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It's All Politics
4:42 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Remembering A Former House Speaker Whose Fall Signaled New Era Of Polarization

Former House Speaker Jim Wright of Texas in 2005. He died Wednesday at the age of 92.
Yuri Gripas AP

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 12:14 am

Jim Wright occupies a kind of shadow territory in Washington memory. He rose to be speaker of the House, arguably the second most powerful job in the country. For a season he challenged the authority of the president on foreign policy. A master of the internal politics and practices of the House, Wright once seemed likely to rule that world for as long as the Democrats held the majority — which he and they and most everyone else expected to last forever.

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Politics
3:19 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

The Unpopularity Contest For Britain's Next Prime Minister

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 11:46 pm

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3:19 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

U.S. Issues Licenses For Ferry Travel To Cuba

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 6:55 pm

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It's All Politics
11:34 am
Wed May 6, 2015

The Race Where Race Didn't Matter

District Attorney Dan Donovan celebrates after his win in a special election to Congress from Staten Island, N.Y.
Julie Jacobson AP

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 3:59 pm

The Staten Island prosecutor who was at the heart of the investigation into the death of Eric Garner at police hands last year was overwhelmingly elected to Congress on Tuesday night.

In the special election in New York's 11th District to replace disgraced former Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., Republican District Attorney Daniel Donovan cruised to a nearly 20-point win over the Democratic nominee, New York City Councilman Vincent Gentile.

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It's All Politics
9:54 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Clinton Charms DREAMers On Immigration

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke Tuesday with DREAMers including Juan Salazar (second from right) and Astrid Silva (left). "I will fight to stop partisan attacks on the executive actions that would put DREAMers — including many with us today — at risk of deportation," Clinton said.
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Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 11:47 am

When it comes to energizing Latino voters, a group of young people who can't even vote plays an outsized role.

They are known as DREAMers — undocumented immigrants, brought to the country by their parents when they were kids.They were so named for meeting the requirements under the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act proposal that would have created a pathway to citizenship for them. Now they're a political force.

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Politics
5:30 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Clinton Tells 'Dreamers' She Backs Path To Citizenship

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 5:07 pm

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4:03 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Huckabee Hopes Evangelical Voters Are Tying Yellow Ribbons For Him

When Mike Huckabee was governor of Arkansas, he tied a yellow ribbon around a bust of President Clinton at the Governor's Mansion. He said he would remove the ribbon when the federal government allows ARKids First to continue enrolling Medicaid-eligible applicants into the program.
Chris Johnson AP

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 7:37 am

When Mike Huckabee ran for president eight years ago, he was a new face on the national scene, a fresh upstart former governor of Arkansas and a one-time Baptist preacher, who quickly became a favorite among evangelical voters.

He had an ease on the campaign trail, an openness with the media, and a quirkiness that made him seem like a breath of fresh air.

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It's All Politics
4:42 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Clinton 'War Room' Pushback And The 'Invent Your Own' Media Campaign

The Clinton campaign is embracing several new technologies and platforms to get its message out more directly to voters, a tactic her potential rivals are sure to employ, too.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 8:33 pm

The Hillary Clinton campaign went into overdrive Tuesday trying to minimize the damage from a new book that delves into Clinton foundation fundraising — and it's not using the typical channels to do so.

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Code Switch
3:52 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Ladies In The Streets: Before Stonewall, Transgender Uprising Changed Lives

A view of Gene Compton's cafeteria In San Francisco's Tenderloin District. In 1966, the eatery was the site of landmark confrontations between police and transgender activists.
Courtesy of Screaming Queens/Frameline

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 9:28 am

It was after the bars had closed and well into the pre-dawn hours of an August morning in 1966 when San Francisco cops were in Gene Compton's cafeteria again. They were arresting drag queens, trans women and gay hustlers who had been sitting for hours, eating and gossiping and coming down from their highs with the help of 60-cent cups of coffee.

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It's All Politics
3:50 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

New Jersey Pension Lawsuit Piles On Gov. Christie's Rough Week

New Jersey's pension system is more than $80 billion in the red. Gov. Christie mostly blames past governors for sticking him with this bill. "I'm like the guy who showed up for dinner at dessert. ... And I got the check," he said earlier this year.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 6:32 pm

It's been a tough week for New Jersey Gov. and possible Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie.

One of his former allies pleaded guilty and two others were indicted for allegedly creating a traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge as political retribution.

Now, New Jersey's highest court is set to hear arguments over one of Christie's signature accomplishments: his pension reform deal.

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Politics
3:31 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Obama To Nominate Gen. Joseph Dunford As Joint Chiefs Chairman

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 6:32 pm

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3:31 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Mike Huckabee Announces Bid For Republican Presidential Nomination

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 6:32 pm

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3:31 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Hillary Clinton To Unveil Path To Citizenship Immigration Plan

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 6:32 pm

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3:31 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Attorney General Loretta Lynch Visits Baltimore

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 6:32 pm

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It's All Politics
3:31 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Obama Laces Up To Tout Asian Trade Deal At Nike

President Obama walks away from Marine One in his Nikes on Sunday. He heads to Nike Headquarters later this week.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 12:47 pm

President Obama says he wants consumers around the world buying more products stamped, "Made in the U.S.A."

That's one reason he's pushing a controversial Asian trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Obama has chosen a curious setting to make his pitch for the trade agreement this week. He'll be speaking Friday at the Beaverton, Ore., headquarters of the Nike Corporation.

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