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Attorney: Ex-superintendent Charged In Cheating Scandal Dies

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 20:41 GMT // 0 Comments

Beverly Hall, the former superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools charged in what prosecutors had called a broad conspiracy to cheat on state exams, has died. Hall’s attorney J. Tom Morgan confirmed her death in an email on Monday.Former Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Beverly Hall, right, waits for motions at a Fulton County Superior Court hearing […]

Artist: Lewinsky shadows over Clinton portrait

by CNN // March 2, 2015 // Updated 20:21 GMT // 0 Comments

READ: Barbara Mikulski to retire from the Senate – One piece of evidence uncovered during an investigation into their relationship was a blue dress Lewinsky had worn during an encounter with Clinton.

Donald Trump Explains Why He’s The Only One Who Can Beat Hillary Clinton In 2016

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 20:17 GMT // 0 Comments

Despite Donald Trump’s seventh place finish during this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll, the business tycoon is adamant that he’s the only Republican able to beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. – Watch the video above.

The Twisted, Tortured Path Obamacare Took Back To The Supreme Court

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 20:04 GMT // 0 Comments

The stakes were high three years ago when the Supreme Court heard NFIB v. Sebelius, the case challenging Obamacare’s individual mandate and threatening to undermine President Barack Obama’s signature policy achievement. For three days, attorneys argued about some of the most important controversies in constitutional law –- the boundaries between federal and state power, the […]

Report: Air traffic control system vulnerable to cyberattack

by CNN // March 2, 2015 // Updated 19:54 GMT // 0 Comments

“These include weaknesses in controls intended to prevent, limit, and detect unauthorized access to computer resources, such as controls for protecting system boundaries, identifying and authenticating users, authorizing users to access systems, encrypting sensitive data, and auditing and monitoring activity on FAA’s systems,” the GAO authors wrote. – CNN’s René Marsh contributed to this report.

Ku Klux Klan Fliers Promoting Islamophobia Found In Washington State Neighborhood

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 19:50 GMT // 0 Comments

Ku Klux Klan fliers are rattling a city in Washington state, after residents found the anti-Muslim propaganda thrown in their driveways last month. “You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake!” read the front of the fliers, while the back contained Islamophobic hate speech, according to the local NBC affiliate, KHQ-TV. – In 2013, […]

Ku Klux Klan Fliers Promoting Islamophobia Found In Washington State Neighborhood

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 19:50 GMT // 0 Comments

Ku Klux Klan fliers are rattling a city in Washington state, after residents found the anti-Muslim propaganda thrown in their driveways last month. “You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake!” read the front of the fliers, while the back contained Islamophobic hate speech, according to the local NBC affiliate, KHQ-TV. – In 2013, […]

Todd Akin Isn’t Running For Senate After All

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 19:46 GMT // 0 Comments

Despite comments made last week, former Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) has announced he will not seek to unseat Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) in a 2016 primary. –U.S. Senate candidate, Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) | ASSOCIATED PRESS So far, Blunt’s only prominent opponent is Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander (D).

Transgender Veterans Need To Correct Military Records, And Hope Ashton Carter Can Help

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 19:08 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ashton Carter made a splash last week by saying he’s “very open-minded” about transgender people serving in the U.S. military. But if Carter is serious about revisiting the ban on transgender troops, he also needs to turn his attention to another issue: how the Defense Department responds to transgender veterans who […]

Tom Vilsack Announces Projects To Fight Child Hunger

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 19:03 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — Can bigger food stamp benefits alleviate child hunger in rural Kentucky? U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday that the Obama administration wants to find out. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced five demonstration projects in rural areas focused on trying to effectively deal with child hunger. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) | MANDEL NGAN via […]

Policing Task Force Recommends Body Cams, Better Reporting, More Sleep For Officers

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 19:03 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — A presidential task force on policing issues released an interim report on Monday, with recommendations that ranged from considering the use of body cameras to decoupling immigration enforcement from routine policing to ensuring that officers get enough sleep. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, co-chair of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, […]

Bill Kristol Called For AIPAC Boycott Of Samantha Power. She Got A Standing Ovation Instead.

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 18:53 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama announced Samantha Power and Susan Rice as his delegation to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard suggested conference-goers boycott their speeches to snub Obama for denying Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a meeting during his visit to the U.S. Of course, attendees shouldn’t […]

More scrutiny comes to Aaron Schock travel expenses

by CNN // March 2, 2015 // Updated 18:08 GMT // 0 Comments

Recently released records from the House of Representatives show the fourth-term congressman’s office paid $10,802 in the last quarter of 2014 to pilot Keith Siilats for “commercial transportation”. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the congressman hired Siilats to fly him from Peoria to Chicago for a Bears-Vikings football game on Nov. 16. The paper says […]

‘Good Wife’ follows GOP’s Twitter play

by CNN // March 2, 2015 // Updated 17:49 GMT // 0 Comments

Sunday’s episode of “The Good Wife,” a CBS show about the travails of a political spouse, revealed that staffers on Florrick’s campaign for Cook County State’s Attorney used anonymous Twitter accounts to secretly share polling information with a political action committee. If that sounds familiar, it should. – In real life, Republicans never talked publicly […]

Here’s How Dr. Seuss, Born This Day In 1904, Was Part Of The Pro-Vaccine Movement

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 17:31 GMT // 0 Comments

Theodor Seuss Geisel, more commonly known as the beloved American author and illustrator Dr. Seuss and born 111 years ago today, was made part of the pro-vaccine movement in the late 1990s through an immunization campaign featuring his most cherished illustrations. – The campaign launched six years after Dr. Seuss’ death to oral cancer. He […]

