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Former U.S. Ambassador Confronts Russian Network’s Editors Over Reporting on Crimea

Former U.S. Ambassador Confronts Russian Network’s Editors Over Reporting on Crimea | Current Political Climate in US | Scoop.it
Michael McFaul, the former United States ambassador to Russia, told the editor of the Russian government's overseas broadcast network Russia Today, that he refused to keep "pretending that RT is a news organization."...
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Pope Francis invited to address a joint session of Congress

Pope Francis invited to address a joint session of Congress | Current Political Climate in US | Scoop.it
This story has been updated. Congressional leaders have invited Pope Francis to address a joint session of Congress during his expected visit to the United States next year.
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Christie deals with series of hecklers at town hall (Video)

Christie deals with series of hecklers at town hall (Video) | Current Political Climate in US | Scoop.it
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Senate passes flood insurance, child-care bills

Senate passes flood insurance, child-care bills | Current Political Climate in US | Scoop.it
On the verge of leaving Washington for another week-long recess, the Senate approved two bipartisan measures Thursday dealing with flood insurance and federally subsidized child care.
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National Briefing | Washington: For-Profit Schools Face New Default Rules

National Briefing | Washington: For-Profit Schools Face New Default Rules | Current Political Climate in US | Scoop.it
For-profit colleges would lose all federal student aid, a fatal blow, if their students fail tests of earnings and debt default, the Obama administration will propose Friday.
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GOP outreach to Latinos overshadowed by conservative opposition to immigration reform

GOP outreach to Latinos overshadowed by conservative opposition to immigration reform | Current Political Climate in US | Scoop.it
Sixteen months after losing the White House and realizing that it must reach out to Latinos, the Republican Party is spending $10 million to ramp up Hispanic field operations in key states and flood Spanish-language news media with advertisements...
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She The People: This woman could turn Texas purple -- and it’s not Wendy Davis

She The People: This woman could turn Texas purple -- and it’s not Wendy Davis | Current Political Climate in US | Scoop.it
Nationally, not many progressives recognize and know who Texas state Sen.
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OP-ED | Fixing Connecticut’s Cities

OP-ED | Fixing Connecticut’s Cities | Current Political Climate in US | Scoop.it
When the Connecticut Policy Institute launched its urban policy initiative last week, it was a shame that Democratic spokesman James Hallinan stuck to politics, instead of telling voters what Democrats will do to help residents of the state’s...
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Monkey Cage: The challenges Democrats face in 2014 (in 2 graphs)

Monkey Cage: The challenges Democrats face in 2014 (in 2 graphs) | Current Political Climate in US | Scoop.it
This is a guest post by Ben Highton, one of the political scientists behind our midterm forecasts. The chances that the Republicans will maintain control of the House are a near certainty.
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The Fix: What happens if Hillary Clinton doesn’t run for president? Chaos.

The Fix: What happens if Hillary Clinton doesn’t run for president? Chaos. | Current Political Climate in US | Scoop.it
Conventional wisdom -- and even some unconventional wisdom -- dictates that Hillary Clinton is running for president in 2016.
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The most interesting tidbits from the Clinton document dump (Part 2)

The most interesting tidbits from the Clinton document dump (Part 2) | Current Political Climate in US | Scoop.it
Another stack of previously unreleased Clinton Administration documents has been released by the National Archives.
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Obama says enrollment is high enough to ensure his health law’s survival

Obama says enrollment is high enough to ensure his health law’s survival | Current Political Climate in US | Scoop.it
President Obama said Friday he was confident enough Americans had enrolled under the Affordable Care Act to make the program "stable." In an interview with WebMD, Obama said the fact that 4.2 million people have already signed up for plans under...
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Scott Brown Ready for Senate Run in New Hampshire

Scott Brown Ready for Senate Run in New Hampshire | Current Political Climate in US | Scoop.it
Scott P. Brown, the former Massachusetts senator, said that he was forming an “exploratory committee,” which allows him to start raising money and hiring a staff.
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Obama administration extends health-care program that insures some of sickest

Obama administration extends health-care program that insures some of sickest | Current Political Climate in US | Scoop.it
The Obama administration is again extending a temporary program under the health-care law that insures some of the sickest patients in the country amid concerns that not enough people will find new coverage by the end of the month.
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Obama Orders Rule Changes to Expand Overtime Pay

