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In Many Districts, Democratic Challengers Have Raised As Much As GOP Incumbents

Some Democratic challengers are fundraising more than the Republican incumbents they're challenging. This revelation comes as House candidates file their first quarter financial reports.

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Three Kansas Men Found Guilty Of Bomb Plot Targeting Somali Muslim Immigrants

A months-long FBI investigation reportedly yielded a recording of one of the defendants saying, "The only good Muslim is a dead Muslim." The defense argued it was protected free speech.

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Payday Lenders Convening At A Trump Resort Are Met By Protesters

The industry is holding its annual conference this week at Trump National Doral Golf Club near Miami. Critics say a Trump appointee is helping the industry by moving to ease regulations.

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New York A.G., Invoking Trump, Calls For Albany To Close Pardon 'Loophole'

Eric Schneiderman asked state lawmakers to alter New York criminal law so that a presidential pardon might not protect someone from state-level prosecution

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Missouri Governor Accused Of New Felony, After Allegations Of Assault And Blackmail

Eric Greitens was already under pressure to step down over allegations of sexual assault and privacy violation. Now Missouri's attorney general wants him to be charged over his campaign practices.

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The OURSA Security Conference Calls Out Lack of Inclusion

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:21
The OURSA security conference offered a place for diverse voices in security, a counterpoint to the corporate hegemony of RSA.
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Senate Votes To Roll Back Rules Aimed At Fair Auto Lending For Minorities

The measure, which now heads to the House, would roll back federal policies aimed at protecting minority buyers from discriminatory loan terms. The vote could lead to the rollback of other rules.

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The Return of 'MAD Magazine' and Its All-New Gang of Idiots

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:08
The new incarnation of the satire magazine will never be able to compete with the pace of the internet, but that's not the point.
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Why The Rate Of Congressional Confirmations Are Down Under The Trump Administration

The Trump Administration is frustrated with what it says is the obstruction of nominees in Congress. NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Marc Short, White House Legislative Affairs Director, about why the rate of confirmations is down.

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Meet The Southwest Pilot Who Landed A Plane After An Engine Exploded

Pilot Tammie Jo Shults is being called a hero after she landed Southwest Flight 1380 when an engine explosion damaged the plane and ultimately killed one passenger. It's a remarkable moment in a pioneering career.

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Arrests At Philadelphia Starbucks Store Raise Uncomfortable Questions For Company

Starbucks and other companies have touted themselves as a 'third space,' away from home or the office, where everyone is supposed to feel welcome. But events last week in Philadelphia, when two black men were arrested after they refused to leave a Starbucks store, reveal that's not always the case.

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Sen. Tom Udall Weighs In On Mike Pompeo's Secretary Of State Nomination

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, about why he opposes the confirmation of CIA Director Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State — and whether there are enough votes to block the nomination.

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Maine Asylum-Seeker Fights For His Right To Poetry

Allan Monga won Maine's Poetry Out Loud competition last month, but the NEA barred him from the national stage because of his immigration status. Now he's suing for his right to participate.

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Let's Use Star Wars to Explain the Concept of Angular Size

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:34
Could you actually see invading Star Destroyers from the surface of a planet?
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Cuba Will Soon Be Led By Someone Who Is Not A Castro

For the first time since 1959, the communist island of Cuba will not be run by a Castro. On Thursday, Raúl Castro will hand the presidency over to a successor, widely believed to be First Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel.

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Automatic Voter Registration Could Have A Big Impact By 2020 Election

By Election Day 2018, almost of quarter of Americans will live in states where filling out voter registration postcards will be a thing of the past as more and more states are moving to automatic voter registration.

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What's At Risk When A Non-Diplomat Engages In Diplomacy

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, about the risks and opportunities that follow when a CIA director meets with a foreign head of state.

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Senate Majority Leader Says Law To Protect Special Counsel Mueller Isn't Necessary

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has squashed the idea of a vote on a bill that would protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by President Trump.

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Senators Have More Questions For CIA Director Mike Pompeo After North Korea Trip

CIA director Mike Pompeo made a secret trip to North Korea and met with the country's leader Kim Jong Un. He's also trying to get confirmed as Secretary of State, the nation's top diplomat.

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'Houses Disappeared' When Tumbleweeds Rolled Into This California City

A resident of Victorville, Calif., says tumbleweeds roll in whenever a strong wind kicks up but that the latest round felt "like we were being invaded."

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