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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.
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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.
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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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10:35am

Wed March 18, 2015
It's All Politics

Can't Protect The Real White House? Get An $8 Million Fake One

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 1:25 pm

A member of the Secret Service's uniformed division stands by a fence in front of the White House.
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It's no secret that the Secret Service has had a few public-relations problems over the past few years.

Not the least of which was a man who scaled the White House fence and made it all the way inside the home of the American president and his family.

There have been a lot of solutions floated — better training, improved schedules for overworked agents, even a higher fence.

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy has another idea — an $8 million replica White House complete with fountains, guard booths, even plants.

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6:03am

Wed March 18, 2015
It's All Politics

Would Automatic Voter Registration Increase Turnout?

Advocates are looking to a new Oregon law as a model for increasing voter turnout.
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Go to renew your driver's license in Oregon, and you will now be signed up to vote automatically.

It's the first state in the country with that sort of law, which is designed to make voting easier, and stands in contrast to the trend seen in the past several years in more conservative states.

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5:18am

Wed March 18, 2015
Politics

The Sudden Fall Of Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 12:23 pm

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5:14am

Wed March 18, 2015
U.S.

Why Defense Hawks Are Rejecting House Republicans' Budget

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 3:00 pm

U.S. soldiers patrol near Kandahar airfield in Afghanistan on June 2014. The House Republicans' budget proposal requests less money for defense than the Obama administration's plan, but tries to close some of the gap by adding billions to the Overseas Contingency Operations fund, which has been helping pay for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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Budget season is just kicking off, and already House Republicans' plan is hitting a wall. This time, over defense spending.

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5:14am

Wed March 18, 2015
Politics

Abortion Provision In Human Trafficking Bill Delays Lynch Vote

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 1:31 pm

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6:53pm

Tue March 17, 2015
Politics

Secret Service Director Grilled About Agency Scandals In House Hearing

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

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy told the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Tuesday that it took five days before he was informed that a car carrying two agents struck a security barrier outside the White House.

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6:04pm

Tue March 17, 2015
Politics

Netanyahu Hopes To Win 4th Term In Israeli Election

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

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