Obama Orders Rule Changes to Expand Overtime Pay | Current Political Climate in US | Scoop.it
President Obama, declaring that “Americans have spent far too long working more but earning less,” said millions more workers would be eligible for extra pay.
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Senate reaches bipartisan deal on unemployment benefits extension

Senate reaches bipartisan deal on unemployment benefits extension | Current Political Climate in US | Scoop.it
Senate negotiators struck a bipartisan deal Thursday that would renew federal unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless, allowing for retroactive payments to go to more than 2 million Americans whose benefits expired in late December.
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McCain: ‘Don’t call yourself Reagan Republicans’ if you oppose Senate Ukraine aid deal

McCain: ‘Don’t call yourself Reagan Republicans’ if you oppose Senate Ukraine aid deal | Current Political Climate in US | Scoop.it
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) blasted fellow Republican senators Thursday for seeking to block an aid package to the new Ukrainian government, and he went so far as to question their allegiance to the GOP.
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Former U.S. Ambassador Confronts Russian Network’s Editors Over Reporting on Crimea

Former U.S. Ambassador Confronts Russian Network’s Editors Over Reporting on Crimea | Current Political Climate in US | Scoop.it
Michael McFaul, the former United States ambassador to Russia, told the editor of the Russian government's overseas broadcast network Russia Today, that he refused to keep "pretending that RT is a news organization."...
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Under pressure, Obama calls for immigration-enforcement review

Under pressure, Obama calls for immigration-enforcement review | Current Political Climate in US | Scoop.it
President Obama on Thursday ordered his administration to review its immigration policies to determine ways to make it more humane, a response to mounting pressure from advocates to stem deportations of illegal immigrants.
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In the Loop: Loop Quote of the Week Winner: Michele Bachmann

In the Loop: Loop Quote of the Week Winner: Michele Bachmann | Current Political Climate in US | Scoop.it
This week goes to retiring Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who was interviewed during the Conservative Political Action Conference that ended last weekend and proposed that people who criticize billionaire GOP contributors should be prosecuted...
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Tim Kaine to keynote the South Carolina Jefferson/Jackson Dinner

Tim Kaine to keynote the South Carolina Jefferson/Jackson Dinner | Current Political Climate in US | Scoop.it
Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine will give the keynote address at the South Carolina Democratic Party's annual Jefferson/Jackson Dinner on May 2. The event kicks off the state party's annual "Dem Weekend," which is focused this year on the midterms.
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Rand Paul: GOP needs to ‘agree to disagree’ on social issues

Rand Paul: GOP needs to ‘agree to disagree’ on social issues | Current Political Climate in US | Scoop.it
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says in a new interview that Republicans should embrace a more tolerant view of those who don't hold conservative positions on social issues.
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Fox terminates Scott Brown’s contract, confirms his exploratory committee

Fox terminates Scott Brown’s contract, confirms his exploratory committee | Current Political Climate in US | Scoop.it
Fox News has confirmed that former senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.) has told the network that he will file an exploratory committee for the New Hampshire Senate race.
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The Fix: How ‘McConnelling’ came to be the hottest thing on the political web

The Fix: How ‘McConnelling’ came to be the hottest thing on the political web | Current Political Climate in US | Scoop.it
Earlier this week, the campaign of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) released an ad with no words. Only Mitch McConnell's smiling face. The Internet responded in kind by inserting McConnell's face where it was meant to be.
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In the Loop: Clinton adviser thought Russia ‘doctored’ JFK papers

In the Loop: Clinton adviser thought Russia ‘doctored’ JFK papers | Current Political Climate in US | Scoop.it
In the late 1990s, President Bill Clinton’s advisers mused how directly involved he should be in pressing the Russian government for documents related to the JFK assassination, and then, when they were released, whether Russian intelligence had...
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This week a do-nothing Congress did something

This week a do-nothing Congress did something | Current Political Climate in US | Scoop.it
In an era when many Americans dismiss the House and Senate as entities incapable of action or accomplishment, Congress actually did something this week to rebut its do-nothing image.
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