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U.S. Freezes Russian Assets

The sanctions are aimed at Vladimir Putin’s inner political circle.

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For GOP, Midterms Are About More Than Just Opposing Obamacare

As Republican strategist Karl Rove points out, “ObamaCare is a potent issue that hurts Democrats badly but isn’t sufficient by itself.”

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Obama Hosts Palestinian Leader

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The White House says that it is “doing everything it can” to help both the Israelis and Palestinians achieve peace.

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Obama Huddles With Immigration Reform Supporters

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce was noticeably absent from the private meeting.

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Obama: You May Have To Find A New Doctor

The president said that Americans looking to join an Affordable Care Act exchange may have to switch doctors.

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State Department Promises Sanctions If Referendum Occurs

A senior State Department official said Friday that sanctions against Russia are a foregone conclusion if the referendum goes forward on Sunday.

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Scott Brown Inches Closer To New Hampshire Senate Bid

The former Massachusetts Senator, who was voted out in 2012, is expected to launch an exploratory committee.

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U.S. Vaguely Threatening Sanctions Against Russia

The White House noted Thursday that the situation in Ukraine “is not getting better.”

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Holder Proposes Reducing Sentences For Drug Traffickers

If adopted, the plan would shrink the federal prison population by more than 6,500 over the next five years.

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Obama Looks To Expand Overtime Pay

“If you’re working hard [and] barely making ends meet, you should be paid overtime, period,” the president said.

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The World in 2:00 – May 5, 2015

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Burundi’s president is cleared for a controversial third term in office and the latest round of Syrian peace talks get underway in Geneva.

TRNS News Notes- 5/5

TX Muhammad contest shooting
Joint Chiefs: Obama to nominate Gen Dunford
Syria’s Aleppo: “Circle of hell”
Obama talks “opportunity gaps”
GOP 2016 field grows
Clinton Foundation on defense

Tuesday, May 5

● Breast cancer is more deadly for black men

● Posting song lyric on Facebook is no crime

● Free speech is not taxable

● FTC halts weight-loss scam

● Baltimore unrest has many fathers

● Airline revenue declined in 2014

Clinton Will Testify On Benghazi, Emails

Clinton’s attorney says the 2016 contender will appear as long as necessary on whatever day is ultimately selected.

The Day Ahead – May 5, 2015

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France votes on a controversial intelligence bill and the U.N.’s envoy to Syria begins a round of peace consultations in Geneva.

Baltimore Police Quickly Deny Shooting Reports

“The reports of a man being shot at North and Pennsylvania Ave are NOT true,” the Department Tweeted.