• For Jeb Bush, the Q&A is the message

    The former Florida governor's openness sets him apart from his likely 2016 opponents.

  • Republicans prepare to pass Homeland Security funding

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours from a partial agency shutdown, Congress is moving to approve a short-term funding bill for the Homeland Security Department that leaves intact Obama administration immigration policies Republicans vowed to repeal.

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  • German Parliament approves Greece's bailout extension

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Parliament overwhelmingly approved the four-month extension of Greece's financial bailout on Friday, despite unease over the new government in Athens.

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  • Holder says U.S. malls should 'step up' security: CNN

    Shopping mall operators need to increase security through more staff, cameras and other techniques in light of threats made against the Mall of America in Minnesota and other shopping centers by Somali-based Islamist militants this week, outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said. "I certainly think we have to step up our sensitivities to what goes on in these commercial enterprises," Holder said in an interview with CNN that aired on Friday. "It would be the responsible thing for operators of these malls to increase their capabilities when it comes to keeping people safe who are just going about their everyday lives." In a separate interview with Politico, also published on Friday, Holder said he would push in his final weeks in office to lower the standard of proof for civil-rights offenses that would make it easier for the federal government to bring charges in future cases. The Justice Department recently closed its investigation into the shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, without filing charges against gunman George Zimmerman because of "insufficient evidence." "I think that if we adjust those standards, we can make the federal government a better backstop - make us more a part of the process in an appropriate way to reassure the American people that decisions are made by people who are really disinterested," he told Politico.

    Reuters
  • Eight people reported dead in murder, suicide in Missouri

    Eight people were found dead overnight in an apparent mass murder and suicide in rural southern Missouri, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said on Friday. The events unfolded around 10 p.m. Thursday night when the Texas County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call about a disturbance involving a weapon at a residence in Tyrone. After further investigation, authorities said they found five other victims and one person who was wounded in three other homes in Tyrone. Houston School District Superintendent Scott Dill said the killings shocked the small community.

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  • Most Americans see combating climate change as a moral duty

    By Bruce Wallace WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A significant majority of Americans say combating climate change is a moral issue that obligates them – and world leaders - to reduce carbon emissions, a Reuters/IPSOS poll has found.     The poll of 2,827 Americans was conducted in February to measure the impact of moral language, including interventions by Pope Francis, on the climate change debate. In recent months, the pope has warned about the moral consequences of failing to act on rising global temperatures, which are expected to disproportionately affect the lives of the world’s poor.     The result of the poll suggests that appeals based on ethics could be key to shifting the debate over climate change in the United States, where those demanding action to reduce carbon emissions and those who resist it are often at loggerheads.     Two-thirds of respondents (66 percent) said that world leaders are morally obligated to take action to reduce CO2 emissions.

    Reuters
  • Indiana may allow 'baby boxes' for surrendering newborns

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — On the outside, the metal box looks like an oversized bread container. But what's inside could save an abandoned newborn's life.

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  • Congress edges toward domestic security funding patch

    By David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the House of Representatives were planning to pursue on Friday a temporary funding bill to keep the lights on at the U.S. domestic security agency for three weeks, postponing the threat of a partial agency shutdown. As the clock ticked toward a midnight Friday deadline for funding the Department of Homeland Security, lawmakers said a stop-gap extension would buy time to try to work out differences between the Republican-controlled House and the Senate. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, who has insisted on a full Homeland Security funding bill free of immigration reform restrictions that have caused weeks of delay, said on Thursday he would refuse to allow such negotiations with the House.

    Reuters
  • CPAC: Convention with history of controversy is underway

    Since the nonprofit American Conservative Union hosted its first Conservative Political Action Conference in 1973, CPAC has morphed into a massive annual event, with everyone from bloggers to national networks enticed by the opportunity to observe conservatives in their natural habitat in hopes of witnessing something controversial. And CPAC, for its part, rarely disappoints.

  • CPAC shows how GOP media strategy could backfire

    The RNC made avoiding the mainstream media a top priority for the 2016 cycle.

  • Rand Paul calls out Jeb Bush on marijuana

    In interview with Yahoo News’ Katie Couric, the GOP senator slams the ex-Florida governor.

  • Chris Christie turns to media-bashing at CPAC

    As the governor of New Jersey, Christie told her he has reporters from The New York Times covering him every day and accused journalists of taking sides on issues he has stood up against. "When you do things like I've done in New Jersey, take on a lot of these special interests that they support they just want to kill you and that's what they tried to do to me every day and here's the bad news for them, here I am and I'm still standing," Christie, 52, said.

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  • Bill O’Reilly clarifies claim he saw nuns executed

    The Fox News anchor disputes allegations and says he was referring to seeing photos of executions.

  • Graffiti artist Banksy highlights condition of people living in Gaza

    Banksy turned his attention on the Gaza Strip for one of his most provocative political projects to date

  • U.S. wraps up Ebola military mission in Liberia

    The Pentagon says around 100 American troops are to remain in the region.

    AFP
  • Panel moves toward vote on attorney general pick

    Loretta Lynch is expected to win approval and become the next AG.

    Associated Press
  • GOP may need House Dems to help resolve DHS funding impasse

    Speaker Boehner holds a potential escape key, if he's willing to use it: cooperative Democrats.

    Associated Press
  • 'Jihadi John' suspect in IS beheading videos is identified

    The BBC says the man seen in several Islamic State videos is Mohammed Emwazi from London.

    Reuters
  • Rand Paul Slams Hillary Clinton on Benghazi

    The GOP senator tells Katie Couric why Clinton should not be a presidential candidate.