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For Jeb Bush, the Q&A is the message
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:17:07 -0500

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2015 file photo, former Florida Gov. Jeb. Bush speaks in Chicago. As Florida?s governor, Jeb Bush was among the nation?s most conservative state chief executives. He?s quietly embarking on work to persuade the right-flank of the Republican Party he?d be that same kind of conservative in the White House. Eight years removed from office, Bush is viewed by some conservatives as a squishy moderate: a member of the GOP?s most established family with a toxic position on immigration and education standards. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)The former Florida governor's openness sets him apart from his likely 2016 opponents.

Republicans prepare to pass Homeland Security funding
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:31:06 -0500

Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., holds up a copy of the Constitution while talking to reporters as House Republicans emerge from a closed-door meeting on how to deal with the impasse over the Homeland Security budget, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. GOP lawmakers have been trying to block President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration through the funding for the DHS which expires Friday night. Sounding retreat, House Republicans agreed Thursday night to push short-term funding to prevent a partial shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security while leaving in place Obama administration immigration policies they have vowed to repeal. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Hours from a partial agency shutdown, Congress is moving to approve a short-term funding bill for the Homeland Security Department that leaves intact Obama administration immigration policies Republicans vowed to repeal.

Indiana may allow 'baby boxes' for surrendering newborns
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:46:36 -0500

Monica Kelsey, firefighter and medic who is president of Safe Haven Baby Boxes Inc., poses with a prototype of a baby box, where parents could surrender their newborns anonymously, outside her fire station in Woodburn, Ind., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. The box is actually a newborn incubator, or baby box, and it could be showing up soon at Indiana hospitals, fire stations, churches and other selected sites under legislation that would give mothers in crisis a way to surrender their children safely and anonymously. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ? On the outside, the metal box looks like an oversized bread container. But what's inside could save an abandoned newborn's life.

Most Americans see combating climate change as a moral duty
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:08:34 -0500

A truck engine is tested for pollution near the Mexican-U.S. border in Otay Mesa, CaliforniaBy Bruce Wallace WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A significant majority of Americans say combating climate change is a moral issue that obligates them ? and world leaders - to reduce carbon emissions, a Reuters/IPSOS poll has found.     The poll of 2,827 Americans was conducted in February to measure the impact of moral language, including interventions by Pope Francis, on the climate change debate. In recent months, the pope has warned about the moral consequences of failing to act on rising global temperatures, which are expected to disproportionately affect the lives of the world?s poor.     The result of the poll suggests that appeals based on ethics could be key to shifting the debate over climate change in the United States, where those demanding action to reduce carbon emissions and those who resist it are often at loggerheads.     Two-thirds of respondents (66 percent) said that world leaders are morally obligated to take action to reduce CO2 emissions.

Accused Boston bomber's lawyers challenge jury-selection process
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:22:04 -0500

Courtroom sketch shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tsarnaev during the jury selection process in his trial at the federal courthouse in BostonLawyers for the accused Boston Marathon bomber filed on Thursday a last-gasp request to dismiss the charges against their client or delay the start of the trial next week, contending that court officials had violated their own rules during jury selection. Attorneys for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is accused of carrying out the largest mass-casualty attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001, argued in a court filing that after randomly assigning numbers to the more than 1,350 people who reported for initial selection early last month, the court re-ordered the jurors based on arrival time. They also contend that people who live within the Boston city limits and those under 30 and over 70 were disproportionately under-represented. The final phase of jury selection is set to take place on Tuesday, when prosecutors and defense attorneys will whittle down the field of about 70 provisionally qualified jurors to 18 people, including 12 jurors and six alternates.

