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  • 5 things to know about Clinton's State Department emails
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 4:29 pm
    Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of a personal email account for State Department business has prompted questions about secrecy and the rules that govern the communications of senior government officials.
  • Dempsey says Iranian hand in Iraq could turn out well
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 3:56 pm
    Iran's direct support for an Iraqi push to dislodge the Islamic State group from the northern city of Tikrit could turn out to be "a positive thing" if it does not inflame sectarian tensions, the top U.S. general said Tuesday.
  • Obama holds video talk with European leaders on Ukraine
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 3:52 pm
    President Barack Obama and European leaders concerned about the conflict in eastern Ukraine have agreed to act quickly and collectively to impose additional costs on Russia for serious violations of a recent peace agreement or if Russian-backed separatists attempt to gain new territory.
  • Pentagon calls Mosul briefing a mistake by CentCom
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 3:16 pm
    A U.S. military officer's media briefing about plans for an Iraqi-led ground offensive in Mosul, including its expected timing, amounted to a mistaken disclosure of "military secrets," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday.
  • Lawmakers taking another crack at expanding gun checks
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 3:13 pm
    Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is returning to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to help kick-start a longshot campaign to expand criminal background checks to all commercial firearms sales.
  • Idaho Senate opens with Hindu prayer, 3 lawmakers protest
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 3:09 pm
    Three lawmakers refused to attend the Idaho Senate's daily invocation after objecting to the offering of a Hindu prayer.
  • Obama announces new education effort to 'let girls learn'
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 2:13 pm
    Saying every girl "has value," President Barack Obama announced a more focused government effort Tuesday to help tens of millions of girls around the world attend and stay in school. Michelle Obama said she's heading to Japan and Cambodia later this month to promote it.
  • Pelosi, Democrats furious over Netanyahu 'condescension'
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 1:08 pm
    House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi politely stood and clapped when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu entered the House chamber for his long-awaited, and highly controversial, speech to Congress. The longer he spoke, the less enthusiastic she got.
  • A complication for the Fed: Rate cuts by other central banks
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 12:57 pm
    The world's central banks are injecting a new complication into the Federal Reserve's decision on when to raise interest rates from record lows:
  • CBO: Debt limit increase not needed until the fall
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 12:36 pm
    The Congressional Budget Office says Republicans controlling Congress can probably put off a politically wrenching vote to increase the government's borrowing cap until the fall.
  • Excerpts from Israeli leader Netanyahu's speech to Congress
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 12:33 pm
    Excerpts from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress on Tuesday warning against making a deal that could leave Iran on the path toward nuclear weapons:
  • FACT CHECK: Did Netanyahu go too far in US speech?
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 12:19 pm
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu overstated Iran's domination of the Middle East and understated the timespan of the nuclear deal taking shape with Tehran, while neglecting the role of Congress in lifting Iranian sanctions, in his speech to U.S. lawmakers Tuesday.
  • Supreme Court allows challenge to Colorado Internet tax law
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 11:01 am
    A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that federal courts can hear a dispute over Colorado's Internet tax law. One justice suggested it was time to reconsider the ban on state collection of sales taxes from companies outside their borders.
  • CEO group: Trade would increase hiring in US
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 10:56 am
    Top business executives are pressing Congress to give President Barack Obama greater authority to negotiate international trade deals, citing the potential for increased hiring in the United States and greater competitiveness for their companies overseas.
  • Obama: Netanyahu offers no viable alternative to Iran talks
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 10:56 am
    President Barack Obama says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) didn't offer any "viable alternatives" to the nuclear negotiations with Iran during his speech to Congress.