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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.

Real Thrills and High Art in One Novel

Bret Anthony Johnston talks to Susan Cheever about his literary thriller that begins where most such stories stop: when the kidnapped victim comes home.

The True Story of ‘Million Dollar Arm’

The Disney film, about the search for an Indian baseball star through a reality TV show, is based on a true story. So what happened to the contest after the first season?

The 9/11 Museum’s ‘Amazing Grace’

A widow’s searing, perfect performance opened the remembrances of those who saved hundreds of lives that September morning, at the sacred site that commemorates where too many fell.

NSA Can ‘Collect-it-All.’ But Then What?

It’s the chilling government mantra reported in Glenn Greenwald’s new book. Why the agency’s unholy fusion of Big Data and Big Brother should have Americans worried.

What Happened to Marco Rubio?

He still makes the presidential wannabee lists, but Rubio might be lucky in 2016 just to hold his Senate seat.

A Mardi Gras Indian’s Final Ride

Larry Bannock was the chief of a Mardi Gras Indian tribe in New Orleans. When he died, he got a funeral cortege fit for a pharaoh.

Will This Pill Kill ‘Safe Sex’?

I’m ambivalent about one side effect of the CDC touting an HIV-prevention drug. Will today’s young gay men never know the painful lessons learned during the AIDS crisis?

‘Grace’ Fashion Is Better Than the Film

A new biopic of the late Grace Kelly may have been a cinematic flop when it debuted at Cannes, but the film has one saving grace: its royal fashion.