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4:55pm

Fri March 20, 2015
Energy

Interior Department Issues New Federal Rules On 'Fracking'

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 7:58 pm

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Fri March 20, 2015
Politics

Week In Politics: U.S.-Israeli Relations, Congressional Budgets

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 7:58 pm

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And now let's turn to our Friday political commentators, E J Dionne of The Washington Post and filling in this week for David Brooks, Ramesh Ponnuru with the National Review. Welcome back to you both.

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4:55pm

Fri March 20, 2015
It's All Politics

It's All About The Benjamins And Jacksons — But What About The Women?

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 7:58 pm

"There hasn't been a change of the portraits since 1929 ... it's time to bring our money into the 21st century," says Susan Ades Stone, spokeswoman for Women on 20s.
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The college basketball playoffs have turned March into a month when many of us become bracket watchers. There is another playoff taking place that you may not have heard of — an online campaign to choose a woman to put on the $20 bill.

If you look into your wallet, whether you're feeling flush, or not, there's one thing the bills you do find all have in common ... the faces of dead white men. Most are presidents: Washington, Lincoln and Jackson. A few, Hamilton and Franklin among them, famous for other reasons. But not one of the faces is female.

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4:55pm

Fri March 20, 2015
Politics

Relationship Between Obama And Netanyahu? It's Complicated

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 7:58 pm

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3:42pm

Fri March 20, 2015
It's All Politics

Budget Reconciliation Explained Through Chutes And Ladders

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 7:58 pm

Think of reconciliation as the biggest ladder in the game Chutes and Ladders — a procedural shortcut. But a presidential veto of whatever gets passed through reconciliation means tumbling back down a chute.
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There's a word you're going to be hearing a lot as Congress tries to pass a budget this year: reconciliation. It's a procedural fast-track lawmakers get to use after they approve a budget. Republicans are hoping to repeal the Affordable Care Act — or, at least parts of it — through reconciliation, but they're not likely to win that game.

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2:50pm

Fri March 20, 2015
The Two-Way

Boehner Plans Trip To Israel This Month

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 3:39 pm

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks during a news briefing in the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Thursday. Boehner's office announced today that he would travel to Israel at the end of the month.
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House Speaker John Boehner plans to travel to Israel at the end of the month, close on the heels of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election and the Israeli leader's controversial address to Congress.

Although there are no details on who he might meet in Israel, Boehner "looks forward to visiting the country, discussing our shared priorities for peace and security in the region, and further strengthening the bond between the United States and Israel," his spokesman, Kevin Smith, said in a statement.

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5:05am

Fri March 20, 2015
The Salt

Both Parties Agree The Food Stamp Program Needs To Change. But How?

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 12:21 pm

A new budget plan that calls for turning food stamps into a block grant program for states could affect stores that accept food stamps through an Electronic Benefits Transfer, or EBT, system like this one in Memphis.
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When it comes to the food stamps — or SNAP benefits as they're now called — there are few areas where Republicans and Democrats agree. But getting some of the 46 million people now receiving SNAP into the work force is one of them.

Last year Congress approved $200 million for states to test the best way to move people into jobs. And today, the Obama administration is announcing grants to 10 states to do just that.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the demonstration projects should help able-bodied recipients take advantage of an improving economy.

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8:02pm

Thu March 19, 2015
The Two-Way

Obama To Iranians: 'Best Opportunity In Decades' For A Different Future

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 1:37 pm

President Obama is using a Nowruz message to tell Iranians that "we have the best opportunity in decades to pursue a different future between our countries."

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5:16pm

Thu March 19, 2015
It's All Politics

Obama To Prince Charles: We'll Never Be Royals

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales smiles with President Obama at the White House Thursday.
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President Obama may be having some postcode envy.

As members of the press corps poured into the Oval Office in the White House to get pictures of Obama and Prince Charles, Obama whispered to Charles, "I think it's fair to say that the American people are quite fond of the royal family."

He went on: "They like them much better than they like their own politicians."

Prince Charles, laughing, gave the only polite answer he could in return: "I don't believe that."

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5:01pm

Thu March 19, 2015
Politics

Analysis Reveals Record Number Of FOIA Requests Filed Last Year

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 8:19 pm

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