Justice Scalia’s death puts Supreme Court at the center of the presidential campaign – LA Times

Justice Scalia’s death puts Supreme Court at the center of the presidential campaign – LA Times

Justice Antonin Scalia ‘s death has turned a second-tier topic into a central facet of the 2016 presidential campaign : Among the new president’s first acts likely will be nominating a justice who will determine the balance of power on the Supreme Court. Potential court openings haven’t dominated debates thus far in the campaign, and […]

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Justice Antonin Scalia is said to have died of a heart attack – The Washington Post

Justice Antonin Scalia is said to have died of a heart attack – The Washington Post

His days were known as predictable, but in the hours after his body was found, chaos reigned. Texas officials needed hours to find a justice of the peace to pronounce him dead. Inside the cloistered chambers of the Supreme Court, Justice Antonin Scalia’s days were highly regulated and predictable. He met with clerks, wrote opinions […]

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WaPo: After New Hampshire, Sanders and Clinton woo black voters

WaPo: After New Hampshire, Sanders and Clinton woo black voters

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The presidential nomination battle between Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton moved decisively Wednesday to a fight for African Americans’ votes, as the two candidates touted dueling endorsements to bolster their standing within the community. The flurry of activity underscored how the massive wins by Sanders and […]

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Politico: Chris Christie’s bridge to nowhere: How his 2016 bid went wrong

Politico: Chris Christie’s bridge to nowhere: How his 2016 bid went wrong

Relentless campaign, high-profile endorsements yield only a dismal sixth-place finish. FROM POLITICO … NASHUA, N.H. — Chris Christie pinned his presidential hopes to New Hampshire. Instead, the state became the latest, and last, in a string of disappointments. The New Jersey Governor posted on Facebook Wednesday that he was leaving the race and informed his […]

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Justice Dept will sue the City of Ferguson to force policing reform – The Washington Post

Justice Dept will sue the City of Ferguson to force policing reform – The Washington Post

The federal government filed a civil lawsuit Wednesday against the City of Ferguson, Mo. alleging that the city’s police and court system violate residents’ civil rights, according to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The suit says these “ongoing and pervasive” violations come from the city’s use of law […]

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Politico: 2016 New Hampshire Primary Results: Trump and Sanders win by double-digits!

Politico: 2016 New Hampshire Primary Results: Trump and Sanders win by double-digits!

POLITICO’s Live 2016 New Hampshire Primary Election Results and Maps by State, County and District. Includes 2016 Primary Races for President, Senate, House, Governor and Key Ballot Measures. Source: New Hampshire Primary Results 2016 Election: President Live Map by County, Real-Time Voting Updates – POLITICO

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Politico: Carly Fiorina quits 2016 race

Politico: Carly Fiorina quits 2016 race

The only woman in the Republican field bows out one day after a dismal finish in New Hampshire. Business executive Carly Fiorina dropped out of the 2016 contest on Wednesday, ending a campaign that failed to enlist enough support despite Republican voters’ clear preference for a Washington outsider this cycle. “I’ve said throughout this campaign […]

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WaPo: Chris Christie suspends his presidential campaign

WaPo: Chris Christie suspends his presidential campaign

The onetime rising Republican star was never able to recover from “Bridgegate.” Chris Christie — the brash New Jersey governor whose fast rise in Republican politics was undone by a petty scheme to clog traffic on a bridge — has decided to suspend his presidential campaign, according to two Republicans briefed on his deliberations. Source: […]

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Republicans point fingers: Who let Trump get this far? (Politico)

Republicans point fingers: Who let Trump get this far? (Politico)

With less than a week to go before Iowa, the GOP’s blame game has already begun. POLITICO – With time running out until the first primary votes are cast, establishment Republicans have begun a ferocious round of finger-pointing over who is to blame for the party’s failure to stop Donald Trump. The chiding, once limited […]

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Trump +7 in latest Iowa Republican Presidential Poll (Real Clear Politics)

Trump +7 in latest Iowa Republican Presidential Poll (Real Clear Politics)

Republican front-runner Donald Trump is ahead by 7 points in Iowa among likely Republican caucus-goers in the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll out today. This is consistent with all but one poll conducted within the past few weeks. Source: RealClearPolitics – Election 2016 – Iowa Republican Presidential Caucus

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Clinton +3 over Sanders in latest Iowa NBC/WSJ Poll: Real Clear Politics

Clinton +3 over Sanders in latest Iowa NBC/WSJ Poll: Real Clear Politics

RealClearPolitics – Election 2016 … Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D-NY) is up three points over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll out today. Within the margin of error, the Iowa caucus is a race that is too close to call for the Democratic presidential nomination. Source: RealClearPolitics […]

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Trump schedules event to rival Fox News debate | TheHill

Trump schedules event to rival Fox News debate | TheHill

The event, to benefit veterans, will be held three miles from the debate. The Republican front-runner, who said Tuesday he would skip the debate over a feud with the network, sent out special invitations Wednesday afternoon to a Donald J. Trump Special Event to Benefit Veterans Organizations. The event will be held at 9 p.m. EST […]

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On This Day in History: President Reagan on Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion (C-SPAN)

On This Day in History: President Reagan on Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion (C-SPAN)

30 Years Ago Today: President Reagan addresses the American people on the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, killing all seven astronauts aboard (one of whom was teacher Christa McAuliffe).

