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  • Selective outrage? Top companies rip Indiana, reap profits in brutal nations

    April 3, 2015 11:26 AM 57

    Big-name American companies blasting Indiana over a law they say promotes discrimination based on sexual orientation check their social consciences at the border when it comes to doing business in nations where gays face persecution and even death for their orientation, say critics. Companies including Apple, The Gap and Levi’s - all of which do business

  • Iran Nuclear Deal: What Congress Is Likely to Do Next

    April 3, 2015 11:04 AM 63

    Key players in Congress -– Republicans and Democrats -- are skeptical of the Iran deal and want to see the fine print. No one is ruling out a big push ahead on new Iran sanctions, or a measure to require President Obama to get congressional approval, two pieces of legislation the White House strongly opposes. But there appears to be a willingness to hear the administration

  • Climate Change, Tax Pledge Among Issues to Watch for 2016 (POLL)

    April 3, 2015 11:00 AM 60

    Two issue positions show potential to carry unexpected clout in the 2016 presidential election -- support for action to address climate change and opposition to a no-tax pledge, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds. Openness to political compromise also has the support, and the priority, to carry weight in the national conversation that lies ahead

  • 4 Reasons Why President Barack Obama Should Visit South Dakota

    April 3, 2015 10:14 AM 60

    President Obama arrived Thursday night in Utah, with plans to deliver remarks at Hill Air Force base. The event is pretty standard Obama fare—he’ll focus on jobs—but the location itself is significant in its own right. The late-week trip marks the President’s first trip to the beehive state while in office, and the 49th state he’s visited as commander-in-chief

  • Fights On 'Religious Freedom' And Gay Rights Are Costing Republicans

    April 3, 2015 10:03 AM 58

    Following a firestorm of criticism, both Republican governors in Indiana and Arkansas signed revised versions of their states' Religious Freedom Restoration bills Thursday night. In Indiana the language was adjusted, and in Arkansas it was significantly scaled back to more closely align with the federal law. National Republicans, especially the ones running

  • Congressional Lawmakers Insist Iran Nuclear Deal Be Put To A Vote

    April 3, 2015 9:07 AM 59

    Having negotiated a nuclear deal with Iran, the White House faces two more big steps. One is taking this outline of a deal and making it final. Another is making sure that Congress does not get in the way. Most Republicans and some Democrats are skeptical about an agreement. President Obama, yesterday, dared Congress to block it. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

  • U.S. Ends Freeze On Military Aid To Egypt

    April 3, 2015 9:07 AM 57

    We turn next to Egypt and news this week that the U.S. has resumed selling heavy arms to that country. Certain types of training and military equipment never stopped flowing. But in 2013, the flow of weapons deliveries was halted after Egypt's military takeover. One person who would understand the Obama administration's latest move is Tamara Cofman Wittes

  • National Outrage Pushes Indiana To Tweak Religious Freedom Law

    April 3, 2015 9:07 AM 69

    Exactly one week after signing Indiana's religious freedom bill into law, Republican Governor Mike Pence signed a follow-up bill meant to quiet the firestorm that erupted. Indiana Public Broadcasting's Brandon Smith reports. BRANDON SMITH, BYLINE: Last Thursday, Governor Pence signed the religious freedom bill into law, which allows people to use their

  • Indiana Church Opposed State's Earlier Religious Liberty Law

    April 3, 2015 9:07 AM 60

    The national outcry against Indiana's religious freedom law included many people in Indiana; among them, people of faith. The groups who protested included a church led by our next guest. SHARON WATKINS: I'm the Reverend Dr. Sharon Watkins, general minister and president of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). : Well, it bothered us for two reasons

  • Multiple US concessions drove Iran nuclear talks to framework deal, report claims

    April 3, 2015 8:32 AM 61

    U.S. negotiators repeatedly shifted their goals during talks over Iran's nuclear program in response to intransigence from Tehran's representatives, according to a published report. Meanwhile, France's top diplomat urged caution Friday about the possibility of a final deal being agreed to and admitted that his country had initially held out for firmer