Politics

4:28pm

Thu April 23, 2015
National Security

Obama Takes Full Responsibility For Death Of Hostages In U.S. Strike

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 7:03 pm

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3:21pm

Thu April 23, 2015
It's All Politics

#TBT: With Year To Go In White House, First Lady Runs For Senate

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 3:57 pm

Hillary Clinton walking in the a St. Patrick's Day parade in Queens, N.Y., during her 2000 Senate race.
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2:17pm

Thu April 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch For Attorney General

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 3:26 pm

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in January. Lynch was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday after months of delay and partisan bickering.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Senate lawmakers have confirmed Loretta Lynch for the post of attorney general after a five-month delay, voting largely along party lines, with Democrats in the chamber joined by 10 Republicans supporting her nomination.

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2:12pm

Thu April 23, 2015
It's All Politics

Rubio Takes Up Koch Brothers Charge On Export-Import Bank

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 2:25 pm

Sen. Marco Rubio speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit in New Hampshire earlier this month.
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There's a growing battle in Washington, especially among Republicans, over the Export-Import Bank, an 80-year-old federal agency that helps to finance American companies in foreign trade. Congress must reauthorize the bank by June 30 or it will shut down.

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2:07pm

Thu April 23, 2015
It's All Politics

Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch As Attorney General

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 2:23 pm

Loretta Lynch testifies during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in January 2015.
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The Senate voted Thursday, 56-43, to approve the nomination of Loretta Lynch to serve as U.S. attorney general, ending a more than five month-long political impasse that had stalled her bid to become the first black woman to lead the Justice Department.

Lynch, 55, grew up in the shadow of the civil rights movement in North Carolina, where her family had preached for generations. Most recently, she prosecuted terrorists, mobsters and white collar criminals as the top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, a district that covers 8 million people.

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5:06am

Thu April 23, 2015
It's All Politics

A Black Eye, A Middle Finger And Other Tales From A White House Press Secretary

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 2:01 pm

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Being a White House press secretary sometimes requires taking a black eye or two for your boss — in this case, the president of the United States. Dana Perino learned that lesson the hard way. She served at the end of President George W. Bush's second term, and she's out with a new book, And The Good News Is ..., about her life and her time at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

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5:06am

Thu April 23, 2015
Politics

Congressional Battle Brews Over Bill To Extend NSA Data Collection

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 2:15 pm

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7:06pm

Wed April 22, 2015
It's All Politics

Visiting The Everglades, Obama Takes Swipe At Climate Change Deniers

"Part of the reason we're here is because climate change is threatening this treasure and the communities that depend on it," Obama said Wednesday of his visit to Everglades National Park in Florida. "If we don't act, there may not be an Everglades as we know it."
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President Obama used the backdrop of the Florida Everglades this Earth Day to highlight the dangers posed by a changing climate. He also took a swipe at Florida's Republican governor, who's been accused of discouraging state workers from discussing global warming.

"Climate change can no longer be denied," Obama said. "It can't be edited out. It can't be omitted from the conversation. And action can no longer be delayed."

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6:23pm

Wed April 22, 2015
Environment

White House Climate Change Policy Faces Legal Hurdle

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 7:59 pm

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4:49pm

Wed April 22, 2015
The Two-Way

Senate OKs Human-Trafficking Bill, Paving Way For Attorney General Vote

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 5:33 pm

The Senate voted 99-0 to pass a measure that would increase penalties on human trafficking – a move that paves the way for a confirmation vote for attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch.

The human-trafficking measure had been stuck in the Senate because of an impasse over language on abortion funding. But as NPR's Ailsa Chang reported Tuesday, the logjam was broken after negotiations between Republicans and Democrats. Ailsa said:

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