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May 14, 2014

  • Two Florida Hospital Workers May Be Exposed to MERS Virus

    By Alex Wayne, Bloomberg News

    Two workers at the Florida hospital where federal officials reported a case of a potentially lethal Arabian virus have fallen ill after coming into contact with the patient.

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  • Slowing deportations could hurt chances for House immigration action

    By Brian Bennett and Chris Parsons, Los Angeles Times

    After some of President Obama's closest political allies unexpectedly accused him of enforcing immigration laws too aggressively, the president ordered his aides this spring to find ways to ease the pace of deportations.

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  • Will Hillary Clinton’s health and age be an issue in 2016?

    By Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post

    Is Hillary Rodham Clinton healthy enough to be president — or is the prospect of her candidacy so formidable that she’s driving her adversaries to desperation?

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  • Will Elizabeth Warren run?

    By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

    In her recently published memoir, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) relays a chilling anecdote about how Washington really works. In 2009, she was running a congressional panel to oversee the Treasury Department's bailout of the financial industry, and the new Obama administration was unhappy that she was being as tough on them as she had been on its Republican predecessors. So the president's top economic advisor, Lawrence H. Summers, took Warren out for a friendly dinner.

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  • Will Elizabeth Warren run?

    By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

    In her recently published memoir, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) relays a chilling anecdote about how Washington really works. In 2009, she was running a congressional panel to oversee the Treasury Department's bailout of the financial industry, and the new Obama administration was unhappy that she was being as tough on them as she had been on its Republican predecessors. So the president's top economic advisor, Lawrence H. Summers, took Warren out for a friendly dinner.

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May 13, 2014

  • Rove on Hillary Clinton: ‘Of course she doesn’t have brain damage’

    By Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post

    Republican strategist Karl Rove on Tuesday distanced himself from a provocative New York Post headline, saying he does not believe -- as the newspaper asserted -- that former secretary of state Hillary Clinton suffered "brain damage" from a head injury in 2012.

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  • Nuclear Talks Will Confront Iran’s Future Capability to Enrich Uranium

    By David E. Sanger and Steven Erlanger, The Washington Post

    As Iran and six world powers meet this week in Vienna to begin drafting language to resolve their nuclear standoff, negotiators say they are finally confronting a crucial sticking point to a permanent agreement — the size and shape of the nuclear fuel production capability that Iran will be permitted to retain.

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  • Will Russia Annex Eastern Ukraine Next?

    With Indira Lakshmanan, Bloomberg News

    In today’s “Global Outlook,” Bloomberg's Indira Lakshmanan and Peter Cook discuss the latest developments in the Ukraine crisis with Trish Regan on Bloomberg Television's "Street Smart."

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  • U.S. intelligence officials studying new video of captive Nigerian girls

    By Hannah Allam, McClatchy Newspapers

    The State Department said U.S. intelligence officials are investigating a video that surfaced Monday that appears to show dozens of Nigerian schoolgirls who were seized by a militant Islamist group in a case that's drawn international outrage.

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  • Boehner: ‘I expect I will be’ speaker in one year — but doesn’t commit to full term

    By Ed O'Keefe, Washington Post

    House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said Monday that he intends to run again to lead his Republican colleagues in the House — but left open the possibility that he might not complete his next term.

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  • Gloria Borger sits down with Cheney to discuss same-sex marriage

    With Gloria Borger, CNN

    CNN's Gloria Borger sat down with Lynne Cheney to discuss her new book, politics and more.

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May 12, 2014

  • Michelle Obama praises kidnapped Nigerian girls as an inspiration

    By Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times

    Michelle Obama said she and the president “see our own daughters” in the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls and called them an inspiration in the fight to educate women and girls around the world.

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  • 'This Week': One Year After Snowden

    With Martha Raddatz, ABC News

    Former NSA Director Keith Alexander and former counterterrorism adviser Richard Clarke on Edward Snowden's impact.


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  • How Joni Ernst’s ad about ‘castrating hogs’ transformed Iowa’s U.S. Senate race

    By Philip Rucker and Dan Balz, Washington Post

    Joni Ernst was lagging behind in the race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate here in Iowa. She was a relative unknown in a crowded field led by a wealthy businessman. Then she started talking about castrating hogs.

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  • Split appears in GOP as more call for raising federal minimum wage

    By Robert Costa and Karen Tumulty, Washington Post

    Several leading Republicans have called for raising the federal minimum wage and others are speaking more forcefully about the party’s failure to connect with low-income Americans — stances that are causing a growing rift within the party over how best to address the gulf between the rich and poor.

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May 09, 2014

  • Obama to Give Push on Climate

    By Coral Davenport, The New York Times

    President Obama will announce on Friday a handful of executive actions and private and nonprofit groups’ investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

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  • Putin Visits Crimea as 20 Die in Eastern Ukraine Clashes

    By Olga Tanas, Ekaterina Shatalova and Daryna Krasnolutska, Bloomberg News

    Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the Crimea region he annexed in March amid growing tensions as Ukraine said about 20 pro-Russian separatists died in clashes in the eastern port city of Mariupol.

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  • Is This the End of the GOP Civil War?

    By Molly Ball, The Atlantic

    Is this what remains of the Tea Party? In front of the NASCAR Hall of Fame here on Monday, a few dozen activists milled around in the bright sun, waiting for their man: Greg Brannon, a physician and activist seeking the Republican Senate nomination in Tuesday's primary, who would be joined at the rally by Senator Rand Paul. A couple of yellow "Don't Tread on Me" Gadsden flags, attached to a white gazebo, flapped listlessly.

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  • Congress showed little interest in Libya -- until Benghazi

    By Nancy A. Youssef

    It may be hard to believe now, but there was a time _ 16 months ago to be exact _ when Congress showed very little interest in Libya.

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  • Dear Kids

    By John Dickerson, Slate Magazine

    President Obama was asked recently about regrets. “I regret not having spent more time with my mother,” he said. The president’s mother, Ann Dunham, died at age 52 when Barack Obama was 34. “I was so busy with my own life that I didn’t always reach out and communicate with her, and ask her how she was doing and tell her about things. You know, I was nice and I’d call and, you know, and write once in a while ... I realize that I didn’t, uh, every single day, or at least more often, just spend time with her and find out what she was thinking and what she was doing because she had been such an important part of my life.”

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