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Nobody Knew Governing Could Be So Complicated

The Obama years left Republicans with excellent ratings from the Heritage Foundation, and no idea how to whip a vote.<p>The Republican Party’s marquee legislative initiative had just imploded in spectacular, and humiliating, fashion Friday afternoon when Paul Ryan stepped up to a podium on Capitol …

Stop taking pictures. Start taking photos.

I’m standing at the Australian coast, looking out onto a breathtaking sunset. I pull out my phone and take a picture:<p>I look down at my phone, …

Croydon tram driver 'blacked out' in crash that killed seven, claim passengers

Driver is arrested as investigators say they believe tram was going too fast when it derailed in south London<p>At least seven people have been killed and more than 50 taken to hospital after a tram, believed to have been going too fast, crashed in south London on Wednesday morning.<p>Survivors of the …

Trains

Ryan will serve as speaker if GOP unites behind him

House Republicans have until Friday to meet his conditions.<p>Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, who for years has resisted a move into House Republican leadership, said Tuesday night he would serve as House speaker if he is the party's "unity candidate."<p>Ryan, the Ways and Means Committee chairman, wants to …

Oil prices and politics blur future of Keystone XL pipeline

Remember the Keystone XL pipeline?<p>It began as a proposed piece of energy infrastructure — a pipeline shortcut that would transport more than 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, across the U.S. border, through the upper Great Plains and south to refineries in …

Ahmed Mohamed And His Clock Are Moving To Qatar

But maybe it's not that far. "They even have Texas A&M in Qatar."<p>Sorry, Mr. President, Ahmed's taking his talents overseas.<p>Ever since he was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school a month ago, Ahmed Mohamed has been on a world tour. He dropped out of MacArthur High School in Irving, …

The Media Aren’t Reporting It, But The Islamic State Is Losing Its Hold in Iraq

You wouldn’t know if from the lack of media coverage – I suppose the drama surrounding Lamar Odom is more important? – but Islamic State is steadily crumbling in Iraq.<p>Over the past several months, Iraqi security forces, aided by Shiite militias and coalition aircraft (including the U.S.), have been …

Russia has released footage of one of its planes intercepting a US Reaper drone over Syria

Russia's Ministry of Defense has released a video showing a Sukhoi (Su-30SM) more or less intercepting a US MQ-9 Reaper drone over Syria.<p>Although Russia and the US have agreed on coordinating their air activity in the skies over Syria, several close encounters between Sukhois and American jets and …

The US supreme court: the only court where gun control victories matter | Scott Lemieux

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld large parts of assault weapons bans in two states, but the high court could still shoot down the laws<p>Connecticut and New York’s bans on assault weapons, both passed in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting that left 26 people dead in Newtown, …

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Poll: Trump, Carson dominate GOP field as Fiorina falters

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump and Ben Carson now stand alone at the top of the Republican field, as Carly Fiorina's brief foray into the top tier of candidates seeking the GOP nomination for president appears to have ended, a new CNN/ORC poll finds.<p>Fiorina has lost 11 points in the last month, …

Walker: It's 'possible' Trump could be the GOP nominee

Scott Walker’s chance to be the GOP nominee may be gone, but he said “it’s possible” Donald Trump could nab it.<p>"Yeah, I mean, I think right now, you look at he's got a plurality, not a majority. So in the end, if it gets down to just a handful of candidates, he probably is not the nominee,” Walker …

Here's what Obama's top Wall Street adviser thought about Tuesday night's debate

That's made him a key leader in the Democratic Party. Wolf says he's supporting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this cycle, but he also took a high-profile meeting recently with Joe Biden.<p>So we caught up with him to get his take on the debate.<p>"I think the Secretary crushed it last night — …

US, Russia to hold talks on crowded Syria skies

Fighting was also reported in the northern city of Aleppo, where jihadists from the Islamic State group were making advances against rebel fighters.<p>The planned talks come after US and Russian planes passed within kilometres (miles) of each other on Saturday.<p>Russia's air campaign, launched September …

