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Letter inflames US feud over Iran talks

Iran denies it is trying to produce atomic weapons and insists the Bushehr reactor and its other nuclear facilities are purely for peaceful energy needsBarack Obama pilloried Republicans Monday over an incendiary letter to Iran's leaders that warned a nuclear deal with the United States could be scrapped by the next president. Forty-seven Senate Republicans -- including several potential 2016 presidential candidates -- made the unprecedented move of directly and publicly addressing leaders of the Islamic Republic in a bid to scupper the sensitive talks. "I think it is somewhat ironic to see some members of Congress wanting to make common cause with hardliners in Iran," Obama said. Republican leaders recently invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of Congress, despite White House anger over the visit.


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Gov. Walker signs bill making Wisconsin right-to-work state

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Monday signed into law a measure that prohibits requiring a worker to pay union dues, striking another blow against organized labor four years after the state effectively ...

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Scott Walker, Anti-Union Man

Scott Walker, Anti-Union ManScott Walker's signature Monday on legislation imposing new restrictions on labor organizing made Wisconsin the nation's 25th "right-to-work" state. In working the circuit of early primary cattle calls, Walker's pitch to GOP voters is relatively straightforward: He's a "fresh new face" (in contrast to, say, Jeb Bush), and he's actually succeeded in enacting conservative policies in a state that hasn't voted Republican for president since 1984. "We did it without compromising," Walker boasted at the Conservative Political Action Conference last month.


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Illinois official says work to cut local governments begins this week

A new task force charged with cutting some of Illinois' nearly 7,000 local governments, the highest number of any U.S. state, will be unveiled this week, according to the state's lieutenant governor. With a plethora of local governments that tax reside...

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Gowdy cancels appearance at ‘Beyond Benghazi’ fundraiser

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of a House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, is canceling an appearance at a GOP fundraiser after learning the event would feature discussion of the Benghazi attacks.

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Obama: GOP aligning themselves with hardliners in Iran

White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, March 9, 2015. Earnest answered questions about former Secretary of State Clinton's email and Iran sanctions. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says a letter from Republican senators to Iranian leaders is ironic because, in his words, some members of Congress appear to want to align themselves "hardliners" in Iran.


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Obama: U.S., Europe need to work to ensure monitoring of Ukraine ceasefire

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Monday that Europe and the United States need to work to ensure there is effective international monitoring of a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. Obama, speaking to reporters before meeting with Europe...

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Gov. Walker signs bill making Wisconsin right-to-work state

BROWN DEER, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Monday signed into law a measure that prohibits requiring a worker to pay union dues, striking another blow against organized labor four years after the state effectively ended collective bargaining for public-sector employees.

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Graham holds steady on immigration stance in New Hampshire

Keynote speaker U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina takes questions after speaking at the political speech series “Politics & Eggs” in Bedford, N.H., Monday, March 9, 2015. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is the latest Republican to visit New Hampshire to explore a presidential run. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) — Sen. Lindsey Graham isn't shy about engaging with Republican primary voters on his support for a path to legal status for people in the country illegally, despite the ire that position draws from many conservatives key to a presidential nomination.


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