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8:58am

Fri May 1, 2015
It's All Politics

Latino 'Panhandlers,' Ted Cruz And The Republican Push For Hispanics

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 11:37 am

Ted Cruz (left) waits offstage Wednesday in Washington, D.C., as he is introduced to speak to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

On the Republican side of the 2016 race, this was the week the courting of the Latino vote seemed to begin.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas spoke Wednesday at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., after the group criticized him for skipping their summit last month. Meanwhile, Jeb Bush went on a Spanish-language tour — first to Puerto Rico and then speaking to the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference in Houston.

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8:44am

Fri May 1, 2015
The Two-Way

Ex-Ally Of N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Pleads Guilty In Bridge Closures Scandal

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 3:34 pm

David Wildstein speaks during a hearing at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J., on Jan. 9, 2014. He pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of conspiracy in the "Bridgegate" case.
Mel Evans AP

Updated at 4:34 p.m.

David Wildstein, a former official at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of conspiracy in connection with lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in 2013. The case could have implications for his former friend New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a likely Republican presidential candidate.

Indictments in April against two other officials linked to the scandal were unsealed today.

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4:20am

Fri May 1, 2015
NPR Story

Indiana Struggles To Control HIV Outbreak Linked To Injected Drug Use

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 7:51 pm

Austin, Indiana's needle exchange program is open for business this week, but health workers worry the program will be tough to quickly replicate in other counties.
Darron Cummings AP

In hopes of quelling an HIV outbreak in rural Indiana, the state's legislature this week voted to let any county that can prove it is experiencing a drug-linked outbreak of HIV or Hepatitis C to set up a needle exchange program. Indiana's governor, Mike Pence, says he is "looking forward to signing it into law."

But critics say the measure that passed Wednesday is watered down, and too limited. It also includes so much red tape that counties may have a tough time complying.

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5:29pm

Thu April 30, 2015
It's All Politics

Just Do It: Obama Tries To Sway Skeptical Democrats On Trade

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 7:59 am

It's proving difficult for President Obama to win over Democrats on trade so far.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

President Obama met Thursday with moderate Democrats in hopes of rallying support for a controversial Asia-Pacific trade deal.

The president will need approval from at least some members of his own party to win passage of a "fast-track" bill, authorizing him to complete trade negotiations and present the agreement for an up-or-down vote in Congress.

So far, most Democratic lawmakers have been skeptical.

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4:25pm

Thu April 30, 2015
It's All Politics

Why Hillary Clinton Is Just Fine With Bernie Sanders' Candidacy

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 7:19 pm

Bernie Sanders announced his presidential bid Thursday. Though he'll challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, his candidacy could actually help hers.
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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders got into the presidential race Thursday, becoming Hillary Clinton's first official challenger for the Democratic nomination. His website has a disclaimer: "Paid for by Bernie not the billionaires."

Although he caucuses with the Democrats in the Senate, he's not a registered Democrat — he's actually the longest-serving independent in congressional history. (There's no rule, by the way, barring candidates who are not registered Democrats from running in the Democratic primary.)

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