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Clinton: 'This campaign isn't going to be about me'

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hill's 12:30 Report Trump marks second year of Mueller 'witch hunt' The Hill's Morning Report: Mueller …

Government

Clinton crushes Webb, ties Bush in Virginia poll

Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton are running neck-and-neck in Virginia, according to a new Christopher Newport University poll released Monday.<p>Bush grabbed 48 percent among registered voters in the state, compared with 46 percent for Clinton. Other Republicans appear to be gaining on Clinton as well, …

Government

Jeb Bush destroying campaign finance rules: His tactics will be the future of presidential campaign fundraising.

In February, the Campaign Legal Center, a group which works on campaign finance reform issues, released a “white paper” contending that many of the …

Religion in the Oval Office: Americans don’t think anyone is religious enough to be president.

According to a survey taken by political scientist Alex Theodoridis last fall, 60 percent of Americans say that President Obama is either Muslim …

How the Catholic Church broke Congress

The 40-year battle over an anti-abortion strategy that the Church engineered continues to fuel gridlock even today<p>The Hyde Amendment is back.<p>From holding up Loretta Lynch’s confirmation as Attorney General and a bill to help victims of sex trafficking to threatening to blow up a carefully …

Feminism

Destroying democracy is the GOP’s goal: Obstruction, dysfunction and the sneaky, decades-long plan to steal your vote

It’s not hyperbole: There’s a dangerous plan behind GOP hardball in Congress & disenfranchisement efforts in states<p>In early March, Matt Yglesias wrote a Vox article warning <b>“</b>American democracy is doomed,” not right away, perhaps, but eventually.The main reason, he argued, was the essential …

Assad Dismisses Claims Government Used Chlorine on Syrians as 'Propaganda'

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in an interview that aired Sunday, dismissed claims his regime is using chlorine gas and barrel bombs on the Syrian people as "propaganda."<p>As Syria's civil war entered its fifth year earlier this month, more than 200,000 people had been killed, according to the …

Middle East

Half of U.S. Households Struggle to Save Even a Few Cents

Racing Against the Clock: ‘Progress’ and ‘Setbacks’ at Nuclear Talks

<i>First Read is the NBC Political Unit’s morning briefing on the day’s most important political stories and why they matter.</i><p><b>Racing Against The Clock: “Progress” And “Setbacks” at Nuclear Talks</b><p>The top political story -- both here in the United States and abroad -- is playing out in Switzerland as the …

Government

Letter from 47 senators states the obvious: Obama-Iran deal may not last

In her brief press conference at the United Nations, Hillary Clinton led off with a denunciation of the letter to Iranian leaders signed by 47 of the …

Middle East

James Carville Inadvertently Admits Hillary Clinton Used Private Email to Avoid Accountabilty and Oversight

Long-time trusted Clinton confidant James Carville inadvertently admitted over the weekend on ABC's <i>This Week</i> that Hillary Clinton probably used a …

Government

The Plot Thins on the Clinton Scandal

The rapidly deflating Clinton email ‘scandal’ looks like it has more to do with a sclerotic government bureaucracy than any personal wrongdoing on …

U.S. Sanctions Venezuela Officials, Calls Country a Threat

President Barack Obama signed an executive order declaring a national emergency with respect to Venezuela and imposing sanctions on seven officials there in response to the country's deteriorating human rights climate, the White House said Monday.<p>The White House said the decision to impose the …

Venezuela

Middle-Class Betrayal? Why Working Hard Is No Longer Enough in America

What frustrates Hanna Newberg about her life right now isn’t just that she’s working as a waitress at a chain restaurant or renting a small apartment in western Massachusetts. The problem, Newberg says, is that she did everything she was told she was supposed to do -- went to college, went to …

Income Inequality

White House chief of staff tries to defuse tension over Netanyahu trip to US

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough moved to defuse a dispute over Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming trip to Washington on Sunday, calling relationships between the two countries “many faceted, deep and abiding”.<p>Administration officials told Israel’s Haaretz last week …

The White House

Obama on the Economy 5 Years Later: ‘We’re Not Near Where We Need to Be’

Pres­id­ent Obama launched a de­fense of the eco­nom­ic pro­gress un­der his ad­min­is­tra­tion Sunday on ABC’s <i>This Week</i> with George …

Republicans are mad about Hillary Clinton's emails. So pass Foia reform

To all the members of Congress complaining about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email address while Secretary of State, here’s an idea: pass a law so it can never happen again. Whether you’re a Republican in Congress trying to capitalize on the controversy, or a Democrat trying to put an end to …

Surveillance

U.S. ambassador to South Korea leaves hospital after knife attack

SEOUL (Reuters) - The U.S. ambassador to South Korea said on Tuesday he plans to maintain his open, approachable style despite being slashed by a knife-wielding Korean nationalist five days ago, causing him wounds that required 80 stitches in his face.<p>Lippert had quickly become known for his …

North Korea

Feds Arrest 2,000 Immigrant Convicts, Some Recently Released

More than 2,000 undocumented immigrants targeted for deportation because they have criminal convictions were swept up in a weeklong coast-to-coast operation — and officials say dozens of them could have been nabbed earlier.<p>In the Los Angeles area, for instance, 59 of the 218 suspects had recently …

Immigration

Ferguson Judge Named in DOJ Report Resigns, State Jurist Takes Over

A Ferguson municipal court judge, named in a scathing U.S Justice Department report — which showed a pattern of bias in the city's police force and courts — was replaced Monday by a state judge, according to the Missouri Supreme Court.<p>"The Supreme Court of Missouri today transferred Judge Roy L. …

Justice

Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman: Disloyal Arabs Should Be Beheaded

TEL AVIV — Israel's foreign minister has suggested that disloyal Arabs should be beheaded, drawing condemnation for invoking the grisly tactics of ISIS.<p>Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman — who heads the ultanationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party — told an event that Israel is "acting like fools ... …

Israel

Iran Nuclear Talks: Sen. Tom Cotton Defends GOP Open Letter to Tehran

Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas said on Tuesday that he was not trying to undermine President Barack Obama when he wrote a letter, signed by 46 Republican colleagues, warning Iran against making a deal with the United States on its nuclear program.<p>“This is about stopping Iran from getting a nuclear …

Joe Biden

Hillary Clinton defends use of private e-mail

UNITED NATIONS — Hillary Rodham Clinton used a private e-mail account to conduct State Department business for "convenience'' but has since released all e-mails related to her work as secretary of State, she said Tuesday as she tried to dampen a controversy that could overshadow her potential …

E-Mail

Hillary Clinton Says 'It Would Have Been Better' to Use Two Email Accounts

Hillary Clinton acknowledged Tuesday that it "would have been better" to use a government email address along with the personal one she used while secretary of state at her first press conference since the controversy erupted earlier this month.<p>But the likely 2016 presidential frontrunner insisted …

U.S. Dept. of State

Iran Nuclear Talks: U.S. 'Not Trustworthy,' Says Top Tehran Cleric

LONDON — One of Iran's most powerful clerics lashed out at the American government on Tuesday, saying the U.S. could not be trusted during high-stakes nuclear talks.<p>The Obama administration is working with five world powers and Iran to reach a deal on Tehran's nuclear program.<p>Grand Ayatollah …

South Asia