Politics

1:09pm

Thu March 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Congress Approves Ukraine Aid, Sanctions On Russia

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 2:03 pm

The House and Senate approved $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine and sanctions on Moscow for Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Thursday's voice vote in the Senate and a 399-19 vote in the House for a different version of the bill came just hours after the International Monetary Fund pledged $18 billion in assistance for the former Soviet satellite.

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11:06am

Thu March 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Review Done For Gov. Christie's Office Absolves Him In Bridge Scandal

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 5:42 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
Mel Evans AP

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's "account of these events rings true" and he has "conducted himself at every turn as someone who has nothing to hide," according to an investigation — done at the request of the governor's office — of the George Washington Bridge scandal.

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10:07am

Thu March 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama Lays Out His Plan To Have Telecoms Store Call Data

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 10:33 am

Following up on his acknowledgement in January that it's problematic to have the National Security Agency collecting and storing massive amounts of information about individuals' phone calls, President Obama announced Thursday that he has decided "the data should remain at the telephone companies."

NPR's Tamara Keith tells our Newscast Desk that:

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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 Thu March 27, 2014 8:32 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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