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Declan Walsh reports that despite the tragedy we learned of yesterday, the drone program is having an impact on Al Qaeda: Revelations of new high-level losses among Al Qaeda’s top leadership in Pakistan’s tribal belt have underscored how years of American drone strikes have diminished and dispersed the militant group’s upper ranks and forced […]

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Well, that wasn’t so hard, was it? Loretta E. Lynch’s long wait to become U.S. attorney general ended Thursday, with the Senate voting to confirm the veteran New York prosecutor’s nomination five months after President Obama submitted it to Congress. Ten Republicans joined the Senate’s 44 Democrats and two independents in supporting Lynch’s confirmation, […]

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Oh, it’s on: Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is launching a major grassroots organizing effort Wednesday, sending staffers to every single state to start building an infrastructure of volunteers ready to pound the pavement. What’s being called the “Ramp Up Grassroots Organizing Program” will have paid staffers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia […]

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Looks like Loretta Lynch’s long wait may be over: Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, nominated by President Obama in November, will get a confirmation vote in the coming days under a deal announced Tuesday morning by Senate leaders that ends a weeks-long impasse sparked by partisan divides over immigration and abortion. “I’m glad we […]

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What if you’re a Republican governor who doesn’t want poor people in your state to have health insurance, but also wants the federal government to give money to your state’s hospitals? You sue ‘em, apparently: The fight over ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion escalated Monday, as Texas’s Republican governor backed a lawsuit from Florida against the […]

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Remember how we were supposed to have a new attorney general by now? President Obama blasted the Senate on Friday for the stalled confirmation of his pick for U.S. attorney general, Loretta Lynch, calling it an “embarrassing” example of the Senate’s “dysfunction.” Speaking at a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi after […]

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President Obama’s campaign to turn America socialist continues: President Obama’s high-stakes bid to complete one of the largest free trade pacts in U.S. history – over the objections of most Democrats — moved ahead Thursday when the Senate introduced bipartisan legislation that would give his administration vast new powers to close the deal. The […]

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New frontiers in courtship of media: President Obama will travel to Charlotte, N.C. Wednesday to speak with 50 female bloggers and several dozen other women about fiscal issues ranging from equal pay to the federal child care credit. The town hall, organized by the online lifestyle giant SheKnows Media and its subsidiary BlogHer, reflects […]

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The battle has been joined: Democrat Hillary Clinton, at the first official event of her presidential campaign, spelled out the ideas that she said will be at the heart of her campaign. “I want to be the champion who goes to bat for Americans in four big areas,” she told four students and two […]

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From the department of liberals getting their act together: A cadre of wealthy liberal donors aims to pour tens of millions of dollars into rebuilding the left’s political might in the states, racing to catch up with a decades-old conservative effort that has reshaped statehouses across the country. The plan embraced by the Democracy […]

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Ron Brownstein reports on a new poll that will have wiser Republican operatives shaking their heads and wondering why some in the party seem determined to drive Latinos as far away from it as possible, heading into another national election: In a measure of the challenge Republicans could face with Hispanic voters next year, […]

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John Harwood has a fascinating interview with Ted Cruz, in which the Great Hope for American Liberty makes peace with the 20th Century: Harwood: A third Texas president, L.B.J., created Medicare in the mid-’60s. Your hero Ronald Reagan campaigned vigorously against that, saying it would lead to socialized medicine, would end liberty in the […]

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Guilty: A federal jury Wednesday found 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty in the twin bombings of the Boston Marathon two years ago, convicting a young man who had embraced radical Islam and carried out one of the worst acts of terrorism on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001. Tsarnaev was charged with 30 counts — […]

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There’s hope for the future of American liberty, after all: Kentucky Senator Rand Paul launched his bid for the White House Tuesday…with a libertarian message that seemed to sweep across the ideological spectrum and that challenged the establishment of both parties. Paul also advocated criminal justice reforms that he hopes could attract the votes […]

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Michael Tomasky suggests that Republicans try to give peace with Iran a chance, and asks a good question about the GOP response to the preliminary framework: Will there be one Republican, just one, either among the candidates or in the Congress, who will actually step forward to say something like, “You know, now that […]

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We have a deal with Iran, or at least a preliminary framework. Here’s the document spelling it out. And here’s Max Fisher explaining the elements of the deal in easier-to-understand bulleted form. As Republicans criticize it, pay close attention to what they say. If it’s just “Iran is terrible” and “Iran will cheat” then […]

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Bad news for Senator Bob Menendez: Federal prosecutors unveiled a 14-count indictment Wednesday of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), one of his party’s leading voices on foreign affairs, charging him for official work that tried to benefit an eye doctor who gave the senators many gifts over their decades of friendship. After a more than […]

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Because things have worked out so well for Indiana, Arkansas is getting in on the action: Despite intensifying criticism from business leaders both within and outside of Arkansas, the state legislature on Tuesday passed its version of a measure billed as a religious freedom law, joining Indiana in a swirl of controversy that shows […]

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A shooting at NSA headquarters: One person was killed and another was injured Monday morning when police with the National Security Agency opened fire on a vehicle whose driver refused commands to stop at a security gate, according to a statement from the agency. The vehicle slammed into a police cruiser after shots were […]

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