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4:42 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

George Stephanopoulos Discloses Donations To Clinton Foundation

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 10:28 pm

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Politics
4:42 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Top Veterans Affairs Official Says Agency Skirts Federal Purchasing Laws

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 8:35 pm

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The VA will have to answer more tough questions. Today, one of its senior procurement officers accused the agency of a lack of oversight and even fraud, resulting in millions of dollars of waste.

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It's All Politics
4:14 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Drone-Like Device Puts White House On Lockdown

This small unmanned aerial vehicle was spotted flying near the White House.
US Secret Service

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 5:54 pm

It's red and black and not much larger than a brick.

But the unmanned flying device, that looked more like a toy than a drone, was a big enough problem to put the White House, executive mansion and surrounding area on lock down for about an hour while it was checked out.

The small "unmanned aerial vehicle" was spotted flying 100 feet above Lafayette Park at lunchtime Thursday afternoon, according to the U.S. Secret Service. The park is right across the street from the White House.

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It's All Politics
3:54 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Now, Ben Carson Leads In A Republican Poll

Ben Carson, seen speaking in the early presidential nominating state of New Hampshire, is the latest Republican to vault to the top of a primary poll.
Mary Schwalm AP

Following a trio of Republican campaign announcements last week, Ben Carson leaps to the top spot of GOP presidential candidates in the latest Fox News poll tied with presumed GOP front-runner Jeb Bush.

Carson, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee all entered the race for the Republican nomination early last week, but none has seen as dramatic a bump as the retired neurosurgeon.

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The Two-Way
2:32 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Fast-Track Trade Measure Clears Key Senate Hurdle

Two days after rejecting a measure to take up a bill granting President Obama fast-track trade authority, the Senate voted to move ahead with considering the legislation.

The vote was 65-33.

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It's All Politics
1:42 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Jeb Bush Fully Walks Back: 'I Would Not Have Gone Into Iraq'

Jeb Bush walked back his position that he would have authorized the Iraq War, even knowing what we know now. He now says he would not have.
Pat Sullivan AP

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 2:09 pm

After nearly a week of confusion over his position on Iraq, the Middle East and the role of his brother as an adviser, Jeb Bush fully walked back his position that he would have gone to war in Iraq even knowing what we know now.

"So here's the deal," Bush told an audience in Arizona. "If we're all supposed to answer hypothetical questions, knowing what we know now, I would not have engaged. I would not have gone into Iraq. That's not to say that the world is safer because Saddam Hussein is gone. It is significantly safer."

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It's All Politics
1:27 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Lawmakers Spar Over Whether Amtrak Funding Cut Matters

"That's a stupid question," House Speaker John Boehner said after a reporter asked him about Democratic claims that the GOP had cut Amtrak funding to unacceptable levels.
Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 4:28 pm

Back-to-back news conferences by Democratic and Republican House leaders, given from the same podium on Thursday, showed a contrast in how both parties are responding to the politics of a deadly train crash that killed at least eight people and injured scores more.

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Law Enforcement
12:45 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Bay Area Police Chief Is Changing Attitudes, But Not Without Roadblocks

Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus poses for a photo on Jan. 29, 2015, in Richmond, Calif. The openly gay, white police chief of this tough, minority-dominated Northern California city held up a sign reading “#blacklivesmatter” during a demonstration protesting the deaths of two unarmed black suspects at the hands of Missouri and New York police. The photo of Magnus holding the sign went viral, sparking criticism from the local police officers’ union and debate over whether his participation was appropriate. (Ben Margot/AP)

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 2:01 pm

As cases in Madison, Wisc., Baltimore, Md., Ferguson, Mo. and elsewhere in the U.S. are stirring the debate over the proper use of police force, one of the police chiefs that has been tapped by states and the federal government to help improve community-police relations and work toward reform is Richmond, Calif.’s Chris Magnus.

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It's All Politics
10:37 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Taking Aim At Money In Politics, Feingold Announces Comeback Bid

Former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin made his comeback bid official on Thursday, announcing he would seek a rematch with Republican Sen. Ron Johnson.
Joe Koshollek AP

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 5:46 pm

Russ Feingold might as well have flown into the Senate race in Wisconsin on a gyrocopter.

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It's All Politics
7:32 am
Thu May 14, 2015

4 Questions For Republicans On Foreign Policy

Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks Wednesday before the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where he laid out his "Rubio Doctrine."
Mary Altaffer AP

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 3:51 pm

This post was updated at 2:45 p.m. ET

Foreign policy is becoming a big issue in the 2016 election. For the first time in years, some polls show as many voters concerned about foreign affairs as domestic issues.

And for Republican voters it's the No. 1 issue.

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