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Clinton charity to allow 6 countries to donate, not others

IN this April 14, 2015, photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with local residents at the Jones St. Java House in LeClaire, Iowa. The board of the Clinton Foundation says it will continue accepting donations from foreign governments but only six nations, a move aimed at insulating presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton from controversies over the charity's reliance on millions of dollars from abroad. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)WASHINGTON (AP) — In spite of criticism over accepting money from foreign governments, the Clinton Foundation has decided to continue to look abroad for millions of dollars while limiting donor nations to a select group of six. The change in policy comes as former board member Hillary Rodham Clinton undertakes her presidential campaign.


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Federal grand jury probes NY Senate’s Skelos, son: New York Times

A federal grand jury is considering evidence in a possible case against New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. The secret proceeding focuses on the business dealings of Adam Skelos, 32, includ...

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Clinton Foundation to continue accepting some foreign money

IN this April 14, 2015, photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with local residents at the Jones St. Java House in LeClaire, Iowa. The board of the Clinton Foundation says it will continue accepting donations from foreign governments but only six nations, a move aimed at insulating presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton from controversies over the charity's reliance on millions of dollars from abroad. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)WASHINGTON (AP) — The board of the Clinton Foundation said Wednesday night that it will continue accepting donations from foreign governments, but only from six nations, a move that appears aimed at insulating Hillary Rodham Clinton from controversies over the charity's reliance on millions of dollars from abroad as she ramps up her presidential campaign.


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Clinton Foundation to continue accepting some foreign money

The board of the Clinton Foundation said Wednesday night that it will continue accepting donations from foreign governments, but only from six nations, a move that appears aimed at insulating Hillary Rodham ...

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Christie concedes political risks in pushing Social Security reform

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in ManchesterBy James Oliphant LONDONDERRY, N.H. (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is making cutting Social Security and Medicare the centerpiece of a possible presidential campaign, conceded on Wednesday that he is taking a risk with the proposal. "There is no political upside to it," the Republican told more than 200 local residents who gathered to size up Christie ahead of a summit of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates this weekend. In a speech a day earlier, Christie proposed cutting Social Security benefits for some upper-income seniors, raising the eligibility age over time, and increasing premiums for Medicare, the healthcare program for the elderly. His brief political circuit in New Hampshire, which holds an influential early nominating contest, is billed as the "Tell It Like It Is" tour.


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AP source: Rubio raises $1.25M online during first day

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio raised $1.25 million online during his first full day as a presidential candidate, a person close to the Florida Republican's campaign said Wednesday.

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Sharpton protests U.S. Senate delay on confirming attorney general

A civil rights group led by the Reverend Al Sharpton announced it will organize protests to put pressure on the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate to confirm career prosecutor Loretta Lynch to be the next attorney general. Jacky Johnson, a spokeswoman f...

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Republican backer of U.S. Export-Import bank: renewal to beat deadline

By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Republican lawmaker pushing to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank said on Wednesday he was confident the export credit agency would get a lifeline before a June 30 deadline, based on "positive interactions" he has had with Ex-Im critic Jeb Hensarling. Hensarling, chairman of the House of Representatives committee with jurisdiction over the bank, has said he wants the bank’s mandate to expire in June and he plays a key role in deciding whether legislation to renew it can progress to a vote. "I feel really, really good about reauthorization at this point," Tennessee Republican Stephen Fincher said during a call organized by Exporters for Ex-Im Coalition ahead of a congressional hearing on the bank, which provides support to U.S. exporters and foreign buyers of U.S. goods. At the hearing on Wednesday to examine Ex-Im reforms, lawmakers pressed Ex-Im officials over corruption issues after the U.S. Department of Justice charged a former loan officer with bribery.

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Tennessee House votes to make Bible official state book

House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, gestures at Rep. Jerry Sexton, R-Bean Station, in the House chamber in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Harwell opposes a measure sponsored by Sexton to make the Bible the official state book of Tennessee. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee state House ignored serious constitutional concerns — and the wishes of Republican leaders in the Statehouse— in voting to make the holy Bible the official state book.


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