Former Notre Dame president Rev. Theodore Hesburgh dies at 97
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:43:02 -0500
Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, who reshaped the University of Notre Dame from a Catholic college known for its football team into an academic force, died late on Thursday night, the school said in a statement. Hesburgh, one of the premier Catholic educators in the United States and "champion of human rights", presided over the Indiana university for three and a half decades, stepping down in 1987, the statement said. He also oversaw the Notre Dame's transformation into a coeducational university when women were first admitted to its undergraduate program in 1972, the school said. Internationally, he served four popes on issues such as atomic energy and human rights.
Congress edges toward domestic security funding patch
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:06:26 -0500

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio responds to reporters about the problems in passing the Homeland Security budget because of Republican efforts to block President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House voted last month to end Homeland Security funding on Saturday unless Obama reverses his order to protect millions of immigrants from possible deportation. After Democratic filibusters blocked the bill in the Senate, the chamber's Republican leaders agreed this week to offer a "clean" funding measure, with no immigration strings attached. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)By David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the House of Representatives were planning to pursue on Friday a temporary funding bill to keep the lights on at the U.S. domestic security agency for three weeks, postponing the threat of a partial agency shutdown. As the clock ticked toward a midnight Friday deadline for funding the Department of Homeland Security, lawmakers said a stop-gap extension would buy time to try to work out differences between the Republican-controlled House and the Senate. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, who has insisted on a full Homeland Security funding bill free of immigration reform restrictions that have caused weeks of delay, said on Thursday he would refuse to allow such negotiations with the House.

CPAC: Convention with history of controversy is underway
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:32:28 -0500

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker waves while speaking during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)Since the nonprofit American Conservative Union hosted its first Conservative Political Action Conference in 1973, CPAC has morphed into a massive annual event, with everyone from bloggers to national networks enticed by the opportunity to observe conservatives in their natural habitat in hopes of witnessing something controversial. And CPAC, for its part, rarely disappoints.

CPAC shows how GOP media strategy could backfire
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:54:13 -0500

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks with Laura Ingraham during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)The RNC made avoiding the mainstream media a top priority for the 2016 cycle.

Rand Paul calls out Jeb Bush on marijuana
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:37:41 -0500

Rand Paul on the failures of law enforcement and the Patriot ActIn interview with Yahoo News? Katie Couric, the GOP senator slams the ex-Florida governor.

Chris Christie turns to media-bashing at CPAC
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:07:39 -0500

Chris Christie Turns to Media-Bashing at CPAC GatheringAs the governor of New Jersey, Christie told her he has reporters from The New York Times covering him every day and accused journalists of taking sides on issues he has stood up against. "When you do things like I've done in New Jersey, take on a lot of these special interests that they support they just want to kill you and that's what they tried to do to me every day and here's the bad news for them, here I am and I'm still standing," Christie, 52, said.

Bill O?Reilly clarifies claim he saw nuns executed
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:29:39 -0500

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2013 file photo, political commentator Bill O'Reilly attends the National Geographic Channel's "Killing Kennedy" world premiere screening reception at The Newseum, in Washington. O'Reilly, Fox News Channel's prime-time star, is accused of claiming he had reported in a combat zone for CBS News during the 1982 Falklands War when he was more than a thousand miles from the front. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Invision/AP, File)The Fox News anchor disputes allegations and says he was referring to seeing photos of executions.

FCC adopts net neutrality rules to ban Internet discrimination
Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

FCC adopts net neutrality rules to ban Internet discrimination

Graffiti artist Banksy highlights condition of people living in Gaza
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:17:13 -0500

Palestinian girl looks on as a mural of a playful-looking kitten, presumably painted by British street artist Banksy, is seen on the remains of a house wall, in Biet HanoBanksy turned his attention on the Gaza Strip for one of his most provocative political projects to date

U.S. wraps up Ebola military mission in Liberia
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:34:13 -0500

US soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division case their colours during a ceremony at the Barclay Training Camp in Monrovia on February 26, 2015The Pentagon says around 100 American troops are to remain in the region.

Panel moves toward vote on attorney general pick
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:28:34 -0500

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch appears on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate Judiciary Committee is moving toward a vote on Lynch's nomination to be attorney general. Lynch is expected to win approval. Democrats are backing her strongly ahead of the vote. Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont calls her a superb prosecutor. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File )Loretta Lynch is expected to win approval and become the next AG.

GOP may need House Dems to help resolve DHS funding impasse
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:32:06 -0500

In this Feb. 25, 2014, photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks to reporters following a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner has a possible escape from the homeland security funding impasse if he?s willing to use it: cooperative Democrats. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Speaker Boehner holds a potential escape key, if he's willing to use it: cooperative Democrats.

