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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden told Ukrainian political leaders Tuesday that the United States stands with them against "humiliating threats" and encouraged them to root out corruption as they rebuild their government.

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Why change an historical practice that happens across cultures and continents?

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, Chicago's Metra commuter rail agency recently turned over a file of 800 index cards reflecting applicants for employment between 1983 and 1991 who were supported by politically powerful patrons.

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If recent polls are any indicator, Republican businessman Curt Clawson could succeed former Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL), who resigned after getting caught buying cocaine in D.C., as the congressman representing the Florida 19th Congressional District.

Clawson was one of a number of Republican candidates competing in the Republican primary for Radel's seat and he's lead in recent polls of the race as well as how much money he's had to spend. The primary came about after Radel was busted for cocaine possession.

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Republicans are taking no chances when it comes to Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. They're closing every possible door. Under bills passed in Georgia and Kansas recently, even if a Democratic candidate were to pull off an upset and take the governor's seat, they would not be able to expand the program without the consent of the state legislature -- which will almost certainly remain Republican.

In other words, GOP lawmakers have taken steps to guarantee that many of their poorest residents will remain uninsured under the health care reform law, no matter what happens in the gubernatorial election.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) both oppose Medicaid expansion. They both look likely -- if not quite certain -- to win re-election in November. That should make the bills passed by their respective state lawmakers unnecessary, but they seem intent on guarding against even the remote possibility of a Democratic governor.

An explanation offered by a GOP lawmaker in Kansas, where the bill was signed into law by Brownback last week, points to the motive.

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After ex-CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson bashed her former employer during an interview on CNN's "Reliable Sources" this weekend, the network responded to her claims that they were less inclined to air stories that could upset some political or corporate interests.

"CBS News maintains the highest journalistic standards in what it chooses to put on the air. Those standards are applied without fear or favor," CBS News spokeswoman Sonya McNair told the Washington Post on Monday.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is naming a prominent white collar defense attorney and veteran of president Bill Clinton's White House as his new top lawyer. Neil Eggleston will replace Obama's long-time counsel Kathryn Ruemmler who is leaving after three years in the job.

Eggleston gained distinction as a White House lawyer during congressional investigations into President Clinton's Whitewater real estate transactions. He also served as deputy chief counsel of the House special committee that investigated the Iran-Contra affair that ensnarled president Ronald Reagan.

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