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Indiana to clarify 'religious freedom' law, Georgia, N.C. bills stall 30 Mar 2015

- Indiana Republicans pledged on Monday to clarify a new "religious freedom" law, while similar proposals stalled in Georgia and North Carolina after businesses and activists said such measures could be used to discriminate against gays.

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Senator Murray backs Schumer as next Senate Democrat leader

WASHINGTON - Smoothing the way for a succession of party power in the U.S. Senate, its No. 4 Democrat, Patty Murray, has endorsed New York Senator Chuck Schumer to be the chamber's next Democratic leader after the 2016 elections, replacing Harry Reid, a Murray aide said on Monday.

30 Mar 2015
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U.S. Supreme Court rejects Obamacare 'death panel' challenge

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law that took aim at a bureaucratic board labeled by some Republicans as a "death panel" because it was designed to cut Medicare costs.

U.S. 30 Mar 2015
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Illinois Democrat Duckworth to run for U.S. Senate in 2016

WASHINGTON - U.S. Representative Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, will run for the U.S. Senate in 2016, saying in a video posted to her website on Monday that she would "fight my heart out" for constituents.

30 Mar 2015
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Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON - A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. | Video

U.S., Russia, Syria 30 Mar 2015