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As Nuclear Talks Drag On, U.S. and Iran Find It Harder to Hear Each Other

April 1, 2015
David Sanger | The New York Times
As the nuclear negotiations dragged into overtime here on Tuesday, some uniquely American and Iranian political sensitivities were permeating the marathon negotiating sessions, leading many to wonder whether two countries that have barely spoken for 35 years are just not ready to overcome old suspicions.
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ISIS Ain’t Outta Tikrit Yet

April 1, 2015
Nancy Youssef | The Daily Beast
U.S. airstrikes and Iraqi troops may soon push the terror group out of Saddam Hussein’s hometown. But the cries of victory are, for the moment, premature.
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Indiana and the defining divisions in American politics

April 1, 2015
Dan Balz | The Washington Post
The controversy over Indiana’s religious-freedom law highlights the most fundamental divisions that now define American politics. For all the recent talk that foreign policy or income inequality will dominate the 2016 campaign, the firestorm over Indiana is a reminder of the underlying power of values and social issues to shape political identity.
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Obama Rejects Republican Bid to Overturn New Union Rules

April 1, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
In his latest confrontation with Congress, President Obama on Tuesday blocked Republican efforts to overturn new union-friendly federal regulations issued by his administration.
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Closing arguments ahead for Boston bombing jury

April 1, 2015
Pete Williams | NBC News
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers have conceded that he took party in the Boston Marathon bombings, but insist it was his brother who was in charge. Lawyers will give closing arguments Monday. NBC justice correspondent Pete Williams reports.
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Preliminary Nuclear Deal With Iran Appears Close, but Tough Issues May Wait

March 31, 2015
David Sanger, Michael Gordon | The New York Times
With a deadline just hours away, negotiators from the United States, Iran and five other nations appeared on Tuesday to move closer to a preliminary political accord to limit Tehran’s nuclear program. There were signs, however, that several of the most difficult issues would be deferred for a final agreement in three months.
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In Iran talks, failure is an option

March 31, 2015
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
Obama officials have said the odds of an Iran nuclear deal are no more than 50-50.
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Obama, Last Election Behind Him, Plans First Visit as President to Kenya

March 31, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
For years, Kenya has been a political headache for President Obama and a geopolitical headache for the United States. But now in his seventh year in office, with his last election behind him, Mr. Obama has decided to embrace his heritage by visiting the land of his father for the first time as president.
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Obama Offers Major Blueprint on Climate Change

March 31, 2015
Coral Davenport | The New York Times
The White House on Tuesday morning unveiled President Obama’s blueprint for cutting United States greenhouse gas pollution by nearly a third over the next decade.
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