Politics

6:07am

Thu March 27, 2014
The Two-Way

'I'm A Great Admirer,' Obama Tells Pope Francis

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 10:50 am

Pope Francis and President Obama at the Vatican on Thursday. It was their first meeting.
Gabriel Bouys AP

One leader whose popularity around the world has been eclipsed by the other met for the first time Thursday when President Obama visited Pope Francis at the Vatican.

Obama, who has seen his approval numbers decline since he took office in 2009, met for about 50 minutes with the pope, who has become one of the world's most popular leaders since becoming leader of the Roman Catholic Church a year ago.

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1:56am

Thu March 27, 2014
Paying For College

Senator Warns Of A Student Loan Bubble

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 11:18 am

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, presents a Senate report on for-profit colleges in 2012. He wants changes to the federal student loan system.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Each year, the federal government provides more than $150 billion in grants and loans to help students pay for college. And while a bachelor's degree has become increasingly valuable, young people are taking on record levels of debt to earn that degree.

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6:46pm

Wed March 26, 2014
It's All Politics

For Senate Candidates, It's Gaffe Season

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 7:14 pm

U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley talks to supporters Karen and Dennis Swallow during a barbecue lunch in October 2013 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa.
Scott Morgan AP

3:56pm

Wed March 26, 2014
Politics

Showing Signs Of Age, Capitol Dome Gets A Face-Lift

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 7:24 pm

The Capitol dome in Washington will undergo renovation this spring, a project that is estimated to take two years and cost nearly $60 million.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters /Landov

When you think of Washington, D.C., what's the first image to pop up?

For many, it's likely the U.S. Capitol — or more specifically, the iconic white dome that crowns the Capitol.

"It is one of the most, if not the most, recognizable symbols across the globe," said Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers, whole job entails maintaining the Capitol dome.

As could be said of the Congress that meets below it, the century-and-a-half old dome has seen better days. It is literally cracking up — and Ayers is leading a project to restore it.

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10:48am

Wed March 26, 2014
Africa

Polygamy May Seem Like A Man's Dream, But Kenyan Women Are Not Happy

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 11:41 am

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