'Jihadi John' suspect in IS beheading videos is identified
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:42:59 -0500

What does ISIS execution video location reveal?The BBC says the man seen in several Islamic State videos is Mohammed Emwazi from London.

Rand Paul Slams Hillary Clinton on Benghazi
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:01:00 -0500

Senator Rand Paul slams Hillary Clinton in interview with Katie CouricThe GOP senator tells Katie Couric why Clinton should not be a presidential candidate.

Legal pot arrives in D.C. amid wrangle with Congress
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:42:47 -0500

File photo of DC Cannabis Campaign sign with other signs in WashingtonCity officials move ahead with legalization despite warnings from Republicans in Congress.

With 2016 on horizon, conservatives rally at CPAC
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 01:51:12 -0500

Senator Ted Cruz is one of the scheduled speakers at the Conservative Political Action Conference National Harbor, Maryland from ThursdayThousands of American conservatives will gather just outside Washington beginning Thursday with a thinly-veiled mission: vet the Republican politicians who might soon announce bids for the White House. This week's annual CPAC convention will see the right wing rallying around core principles it hopes will shape the 2016 presidential election. The Conservative Political Action Conference is hard to put a label on. While it appeals to young ideological conservatives converging on Washington in the heart of winter -- the Potomac River, adjacent to the event's National Harbor setting in Maryland, is nearly frozen over -- CPAC attracts seasoned Republican A-listers who are virtually assured of a warm reception.

Confident Obama predicts success in immigration appeal
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:26:34 -0500

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez watches at left as Florida Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla. gives a Miami Marlins baseball cap to President Barack Obama upon the president's arrived at Miami International airport in Miami, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Obama is taping an immigration town hall hosted by Telemundo and MSNBC at Florida International University. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)MIAMI (AP) ? President Barack Obama urged immigrants thrown into limbo by legal wrangling to keep planning for eventual relief, professing confidence Wednesday that his deportation directives won't be thrown out in court.

1 seriously injured in Manhattan partial building collapse
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:26:59 -0500

Firefighters survey the outer shell of a midtown Manhattan building that was in the process of being demolished when it partially collapsed, injuring at least one person, in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, according to construction workers. Rubble from the building damaged a yellow school bus parked on the street. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Firefighters are using drilling equipment to examine the wreckage.Emergency workers say collapse occurred at a 3-story building that was under construction.

?American Sniper? guilty verdict draws brisk, blunt reactions from Texans
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:25:56 -0500

Ex-Marine Guilty of Murder of Former SniperSTEPHENVILLE, Texas ? The ?American Sniper? murder trial was closely followed in this rural town, but also drew international attention in part because of the Oscar-winning blockbuster film based on Chris Kyle?s memoir of his four tours in Iraq. Late Tuesday, a jury took a little more than two hours to find an ex-Marine guilty of gunning down Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, two years ago. ?Most people around here, if you talk to them, would say that they think he's guilty,? Lana Karlberg said.

FCC to vote to regulate net neutrality Thursday: What it means
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:59:36 -0500

Net Neutrality Bill ProposedThe Federal Communications Commission is set to vote Thursday on a new set of Internet service rules. For all those who?ve avoided the net neutrality conversation, it?s not too late. In fact, there?s no better time to start paying attention.

Bipartisan deal paves way for Homeland Security vote
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:01:06 -0500

The Senate Democratic Caucus, led by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., center, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, to urge Republicans to support a "clean bill" to fund the Homeland Security Department as that agency's budget expires later this week. The DHS budget is at a standstill over provisions attached to a Homeland Security spending bill aimed at blocking President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. is at left. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Democrats support GOP's plan without immigration provisions opposed by President Obama.

3 nabbed in N.Y., Florida in plot to join Islamic State group
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:16:52 -0500

Islamic State (IS) militants are purportedly seen parading in a street in Libya's coastal city of Sirte, in an image released by propaganda Islamist media outlet Welayat Tarablos on February 18, 2015The men are accused of plotting to travel to Syria to wage war against the U.S.

