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Politics
4:01 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Analysis Reveals Record Number Of FOIA Requests Filed Last Year

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 7:19 pm

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Politics
4:00 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Prime Minister Netanyahu Backtracks On Palestinian State Comments

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 7:19 pm

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Around the Nation
4:00 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

California Governor Announces Billion Dollar Drought Relief Plan

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 7:19 pm

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Environment
4:00 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

How President Obama Wants To Shrink The Government's Carbon Footprint

President Obama views solar panels on the roof of the Department of Energy with Deputy Secretary Liz Sherwood-Randall, second from right, Federal Chief Sustainability Officer Kate Brandt, right, and Energy Manager Eric Haukdal, left.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 1:02 pm

President Obama wants to shrink the federal government's carbon footprint.

With hundreds of thousands of buildings and vehicles, the government is the nation's single biggest energy consumer. The president signed an executive order Thursday directing agencies to get more of their power from clean energy sources.

"We're going to cut the federal government's greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent from 2008 levels within the next ten years," Obama said, after touring a rooftop array of solar panels at the Department of Energy.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

French National Front Party Gaining Appeal In Regional Elections

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 7:19 pm

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The Two-Way
1:28 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Obama Orders Reduction In Government's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

President Obama on Thursday signs an executive order directing the federal government to cut greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 3:44 pm

President Obama signed an executive order at the White House on Thursday directing the federal government to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 40 percent from 2008 levels within the next decade and to increase its use of renewable energy sources to 30 percent of total consumption.

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It's All Politics
12:53 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

What If Everyone In America Had To Vote?

"It would be transformative if everybody voted β€” that would counteract money more than anything," President Obama said Wednesday in Cleveland.
Jeff Roberson AP

Australia has near 100 percent turnout in its elections. How do the Aussies do it? They, like 25 other countries, require people to vote.

President Obama wondered aloud Wednesday whether it was time for the United States to consider a similar move.

"In Australia and some other countries, there's mandatory voting," Obama said at an economic event in Cleveland. "It would be transformative if everybody voted β€” that would counteract money more than anything."

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Newscast
9:09 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Charter school bill passes legislature, ACLU fights state abortion law and Cottage Food Law class

ACLU attorney Andrew Beck

The Alabama Legislature has passed a bill to establish charter schools in the state.

The House of Representatives voted 58 to 41 to pass the bill after making a few changes. State senators voted 24 to 11 to adopt those changes. The bill now heads to Governor Bentley, who is expected to sign the measure into law after a legal review.

State Democrats have been especially critical of the bill. Nick Rose is the President of the Tuscaloosa Democratic Party. He outlined the party’s three main complaints with the charter school measure.

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It's All Politics
7:03 am
Thu March 19, 2015

A First For Joe: Biden Could Break Tie To Confirm Attorney General

Vice President Biden and House Speaker John Boehner wait for President Obama's State of the Union address in front of a joint session of Congress in 2012. As vice president, Biden is also leader of the U.S. Senate, but only gets a vote when senators are evenly divided.
Saul Loeb AP

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 9:55 am

Vice President Joe Biden has been more visible than almost any of his 46 predecessors in the nation's No. 2 office. He's had more access to the Oval Office and more input on policy than all but a handful.

But there is one VP duty Biden has never fulfilled, because he's never had a chance: He has never broken a tie in the Senate, which is a salient VP responsibility embedded in the Constitution. In these past six years and two months, there hasn't been a Senate tie to break.

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It's All Politics
5:03 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Who's Winning The 2016 Race β€” On Facebook And Twitter?

Sen. Rand Paul's Facebook page has nearly 2 million likes. It features posts from his travels, interviews and infographics about his potential competition.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 2:29 pm

While the 2016 presidential hopefuls are hitting the road in places like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, the race is also taking off on social media.

Let's start with Twitter: With nearly 3 million Twitter followers, Hillary Clinton is way ahead of the other potential candidates:

Clinton only started tweeting in June 2013, and she tweets sparingly β€” though she seems to be ramping up this week. It's a calculated mix of her opinions on political news, photos from her travels and work to empower women and girls as well as family photos.

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Middle East
4:02 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu And Washington

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 6:14 am

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It's All Politics
2:22 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Obama Says Critics Making 'The Same Argument' Despite Better Economy

President Obama takes questions from the audience Wednesday after speaking about the economy and the middle class to the City Club of Cleveland.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 5:05 pm

Barack Obama let down his graying presidential hair a little bit on Wednesday. He also joked about coloring it.

Speaking to the City Club of Cleveland, Obama seemed to be in a reflective mood. During the question-and-answer period, he was asked by a seventh-grader what advice he would give to himself now, if he could go back to his first day in office.

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It's All Politics
5:13 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Chicago Mayor's Race Reveals Deep Divide In Democratic Party

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel failed to capture a majority of the vote last month, forcing him into a runoff. It's highlighting a divide among Democrats playing out nationally.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 6:39 pm

One of the nation's savviest politicians is in an unexpected fight.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's former White House chief of staff, is in an unprecedented runoff election next month.

The challenger, Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, contends that Emanuel favors the rich and powerful over working-class Chicagoans. But Emanuel is firing back, attacking Garcia for having no plan to deal with the city's deep financial problems.

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It's All Politics
5:12 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Bad Blood Gets Worse Between Barack, Bibi And Israel

President Obama with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in 2013. The two have never had a warm and fuzzy relationship.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 6:22 pm

The U.S.-Israeli relationship was one of the issues in the Israeli elections β€” in particular Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's poisonous personal relationship with President Obama.

Now, with Netanyahu's return to power, that relationship doesn't look like it will be improving anytime soon.

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Politics
5:07 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Chicago Race Exposes Progressive, Wall Street Wings Of Democratic Party

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 5:27 pm

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