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Obama names new deputy chief of staff to oversee healthcare

President Barack Obama has named a new deputy chief of staff, Kristie Canegallo, to oversee implementation of his trademark healthcare law and other policy efforts, the White House said on Friday. The new position was created out of frustration within the White House over problems with the rollout of the healthcare law last year, particularly the glitch-filled website, HealthCare.gov. Canegallo has served most recently as a special assistant to Obama and adviser to chief of staff Denis McDonough, leading White House efforts on implementation of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, after October 2013.

Study: Political TV ads on health law total $445M

CHICAGO (AP) — A new analysis finds the nation's health care overhaul deserves a place in advertising history as the focus of extraordinarily high spending on negative political TV ads that have gone largely unanswered by the law's supporters.

Conyers files appeal to get back on ballot

DETROIT (AP) — Longtime Michigan Congressman John Conyers on Friday appealed a decision that he lacked enough valid signatures on petitions to get on the August primary election ballot, part of larger legal campaign to restore his name and run for a 26th term.

GOP leader to block military immigration measure

WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says he'll block a vote next week on legislation giving a path to citizenship to people living here illegally who serve in the military.

Read the Email That Rocked the NYT

As the struggle for power at the New York Times intensified, a top editor at The Guardian was wooed with talk of becoming the Times’ editor.

It's Barbara Walters's Turn to Cry

How do you say goodbye to her, after five decades of trailblazing journalism? You call Oprah. And Hillary Clinton. And, of course, you cry.

Why Modi matters

Never has India had a prime minister like Narendra Modi. A self-made man whose father sold tea at a railroad station, his blunt style, poor English, and disdain for social graces have made him as distasteful to India’s traditional ruling class as he is popular elsewhere. Mr. Modi, a barrel-chested man with a neatly trimmed white beard and mustache, is the first leader of a provincial state to win India’s top political prize. “He is a doer … who could galvanize the country,” says Gurcharan Das, a multinational company executive turned author.

Senate expected to vote on Fischer's Fed post next week

The Senate is expected to vote next week on Stanley Fischer's nomination for vice chairman of the Federal Reserve, securing his spot ahead of the May recess. Locking in Fischer is a key step in replenishing the Fed's governing body, which has an unusual number of vacancies at a sensitive time, as the central bank faces several critical measures for U.S. monetary policy. The Senate is likely to hold an initial vote on Tuesday to proceed to consider the nomination, setting up action for a final confirmation the following day, according to a Senate Democratic aide. But it appeared unlikely that the Senate would act next week on two other pending Fed nominees: U.S. Treasury official Lael Brainard, 52, and current Fed Governor Jerome Powell, who has been nominated to serve another term.

Will Rand Paul Launch Another 13-Hour Filibuster?

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, held a 13-hour filibuster last year over drones, and he may be preparing to do it all over again. He said he will filibuster the nomination of David Barron to be a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...

Hagel says US won't let Iran build nuclear weapon

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel pledged to Israeli leaders Friday that the U.S. "will do what we must" to prevent the Jewish state's greatest fear of a nuclear-armed Iran.

US Took Months to Send Kiev Spare Tires

In early March, Ukraine’s military begged the U.S. for the simplest of gear to help them cope with an advancing Russia. Washington’s response was a long, slow pause.

Radcliffe: No More 'Potter.’ Period.

‘No! Absolute bollocks.’ That’s what Daniel Radcliffe has to say about a lot of the unsubstantiated rumors that are floating around about him.

Gucci Widow’s Crime of Fashion

Italy’s “Black Widow” to be freed to work in a costume jewelry shop after serving 16 years of a 26-year sentence for murdering her husband, Maurizio Gucci.

Bernie Sanders’ Looming Iowa Faceplant

Although Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders may be contemplating a presidential primary bid against Hillary Clinton, the two-term senator does not have a path to victory in the Iowa Caucuses.

Nigeria’s Do-It-Yourself Boko Busters

Vigilantes in the region where more than 270 schoolgirls were abducted may not be able to rescue them, but they’re the best line of defense so far against new kidnappings.