Politics

6:03am

Thu March 19, 2015
It's All Politics

Who's Winning The 2016 Race — On Facebook And Twitter?

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 3:29 pm

Sen. Rand Paul's Facebook page has nearly 2 million likes. It features posts from his travels, interviews and infographics about his potential competition.
Alex Wong Getty Images

While the 2016 presidential hopefuls are hitting the road in places like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, the race is also taking off on social media.

Let's start with Twitter: With nearly 3 million Twitter followers, Hillary Clinton is way ahead of the other potential candidates:

Clinton only started tweeting in June 2013, and she tweets sparingly — though she seems to be ramping up this week. It's a calculated mix of her opinions on political news, photos from her travels and work to empower women and girls as well as family photos.

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5:02am

Thu March 19, 2015
Middle East

Benjamin Netanyahu And Washington

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 7:14 am

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3:25am

Thu March 19, 2015
It's All Politics

Obama Says Critics Making 'The Same Argument' Despite Better Economy

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 6:05 pm

President Obama takes questions from the audience Wednesday after speaking about the economy and the middle class to the City Club of Cleveland.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Barack Obama let down his graying presidential hair a little bit on Wednesday. He also joked about coloring it.

Speaking to the City Club of Cleveland, Obama seemed to be in a reflective mood. During the question-and-answer period, he was asked by a seventh-grader what advice he would give to himself now, if he could go back to his first day in office.

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6:13pm

Wed March 18, 2015
It's All Politics

Chicago Mayor's Race Reveals Deep Divide In Democratic Party

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 7:39 pm

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel failed to capture a majority of the vote last month, forcing him into a runoff. It's highlighting a divide among Democrats playing out nationally.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

One of the nation's savviest politicians is in an unexpected fight.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's former White House chief of staff, is in an unprecedented runoff election next month.

The challenger, Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, contends that Emanuel favors the rich and powerful over working-class Chicagoans. But Emanuel is firing back, attacking Garcia for having no plan to deal with the city's deep financial problems.

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6:12pm

Wed March 18, 2015
It's All Politics

Bad Blood Gets Worse Between Barack, Bibi And Israel

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 7:22 pm

President Obama with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in 2013. The two have never had a warm and fuzzy relationship.
Charles Dharapak AP

The U.S.-Israeli relationship was one of the issues in the Israeli elections — in particular Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's poisonous personal relationship with President Obama.

Now, with Netanyahu's return to power, that relationship doesn't look like it will be improving anytime soon.

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4:49pm

Wed March 18, 2015
Politics

Chicago Race Exposes Progressive, Wall Street Wings Of Democratic Party

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 6:27 pm

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4:49pm

Wed March 18, 2015
Politics

Trade Policy Vote Could Affect Organized Labor's Role In 2016 Election

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 6:27 pm

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4:49pm

Wed March 18, 2015
Politics

After Netanyahu Win, What's Next For Israel Still Unknown

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 6:27 pm

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1:45pm

Wed March 18, 2015
It's All Politics

Attorney General Holder Jokes That Republicans Have 'A New Fondness For Me'

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 6:00 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder has endured a rocky relationship with lawmakers during his tenure. But he's all they have until his successor is confirmed.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Attorney General Eric Holder joked Wednesday that given nearly six months of Senate delays in confirming his successor at the Justice Department, "it's almost as if the Republicans in Congress have discovered a new fondness for me."

"I'm feeling love there that I haven't felt for some time. And where was all this affection the last six years?" the attorney general asked, to laughter, in brief remarks at the Center for American Progress in Washington.

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12:05pm

Wed March 18, 2015
It's All Politics

Obama Picks Kentucky To Win NCAA Tournament, Mixes In Politics

University of Kentucky basketball players celebrate their Southeastern Conference tournament championship victory earlier this month.
Steve Helber AP

President Barack Obama didn't exactly go out on a limb with his college-basketball picks this year.

Like most people, he picked Kentucky to run the table, go 40-0, and win the NCAA Tournament. He also picked three No. 1 seeds and one No. 2 to make it to the Final Four.

"I don't think you can play a perfect basketball game anymore than you can do anything perfectly," the president said of Kentucky, "but these guys are coming pretty close."

The president did mix in a little politics.

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