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4:52pm

Tue March 17, 2015
Politics

Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock Resigns Amid Spending Scandal

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 8:18 pm

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3:33pm

Tue March 17, 2015
The Two-Way

Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock Resigns Amid Spending Questions

Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., talks to reporters on Feb. 6. The congressman, whose spending habits have come under heavy scrutiny, resigned Tuesday effective March 31.
Seth Perlman AP

Updated at 3:32 p.m. ET

Rep. Aaron Schock, the Illinois Republican whose lavish spending has come under heavy scrutiny, has resigned.

NPR's Juana Summers tells our Newscast unit that Schock will resign his House seat at the end of the month.

Here's Schock's statement on his resignation, which was first reported by Politico:

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1:26pm

Tue March 17, 2015
It's All Politics

House GOP Budget Sets Stage For Showdown With The President

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 8:18 pm

Republican Rep. Tom Price, House Budget Committee chairman, said Tuesday that his budget "saves $5.5 trillion, gets to balance within 10 years, without raising taxes."
Cliff Owen AP

House Republicans unveiled a draft budget Tuesday designed to bring government spending in line with revenues over the next decade, while making significant cuts to safety net programs such as Medicaid and food stamps.

The plan is non-binding, but sets the stage for a political showdown between the new, all-Republican Congress and President Obama.

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1:14pm

Tue March 17, 2015
The Two-Way

Secret Service Director Tells Panel: 'This Is My First Test'

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:40 pm

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy testifies before a Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on the Secret Service budget Tuesday, when he responded to sharp questions about misconduct by his agents.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA /LANDOV

Answering pointed questions about new claims of misconduct by his agents, Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy says he had a "good stern talk" with his staff about why he wasn't told sooner about an incident in which two senior agents who were apparently drunk drove a government vehicle through an area at the White House complex where their colleagues were investigating a suspicious package.

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11:52am

Tue March 17, 2015
It's All Politics

Tweets: Under Pressure — Service Director Testifies

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 4:14 pm

U.S. Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy pauses as he testifies during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Updated at 11:50 A.M.

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5:34am

Tue March 17, 2015
U.S.

Republicans Get Their Turn To Present Budget Plans

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 7:25 am

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4:03am

Tue March 17, 2015
It's All Politics

Why Federal Budgets Aren't What You Think They Are

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 10:44 am

For all the attention the president's and Congress' budget proposals receive, they don't actually fund any program or levy any taxes. They're more about politics.
Jon Elswick AP

As Republican leaders in the House and Senate unveil their proposed budgets this week, here is the most important thing to remember about the federal budget: It isn't really a budget.

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7:03pm

Mon March 16, 2015
It's All Politics

Obama, 2016 Contenders Deal With Changing Attitudes On Marijuana

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 11:26 am

Polls show changing American opinion on marijuana, and it's having an effect on politics.
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

The divide between Republicans and Democrats on pot politics is narrowing, President Barack Obama said in an interview Monday.

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5:08pm

Mon March 16, 2015
It's All Politics

War Criminals Next Door: Immigration Division Brings Violators To Justice

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 5:48 pm

Salvadoran Gen. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, shown in an undated photo, is alleged to have presided over human rights violations in that country, including the murders of four Americans in 1980.
AP

An appeals panel in Florida has upheld a deportation order against a former defense minister of El Salvador, who is alleged to have presided over human rights violations in that country, including the murders of four American churchwomen in 1980. Gen. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova was allowed to retire in the U.S. in 1989. Now, a little known unit of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is trying to expel him as well as others charged with human rights abuses.

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5:05pm

Mon March 16, 2015
It's All Politics

I'm Mike Huckabee, And I Approve This ... Infomercial?

In an infomercial for Barton Publishing's Diabetes Solution Kit Huckabee says he knows diabetes can be reversed "because I did it and today, you can too."
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Mike Huckabee has always had the reputation as a candidate who does things outside the box.

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