Friday. The probe follows a request from city leaders and members of Congress.

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6:06pm

Thu May 7, 2015
Politics

Polls Close In Tight British Election, Show Lead For Conservative Party

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 6:22 pm

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5:19pm

Thu May 7, 2015
Education

Congress Temporarily Renews Funding Program For Rural Schools

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 7:38 pm

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5:19pm

Thu May 7, 2015
National Security

Appeals Court Rules NSA's Bulk Collection Program Is Illegal

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 6:22 pm

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4:29pm

Thu May 7, 2015
It's All Politics

New Public-Corruption Chief Vows To Not Shy Away

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 6:16 pm

The U.S. Department of Justice building in Washington, DC.
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Veteran prosecutor Raymond Hulser has been promoted to lead the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section, the unit that goes after corrupt public officials including lawmakers, judges and military contractors.

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3:17pm

Thu May 7, 2015
The Two-Way

Senate Votes For Congressional Oversight Of Iran Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 4:15 pm

The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to give Congress the right to review any deal between the U.S. and Iran that would lift sanctions on Tehran in exchange for limiting its nuclear program.

The 98-1 vote for the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act sends it to the House, where Speaker John Boehner has said he looks forward to its passage. The chamber is expected to consider it next week.

The White House says President Obama will sign the legislation, which enjoys bipartisan support.

As The Associated Press notes:

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2:48pm

Thu May 7, 2015
Race

China, India Surpass Mexico As Leading Sources Of New Immigrants To U.S.

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 3:18 pm

Children attend their oath of U.S. citizenship ceremony at the Birmingham Public Library in Alabama onAug. 14, 2014.
Tamika Moore AL.com/Landov

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate a change in the flow of immigrants arriving in the U.S. from around the world and offer a look at what the nation will look like in the future.

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2:19pm

Thu May 7, 2015
It's All Politics

#TBT: Fiorina's 'Demon Sheep' Went Down In Political Ad Infamy

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 4:51 pm

Carly Fiorina's "Demon Sheep" ad from her 2010 campaign has become one of the most infamous in recent political history.
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