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From Politico: Insiders to Clinton: Lay off Sanders

From Politico: Insiders to Clinton: Lay off Sanders

FROM POLITICO: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will appear onstage together at the first Democratic debate next week, but don’t expect fireworks: Leading Democrats say it would be a mistake for Clinton to attack Sanders. That’s the assessment of this week’s POLITICO Caucus, our bipartisan survey of the top activists, operatives and strategists in Iowa, New […]

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From Richmond: No, John Kasich, I don’t want Taylor Swift tickets

From Richmond: No, John Kasich, I don’t want Taylor Swift tickets

Did Governor Kasich really tell this University of Richmond student that? From The Collegian: My hand was raised, my body half-way out of my back-row seat, when Gov. John Kasich finally acknowledged me. “I’m sorry, I don’t have any Taylor Swift concert tickets,” he said, his eyes meeting mine. The older members of the audience […]

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NYT: From Donald Trump, Hints of a Campaign Exit Strategy?

NYT: From Donald Trump, Hints of a Campaign Exit Strategy?

From The New York Times: In unmistakable ways over the last two weeks, whether he has intended to or not, Donald J. Trump has started to articulate a way out of the presidential race: a verbal parachute that makes clear he has contemplated the factors that would cause him to end his bid. It is […]

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President Obama & Pope Francis Complete Remarks at White House (C-SPAN) – YouTube

President Obama & Pope Francis Complete Remarks at White House (C-SPAN) – YouTube

  President Obama and Pope Francis delivered remarks at a ceremony to welcome the pontiff to the White House. Watch the complete ceremony here.

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Secretary Kerry’s Remarks with Foreign Minister Rodriguez Parilla in Havana

Secretary Kerry’s Remarks with Foreign Minister Rodriguez Parilla in Havana

Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Eduardo Rodriguez Parilla, in Havana, Cuba on August 14, 2015.

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Raising of the Flag at U.S. Embassy Havana, Cuba

Raising of the Flag at U.S. Embassy Havana, Cuba

Aug. 14, 2015: Secretary Kerry presides over a flag-raising ceremony for the historic re-opening of the U.S. Embassy Havana in Cuba.

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CNN: Harvard professor explores presidential bid to highlight campaign finance flaws

CNN: Harvard professor explores presidential bid to highlight campaign finance flaws

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Harvard professor and constitutional lawyer Lawrence Lessig announced Tuesday that he was launching an exploratory campaign to find out whether he could viably win the Democratic nomination for president. The reason he is running: To revamp campaign finance laws and rid the country of what he calls “political corruption.” Read the […]

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Economy adds 215,000 jobs in July, but not enough to dip unemployment rate

Economy adds 215,000 jobs in July, but not enough to dip unemployment rate

“The job market’s winning streak continued in July as the economy added 215,000 positions, according to government data released Friday, providing more evidence of an economy that is slowly but steadily returning to normal.” Of note:”The solid yet unremarkable report indicated that the recovery is chugging along. Hiring came in just shy of analysts’ expectations, […]

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Senator Bob Corker Delivers Weekly GOP Address on the Iran Deal

Senator Bob Corker Delivers Weekly GOP Address on the Iran Deal

In the Weekly Republican Address, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker of Tennessee previews the upcoming Senate debate on the President’s Iran deal. When the Senate reconvenes in September, it will consider a resolution to disapprove of the President’s Iran nuclear deal. ‘The real decision for lawmakers isn’t this deal or war,’ says Corker, […]

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President’s Weekly Address: Reaffirming Our Commitment to Protecting the Right To Vote

President’s Weekly Address: Reaffirming Our Commitment to Protecting the Right To Vote

In this week’s address, the President celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by underscoring the importance of one of the most fundamental rights of our democracy – that all of us are created equal and that each of us deserves a voice. Watch the full video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ddq3xJPr3I  

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Cuban Embassy Opens Today in Washington D.C.

Cuban Embassy Opens Today in Washington D.C.

U.S.-Cuba relations were officially restored with the re-opening of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C. President Dwight Eisenhower severed diplomatic relations with Cuba on January 3, 1961. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez delivered remarks. Additional media coverage on the topic: Politico: Kerry Hails a ‘New Beginning’ with Cuba      

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Republicans Oppose the Iran Deal – But Can They Override a Veto?

Republicans Oppose the Iran Deal – But Can They Override a Veto?

