Caitlin Widner

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set to make history when he addresses joint meeting of US Congress

Washington honours America's closest allies by inviting their leaders to address a joint meeting of Congress. But until last week, when House of …

Japan

Obama Was Hand-Picked, Was NOT a Natural Born Citizen, Congress Knew It, and Tried to Protect Him

<b>The DC Clothesline Network is expanding. To visit our newest website Click Here.</b><p>The further I travel down this rabbit hole, the more I feel divorced …

Congressional GOP’s Immigrant ‘Outreach’ Is With a Fist

Now, Republicans want to tighten asylum standards for Central American kids—but loosen them for one home-schooling German family. Surprised?<p>Granting …

Small investors blame bad advice from brokers for big losses

NEW YORK (AP) — Susan Bernardo trusted her stockbroker. She wound up losing a fortune.<p>Her broker, David Harris, advised her to sell $400,000 worth of …

Greece's bailout talks are still going nowhere as the country runs out of money

The government and representatives from the European Commission, European Central Bank, and International Monetary Fund were locked in negotiations over the weekend, with little progress reported.<p>After a positive meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Alexis …

Europe

Pentagon chief considers easing of enlistment standards

ABINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Saying the military needs to do more to compete with corporate America for quality recruits, Defense Secretary Ash Carter opened …

Harry Reid, partisan brawler, gets pattycake treatment from the press

Harry Reid has just pulled off a triple coup.<p>He got to make his own retirement announcement without having it leak in advance. He essentially got to anoint his successor. And despite years as a bare-knuckled partisan warrior who makes incendiary comments about the other side, he’s gotten a pretty …

Where the 2016 Candidates Stand on Health Care

It doesn’t come as much of a shock that all of the Republican likely presidential contenders dislike Obamacare. But while they can all agree that …

Centrifuges and secret sites: Get up to speed on the Iran nuclear talks

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> American diplomats are in the final stretch of negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program.<p>World powers, including the United States, want to curb Iran's nuclear program to keep it from developing a nuclear bomb, and Iran is eager to throw off the sanctions that have …

South Asia

How Cameron could avoid throwing his party into chaos if he wins in May

Cameron's remarks to the BBC's James Landale prompted a flurry of activity, with commentators accusing the PM of appearing arrogant and preempting the outcome of the General Election. Whether it will have electoral consequences is yet to be seen, but his statement is much more likely to have been …

The Lost Generation: The Democrat's Demographic Problem

On the day that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced his retirement, I got an email from Ted Strickland.<p>Now unless you're from Ohio, or unless you're a real political junkie, the name might sound familiar but you probably can't quite place it. Strickland, an ordained Methodist minister and …

“A malign force in American history”: Why you should be terrified of the Supreme Court

<b>U.S. Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts (AP/Wilfredo Lee/Morry Gash/Larry Downing)</b><p>Ridiculous theories, destructive effects and evil tragedies are SCOTUS trademarks, expert Ian Millhiser tells Salon<p>Elias Isquith<p>March 30, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Throughout his years as a …

Affordable Care Act

Impeaching the Presidential Campaign Announcement

Last week, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz became the first candidate to formally enter the race for the Republican nomination for president. The Republican field is likely to be very crowded, but until recently there were no official candidates. Accordingly, one of the first thing that Cruz's …

High court rejects church appeal over use of public school

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has again rejected an appeal from a small evangelical church in the Bronx seeking to overturn New York City's ban …

High court to hear Kansas plea to reinstate death sentences

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The nation's highest court agreed Monday to hear Kansas' appeal seeking to reinstate death sentences for two brothers convicted …

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Obamacare 'death panel' challenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama delivers …

U.S. Supreme Court

'I'm not a candidate': How presidential hopefuls get around finance rules

The dinner invitations that dropped into the inboxes of political donors last week proudly boasted a list of guests whose names have already become very familiar in the crowded race for the Republican presidential nomination.<p>Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Rick Santorum are among nine confirmed speakers …

When Do Official Documents Belong to the Public?

Hillary Clinton is hardly the first government officer to try to keep her correspondence private. The fight over her emails echoes battles that stretch back to the inception of government archives.<p>Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email address and server to conduct government business as …

Hillary Clinton

Iran levels drone strike charge as nuke deal deadline looms, US denies claim

In a curiously timed allegation coming on the eve of a key deadline for nuclear talks, Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Monday claimed a U.S. drone strike killed two of its advisers in Iraq -- an allegation the U.S. disputed.<p>"We are looking into this, like we do all claims, but we don't think we did …

Supreme Court rejects appeal by US flag-wearing students

The Supreme Court has denied an appeal from former California high school students who were ordered to turn their American flag T-shirts inside out during a celebration of the Cinco de Mayo holiday at school.<p>The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place an appellate ruling that found that …

An 18-minute meeting tells us what we need to know about Iran talks before the deadline

Hours from a crucial deadline, all six foreign ministers from the so-called P5+1 — the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany — met on Monday afternoon to discuss the political framework for a final nuclear deal with Iran.<p>But the discussion among the US and allied foreign …

South Asia

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

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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.<p>U.S. congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), former Assistant …

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‘Down to the wire’: US races clock for Iran nuke deal despite warnings

The Obama administration is charging into a Tuesday deadline for striking a nuclear deal with Iran -- despite mounting warnings about Tehran's role in the deadly Yemen unrest, the Arab League uniting against Iran-aligned forces there and worries that a weak deal could trigger a regional arms …

Rep. Tammy Duckworth Is Running for the Senate

Duck­worth, an Ir­aq War vet­er­an, in­tro­duced her­self in the video as a “daugh­ter of a mar­ine, a wife, a new moth­er, and com­bat vet­er­an.” …

Clinton's Email Drama Hasn't Had Much Effect On 2016 Prospects

South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy's Select Committee on Benghazi announced Friday in a statement that Hillary Clinton had wiped her private email server clean; that the committee is getting no additional emails from her; that it's leaving open the possibility of a third-party investigation; and that …

Barack Obama's Passport Details Shared in Privacy Mix-Up: Report

President Barack Obama's passport number and personal details were accidentally revealed — along with those of other world leaders — by Australia's immigration agency, according to The Guardian newspaper.<p>The Guardian reported Monday that an immigration department officer inadvertently sent the …

Obama makes first trip to Kenya as President

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama is making his first trip to his father's native Kenya as president this summer, the White House announced Monday.<p>Obama will travel to Kenya in July for bilateral meetings and the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, an annual conference that connects …

Scalise: Conservatives are the GOP's future

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise has a solution for the GOP’s presidential election woes — double-down on conservatism.<p>The Louisiana Republican is hoping the party avoids nominating a moderate in 2016, noting that candidates from the GOP’s center have failed to win the White House during the last …

Indiana GOP To Revisit Law; Paper Weighs In With Full Page Editorial

<b>Update, 11:17 p.m. ET</b><p>The Indianapolis Star's editorial board is weighing in on the matter, rather loudly, in tomorrow's edition.<p><b>Update, 8:55 p.m. ET:</b><p>Two Democrat-dominated state governments, Connecticut and Washington state, joined the boycott against Indiana on Monday.<p>Governors Dan Malloy and Jay …