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'De-escalation is our focus,' Hagel said alongside his Polish counterpart, but 'we have to look at every possibility.' Even so, US steps on Ukraine are not meant to threaten Russia, he said.

Two Bidens, a presidential selfie, and a big announcement about 2016

4:33 pm ET - Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden and his father, Vice President Joe Biden, both made headlines in the past 24 hours. One announced he's running for higher office, and the other took a selfie with President Obama.


Iran ahead of schedule in complying with nuclear deal, UN watchdog says

1:12 pm ET - The IAEA reported that Iran has significantly reduced its stockpile of near bomb-grade enriched uranium and is moving more quickly than required to dispose of remaining stocks by mid-July.


Confederate flag flap at N.Y. school: why debate is hardly settled

3:42 pm ET - A Long Island principal called the Confederate flag a 'symbol of hate' as he expelled two students who brought the flag to school. But views about the rebel flag are not so categorical in the South.


In Indian election trail, a new brand of 'rurban' voters

10:30 am ET - India's village population is declining as young people migrate to cities and rural areas are reclassified as towns, creating a new breed of 'rurban' voter for politicians to chase. 


Bid to end Detroit bankruptcy by October gains momentum

2:24 pm ET - A new Detroit bankruptcy deal would call for much lighter cuts to the city's two major public pension funds. It appears to be gaining traction and is going before a federal judge today.


Marathon bombings: Special restrictions harming Tsarnaev defense, lawyers say (+video)

7:33 pm ET - A day after Boston marked the anniversary of the marathon bombings, Dzokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers were in court fighting the restrictions under which he is being held, arguing they hinder their work.


Obama, Biden pitch job training: Do reforms go far enough? (+video)

7:22 pm ET - Job training is an important component of getting Americans back to work and the economy humming again. President Obama and Republicans offered dueling messages Wednesday.


Internet makes global economy vulnerable to Lehman-like crash, study says

7:51 pm ET - The global economy is becoming so intertwined with the Internet, and the Internet has so many interlinked vulnerabilities, that one failure could cascade into a crash, a new study suggests.


Decoder Buzz Democrats 'whooping' Republicans in fundraising game – or are they? (+video)

6:10 pm ET - All the first-quarter fundraising results show that Democrats are doing significantly better than Republicans. But Republicans are increasingly raising money in other, more opaque ways.

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Should 'new GM' be liable for pre-bankruptcy ignition accidents? (+video)

5:48 pm ET - GM will ask a bankruptcy judge to protect it from many of the lawsuits related to the faulty ignition switch behind a massive recall. And it wants all lawsuits delayed until the ruling is made.

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New York gun owners shrug off tough new rules: What happens now?

5:41 pm ET - The SAFE Act, passed in New York last year, had an April 15 deadline for owners of assault-style weapons to register their guns with the state. Some 1 million residents have refused to abide.


With disbanding of NYPD spy unit, mayor makes good on big promise (+video)

2:13 pm ET - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sprang to the top of the polls as a candidate last year in large part because of his outspoken criticism of NYPD tactics. Now, he's taken a first, big step toward reform.

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