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Leaning In for Network TV

Close to one-third of D.C.’s and New York’s foreign-affairs think tanks are run by women—so why are female experts so scarce on the big Sunday talk shows?

Anguilla Is Back From the Brink

Before the great recession, Anguilla was a favorite for celebrities who wanted to disappear. Then the market crashed. Now the island is coming back, bigger and more luxurious than ever.

The Stolen Schoolgirls Scandal

After Boko Haram abducted and enslaved hundreds of girls, the Nigerian government tried to pretend there was no problem. A hashtag is convincing it otherwise.

Thank This Man for the Met’s Ball Gowns

The Anna Wintour Costume Center is kicking things off with Charles James. You’d be forgiven for asking, ‘Who?” He’s one of America’s greatest couturiers—and he’s having a moment.

Belle Knox, Inc.

With a new reality show in the works, is the Duke freshman-turned-porn star drawing attention to the plight of downtrodden sex workers or just building her own brand?

The Gluten-Free Imposters

Nancy avoids gluten because she has to; Marlene because she chooses to. Both women are part of the booming gluten-free industry, but the stakes are much higher for one of them.

Happy Huckabee Gets Mad

Gone is the sunny, compassionate candidate of 2008. In the run-up to 2016, the former Arkansas governor is downright angry. He’s learned his lesson from his last campaign, ex-aides say.

North Carolina primary voters decide Hagan rival

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina voters are about to decide who they believe can best challenge Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in November: a state politics insider backed by Mitt Romney or first-time candidates more aligned with the tea party and the Christian right.

GOP sharpens focus on Benghazi as midterms loom

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are sharpening their focus on the deadly 2012 Benghazi, Libya, attack as midterm elections loom closer, with a likely vote this week on establishing a select House committee to investigate the Obama administration's response.

AP ENTERPRISE: US to use tax law on Russian banks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is planning to use an anti-tax-evasion law to punish Russia for its actions in Ukraine, a tactic that could prove to be more costly than sanctions.

White House to unveil dire climate warning in new report

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration will release an updated report on Tuesday showing how climate change touches every part of the country, as the administration seeks to convince the American public on the need for a crackdown on carbon pollution. Some environmental and public health groups expect the U.S. National Climate Assessment to be a "game changer" in the administration's efforts to address climate change. The extensive report will update a January 2013 draft, which detailed how consequences of climate change are hitting on several fronts, including health, infrastructure, water supply, agriculture and especially more frequent severe weather. The advisory committee behind the report was established by the U.S. Department of Commerce to integrate federal research on environmental change and its implications for society.

Primaries offer test of Republican 'establishment' strength

By John Whitesides WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in North Carolina will vote on Tuesday on their candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in November, in the first of several primaries this month that will test whether the party's establishment can beat back challenges from Tea Party rivals. State House Speaker Thom Tillis, backed by party mainstream leaders and business groups, appears to have an edge over Tea Party favorite Greg Brannon and evangelical minister Mark Harris in North Carolina, but he needs 40 percent of the vote to avoid a costly July runoff with the second-place finisher. The showdown to determine who will take on vulnerable Democratic Senator Kay Hagan kicks off a month-long string of Republican primaries that could prove instrumental to the party's efforts to retake control of the Senate in November.

Clinton to raise money for Margolies campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton will appear at her first political event of 2014, raising money for a Pennsylvania congressional candidate with close ties to the Clinton family.

South Carolina congressman tapped to lead House panel on Benghazi

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former prosecutor and critic of the Obama administration's handling of the 2012 Benghazi attacks was picked on Monday to head a Republican-led congressional investigation of the assault that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy, a member of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee, will lead a new panel investigating the attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya. "I know he shares my commitment to get to the bottom of this tragedy and will not tolerate any stonewalling from the Obama administration," House Speaker John Boehner said in announcing Gowdy as his pick as chairman of the select committee. Asked by Fox News interviewer Greta Van Susteren how the panel would differ from all the other congressional hearings on Benghazi, Gowdy said the investigations so far had been fragmented.

U.S. delegation urges talks to free American jailed in Cuba

By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Four U.S. lawmakers visiting Cuba on Monday urged President Barack Obama to authorize negotiations with the Cuban government about freeing jailed U.S. contractor Alan Gross. Gross, 65, is serving a 15-year sentence over his 2009 arrest and 2011 conviction for attempting to set up an Internet service for Cuban Jews while working as a subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Cuba considered his work a subversive program that used illegal, undercover and noncommercial technology. Cuba has said it is willing to engage in negotiations about Gross without preconditions, while U.S. officials have disregarded the offer as an attempt to exchange Gross for the three Cuban agents.

Economists Slam the War on Drugs

The ‘singular approach’ to fighting drug abuse isn’t working—and it’s time for a change, says a new report produced by the London School of Economics. What they suggest, in six steps.

New McConnell ad looks to November

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell faces a primary challenger in just a few weeks. To watch the television ad his campaign will begin running Tuesday, voters would never know it.

Tea party, GOP establishment vie in NC primary

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The struggle for control of the Republican Party is getting an early voter test in North Carolina, where former presidential nominee Mitt Romney and tea party favorite Rand Paul on Monday pushed their own candidates for the right to challenge Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in November.

Obama uses Cinco de Mayo to push immigration bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is telling Latino lawmakers and Hispanic advocates that they should press House Republicans to act on a broad overhaul of immigration laws.