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Webb Seeks To Clarify Defense Of Confederate Battle Flag

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 5:05pm

Ex-Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., has defended the Confederate battle flag for years, making a nuanced argument for what it represents. But that's been complicated after the shooting at a Charleston church.

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Russia Poses 'Greatest Threat' To U.S., Gen. Dunford Tells Senate Panel

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 4:49pm

The Senate Armed Services Committee held a confirmation hearing Thursday to consider the nomination of Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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Army To Cut 40,000 Troops Over 2 Years At U.S. Bases

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 4:37pm

The decision to shrink the Army to 450,000 active-duty personnel was made months ago, but Congress was only briefed on the details of the plan in recent days.

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How To Take A Picture-Perfect Presidential Selfie

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 4:11pm

This election has been called the "selfie election." It turns out there's an art to the political selfie. And with this many candidates running for president, they are in need of some advice.

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Joint Chiefs Nominee Says Russia Could Pose 'Existential Threat' To U.S.

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 4:05pm

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said that Moscow poses the greatest threat to U.S. national security and that Ukraine requires U.S. arms to counter Russian aggression.

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FBI Says It Thwarted Attempted July 4th Attack

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 3:52pm

FBI Director James Comey says the agency arrested more than 10 people, radicalized through social media, plotting to kill Americans on Independence Day.

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Tom Selleck Accused Of Stealing Water For California Ranch

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 3:31pm

TV star Tom Selleck has been accused of stealing water amid California's drought from a neighboring water district. Los Angeles Times reporter Matt Hamilton has been reporting on the the mystery of Magnum PI's water supply.

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Shrinking Kansas Budgets Push Many Teachers Across State Lines

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 3:31pm

Kansas has had its share of political and fiscal problems in the past year. Huge income tax cuts have led to cuts in everything from staff at state mental hospitals to shrinking classroom budgets for public schools. Now the state is having trouble recruiting and retaining teachers, and some are fleeing to neighboring states.

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S.C. Governor Signs Bill To Remove Confederate Flag From State House Grounds

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 3:31pm

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill on Thursday to remove the Confederate battle flag from the State House grounds. The move comes after hours of legislative debate this week following last month's fatal church shooting in Charleston. The suspect in that crime was seen in pictures holding Confederate flags.

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Belgrade's Ruined Defense Ministry Serves As Reminder Of NATO Airstrikes

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 3:31pm

After national trauma, some countries build memorials, and others forget. Sixteen years after bombs struck, the defense ministry in Belgrade remains a ruin, serving as a daily reminder of the NATO war against Serbia.

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GOP Pushes First Amendment Defense Act After Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 3:31pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Sen. Mike Lee's office about his First Amendment Defense Act bill, which would protect people who find same-sex marriage contrary to their religion.

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Puerto Rico Lobbies Congress For Help In Solving Debt Crisis

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 3:31pm

Puerto Rico's governor has stepped up efforts to convince Congress to help solve its debt crisis. The U.S. territory wants lawmakers to pass a bill that would extend bankruptcy protection.

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Kerry Says Iran Nuclear Talks 'Will Not Be Rushed'

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 3:31pm

Secretary of State John Kerry says there's progress in nuclear talks with Iran but no deal yet. He says the U.S. won't be rushed.

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley Signs Confederate Flag Bill Into Law

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 3:12pm

In a public signing ceremony staged in the lobby of the Statehouse where slain Rev. Clementa Pinckney once worked in the state Senate, Gov. Nikki Haley signed the hard-fought bill.

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From DOMA To Marriage Equality: How The Tide Turned For Gay Marriage

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 12:20pm

For 25 years, attorney Mary Bonauto and activist Evan Wolfson helped shape the gay marriage movement. They discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling, which represented the culmination of their efforts.

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Watch: Confederate's Descendant's Scathing Address In S.C. Flag Debate

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 10:01am

Republican Rep. Jenny Horne lit up the House with a speech criticizing its slowness to take down the flag, saying, "I am a descendant of Jefferson Davis. OK? But that does not matter."

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Senate Panel Considers Gen. Dunford's Joint Chiefs Nomination

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 4:04am

The Senate Armed Services Committee holds a confirmation hearing Thursday on the nomination of General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "

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Debate In Oklahoma Widens Over 10 Commandment Monument

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 4:04am

The state's high court has ruled the monument must be removed from the Capitol. The governor said the monument will stay. Lawmakers are threatening to impeach the state's Supreme Court justices.

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Debate In Oklahoma Widens Over 10 Commandments Monument

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 4:04am

The state's high court has ruled the monument must be removed from the Capitol. The governor said the monument will stay. Lawmakers are threatening to impeach the state's Supreme Court justices.

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S.C. House Approves Removing Confederate Flag

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 12:52am

The South Carolina House approved a bill early Thursday morning taking down the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds, a stunning reversal in a state that was the first to leave the Union in 1860.

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