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4:21 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

In List Of Changes For Secret Service, A New Fence Comes First

A review panel says changes are needed at the Secret Service — along with a better fence at the White House. Here, members of the Secret Service Uniformed Division stand in front of the White House.
Kevin Dietsch UPI /Landov

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 6:46 pm

The Secret Service must both change the way it trains agents and hire more of them, according to a panel that reviewed the agency that has endured a string of embarrassing lapses in recent months. The panel says its suggestions are "a road map for reform" under a new director.

Some of those suggestions are inherently practical — such as one that states "the fence around the White House needs to be changed as soon as possible to provide better protection."

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World
3:53 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Most Pages In New U.S.-Cuba Chapter Still Have To Be Written

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 5:32 pm

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Politics & Government
7:55 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Courts uphold Alabama's Ballot Access law, Veterans health questions

A federal appeals court is upholding Alabama's ballot access law. Third party presidential candidates trying to get their names before voters in 2012 challenged the measure. Alabama requires third-party candidates to collect signatures equal to 3 percent of the votes cast in the last governor's election to get on the ballot. The Alabama Green Party, Constitution Party of Alabama, Libertarian Party of Alabama claimed discrimination. The appellate panel says the candidates didn’t show how the state's requirement was overly burdensome.

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Politics
6:05 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Obama Announces Diplomatic Thaw With Cuba

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 4:22 pm

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Around the Nation
4:18 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Mixed Reactions In Miami On Diplomatic Overtures To Cuba

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 11:31 am

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Around the Nation
4:16 am
Thu December 18, 2014

TSA Administrator Says Airport Screening Is More Efficient, Risk-Based

Travelers wait in a security line at Chicago's Midway International Airport in November.
Nam Y. Huh AP

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 1:22 pm

As the holiday travel season picks up, the head of the government agency that screens airline passengers is winding down his duties. John Pistole is leaving the Transportation Security Administration at the end of December, after 4 1/2 years as administrator.

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NPR Story
4:11 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Rep. Sires Pushes Back Against Obama's Cuba Plans

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 11:31 am

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The Two-Way
6:16 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Satanist And Christian Holiday Displays To Go Up At Michigan Capitol

Bearing the message "The Greatest Gift is Knowledge," a holiday display by the Satanic Temple will accompany a Christian Nativity scene on the grounds of the Michigan State Capitol.
Satanic Temple

Two very different holiday displays will share the grounds of the Michigan State Capitol next week: a traditional Christian Nativity and an exhibit by the Satanic Temple. The situation has brought controversy — and energized Christians who realized that a planned Nativity was in danger of being canceled.

The story drew intense attention after it emerged that there was a chance the Capitol grounds might host only a Satanic holiday display during the Christmas season, because plans for a Christian display didn't take into account Michigan's rules.

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Alabama Ballot Access Law Upheld
5:44 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Alabama's Ballot Access Law Upheld

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 A federal appeals court has upheld Alabama's ballot access law that was challenged by third-party presidential candidates trying to get their names before voters in 2012.    The Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the decision of a trial court dismissing the lawsuit.    Alabama requires third-party candidates to collect signatures equal to 3 percent of the votes cast in the last governor's election in order to be listed on the ballot with their party affiliation.

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Politics
5:20 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Jeb Bush To 'Actively Explore' 2016 Run For President

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 4:22 pm

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4:04 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Obama Expected To Impose New Sanctions On Russia

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 8:15 pm

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4:04 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Senate Adjourns, GOP To Take Over In January

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 10:29 am

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The 113th Congress has officially come to a close. The Senate adjourned late last night after passing a bill to extend tax breaks and confirming a slew of nominations. NPR's Ailsa Chang reports.

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The Two-Way
12:45 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Senate OKs Judicial Nominees, Tax Extensions Before Republican Takeover

Senator Harry Reid of Nev. on Tuesday, walks to one of his final meetings as the Senate Majority Leader. In January, Republicans take over the majority.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 3:27 am

In what The Associated Press called a "final flurry of accomplishment" Tuesday night, lawmakers were able to push through a bill that extended a package of tax breaks, which had expired at the end of 2013, and confirmed 12 more judicial nominees. NPR's Ailsa Chang reported the confirmations also marked a big accomplishment for the Obama administration.

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Politics
4:02 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Jeb Bush Inches Closer To 2016 Run

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 1:46 pm

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Politics
4:02 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Senate Democrats Use Waning Majority To Push Through Judges

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 1:46 pm

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