John Feehery: There are 247 Republicans in the House. They need 290 members to override a veto, which means they would need 43 Democrats to abandon Mr. Obama. It’s hard to see where they get that many votes. It’s easy for Republicans to oppose this nuclear deal with Iran. They don’t trust President Barack Obama, […]

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President Obama: The Historic Deal that Will Prevent Iran from Acquiring a Nuclear Weapon

President Obama: The Historic Deal that Will Prevent Iran from Acquiring a Nuclear Weapon

    How the U.S. and the international community will block all of Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon TUESDAY – July 14. President Obama announced this morning that a deal had been reached with Iran to prevent them from building a nuclear weapon. He stated, “After many months of principled diplomacy, the P5+1 — […]

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Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Delivers GOP Address on the Every Child Achieves Act

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Delivers GOP Address on the Every Child Achieves Act

In the Weekly Republican Address, Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee makes the case for passage of a major education reform bill now under consideration in the United States Senate. Designed to fix problems with the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, the bipartisan legislation would continue measurements of academic progress of students but restore to […]

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President’s Weekly Address: Making Our Communities Stronger Through Fair Housing

President’s Weekly Address: Making Our Communities Stronger Through Fair Housing

Published on Jul 11, 2015 The President discusses a new rule announced by his Administration to make it easier for communities to implement the Fair Housing Act.  

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OPM Director Katherine Archuleta Resigns Amid Furor Over Data Breaches – NBC News

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta Resigns Amid Furor Over Data Breaches – NBC News

Katherine Archuleta announced on Friday that she will step down from her position as director of the Office of Personnel Management. Source: OPM Director Katherine Archuleta Resigns Amid Furor Over Data Breaches – NBC News

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Hillary Clinton’s push on gun control marks a shift in presidential politics – The Washington Post

Hillary Clinton’s push on gun control marks a shift in presidential politics – The Washington Post

Democrats have often been timid on the issue, but she is inviting debate and vowing to take on the NRA. Source: Hillary Clinton’s push on gun control marks a shift in presidential politics – The Washington Post

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Supreme Court’s twin icons approach day of reckoning

Supreme Court’s twin icons approach day of reckoning

                The two responded matter-of-factly to the retirement question during a 90-minute Smithsonian Associates forum at George Washington University last week. “I’ll get out as soon as I’m not doing the job that I’m supposed to do,” Scalia said. Ginsburg has said the same, but she acknowledged that […]

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NBC’s Brian Williams Situation Plays Out in Context of Already Low Trust in Mass Media

NBC’s Brian Williams Situation Plays Out in Context of Already Low Trust in Mass Media

        From Gallup: NBC News Managing Editor and Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has been suspended without pay for six months as a result of his superiors’ determination that he “misrepresented events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War,” and also about concerns that occurred while he was “talking about his […]

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Gallup: Middle States Lead the Nation in Job Creation

Gallup: Middle States Lead the Nation in Job Creation

            States in the middle of the U.S. possess Gallup’s highest Job Creation Index scores, says Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport, in a review of Gallup’s State of the States report.  

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House Majority Leader McCarthy: New American Congress is Investing in Small Business

House Majority Leader McCarthy: New American Congress is Investing in Small Business

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House Democrats Call on House Republicans to Pass a Clean DHS Funding Bill

House Democrats Call on House Republicans to Pass a Clean DHS Funding Bill

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West Wing Week: 02/13/15 or, “Just Say the Word”

West Wing Week: 02/13/15 or, “Just Say the Word”

  Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This week, the President spent time with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Hoosiers, BuzzFeeders, veterans, and public health warriors — while the Vice President traveled to Belgium and Germany. That’s February 6th to February 12th or, “Just […]

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Speaker Boehner Signs Bipartisan Keystone Jobs Bill … what will the President do now?

Speaker Boehner Signs Bipartisan Keystone Jobs Bill … what will the President do now?

Joined by House and Senate leaders today, Speaker Boehner signed S. 1, bipartisan legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline. So … what do YOU think the President will do with this bill, as it heads down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Oval Office? Will he sign it, veto it, or pocket veto it? He has said […]

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President Obama Authorizes Use of Military Force against ISIS (C-SPAN)

President Obama Authorizes Use of Military Force against ISIS (C-SPAN)

President Obama statement on Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIS.

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Why every AP Gov student should check out Maryland Youth & Government’s trip to Annapolis!

Why every AP Gov student should check out Maryland Youth & Government’s trip to Annapolis!

MD Youth & Government 2014 Closing Video All About Maryland Youth and Government … 2014 Maryland Youth and Government Newscast 2012 Maryland Youth and Government  

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President Obama Hosts Chancellor Merkel at the White House

President Obama Hosts Chancellor Merkel at the White House

In a joint press conference from the East Room of the White House, President Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany deliver remarks, February 9, 2015.

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