Indiana plans language to 'clarify' religious objections law
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican legislative leaders in Indiana say they are working on adding language to a new state law to make it clear that it doesn't allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Obama to attend opening of Institute honoring Sen. Kennedy

In this Monday, March 23, 2015 photo, a television cameraman films near the entrance to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, in Boston. The $79 million institute is scheduled to be dedicated on Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain are among the guests scheduled to pay tribute to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy at the formal dedication of an institute named for him in Boston.



Fiorina likely GOP presidential candidate, attacks Clinton

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2015 file photo, former technology executive Carly Fiorina speaks during the Freedom Summit, in Des Moines, Iowa. During an interview Sunday, March 29, 2015 on “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace,” Fiorina said she is more than 90 percent likely to seek the Republican presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Former technology executive Carly Fiorina says she is more than 90 percent likely to seek the Republican presidential nomination. And she is questioning the confidence people can have in likely Democratic contender Hillary Rodham Clinton.



White House showed 'reprehensible animosity' to Netanyahu: Boehner

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on March 29, 2015The Obama administration has displayed "reprehensible animosity" towards Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, House Speaker John Boehner says. Netanyahu's recent election victory dramatically exacerbated a diplomatic crisis with Washington, bringing his thorny relationship with US President Barack Obama into sharp focus. In a bid to ramp up votes, Netanyahu had veered sharply to the right, vowing there would be no Palestinian state on his watch, promising to increase settlement construction and warning that Arab Israeli voters were going "in droves" to the polls, drawing a rebuke from the White House. Republican Boehner, who invited Netanyahu to Washington in the lead-up to the Israeli election without consulting the White House, said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday: "I think the animosity exhibited by our administration toward the prime minister of Israel is reprehensible.



Expected Iranian nuclear deal worse than Israel feared - Netanyahu

Israeli PM Netanyahu speaks during a ceremony at President Rivlin's residence in JerusalemBy Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned on Sunday the framework Iranian nuclear agreement being sought by international negotiators, saying it was even worse than his country had feared. Israel has mounted what it terms an "uphill battle" against an agreement that might ease sanctions on the Iranians while leaving them with a nuclear infrastructure with bomb-making potential. "This deal, as it appears to be emerging, bears out all of our fears, and even more than that," Netanyahu told his cabinet in Jerusalem as the United States, five other world powers and Iran worked toward a March 31 deadline in Lausanne, Switzerland. Netanyahu's campaigning against the nuclear negotiations crested on March 3 with his speech to the U.S. Congress at the invitation of its Republican speaker, John Boehner, that angered President Barack Obama and many fellow Democrats.



Wiggly words on immigration policy from 2016 GOP contenders

In this March 7, 2015 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks in Des Moines, Iowa. It’s become even clearer thanks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Immigration is the banana peel of 2016 Republican presidential politics. Just ask Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. He stepped up as a Senate leader on immigration only to slip and fall in a tea party ruckus over the issue. In a moment of candor, he remembered the months of trying to get back up as “a real trial for me.” Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has a strong voice _ and a book _ on immigration but he’s done some shifting of his own. His statements in support of a path to legal status for people in the country illegally are loud and proud, but a departure from an earlier position that envisaged eventual citizenship. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)DENVER (AP) — Thanks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, it's becoming even clearer that immigration is the banana peel of 2016 Republican presidential politics.



Readers write: support for diplomacy with Iran, US shouldn't fight Mideast battles
Recent events, such as Republican Sen. Tom Cotton’s letter to Iranian leaders, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s untimely address to Congress, and motions for legislation that would undermine the current negotiations, have created a huge controversy over the Iran deal. Instead of trying to sabotage the negotiation process, members of Congress should instead be working toward a comprehensive agreement with Iran before they become responsible for yet another crisis in the Middle East. I urge members of the Senate and Congress to support diplomacy with Iran and to abstain from voting on legislation that could compromise the negotiation process. This is the only chance we have to peacefully prevent a 10th nuclear weapons state.

Popular Nevada governor looms over fight for Reid seat

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2015 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., accompanied by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Reid is announcing he will not seek re-election to another term. The 75-year-old Reid says in a statement issued by his office Friday that he wants to make sure Democrats regain control of the Senate next year and that it would be "inappropriate" for him to soak up campaign resources when he could be focusing on putting the Democrats back in power. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's decision to retire next year leaves no clear successor in his home state of Nevada, where a popular Republican governor appears reluctant to change jobs and the pending loss of Reid's clout in Washington is causing anxiety over who might replace him.



Wiggly words on immigration from potential Republican field

In this March 7, 2015 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks in Des Moines, Iowa. It’s become even clearer thanks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Immigration is the banana peel of 2016 Republican presidential politics. Just ask Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. He stepped up as a Senate leader on immigration only to slip and fall in a tea party ruckus over the issue. In a moment of candor, he remembered the months of trying to get back up as “a real trial for me.” Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has a strong voice _ and a book _ on immigration but he’s done some shifting of his own. His statements in support of a path to legal status for people in the country illegally are loud and proud, but a departure from an earlier position that envisaged eventual citizenship. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)DENVER (AP) — It's become even clearer thanks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Immigration is the banana peel of 2016 Republican presidential politics.



Gowdy: Clinton wiped email server clean, deleted all emails

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. It’s a photo that became an Internet meme: Hillary Rodham Clinton, wearing sunglasses, staring at her BlackBerry. Now it’s becoming a focal point for Republicans on the House committee that’s investigating the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya. The chairman, South Carolina Republican Trey Gowdy, wants to know why the panel has no emails from the day the photo was taken as Clinton, then the secretary of state, was en route to Tripoli. (AP Photo/Kevin Lamarque, Pool, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton wiped her email server "clean," permanently deleting all emails from it, the Republican chairman of a House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks said Friday.



Gov. Walker in Texas, out of sight during immigration flap

Gov. Walker in Texas, out of sight during immigration flapWisconsin Gov. Scott Walker left a tour of the U.S.-Mexico border without addressing questions being raised about his stance on immigration. The likely Republican presidential contender remained invisible ...



AP Exclusive: Snyder uses pardon for connected lawyer

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2015 file photo, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder gets ready for an address in Lansing, Mich. Snyder used his extraordinary legal powers in December to pardon a politically connected lawyer who had a drunken driving conviction. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder used his pardon powers to erase the drunken driving conviction of a politically connected lawyer who was appointed to a state economic board in 2011.



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