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Obama's trade bill narrowly clears a key Senate hurdle

May 22, 2015
Charles Babington, David Espo | Associated Press
In a triumph for President Barack Obama, sweeping legislation to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks advanced toward Senate passage Thursday after a showdown vote that remained in doubt until the final moment.
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Lawmakers Urge Pentagon Chief to Save Suicide Prevention Program

May 22, 2015
Yochi Dreazen | Foreign Policy
A powerful group of lawmakers is asking Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to reconsider the Pentagon’s recent decision to eliminate funding for Vets4Warriors, a highly-regarded program that connected troubled troops with veterans who came from the same military world, spoke the same language, and had often confronted the same issues.
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Special Ops to Obama: Let Us Fight ISIS, Already

May 22, 2015
Kimberly Dozier | The Daily Beast
They’re supposed to be at the forefront of the battle against ISIS. But U.S. special operators say the Obama administration’s restrictive rules of war are harming their mission.
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Defending ISIS Policy, Obama Acknowledges Flaws in Effort So Far

May 22, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
President Obama denied that the United States and its allies were losing the fight against Islamic State forces in the Middle East, but he acknowledged in an interview posted online on Thursday that more should be done to help Iraqis recapture lost territory.
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Hillary Clinton sets June date for official campaign announcement rally

May 22, 2015
Robert Costa | The Washington Post
Hillary Rodham Clinton announced Thursday that she will make her first major address as a presidential candidate in mid-June, two months after jumping into the 2016 race.
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Iran’s Supreme Leader Rules Out Broad Nuclear Inspections

May 21, 2015
David Sanger, Thomas Erdbrink | The New York Times
Iran’s supreme leader on Wednesday ruled out allowing international inspectors to interview Iranian nuclear scientists as part of any potential deal on its nuclear program, and reiterated that the country would not allow the inspection of military sites.
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How Republicans hope to turn Islamic State into a problem for Democrats

May 21, 2015
Robert Costa | The Washington Post
One by one, nearly a dozen GOP presidential hopefuls took the stage here last weekend for a Lincoln Dinner, each different in style and stature but all joining a rising Republican chorus that lays blame for the Islamic State terrorist group squarely at the feet of President Obama.
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Rand Paul’s Patriot Act Talkathon Lasts More Than 10 Hours

May 21, 2015
Janet Hook, Kristina Peterson | The Wall Street Journal
Sen. Rand Paul, seeking to push for wider debate on the Patriot Act and the government’s blanket collection of Americans’ phone data, Wednesday took to the Senate floor and began speaking for more than 10 hours on the subject in the middle of debate on unrelated trade legislation.
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A mad, messy rush to vacation

May 21, 2015
Manu Raju, Burgess Everett | POLITICO
Palace intrigue is high and relations are frayed as Congress rushes to finish major legislation by week’s end.
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