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3:03 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Supreme Court To Weigh Power Of Redistricting Commissions

Arizona state Sen. Andy Biggs flips through redistricting maps during a special legislative committee hearing to discuss the state commission's proposed maps in 2011.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 4:01 am

Take a look at a congressional district map, and it can look like a madman's jigsaw puzzle. The reason is, in part, that the district lines are drawn by state legislators seeking to maximize partisan advantage. It's a process that critics say is responsible for much that's wrong with Washington.

That's why some states have tried setting up independent commissions to draw the map. Arizona voters created such a commission in 2000. But when the commission chair displeased the governor and state Senate, they tried, unsuccessfully, to remove her.

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Politics
4:29 pm
Sun March 1, 2015

How Is Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's Washington Visit Playing In Israel?

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3:41 pm
Sun March 1, 2015

Kerry Tries To Calm Tensions Over Netanyahu Visit

Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Wednesday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Secretary of State John Kerry, apparently hoping to patch a rift sparked by GOP lawmakers' decision to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress without first consulting the White House, says the administration doesn't want the speech to become a political football.

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The Two-Way
12:38 pm
Sun March 1, 2015

6 In 10 Young Republicans Favor Legal Marijuana, Survey Says

A user prepares to roll a marijuana cigarette on the first day of legal possession of marijuana for recreational purposes in the District of Colombia on Thursday.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Sun March 1, 2015 8:28 pm

Nearly two-thirds of Millennials who identify as Republican support legalizing marijuana, while almost half of older GOP Gen-Xers do, according to a recently released Pew survey that could be an indicator of where the debate is heading.

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Politics
3:59 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

Is The Battle Won And Done For Those Who Fought For Net Neutrality?

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 5:39 pm

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: All in favor, say aye.

UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: (Together) Aye.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Opposed?

UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: (Together) No.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: The ayes have it.

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Politics
3:59 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

Homeland Security Gets Stopgap Funding, But More Political Battles Loom

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 5:39 pm

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It's All Politics
2:28 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

How Conservatives Are Readying Their 'Grassroots Army' For 2016

Dalia Wrochesinsky (left) and Robin Saidenberg check their phones during the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday.
Emily Jan NPR

This week's Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC, brought all the expected on and off the main stage in Washington D.C. — speeches by presidential hopefuls, debates and the annual straw poll. But there was one big addition: hundreds attended the conference's first-ever Activism Boot Camp, which trained attendees in the best practices of do-it-yourself campaigning.

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The Two-Way
7:16 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Funding Homeland Security: Where Do We Go From Here?

Speaker of the House John Boehner responds to reporters about the impasse over passing the Homeland Security budget on Friday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 9:07 am

As we reported late Friday, the House managed to approve a one-week extension of funding for the Department of Homeland Security, which President Obama signed. The passage capped a day of scrambling that saw a longer three-week stopgap shot down in the House.

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Politics
7:04 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Conservatives Heckle Jeb Bush On Education, Immigration

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 9:40 am

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Politics
7:04 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Despite Big Advantages, Emanuel Forced To Face Chicago Runoff

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 9:40 am

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