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Indiana governor defends religious freedom law
News ImageBy Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Sunday defended a new state law that opponents worry may support discrimination against gay people, saying he had no plans to add extra protections but would consider new suggestions from state legislators. Pence, speaking on ABC's "This Week," sought to counter criticism from protesters who have spilled onto the streets of Indianapolis and others, including some corporations, after signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Thursday.
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:24:50 -0400
Former HP CEO Fiorina puts chances of presidential bid over 90 percent
Former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Fiorina listens to a question from the media after speaking at the New England Council's "Politics and Eggs" breakfast in BedfordBy Alina Selyukh and Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Hewlett-Packard Co Chief Executive Carly Fiorina said on Sunday the chances she would run for the U.S. presidency in 2016 were "higher than 90 percent" and that she would announce her plans in late April to early May. Fiorina, speaking on "Fox News Sunday," said she could not yet announce the bid because she was working to establish her team and put together what she described as "the right support" and financial resources. Fiorina is one of many potential Republican presidential candidates including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Earlier this month, Texas Senator Ted Cruz became the first major figure from either political party to formally announce his 2016 presidential bid.
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 12:29:12 -0400
U.S. Senator Rubio could announce White House bid April 13: report
News ImageU.S. Senator Marco Rubio is likely to make an announcement on his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on April 13 in Miami, according to a local news report. The Cuban-American from Florida has reserved the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami for an undisclosed event, the Tampa Bay Times reported on Friday night. It said the venue was a potential spot for Rubio to make his presidential bid official. The 1926 Mediterranean-style building was used to process and help refugees fleeing communist Cuba after Fidel Castro seized power there in 1959, the Tampa paper said.
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:49:52 -0400
Republican lawmaker says Clinton wiped clean email server
News ImageThe Republican chairman of a House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks said on Friday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had failed to respond to the panel's subpoena for documents in the case. Representative Trey Gowdy said Clinton had not provided a single new document and her lawyer told the committee a server she used for emails while she was the top U.S. diplomat had been wiped clean. "We learned today, from her attorney, Secretary Clinton unilaterally decided to wipe her server clean and permanently delete all emails from her personal server," Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said in a statement. Clinton, who was sharply criticized after it was revealed she used a private email address while secretary of state, has said she has already given copies of all her work-related emails to the State Department.
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:53:22 -0400
Obama talks to David Simon about the war on drugs and his favorite character from The Wire
In a TV news magazine-style sit-down at the White House, President Obama interviewed David Simon about the devastating impact of the drug war on urban communities, as depicted in Simons enduring HBO series The Wire. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:12:07 -0400
Icelandic whaling: Conservationists split over efficacy of Obamas sanctions, E.U. protest
The Icelandic Hvalur whaling companys killing of endangered fin whales has been denounced by the United States and the European Union. Is it time for greater action? Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:07:42 -0400
DNC unveils clip reel tying Jeb Bush to brothers policies
News ImageThe Democratic National Committee put together a clip reel of Jeb Bush backing up his older brothers policies in office hinting at a potential line of attack should he become the GOPs presidential nominee.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:51:23 -0400
Live updates: Day 13 at the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
This is day 13 of testimony in admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaevs federal death penalty trial in Boston. Prosecutors are expected to continue with additional testimony about evidence found in Tsarnaevs dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:23:30 -0400
Ted Cruz looks to revive the evangelicalism of the past
News ImageIts actually an open question whether the majority of evangelicals agree with Cruz that America should be, or can be, what it once was a nation with a dominantly Protestant culture and overwhelmingly Christian religious orientation.
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:45:27 -0400
Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Could Face Life
News ImageAmerican soldier and former Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion over his disappearance from an Afghan outpost in 2009 and could face life in confinement, the Army announced today. As part of the deal, the Taliban five were relocated to Qatar. After Bergdahl's dramatic return to the U.S., the Army launched an investigation into whether the soldier willfully left his post in Afghanistan before he was taken by the Taliban in 2009, as some Afghan war veterans alleged.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:26:13 -0400
Lawmakers to Question Top Officials about Controversial Visa Program for Wealthy Foreigners
News ImageRepublicans in Congress voiced strong objections Tuesday in response to a scathing Homeland Security investigation that found a senior official appeared to give special treatment to politically-connected applicants when he ran a little-known federal program that offers visas to those who invest $500,000 in a job-creating business. U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, the committee chairman, said he viewed the findings of the Homeland Security Inspector General extremely concerning and said he will hold hearings Thursday to determine if further investigation is needed. The Inspector Generals investigation focused on the leadership of Alejandro Mayorkas, who served as director of the immigration program known as EB-5, an obscure but increasingly popular method for obtaining highly-sought-after American Green Cards. In late 2013, Mayorkas was promoted by President Obama to Deputy Secretary of the department over objections from Republicans who had already begun to hear rumblings of problems with his handling of the immigration program.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:41:00 -0400
Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Lawyer Says
News ImageAmerican soldier and former Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion for allegedly walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009, Bergdahl's attorney told ABC News today.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:21:43 -0400
Indiana governor: New law 'not about discrimination'
News ImageINDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended the new state law that's garnered widespread criticism over concerns it could foster discrimination against gays and lesbians and said Sunday it wasn't a mistake to have enacted it.
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:56:22 -0400
Michelle Obama declares 'Black Girls Rock!'
News ImageNEWARK, N.J. (AP) First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life.
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 14:44:00 -0400
Fiorina likely GOP presidential candidate, attacks Clinton
News ImageWASHINGTON (AP) Former technology executive Carly Fiorina says she is more than 90 percent likely to seek the Republican presidential nomination. And she is questioning the confidence people can have in likely Democratic contender Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 14:31:06 -0400
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