Senate Iran debate postponed after Democrats object

U.S. Senate Majority Leader McConnell talks to the media, after a weekly Senate Republican caucus luncheon on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday postponed plans to debate and vote next week on a bill requiring President Barack Obama to submit any nuclear agreement with Iran to Congress for approval. Many Democrats, including the bill's co-sponsors, had not wanted a vote before an end-March deadline set by international negotiators for reaching a framework agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program. They accused McConnell of using the legislation to score political points and of bypassing normal Senate committee review.



Can Clinton live up to pledge to learn from 2008 mistakes?

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2011, file photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her Blackberry from a desk inside a C-17 military plane upon her departure from Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea, bound for Tripoli, Libya. Clinton insists that if she pursues the presidency again, it will be different this time around. But revelations that she sidestepped the government email system as secretary of state suggest she may have a long way to go in making good on that promise. (AP Photo/Kevin Lamarque, Pool, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says that if she pursues the presidency again, it will be different this time around.



Boehner, bipartisan group pressure Obama on Ukraine

In this picture taken on March 3, 2015, a soldier checks a vehicle at an Ukrainian army checkpoint near Kurakhove, Ukraine, just a few miles away from the area controlled by Russia-backed rebels. Restrictions imposed on travel from separatist-controlled areas to the rest of Ukraine, coupled with a recent surge in reports of supply trucks being blocked from sending goods to the separatist zone, underscore the vulnerability of the Russia-backed rebel rule as well as the Ukrainian government’s virtual crackdown on its own citizens. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner and a group of top Democrats and Republicans stepped up the pressure on President Barack Obama to provide lethal, defensive weapons to Ukraine in its fight against Russian-backed separatists.



Selma's 50th anniversary brings comparisons to Ferguson

FILE - In this March 1965 file photo, Martin Luther King, center, leads a march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. In early 1965, King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference began a series of marches as part of a push for black voting rights. (AP Photo/File)WASHINGTON (AP) — They only lasted minutes, but the beatings of civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama, permanently seared the inhumanity of Southern segregation onto the American conscience.



States on edge about the future of health insurance markets

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2014 file photo, John Phillips works at his auto repair shop in Decatur, Ill. Phillips is quick to say he’s not a fan of President Barack Obama’s health care law, but says he’s worried about the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the law’s subsidies in roughly three dozen states, including Illinois. After mixed signals from the Supreme Court, states may have to take over quickly to prevent millions from potentially losing their coverage. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)MIAMI (AP) — Mixed signals from the Supreme Court have states on edge about the future of health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans. And a summer decision from the justices leaves little time for backup planning.



Funds flowing to My Brother's Keeper after first year

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2015, photo,. President Barack Obama hosts a lunch with "My Brother's Keeper" mentees in the Map Room of the White House in Washington. Even more money than expected has been committed to Obama’s initiative aimed at helping young men of color, White House officials said Thursday, March 5. One year after the program began, more than $300 million in grants and in-kind resources have been independently committed to Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, said Broderick Johnson, chair of the My Brother’s Keeper task force. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — More money than expected has been committed to President Barack Obama's initiative aimed at helping young men of color, White House officals said Thursday.



Senate majority leader decides not to fast-track Iran bill

In this March 3, 2015, photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to the media at the Capitol in Washington. McConnell on Thursday, March 5 decided to postpone action on a bill giving Congress a chance to review and vote on any deal the U.S. inks with Iran over its nuclear program. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday decided to postpone action on a bill giving Congress a chance to review and vote on any deal the U.S. signs with Iran over its nuclear program.



GOP lawmaker in California launches bid for US Senate

FILE - This Sept. 3, 2013 file photo shows Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, R-Oceanside, at the Capitol, in Sacramento, Calif. Chavez, who has sought to broaden the appeal of the Republican Party with Hispanics has launched an uphill campaign for U.S. Senate. Chavez entered the 2016 race Thursday, March 5, 2015 as a longshot in a state where Democrats hold every statewide office. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A two-term Republican legislator who has sought to broaden the appeal of the party with Hispanics launched an uphill campaign Thursday to become the next U.S. senator from California, a state that hasn't sent a GOP senator to Washington since the 1980s.



Review of Hillary Clinton emails to take months: U.S. official

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton delivers dinner remarks at EMILY's List 30th Anniversary Gala in WashingtonBy Steve Holland and Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A growing controversy over Democrat Hillary Clinton's use of personal email for work while she was U.S. secretary of state could drag on for months, threatening to cloud the expected launch of her 2016 presidential campaign. Clinton tried to cool the brewing firestorm late on Wednesday, saying she wanted the State Department to release the emails quickly. "I want the public to see my email," Clinton said in a tweet. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible." The controversy landed Clinton in trouble just as she prepares to launch a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.



Pentagon to focus more on hack-proofing weapons
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cyber attacks on U.S. weapons programs and manufacturers are a "pervasive" problem that requires greater attention, the top U.S. arms buyer said Thursday, saying that he would add cybersecurity to the Pentagon's guidelines for buying weapons. "It’s about the security of our weapons systems themselves and everything that touches them. It’s a pervasive problem and I think we have to pay a lot more attention to it," Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall told Reuters after a speech to the American Society of Naval Engineers in Washington. Kendall said he planned to add cybersecurity to the next phase of his "better buying power" initiative, and was also working on a special section on cybersecurity requirements to be added to the Pentagon's guidelines for buying weapons.

Iran hints might not reject 10-year partial freeze of nuclear work

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif attends Human Rights Council at UN in GenevaIran's foreign minister on Thursday suggested that a 10-year moratorium on some aspects of the country's nuclear program might be acceptable to Tehran, though he declined to discuss the issue in detail. U.S. President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday that Iran must commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached between Tehran and six world powers. CNN's Christiane Amanpour asked Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in an interview if Tehran was prepared to accept decade-long limits on a nuclear program Iran insists is exclusively peaceful.



Iranian role in fighting IS in Iraq: Where will it lead?

FILE - In this March 3, 2015 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Iran’s growing influence in Iraq is setting off alarm bells, and nowhere is the problem starker than in the high-stakes battle for Tikrit. It marks a crucial fight in the bigger war to expel the Islamic State group from Iraq, and yet Iran and the Shiite militias it empowers _ not the U.S. _ are leading the charge. Carter, under questioning from Sen. John McCain this week, acknowledged his concern when McCain asked if it alarms him that Iran “has basically taken over the fight.” (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran's growing influence in Iraq is setting off alarm bells, and nowhere is the problem starker than in the high-stakes battle for Tikrit. It marks a crucial fight in the bigger war to expel the Islamic State group from Iraq, and yet Iran and the Shiite militias it empowers — not the U.S. — are leading the charge.



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