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As Obamacare Deadline Nears, Louisiana Gets Special Attention

With enrollment numbers lagging, residents getting bombarded with anti-ACA ads and a close Senate race serving as a backdrop, the state was the focus of a White House conference call Thursday.
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Voting Rights Fight Takes New Direction

Voting rights activists say they're seeing a change in the debate this year — fewer new restrictions and, in some places, a hint of bipartisanship.
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Internal Report Clears Christie Of Bridgegate, But Dems Don't Buy It

Gov. Chris Christie's administration has released the results of an internal investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closures. The report clears Christie of wrongdoing, but New Jersey Democrats question its validity.
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With $1B In Aid For Ukraine, Congress Puts Money Where Its Mouth Is

Congress has approved a billion-dollar aid package for Ukraine. Both chambers voted in favor, two days after Senate Democrats removed a provision to overhaul the International Monetary Fund.
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Congress Approves Ukraine Aid, Sanctions On Russia

The House and Senate have passed versions of a bill to grant $1 billion in loan guarantees to Kiev and impose economic penalties on Moscow for Russia's annexation of Crimea.
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Review Done For Gov. Christie's Office Absolves Him In Bridge Scandal

A law firm hired by the Republican governor's office says its investigation found no evidence Christie knew beforehand about N.J. lane closures that may have been aimed at hurting a Democratic mayor.
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Afghanistan After Karzai: A Washington-Kabul Town Hall

Afghanistan is at a crossroads as Hamid Karzai's presidency ends and international troops prepare to leave. We connect residents of Washington and Kabul to talk about what comes next.

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Obama Lays Out His Plan To Have Telecoms Store Call Data

The president is asking Congress to work with him on a plan to have communications companies hold "metadata." He wants government investigators to have access to the information with court approval.
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'I'm A Great Admirer,' Obama Tells Pope Francis

The president and the pope met for the first time Thursday at the Vatican. While the two men share views on some issues, the church has some problems with the president's health care program.
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Senator Warns Of A Student Loan Bubble

Students are taking on record levels of debt to pay for college. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, says it's a drag on the economy and is calling for changes to the federal student loan system.

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