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Europe
3:34 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Nemtsov Report Alleges Russian Military Forces Fought In Ukraine

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 6:22 pm

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Politics
3:34 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Jeb Bush Faces Criticism Over Iraq War Comments

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 6:22 pm

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Politics
3:34 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

John Kerry Meets With President Putin In Sochi

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 6:22 pm

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The Two-Way
3:00 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Fast-Track Trade Measure Fails Key Test Vote In Senate

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 3:38 pm

Democrats in the Senate have blocked — for now — a vote on the fast-track trade authority that President Obama had sought and Republicans had supported.

The tally was 52 to 45 in favor, eight short of the 60-vote threshold needed to take up the bill.

It's a rebuke to Obama, who has made the trade bill a key part of his second-term agenda, from his fellow Democrats.

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It's All Politics
12:56 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Reagan Shooter John Hinckley's Lawyers Say He's Ready To Be Free

John Hinckley currently enjoys 17-day visits to his mother's home in Williamsburg, Va., every month. Prosecutors voiced concern over what would happen when his 89-year-old mother dies.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 3:34 pm

A lawyer for John Hinckley told a federal judge Tuesday that it's time to grant the thwarted presidential assassin the power to leave a psychiatric hospital and live full time with his elderly mother in Virginia.

"Every witness agrees that he's ready and every witness agrees that the risk of danger is decidedly low," lawyer Barry William Levine argued.

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The Two-Way
6:24 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Obama's Presidential Library Will Be In Chicago, Foundation Announces

President Obama's presidential library will be in Chicago, his foundation announced on Tuesday.

"The future Presidential Center will include the library, museum, as well as office and activity space for the Foundation to inspire and engage citizens here and globally," the foundation said in a press release.

From Chicago, NPR's Cheryl Corley told our Newscast unit:

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It's All Politics
4:09 am
Tue May 12, 2015

NYC Mayor Seeks National Spotlight, New 'Contract With America'

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to step onto the national stage with his progressive "Contract With America."
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 10:17 am

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is casting his eye beyond the Big Apple — and is trying to cement his legacy as a progressive champion that could help boost his political future.

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Middle East
4:21 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Saudi King, Several Gulf Rulers To Skip U.S. Summit

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 12:31 pm

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News
4:14 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

It's Infrastructure Week: More Potholes Than Tax Dollars To Fill Them

All roads lead to Congress as states and the construction industry vie for limited federal funds for infrastructure.
Susan Montoya Bryan AP

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 4:49 pm

This is National Infrastructure Week in Washington, D.C. That's when serious policy wonks, along with the construction, labor groups and other related industries, hold conferences, raise awareness and maybe most important, lobby Congress on behalf of road, bridge and other brick and mortar and concrete improvements.

There is added urgency to their efforts this year, as federal highway building money is set to run out, probably sometime this summer, and so is the government's authority to spend what little money it has left.

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It's All Politics
4:06 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Jeb Bush Would Have Authorized Iraq War — Even Knowing What We Know Now

Then-President George W. Bush jokes with his brother Jeb, the then-Florida governor, in 2006. Jeb Bush has been asked before, and is sure to be again, how he would distinguish himself from his brother.
Mari Darr~Welch AP

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 9:46 pm

If one of Jeb Bush's biggest stumbling blocks to the presidency is his brother's tumultuous tenure in the White House, this past week hasn't been a good one for the former Florida governor.

After telling a group of fundraisers behind closed doors that former President George W. Bush was one of his advisers on the Middle East, the likely 2016 GOP hopeful followed that up telling Fox News' Megyn Kelly that he would have authorized the Iraq War — even knowing what we know now.

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