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4:23 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Changing Demographics Influenced Shift In Southern Political Landscape

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 7:01 pm

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The Two-Way
3:50 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Senate Passes Fast-Track Trade Legislation, 60-38

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 6:29 am

The Senate handed President Obama a huge victory Wednesday afternoon, giving him final approval of legislation that enhances his power to negotiate trade deals.

The bill needed just 51 votes, but passed 60-38, making it look almost easy.

But earlier this month, the legislation granting Trade Promotion Authority seemed likely to die because of fierce opposition from many Democrats and some Republicans. Various legislative maneuvers were employed to set back the measure.

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The Two-Way
2:14 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Announces Presidential Run

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 5:03 pm

Updated at 5:57 p.m. ET

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Wednesday that he's seeking the Republican presidential nomination, joining an already-crowded GOP field.

"My approach is different from most of the other people running for president," Jindal said in New Orleans hours after announcing his run on Twitter. "The United States of America was made great by people who get things done. Not lots of talk or entertaining speeches.

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It's All Politics
11:49 am
Wed June 24, 2015

This Quirky New Hampshire Law Might Keep Bernie Sanders Off The Ballot

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., shakes hands with Karl Bergeron of Northwood, N.H., in May in Concord, N.H.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 4:05 pm

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is on the rise in New Hampshire. But that might not matter if the independent senator from Vermont can't get on the Democratic ballot in the first-in-the-nation primary state.

Due to a quirky New Hampshire filing process — and Sanders' status as an independent rather than a registered Democrat — there are lingering questions about how easy it will be for him to file for the primary next year.

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The Two-Way
11:45 am
Wed June 24, 2015

U.S. Clarifies Hostage Policy, Saying It Won't Prosecute Families Over Ransom

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 1:54 pm

Better communication with the families of kidnapped Americans — and a pledge that those relatives won't face criminal charges if they pay ransoms — are at the heart of an update to the U.S. federal hostage policy, released Wednesday.

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It's All Politics
11:17 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Hillary Clinton's 3-Word Misstep: 'All Lives Matter'

Hillary Clinton spoke Tuesday at Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Mo.
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Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 4:05 pm

This post was updated at 5 p.m. ET

Hillary Clinton's speech Tuesday at a historic black church in Missouri was mostly well-received by the audience, but three words angered some of the activists she was hoping to appeal to.

Clinton spoke to frequent applause about religion, racism, access to education, repairing communities and the shooting last week in Charleston, S.C.

The church where Clinton spoke, Christ the King United Church of Christ, is in Florissant, Mo., fewer than 5 miles from where the rioting and protesting happened in Ferguson.

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It's All Politics
6:03 am
Wed June 24, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Bobby Jindal

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday.
Rainier Ehrhardt AP

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 5:27 pm

This story was updated at 12:45 p.m. ET

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Wednesday he is running for president, becoming the 13th major Republican candidate to enter the race.

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4:09 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Clinton Makes A Stop In Missouri; Discusses Race Near Riot-Torn Ferguson

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 5:33 pm

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Politics
4:17 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Senate Votes To Push Forward White House Trade Plans

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 7:56 pm

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Politics
4:17 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

S.C. Lawmakers Vote To Consider Removing Confederate Flag

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 7:56 pm

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4:17 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Mississippi Residents Debate Confederate Flag's Place On State Flag

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 8:44 pm

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12:56 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Obama Administration To Shift Ransom-For-Hostages Rules

American Journalist James Foley, pictured in 2011. Foley's beheading at the hands of the Islamic State militant group has forced a debate over how the U.S. balances its policy of not paying ransoms.
Steven Senne AP

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 4:28 am

This post was updated at 1:25 p.m. ET to include comment from the White House press secretary.

The Obama administration is preparing to announce changes in the way it deals with families whose loved ones have been taken hostage by terrorist groups such as the self-declared Islamic State militant group. Families were invited to a private meeting with administration officials Tuesday in advance of a public announcement at the White House on Wednesday.

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12:43 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Senate Votes To Advance The White House Trade Agenda

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 3:58 pm

The Senate voted 60-37 Tuesday to advance President Obama's trade agenda — setting up a big victory for the White House and a painful loss for labor unions.

This latest Senate vote clears away procedural hurdles for legislation granting Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to Obama. That power allows the president to negotiate trade pacts and then put them on a so-called fast track through Congress. With TPA in place, Congress would take a simple yes-or-no vote on any trade deal, with no room for amendments.

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It's All Politics
11:25 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Republicans Don't Have A Plan Yet To Replace Obamacare Subsidies

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on March 4. The Supreme Court is considering the case of King v. Burwell, which could determine the fate of health care subsidies for millions of people.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 5:03 pm

As the Supreme Court edges closer to issuing an opinion that could deal a blow to the federal health exchange operating in more than 30 states, Democrats have sounded a warning to their colleagues on the other side: Be careful what you wish for.

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Business
10:36 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Airlines Vs. Airports: A Dogfight Over Fees Imposed On Fliers

A plane takes off from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on May 25. Airports want Congress to raise passenger fees to pay for improvements.
Trevor Collens AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 1:35 pm

You'd think everyone in the aviation industry would be on the same page about improving air travel. Surely they all want more modern aircraft and upgraded airports, right?

They do. But airlines and airports are in a political dogfight this summer over who should be getting more of your money for improvements.

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