?American Sniper? jury finds ex-Marine guilty of murder
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 03:35:14 -0500

Former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh stands during his capital murder trial at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville Texas, on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, is charged with the 2013 deaths of Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Michael Ainsworth, Pool)Eddie Ray Routh is sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel forced into April runoff election
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:42:51 -0500

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel pauses as he talks to supporters after he was unable to get a majority vote in the Chicago mayoral election, forcing a runoff election in April against Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) ? Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel failed to capture a majority of the vote Tuesday in his bid for a second term, an embarrassment for the former White House chief of staff who now faces a runoff against Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

Official says Afghan avalanches kill at least 124 people
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:18:39 -0500

Burqa-clad Afghan women and a child walk during a snow storm in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)PANJSHIR VALLEY, Afghanistan (AP) ? Avalanches caused by a heavy winter snow killed at least 124 people in northeastern Afghanistan, an emergency official said Wednesday, as rescuers clawed through debris with their hands to save those buried beneath.

N.Korea may have 100 atomic arms by 2020
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:39:44 -0500

This picture from the Korean Central News Agency shows a self-propelled suface to air missile during a drill -- North Korea regularly launches missile tests, triggering international condemnationNorth Korea appears poised to expand its nuclear program over the next five years and in a worst case scenario could possess 100 atomic arms by 2020, US researchers warned Tuesday. Unveiling the first results of what will be a 15-month study, Joel Wit, senior fellow at the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, said some of their conclusions were very "disturbing." Although North Korea's nuclear program remains shrouded in uncertainty, Pyongyang is currently believed to have a stockpile of some 10 to 16 nuclear weapons fashioned from either plutonium or weapons-grade uranium.

No relief: More cold, snow, ice, wintry mix for much of US
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:27:55 -0500

Most of the country braced for another bout of freezing weatherA wide swath of the country shivered in freezing, record-breaking temperatures while other areas saw more winter precipitation Tuesday.

Defying GOP, Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:34:49 -0500

In this April 18, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio says Congress is sending President Barack Obama legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday. The White House is indicating Obama will quickly veto it in private over Republican lawmakers' urging that he sign it. It would be the third veto of Obama's presidency. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)President Barack Obama has vetoed a Republican bill forcing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Netanyahu declines Democrats' invitation for meeting during visit
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:25:34 -0500

Israeli PM Netanyahu weekly cabinet meetingBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined on Tuesday an invitation to meet with U.S. Senate Democrats during his trip to Washington next week. "Though I greatly appreciate your kind invitation to meet with Democratic Senators, I believe that doing so at this time could compound the misperception of partisanship regarding my upcoming visit," Netanyahu wrote in a letter to Senators Richard Durbin and Dianne Feinstein obtained by Reuters. Durbin and Feinstein, two senior Senate Democrats, invited Netanyahu to a closed-door meeting with Democratic senators in a letter on Monday, warning that making U.S.-Israeli relations a partisan political issue could have "lasting repercussions." Republican congressional leaders broke diplomatic protocol by consulting neither the White House nor Democrats in Congress before inviting Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of the House of Representatives and Senate.

Homeland Security shutdown by the numbers
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:56:48 -0500

A Homeland Security shutdown by the numbersYahoo News takes a look at how a shutdown could affect workers at the TSA and other agencies.

Aaron Schock's spending problem isn't going away
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:31:08 -0500

In this Feb. 6, 2015 file photo, Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., speaks to reporters in Peoria, Ill. Schock spent taxpayer and campaign funds on private airplanes to fly him around the country on aircraft owned by some of his key donors, The Associated Press has found. The expenses coincide with his other high-figure entertainment and travel charges. Beyond air travel, Schock spent tens of thousands more on tickets for concerts and billed car mileage reimbursements among the highest in Congress. One venue included a sold-out Katy Perry concert in Washington last June with Schock and his interns. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock has hired top lawyers and public relations experts in the wake of recent questions surrounding his travel and entertainment expenses.

Axelrod takes on Giuliani
Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Axelrod takes on Giuliani


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