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New documents released by Clinton Library

The Clinton Presidential Library is making available about 5,000 pages of previously unreleased documents involving former President Bill Clinton’s administration. The documents being made public Friday, part of a larger set of records being prepared for release by the National Archives, are expected to include confidential communications between the former president and his advisers along with records related to Clinton’s federal appointments. The records could also include communications involving former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is considering a 2016 presidential campaign. The former secretary of state’s potential White House campaign has renewed interest in documents from her husband’s administration
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Hillary Clinton praises veto of anti-gay law in Arizona

Hillary Rodham Clinton praised Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer‘s decision to veto a bill that would have allowed people with sincerely held religious beliefs to refuse to serve gays. Speaking Wednesday to thousands of students, faculty and guests at the University of Miami, the former secretary of state and New York senator said Brewer’s rejection of “discriminatory legislation” recognized that “inclusive leadership is really what the 21st century is all about.” Clinton’s remarks came before an address in which she called for greater civic participation in the country, urging young people to “find ways to make sure the barriers that too
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Prominent Republicans urge veto of Arizona anti-gay bill

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer came under mounting pressure on Tuesday from other prominent Republicans and consultants to veto a controversial bill described by critics as a license to discriminate against gays and others in the name of religion. Brewer has yet to say publicly whether she will sign or veto the bill, which would allow business owners to cite their personal religious beliefs as legal justification for refusing to serve same-sex couples or any other prospective customers. The measure passed the Republican-controlled state legislature last week, putting Brewer in the crosshairs of a contentious political debate at a time when
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Bill Clinton: Again, a ‘super-surrogate’ for Democrats

Bill Clinton, popular in territory unfriendly to President Barack Obama, is reprising his role as a super-surrogate for Democrats battling to keep their Senate majority and win other races. In the long run, Clinton could pick up political chits for his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, should she run for president in 2016. The political terrain is rough in these Senate battleground states. Obama’s signature domestic achievement, the Affordable Care Act, is unpopular. Obama himself has soft poll numbers. Many Democrats won’t appear with the president, even though they’ll accept his prodigious fundraising help. Not so with Clinton, who appears Tuesday
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Governors: Obamacare is here to stay

The explosive politics of health care have divided the nation, but America’s governors, Republicans and Democrats alike, suggest that President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is here to stay. While governors from Connecticut to Louisiana sparred on Sunday over how best to improve the nation’s economy, governors of both parties shared a far more pragmatic outlook on the controversial program known as “Obamacare” as millions of their constituents begin to be covered. “We’re just trying to make the best of a bad situation,” Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, of Iowa, who calls the health care law “unaffordable and unsustainable,” yet something
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Same sex marriage issues arise in McConnell Senate race

A Republican Senate candidate in Kentucky said that same-sex marriage could lead to a parent claiming marriage to his or her child to gain tax benefits and other privileges. Louisville businessman Matt Bevin is challenging five-term Sen. Mitch McConnell in the May 20 GOP primary. Bevin said Wednesday that marriage should retain its traditional definition as being between a man and a woman. Bevin told a Christian radio program hosted by Janet Mefferd: “If it’s all right to have same-sex marriages, why not define a marriage — because at the end of the day, a lot of this ends up
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Cautious Chris Christie keeping a low profile

Moving cautiously to repair his image, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is maintaining a low profile this weekend as the nation’s governors gather in Washington. The usually outspoken Christie is scheduled to attend just one public event over the three-day annual meeting. He avoided a media-sponsored forum on Friday, wasn’t granting interviews, won’t attend a White House dinner and was skipping a news conference hosted by the Republican Governors Association, an organization he heads. Christie is leaving Washington early to celebrate his daughter’s birthday and focus on an upcoming budget address, according to his office. Advisers privately acknowledge a larger
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It takes at least $500K a day to run for Senate seat

Candidates in U.S. Senate races this year collectively raised more than a half-million dollars a day in 2013, suggesting a spate of never-ending campaign ads, mail and phone calls to come before November’s elections. Democrats on the ballot in 2014 raised more than $108 million last year, besting Republicans’ $87 million, according to an Associated Press analysis of Senate candidates’ campaign disclosure reports filed with the secretary of the Senate and the Federal Election Commission. Incumbent Democrats outraised incumbent Republicans by more than 2-to-1 and outspent them almost 3-to-1. Both parties’ Senate candidates started the election year with their campaign
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Lots of effort to get rid of Mitch McConnell

Democrats dream of driving U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell into retirement this year, ridding President Barack Obama of one of his fiercest opponents. Tea partyers have the same dream, but they say the Senate’s Republican leader actually is too accommodating to Democrats. This left-right squeeze is forcing McConnell to scrape as hard as ever to raise money and try to extend his 30-year Senate career into a sixth term. The squeeze also may be his salvation. It obscures divisions among the critics who drive up McConnell’s unpopularity ratings, often cited as his biggest problem. His Democratic critics can’t vote in the
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Romney: Hilliary Clinton will run on her own record

Failed 2012 U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said on Sunday he expects Hillary Clinton to win or lose the White House on her record, not that of her husband, former Democratic President Bill Clinton and his sexual indiscretions. Disagreeing with suggestions by some Republicans, Romney said he does not see Bill Clinton being much of a factor in his wife’s possible White House bid. “Hillary, if she becomes the nominee, will have plenty to discuss about her own record,” which includes four years as U.S. secretary of state and twice being elected to the U.S. Senate from New York.
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