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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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4:27pm

Wed April 22, 2015
Politics

California Senate Committee Approves Bill Removing Vaccine Exemptions

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

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4:27pm

Wed April 22, 2015
It's All Politics

Man Who Shot Reagan Seeks Release From Mental Hospital

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

John Hinckley Jr. arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., in 2003 to seek five-day, unsupervised visits with his parents at their home in Virginia. His current hearing is the seventh time a court has weighed gradually opening the door to Hinckley's freedom.
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The man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981 is making a new push for freedom.

John Hinckley Jr. was found not guilty by reason of insanity and confined to a mental institution for shooting the president, Press Secretary James Brady and two law enforcement officers. Now he's asking a federal judge to allow him to live full time with his mother in Virginia.

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2:17pm

Wed April 22, 2015
It's All Politics

Obama: Elizabeth Warren Is 'Wrong' On Trade

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 2:24 pm

President Obama talks with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at the East Asia Summit in Myanmar in November. Obama is trying to strike a 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would include Malaysia.
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A full-fledged Democratic trade war has broken out.

"I love Elizabeth. We're allies on a whole host of issues, but she's wrong on this," President Obama said Tuesday night in an interview on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, referring to liberal Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

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6:47am

Wed April 22, 2015
Politics

Democrats Call Lynch Confirmation Delay A New Low In Washington Gridlock

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 5:58 pm

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5:14am

Wed April 22, 2015
Politics

Renewed Trade Debate Puts Presidential Candidates On The Spot

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 2:51 pm

In New Hampshire on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton weighed in on the trade deal without taking sides. "Well, any trade deal has to produce jobs and raise wages and increase prosperity and protect our security," she said.
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5:02pm

Tue April 21, 2015
It's All Politics

In Latest Outbreak Of Bipartisanship, Senate Compromises On Trafficking Bill

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 9:53 pm

Sen. Mitch McConnell (right) walks with Sen. John Barrasso to a news conference about the compromise Tuesday.
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A logjam over an anti-human trafficking bill has finally broken in the Senate. Senate negotiators reached a deal after a long impasse over language on abortion funding. The compromise clears the path to a confirmation vote for attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch — a vote Republicans had delayed until after the trafficking bill gets resolved.

It took about six weeks, but the Senate deal on human trafficking was the latest outbreak of bipartisanship in a month that's seen compromises on Iran, Medicare and education.

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