Politics

5:40pm

Thu March 12, 2015
Politics

Utah LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill Includes Religious Exemptions

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 9:49 am

The governor of Utah is expected to sign a bill into law Thursday that protects LGBT residents from housing and employment discrimination. It also includes exemptions for religious groups.

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5:11pm

Thu March 12, 2015
Business

Obama, Unions On Opposite Sides Of The (Fast) Track For Trade Deals

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 6:06 pm

Shipping containers at the Port of Los Angeles. Unions are stepping up their efforts to thwart White House plans for passing foreign trade deals on a "fast track" through Congress.
Nick Ut AP

This week, labor leaders made sure President Obama knows that when it comes to foreign trade, they are living on opposite sides of the track — the "fast track," that is.

That's a term describing a president's broad power to negotiate a trade agreement — and then put the final package on a "fast track" through Congress. Lawmakers can give it a yes-or-no vote, but can't amend or filibuster the deal.

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5:54am

Thu March 12, 2015
Politics

Sen. Mikulski To Spend Rest Of Her Term 'Sizzling With Advocacy'

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 7:37 am

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5:30am

Thu March 12, 2015
Politics

GOP, Cautious Of War Weariness, Takes Hard Line On Foreign Policy

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 7:37 am

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5:28am

Thu March 12, 2015
Politics

Congressional Approval For Military Fight Against ISIS Faces Uphill Battle

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 7:37 am

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4:28am

Thu March 12, 2015
U.S.

Plans To Explore For Oil Offshore Worry East Coast Residents

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 7:37 am

Mayor Billy Keyserling of Beaufort, S.C., speaks out against drilling for oil offshore, Jan. 14. He says local votes expressing opposition to oil drilling plans are important even if they don't hold the force of law.
Bruce Smith AP

As the Obama administration opens the door to offshore drilling, the oil industry is promising more jobs and less reliance on foreign oil. Some people who live along the Eastern Seaboard are saying, "no thanks."

Coastal towns and cities in several states are formally opposing offshore drilling and oil exploration.

Tybee Island, Ga., is a short drive across the marsh from the historic city of Savannah. The island is dotted with hotels and tiny vacation cottages for tourists — and for about 3,000 people, it's home.

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6:03pm

Wed March 11, 2015
Politics

As Clinton Defends Email Policy, Department IG Finds Flaws

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 10:29 am

Then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (center) types on her cellphone with Roberta S. Jacobson, U.S. assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs (left), and U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Thomas Shannon in Brasilia, Brazil, before heading to Brussels in 2012.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

A day after Hillary Clinton's explanation of her use of a private email account while secretary of state, a State Department watchdog reported that only a fraction of the department's emails have been preserved. The Inspector General's report says that of the 1 billion emails sent by State Department employees in 2011, just over 61,000 were kept.

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4:54pm

Wed March 11, 2015
Business

Targeting Unions: Right-To-Work Movement Bolstered By Wisconsin

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 10:40 pm

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker became a Republican political star by taking on his state's public employee unions. This week he signed a bill that would weaken private-sector unions.
Cliff Owen AP

This week, Wisconsin became the nation's 25th right-to-work state. It passed a law saying workers cannot be forced to join labor unions, or pay union dues, to keep a job.

There's a concerted effort in many states to pass laws that would weaken the power of labor unions. But unions and their allies are also fighting back in many places.

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4:36pm

Wed March 11, 2015
Politics

So Far The 2016 Campaign Is More Like The 2016 Un-campaign

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 10:40 pm

Then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sips tea on Turkish television program "Lets come to be with us" at the US Embassy in Ankara March 7, 2009.
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There's a touch of Alice In Wonderland in the 2016 presidential campaign. What's weird isn't that it's started so early, and not that the hopefuls are raising so much money. It's that almost all of those running insist they're not really candidates.

They're acting like candidates – or almost – while struggling to avoid anything that might trigger the description in campaign finance law of a candidate "testing the waters." The law calls for prospective candidates to set up exploratory committees, which have strict contribution limits.

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4:15pm

Wed March 11, 2015
The Two-Way

Why The GOP Iran Letter Is Spurring Debate Over An 18th Century Law

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 7:31 pm

Its doubtful that Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton (right) will face legal consequences for the letter he wrote to Iran. The Logan Act hasn't been used to prosecute anyone since it was passed more than 200 years ago.
Lauren Victoria Burke AP

Updated at 5:15 p.m. ET.

It may have been politically rude, but was the open letter 47 Republican senators sent to Iran this week illegal?

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