Bill Clinton’s Portrait Includes A Nod To Monica Lewinsky, Painter Says

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 16:56 GMT // 0 Comments

Nelson Shanks, who painted a portrait of former President Bill Clinton in 2006, revealed in an interview published Sunday that there’s more to the image than meets the eye, including a reference to the Monica Lewinsky scandal. “The reality is he’s probably the most famous liar of all time,” Shanks told the Philadelphia Daily News. […]

Bush won’t sign no-taxes pledge

by CNN // March 2, 2015 // Updated 16:21 GMT // 0 Comments

His refusal comes in response to a call from Grover Norquist, head of the anti-tax group Americans for Tax Reform, to sign his Taxpayers Protection Pledge, in which candidates commit to opposing tax increases. The issue of taxes could hang over Bush’s presidential bid, if he runs, as his father was famous for the strident […]

Netanyahu: Everything’s Fine!

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 16:20 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made his most detailed comments yet here on Monday about his spat with the Obama administration, acknowledging tensions in the U.S.-Israel relationship but citing history and philosophy to argue that the countries’ bond will become even stronger — and showing little remorse for what some observers describe as […]

Power: U.S.-Israel relationship ‘transcends politics’

by CNN // March 2, 2015 // Updated 15:59 GMT // 0 Comments

“We believe firmly that Israel’s security and the U.S.- Israel partnership transcends politics. It always will,” Power said. “This partnership should never be politicized and it cannot and will not be tarnished or broken.” RELATED: With hard feelings all around, White House set to rebut Netanyahu Netanyahu’s plans to address the Iranian threat at a […]

At AIPAC, Brad Sherman Reflects Congressional Divide On Iran Sanctions

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 15:33 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — Addressing an audience Sunday at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) showed signs of the increasing partisan tension on Iran policy. Sherman, the second-ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, with a reputation as an Iran hawk, maneuvered the delicate balancing act of supporting Democratic President Barack Obama […]

Eric Braverman Tried To Change The Clinton Foundation. Then He Quit. – Kenneth P. Vogel – POLITICO Magazine

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 15:23 GMT // 0 Comments

www.politico.com: But last month, only weeks after the board’s show of support and just a year-and-a-half after Braverman arrived, he abruptly resigned, and sources tell Politico his exit stemmed partly from a power struggle inside the foundation between and among the coterie of Clinton loyalists who have surrounded the former president for decades and who helped start […]

Federal Judge Overturns Nebraska Gay Marriage Ban

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 14:39 GMT // 0 Comments

A federal judge has ruled Nebraska’s statewide ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. –USA, California, San Francisco, rainbow flag (gay pride flag) | Nelson Hancock via Getty Images The news comes just after the state lifted a 20-year-old ban on gay people becoming licensed foster parents. The policy barred unmarried, unrelated adults who live together from […]

Barbara Mikulski, Longest-Serving Woman In Congress, To Retire

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 14:27 GMT // 0 Comments

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) is announcing her retirement on Monday, according to The Washington Post and CNN. Mikulski has served in the U.S. Senate since 1987, and before that, was elected to the House of Representatives in 1976. She has been in Congress longer than any other woman, and was the first woman to head […]

Netanyahu to address AIPAC amid controversy

by CNN // March 2, 2015 // Updated 14:25 GMT // 0 Comments

Polling has shown Americans disapprove of House Speaker John Boehner’s move to invite Netanyahu without notifying the White House. That, and the timing of the speech so close to the Israeli election, has critics accusing Boehner and Netanyahu of politicizing the issue of Iranian nuclear talks, and a growing number of Democrats are planning to […]

Barbara Mikulski, the longest serving female senator in history, to retire

by CNN // March 2, 2015 // Updated 14:20 GMT // 0 Comments

Mikulski is known as the “Dean” of the Senate womenhelping forge bipartisan relationships for decades that often result in compromise. Until Democrats lost control of the Senate, she was the chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee.

Sources: Sen. Mikulski To Retire From Senate – The Washington Post

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 14:18 GMT // 0 Comments

www.washingtonpost.com: Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), who has served in Congress longer than any woman in history, will announce at a news conference Monday that she is retiring from the Senate after five terms in office, three sources familiar with her plans said.

Centrist Dems Ready Strike Against Warren Wing | TheHill

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 14:09 GMT // 0 Comments

Centrist Democrats are gathering their forces to fight back against the “Elizabeth Warren wing” of their party, fearing a sharp turn to the left could prove disastrous in the 2016 elections. Read the whole story at thehill.com

With hard feelings all around, White House set to rebut Netanyahu

by CNN // March 2, 2015 // Updated 13:27 GMT // 0 Comments

Expecting Netanyahu to issue withering criticism of President Barack Obama’s moves toward a nuclear deal with Iran, the White House was planning to go on the offense, dispatching two high-profile officialsU.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power and National Security Adviser Susan Riceto rebut the prime minister in speeches to AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby […]

White House lawn temporarily locked down

by CNN // March 2, 2015 // Updated 13:26 GMT // 0 Comments

Secret Service officers arrested the man who will be transferred to DCPD custody. The North Lawn has since been reopened.

HUFFPOLLSTER: Netanyahu Visit Polarizes Americans

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 12:50 GMT // 0 Comments

Nearly half of Americans disagree with Republican’s Netanyahu speech invite, with Democrats being more in dissent. Republicans rate Netanyahu more favorably. And with few following the DHS funding battle, beware of polls predicting reactions. This is HuffPollster for Monday, March 2, 2015.February 1, 2015.(GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images) | GALI TIBBON via Getty Images NBC/WSJ FINDS DISAPPROVAL […]

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