Middle East

Democrats Debate: Right or Wrong, But Not Crazy

The real accomplishment of the Democratic presidential debate was to illuminate how the reactionary extreme of the Republican party has dominated the national political consciousness. We've been through months of a Republican primary campaign that has dumbfounded the nation for it's entertaining …

Fact check: The first Democratic debate

We found several falsehoods and misleading claims in the Democratic candidates' first debate:<p>• Former secretary of State Hillary Clinton revised her earlier statement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, claiming that she said she "hoped" it would be a "gold standard." At the time, she said …

Anderson Cooper Seemingly Can’t Believe Answer Dem. Candidate Gives When Asked About Senate Vote

CNN debate moderator Anderson Cooper was seemingly left surprised Tuesday night by an answer former Rhode Island Gov. and Sen. Lincoln Chafee gave when asked about a former vote he cast in Congress.<p>Image source: CNN<p>Chafee said that he regretted his decision to vote to repeal the Glass-Steagall act …

The Supreme Court could kill Tesla's plan to revolutionize the smart grid

On April 30, Tesla’s (TSLA) Elon Musk took the stage in California to introduce the company’s Powerwall battery energy storage system, which he hopes …

Rand Paul: 'Dumbass' livestream shows I'm still in race

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Sen. Rand Paul says he is still very much running for president -- and he has the "dumbass" evidence to prove it.<p>The Kentucky Republican spent Tuesday broadcasting his entire day of campaigning online, including some time outside a Culver's in Iowa that he spent reading mean …

CNN/Facebook Democratic debate winners and losers

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The field of Democratic presidential hopefuls faced off in their first debate, hosted by CNN and Facebook, on Tuesday night.<p>For more than two hours, the candidates tried to make their best impressions before a national audience discovering many of them for the first time.<p>Here's …

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The Democratic presidential debate, by the numbers

Here's how the candidates measured up on a few essential metrics.<p>When the Republican presidential candidates have met to debate this cycle, they’ve repeatedly gone after Hillary Clinton.<p>But when the Democratic candidates squared off for the first time in Las Vegas on Tuesday night, they managed to …

PolitiFact: Live fact-checking the first Democratic presidential debate

<b>WELCOME TO POLITIFACT’S LIVE COVERAGE</b><p>Welcome to PolitiFact’s live coverage of the first Democratic presidential debate. We’ll be with you until the …

Middle-class

Live updates: Democratic presidential debate

<b>THE CONTENDERS |</b> Hillary Clinton didn’t put a lot of space between herself and President Obama.<p>Clinton repeatedly recalled how she and Obama hounded the Chinese delegation at the 2009 United Nations Copenhagen Climate Change Conference to broker a deal on climate change.<p>“President Obama and I were …

Clinton punches back at first Democratic debate

LAS VEGAS — A feisty Hillary Clinton refused to be a punching bag in the first Democratic debate, forcefully going after her chief rival, Bernie Sanders, and the longer-shot candidates in the field as she defended her front-runner status in the presidential race — sometimes with a calm smile.<p>In …

The First Democratic Presidential Debate In 100 Words (And A Video)

<i>If you missed the first Democratic presidential debate of the 2016 race Tuesday evening, our friends at It's All Politics have wall-to-wall coverage. If you want a quickie, here's a 100-word recap — and video clip — of what happened:</i><p>Bernie Sanders foreshadowed a subdued debate without attacks. But …

Here Come the Republican Moderates

In a rare move, rank-and-file GOP lawmakers have joined with Democrats to force a vote on legislation reviving the Export-Import Bank.<p>It has taken nearly five years and the resignation of a speaker, but moderate Republicans in the House have taken their most aggressive step to undermine the …

Clinton gets off easy on emails

Less than five minutes was devoted to the issue that's dogged her campaign for months.<p>Watching the Democratic debate Tuesday night, you’d never know Hillary Clinton had the slightest troubles with her emails.<p>The 2016 Democratic front-runner got off easy on the issue that's dogged her campaign for …

The Latest: Trump offers his assessment of the Democrats

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The latest on the Democratic presidential debate at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas (all times local):<p>8:40 p.m.<p>Republican presidential …