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    GOP 2016 hopefuls back Indiana's new law

    Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum and Ben Carson are rushing to defend Indiana's "religious freedom" law, standing with social conservatives on a measure that opponents have said opens the door to discrimination against gays and lesb...

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Talks extended on Iran nuclear deal

Kerry Iran talking

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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has informed the Iranian delegation at talks in Switzerland on Iran's nuclear program that he will return to Paris at dawn Wednesday in an apparent effort to force t...


Arkansas about to adopt religious freedom law


Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson now has to decide if he wants Mike Pence's headache.

The Arkansas House on Tuesday approved a religious freedom measure that mirrors the one Pence signed into law in Indiana -- sparking outrage from businesses, sports org...


Iranian aircraft buzzed Navy helicopter

Tehran, Iran

An Iranian military observation aircraft flew within 50 yards of an armed U.S. Navy helicopter over the Persian Gulf this month, sparking concern that top Iranian commanders might not be in full control of local forces, CNN has learned.


Obama commutes 22 drug-related sentences

Obama end of year news conference

President Barack Obama on Tuesday reduced the sentences of 22 individuals serving for drug-related offenses, many involving distribution of cocaine.


Elizabeth Warren tells Wall Street: 'Bring it on'

Warren Barnes and Noble

Elizabeth Warren has a clear message for Wall Street: "Bring it on."

The senator from Massachusetts said Monday that she will continue to call for financial reforms and for big Wall Street banks to be broken up, despite potential retaliation against D...


Top Clinton aides head to Iowa, New Hampshire

Clinton speaks at podium

Two top aides to Hillary Clinton's all-but-announced presidential campaign are headed to Iowa and New Hampshire this week, according to a Democrat familiar with their plans but not authorized to speak on the record.

Robby Mook, Clinton's campaign mana...


Indiana legislators pledge to 'fix' law

Demonstrators in Indianapolis over religious freedom law

Indiana's top two state lawmakers pledged Monday to amend the state's controversial "religious freedom" law to clarify that it cannot be used to discriminate against gay people.


Iran talks: Kerry still sees 'tricky issues'

John Kerry

As nuclear talks with Iran neared the endgame, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shied away from predicting success.

Difficult issues remain on the table as the world's most powerful diplomats meet in Switzerland with Iranian nuclear negotiators, Ker...


Obama salutes 'Lion of the Senate' Kennedy

Obama speaks at Kennedy Institute dedication

President Barack Obama, formally dedicating on Monday an institute to the U.S. Senate and one of its legendary occupants, hailed the importance of the legislative body even while suggesting its best days have faded.

Speaking at the Boston waterfront s...


Obama makes first trip to Kenya as President

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama is making his first trip to his father's native Kenya as president this summer, the White House announced Monday.


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