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Embattled Hillary Clinton urges State Department to release emails

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WASHINGTON - U.S. Democrat Hillary Clinton on Wednesday broke her silence over a budding controversy involving her use of personal email for work when she was secretary of state, saying she wanted the U.S. State Department to release them swiftly.

U.S. 1:07am EST

Wed, Mar 4 2015

U.S. Supreme Court split over Obamacare challenge

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it tackled a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with Justice Anthony Kennedy emerging as a likely swing vote in a ruling. | Video

Health, U.S. 04 Mar 2015

Hillary Clinton's focus on women's pay may resonate broadly: poll

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WASHINGTON - A Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that about two-thirds of Americans believe men are generally paid more than women, a finding that suggests that Democrat Hillary Clinton's message on pay inequality could resonate broadly with Americans should she run for president in 2016.

U.S. 1:14am EST

Senate fails to override Obama's veto of Keystone XL approval

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate failed on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the controversial project to await an administration decision on whether to permit or deny it.

04 Mar 2015

U.S. House committee subpoenas Clinton emails on Benghazi

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WASHINGTON - A congressional committee investigating the 2012 attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya issued subpoenas on Wednesday for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's personal emails, which have created a political storm for the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate.

04 Mar 2015

U.S. Representative Van Hollen of Maryland announces Senate run

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WASHINGTON - U.S. Representative Chris Van Hollen of Maryland said on Wednesday he would run in 2016 for the U.S. Senate seat held by fellow Democrat Barbara Mikulski, who is retiring.

04 Mar 2015

Utah lawmakers file anti-bias bill, with backing of Mormon Church

- Lawmakers in conservative Utah on Wednesday introduced a landmark anti-discrimination bill, with the backing of the Mormon Church, that they said would prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation while also protecting religious freedom.

U.S. 04 Mar 2015

U.S. Democrats back off Iran legislation while talks go on

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WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democrats said on Wednesday they would not support bills that could influence nuclear talks with Iran in the next three weeks, essentially ensuring no such legislation will pass before negotiators' March 24 deadline for a framework agreement.

U.S. 04 Mar 2015

Union backing elusive as Garcia seeks to unseat Chicago Mayor Emanuel

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CHICAGO - Chicago mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia is struggling to round up support from labor unions as he seeks to unseat pro-business Mayor Rahm Emanuel, even though he bills himself as more progressive.

04 Mar 2015

California Republicans take on teachers' union in package of education bills

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California Republican lawmakers on Wednesday announced a package of bills to dramatically change the way public school teachers are hired, fired and evaluated, embracing controversial education reforms in the most populous U.S. state.

04 Mar 2015
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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.