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The nuclear talks with Iran are going down to the wire: The Iran nuclear talks appeared to be focusing on sanctions Friday, as Iran dispatched an influential economist to join its negotiating team. Iranian state media reported that Mohammad Nahavandian, the chief of staff for President Hassan Rouhani, left Tehran for Vienna to join […]

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Looks like Democrats might have enough candidates to fill a debate stage after all: Former Virginia senator Jim Webb will run for president, he announced Thursday. “After many months of thought, deliberation and discussion, I have decided to seek the office of the Presidency of the United States,” Webb said in an e-mail to […]

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Looks like we’ve finally capitulated to the reds: President Obama on Wednesday announced his plans to formally re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, declaring that the two nations were ready to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals and to start a “new chapter” of engagement after more than a half-century of estrangement. “Our nations are […]

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This is not exactly the lead you want on the story announcing your exciting bid for the White House: Chris Christie, a onetime rising Republican star whose political stock fell sharply after a traffic scandal involving former aides and appointees, announced Tuesday that he is running for president, casting himself as a candidate who […]

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• Here’s your 21st century version of “nullification”: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Sunday told county clerks in the state that they can refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples if the clerk religiously objects to same-sex marriage. Paxton, who issued a blistering statement on Friday condemning the Supreme Court ruling in favor […]

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The Supreme Court decision declaring a Constitutional right to gay marriage has Republicans divided over how vociferously to condemn our slide into cultural and legal darkness: The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Friday legalizing same-sex marriage across the country has confronted the Republican Party with a choice: to rally the conservative base by continuing to […]

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Before we get to the Affordable Care Act, here’s the other extremely important decision the Supreme Court handed down today: Civil rights groups and the Obama administration won a major victory Thursday as the Supreme Court upheld a tool that advocates argue is essential to fighting housing discrimination and patterns of segregation that have […]

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The Confederate flag suddenly seems on its way out almost everywhere: The fast-growing backlash against Confederate symbols gained more momentum Wednesday, with Alabama removing flags at its capitol and protests swelling in South Carolina as mourners gathered for a pastor-politician whose church became a killing zone a week ago. The firestorm against the images […]

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It turns out Obama’s presidency isn’t over, after all: A razor-thin Senate vote Tuesday put President Obama on the cusp of claiming victory for his ambitious international trade agenda, clearing the way for legislation granting him “fast track” negotiating powers to potentially reach his desk by week’s end. Sixty senators — the bare minimum […]

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More evidence that political controversy spurs change: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday that the Confederate flag near the state Capitol should be moved, reversing an earlier position she had held and adding a powerful voice to the growing chorus of calls for the flag’s removal. “It’s time to move the flag from […]

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The latest from South Carolina: The gunman charged with killing nine people in an African American church was unrepentant during a confession to police, even after almost backing out of what he called his “mission” because church members were so nice to him, according to law enforcement officials and others briefed on the investigation. […]

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Anthea Butler notices that when a white suspect commits an act of terrorism like the massacre in Charleston, we immediately begin describing him as mentally ill: U.S. media practice a different policy when covering crimes involving African Americans and Muslims. As suspects, they are quickly characterized as terrorists and thugs, motivated by evil intent […]

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Sharon Begley and Caroline Humer describe the economic effects if the Republicans win the King v. Burwell lawsuit: As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to rule on whether people in 34 states can continue to receive Obamacare health insurance subsidies, economists are projecting billions of dollars in lost healthcare spending for hospitals, drugstores and […]

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It’s true that Vermont is next to New Hampshire, but still, holy cow: A new poll suggests that New Hampshire’s 2016 Democratic primary may be up for grabs. According to a survey released Tuesday by Suffolk University, 41% of likely Democratic primary voters said if the Granite State presidential primary was held today, they’d […]

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He’s the Jebbiest Jeb you ever did Jeb, and he’s ready to lead: Jeb Bush, a former two-term governor and the son and brother of former presidents, launched his presidential campaign on Monday, seeking to make history as the third member of his family to reach the White House. “The presidency should not be […]

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How’s Sam Brownback’s Kansas miracle working out? Just great: Kansas’s state House voted early this morning in favor of a tax bill that adds to the burden of funding state government for poor families. The bill would raise the sales tax rate from 6.15 percent to 6.5 percent. Since the poor spend more of […]

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The latest evidence that Congress is never going to vote on an authorization for military force against ISIS: The House defeated an amendment to the annual defense spending bill on Thursday that would have forced Congress to vote on authorizing military force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Rep. Adam Schiff […]

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Here’s a heartwarming story of your compassionate Congress at work: A GOP-controlled Senate panel on Wednesday blocked President Barack Obama’s request for $50 million to pay for legal help for unaccompanied immigrant children coming to the United States after fleeing violence in Central America. The lawmaker responsible for the move was Republican Sen. Richard […]

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Dennis Hastert has his (first) day in court: Former House speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) pleaded not guilty to two criminal charges in a federal court here Tuesday afternoon, in his first public appearance since being indicted in connection with actions allegedly taken to conceal hush-money payments. Hastert’s hearing before U.S. District Judge Thomas […]

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Here’s another economic battle you’ll be hearing more about soon: The Obama administration is on the verge of possibly doubling the salary levels that would require employers to pay overtime in the most ambitious government intervention on wages in a decade. And it doesn’t need Congress’s permission. As early as this week, the Labor […]

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