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DC Politicians Get Into April Fools' Day Spirit

ABC’s ERIN DOOLEY and ALEXANDER MALLIN: As the rest of the country tries to avoid merciless pranks at the hands of their friends and family, politicians are using April Fools’ Day to take some political jabs at opponents — or even themselves. White House Forms...


Hill Rips Deal for Israeli Spy

The Obama administration’s proposed deal for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard is facing a bipartisan backlash from Congress.


Court weighs reach of federal bank fraud law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The question at the Supreme Court on Tuesday was whether you have to intend to defraud a bank to be guilty of bank fraud under federal law.

Pelosi says over 7 million enroll in health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says the White House is reporting more than 7 million people signed up for health care through the exchanges by Monday's midnight deadline.

Six Taliban Killed With One Bullet

The British military said it believes a lance corporal surpassed all previous records with one pull of the trigger.


GOP's small-state edge boosts its Senate hopes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans' habit of sorting themselves into Republican and Democratic regions is rewarding GOP Senate candidates because of their success in small conservative states.

The Problem with Mall Docs

Urgent-care clinics are springing up in retail stores across the country. There’s no doubt these clinics are convenient, but they leave room for a lot of problems.


Congress begins battle over temporary U.S. tax measures

An annual fight in the U.S. Congress over renewing scores of temporary tax breaks - including the corporate research tax credit and individual deductions for teachers' supplies and college tuition costs - got under way on Tuesday. In the Senate, the new chairman of the tax-writing Finance Committee unveiled legislation that would modestly trim the list of about 55 laws known as the "tax extenders" because they expire every year or two and need to be regularly extended. Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, who recently took over the committee, scheduled a review-and-amendment session for Thursday on the bipartisan bill that he is offering along with Utah's Orrin Hatch, the committee's top Republican member. The extenders list is chock-full of special tax breaks for businesses.


Changes at US embassy in Delhi offer chance to rebuild ties

The sudden resignation of the US ambassador to India less than two years into her troubled term opens an opportunity for both sides to reboot strained ties ahead of an expected change in government, analysts say. Nancy Powell, US ambassador since 2012, had a torrid time at the helm of one of Washington's most important diplomatic missions as it became embroiled in one of the most serious downturns in relations in decades. New Delhi was incensed in late December when an Indian diplomat in New York was arrested, strip-searched and then pursued in court over allegations she violated visa rules by underpaying a domestic servant. A host of retaliatory measures taken by India over the arrest included the withdrawal of additional security measures at the US embassy and threats to close an embassy-run social club.


Republican budget proposes deep cuts in domestic programs

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Representative Paul Ryan, the leading Republican voice on budget policy, rolled out a new fiscal blueprint on Tuesday that calls for deep cuts in domestic programs, increased defense spending and a goal of erasing annual deficits in 10 years. Ryan's budget, called the "Path to Prosperity," has almost no chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate but is expected to serve as a campaign manifesto for Republicans in November's congressional elections. It proposes to kill President Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare reforms and revives cuts in social programs such as the popular Medicare entitlement for the elderly that Ryan, who chairs the House Budget Committee, has proposed in other recent budgets.


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