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The Two-Way
2:02 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Signs Right-To-Work Bill

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the Iowa Agriculture Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday.
Jim Young Reuters /Landov

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a right-to-work measure Monday that makes his state the 25th in the nation with such a law. That effectively means that mandatory union membership and dues are banned at privately owned businesses — a move strongly opposed by unions, which say it restricts collective bargaining.

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The Two-Way
11:46 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Obama Imposes Sanctions On Venezuela, Invoking Emergency Powers

President Obama says new sanctions will target Venezuelan figures who have helped repress human rights. Here, opposition leader Maria Corina Machado (center) marched with opponents of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas to mark International Women's Day.
Federico Parra AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 4:06 pm

Citing an "erosion of human rights guarantees" and corruption in Venezuela, President Obama issued an executive order Monday imposing sanctions on members of the country's military and intelligence services.

The White House says the executive order builds on the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014, part of a response to a violent crackdown on government protests.

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Politics
4:52 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Politics Roundup: From Iowa To Hillary Clinton's Email Account

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 7:20 am

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It's All Politics
2:58 am
Mon March 9, 2015

In Iowa, 2016 Has Begun — At Least For The Republican Party

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to members of the media during a two-day swing through Iowa that had all the trappings of a presidential campaign.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 3:07 pm

After five days spent driving around Iowa, meeting with political activists, consultants and regular voters, one thing is clear: the 2016 presidential campaign is on — at least on one side.

Nine GOP Men, One Stage, Six Hours

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Attorney General Meeting
11:31 am
Sun March 8, 2015

Attorneys general to discuss cybersecurity in Alabama next week

Reginald Hyde, Executive Director of the University of Alabama's Cyber Institute

Alabama will soon be playing host to a meeting of attorneys general from across the South.

The southern region of the National Association of Attorneys General will discuss data breaches, security issues and other topics at a meeting in Point Clear March 12 and 13.

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The Two-Way
9:31 am
Sun March 8, 2015

Clintons Face Scrutiny Ahead Of Hillary's Campaign Announcement

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, and daughter Chelsea Clinton wave at the Clinton Global Initiative at the University of Miami on March 7.
Gaston De Cardenas AP

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 3:55 pm

Addressing a crowd at the Clinton Global Initiative University at Miami University in Coral Gables, Fla. on Saturday, former president Bill Clinton discussed the Clinton Foundation's decision to accept donations from foreign governments. The foundation's choice is questioned by critics as a possible conflict of interest, especially since some of the funds came in during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, a post she left in 2013.

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Politics
7:10 am
Sun March 8, 2015

GOP Hopefuls Do A Balancing Act At Ag Summit

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 12:08 pm

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Domestic Violence Grants
9:31 pm
Sat March 7, 2015

Bentley awards grants funding domestic violence programs

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Governor Robert Bentley recently awarded several grants to help fund programs providing assistance to survivors of domestic abuse in Alabama.

The Department of Economic and Community Affairs says Bentley awarded nearly $40,000 to the Marion County Commission. That grant supports a program that helps prosecute domestic violence cases in both Marion and Winston Counties.

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Same-Sex Marriage
7:31 pm
Sat March 7, 2015

Groups seek class-action lawsuit on same-sex marriage

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade

A coalition of civil rights organizations filed a motion asking a federal judge to order Alabama's probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The request will also add plaintiffs to a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state's gay marriage ban.

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It's All Politics
9:29 am
Sat March 7, 2015

How To Oust A House Speaker (Hint: Don't Even Try)

House Speaker John Boehner's job is secure, despite passing a bill to avert a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security — a bill that most of his Republican colleagues opposed.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 11:53 am

Here's one story in Washington that just won't go away.

It's the tale of conservatives who are frustrated with House Speaker John Boehner and want to replace him midsession.

The latest murmurs of a coup surfaced after more than 50 Republicans voted against Boehner's plan last week to avert a partial-shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security.

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Economy
8:22 am
Sat March 7, 2015

More Jobs, Less Inflation Drive Down 'Misery' — So Where's The Joy?

Construction workers in Washington, D.C., in December. The latest jobs report will further drive the "misery index" to its lowest level in more than half a century. But economists say meager wages and big debts are still problems.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

For decades, economists have tracked the "misery index," a simple formula that adds the unemployment rate to the inflation rate. The result equals how miserable — or not — you feel.

On Friday, the Labor Department released February's jobs report, and the good numbers will further drive down the misery index, already at its lowest level in more than a half-century, thanks to falling oil prices.

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Politics
6:04 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Clinton, White House Play Delicate Dance As Emails Await Release

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her mobile phone in March 2012 after her address to the Security Council at United Nations headquarters. While she's asked the State Department to quickly release her emails from her tenure as secretary, the process likely will take months — dragging out media coverage and critical questions.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 9:35 pm

The State Department says it will work as quickly as possible to review the emails former Secretary Hillary Clinton turned over in 2014, but combing through all 55,000 pages could take months.

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World
3:29 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Russian Democracy Activist Says Nemtsov's Death A Major Turning Point

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 6:04 pm

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Politics
3:29 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Justice Department To File Corruption Charges Against Sen. Menendez

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 6:04 pm

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The Two-Way
2:50 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Source: Justice Dept. Prepares To Charge N.J. Sen. Menendez With Corruption

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., speaks to reporters during a news conference in Newark on Friday. The Justice Department plans to file charges alleging that he did political favors for a friend and donor, NPR has confirmed.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 8:06 pm

Updated at 8:15 p.m. ET

Menendez told reporters during a Friday night press conference — during which he read from a statement and declined to take questions — that he always had behaved appropriately while in office.

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