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U.S., Cuba To Reopen Embassies In Step Toward Normal Relations

The White House announced Wednesday the opening of a U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba, which is seen as a key step toward more normal diplomatic ties with the Cold War foe.

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Maine Lawmakers Consider Investigating Gov. Paul LePage

Lawmakers want to probe the allegation that Gov. LePage threatened to withhold over $500,000 from a state charter school if it didn't remove a Democratic legislator.

Recreational Marijuana Is Now Legal In Oregon

While the state permits people to possess and grow small amounts of recreational pot, they still can't buy or sell it.

Clinton Announces $45 Million Fundraising Haul

Hillary Clinton's campaign says it raised more than $45 million in its opening quarter. She's the first major candidate to announce fundraising numbers.

Can The Candidate Move Beyond 'The Christie Show'?

This week the Christie Tracker podcast headed to Livingston High School for analysis on Gov. Chris Christie's announcement.

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GOP Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush Releases Tax Returns

Jeb Bush released 33 years of tax returns, the most ever by a presidential candidate. Releasing returns is a way to show he has nothing to hide. It also pressures other to be as transparent.

Jeb Bush's Wealth Skyrocketed After He Left Governor's Office

Thirty-three years of tax returns — the most ever released by a presidential candidate — show he earned $29 million since leaving office. He also paid an average tax rate of 36 percent over that time.

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Chris Christie Becomes 14th Republican Presidential Candidate

With New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the race, there are now 14 Republican candidates for president. Two more are expected to join by the end of July.

Debate Begins: New OT Rules Will Raise Wages — Or Kill Jobs

The Labor Department plans to change a rule so that 5 million more Americans will be able to collect overtime pay. Business groups say the change will hurt hiring, but labor groups are applauding.

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Does The Drip, Drip, Drip Of Clinton's Email Controversy Matter?

The State Department will release another set of emails from Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state on Tuesday. The email issue may dog the Democratic candidate for her entire campaign.

After Supreme Court Decision, Is There An Alternative To Lethal Injection?

July 2, 2015
People in support of abolishing the death penalty protest outside of the Supreme Court in Washington Monday. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

On Monday, a divided Supreme Court upheld a state’s right to use lethal injection in death penalty executions.

Some Clerks In Alabama, Arkansas Resist Issuing Marriage Licenses

July 1, 2015
Protesters waive a rainbow flag on the front lawn of the Rowan County Judicial Center, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Morehead, Ky. The protest was being held against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who, due to the ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States and her own religious beliefs, has refused to issue any marriage licenses in the county. (Timothy D. Easley/AP)

In the South, some clerks are pushing back on the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling, including one who reportedly quit.

Why One Greek Business Owner Is Voting Yes In Sunday’s Referendum

July 1, 2015
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras talks to the media as he leaves after he participated in a bilateral meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on the sidelines of the EU meetings in Brussels on Thursday, June 11, 2015. (Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP)

As the prime minister urges Greeks to vote no in the referendum, restaurant owner Nikolalos Voglis explains why he will vote yes.

U.S. To Reopen Embassy In Havana

July 1, 2015
Workers from Eastern Shores Flagpoles raise a flagpole at the Cuban Interest Section in Washington in preparation for re-opening of embassies in Havana and Washington, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

It’s a major step in restoring diplomatic relations between the two countries, whose embassies have been shuttered since 1961.

Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis: Who’s To Blame And What Can Be Done?

July 1, 2015
The Puerto Rico Capitol is pictured in San Juan. (jbash/Flickr)

Anne Krueger, a former official with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, shares the findings of her new report.

As Marijuana Industry Grows, So Does Its Political Clout

July 1, 2015
Different varieties of marijuana flowers are displayed at medical marijuana dispensary Kaya Shack in Portland, Ore. On July 1, recreational marijuana in Oregon became legal, but it's likely customers won't be able to buy the pot at medical dispensaries until October 1. (Gosia Wozniacka/AP)

For members of Congress, the cannabis industry offers new, high-yield donors. But it also raises some questions.

Greek Prime Minister Offers New Bailout Concessions

July 1, 2015
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras answers journalists' questions after an EU summit at the EU headquarters in Brussels on June 26, 2015. The German chancellor urged Greece to accept an 'extraordinarily generous' offer from its EU-IMF creditors, which includes at least 12 billion euros ($13.4 billion) in further rescue cash over the next five months. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)

European officials are ruling out any deal before Sunday’s referendum on the bailout, called by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Commentary: If The GOP Presidential Debate Turns Ugly … It May, At Least, Be Entertaining

July 1, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a house party Tuesday in Bedford, N.H. (Jim Cole/AP)

There are some easy-to-imagine logistical problems facing Republican presidential hopefuls looking to debate with each other on the same stage. But, Todd Domke argues, if you can picture their debates, there’s also a wealth of entertainment to be seen.

Redefining American Overtime

July 1, 2015
In this June 26, 2015, photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. The Obama administration will propose requiring overtime pay for workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week, three individuals familiar with the plan said Monday, June 29. (AP)

Five million workers may qualify for overtime pay. We’ll look at the plan and the pushback.

Calls From Boston Not To Vacation In Dominican Republic

July 1, 2015

Some Boston leaders and community members ask Bostonians to boycott vacationing in the Dominican Republic following the country’s attempts to expatriate some 200,000 people of Haitian origin born in the Dominican Republic after 1929.

In Effort To Stem Opioid Crisis, Mass. Congressional Delegation Reaches Across The Aisle

July 1, 2015
Normally adversaries, Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, are requesting a surgeon general report on the U.S. opioid overdose epidemic. (AP)

Democrats from Massachusetts are uniting with Republicans from the Midwest on several bills aimed at stemming the opioid epidemic.

Walsh’s Office, Haitian-American Sen. Forry Ask Bostonians Not To Vacation In Dominican Republic

June 30, 2015
State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry stands on the steps of the State House Wednesday calling for a boycott of the Dominican Republic to protest that country’s threatened expulsion of Haitians. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Dorchester state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry and Mayor Marty Walsh’s office are calling for the boycott to protest that country’s threatened expulsion of Haitians.

Election 2016: Who Exactly Is Running For President?

June 30, 2015
The first Presidential debates for the 2016 campaign season are set to begin this August, and Twitter / Photoshop legend Darth has been having fun tracking the potential entrants on his account. (Darth / Twitter)

Who is running for President, anyway? We attempt to help you figure it out.

Obama To Expand Overtime Pay For Millions

June 30, 2015
President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. The Obama administration will propose requiring overtime pay for workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week, three individuals familiar with the plan said Monday, June 29. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/ AP Photo)

The Labor Department will expand overtime pay, in a move the administration estimates would impact 5 million U.S. workers.

Negotiators Scramble As Greek Debt Deadline Looms

June 30, 2015
A view of the National Bank of Greece's headquarters on June 3, 2015, in Athens, Greece. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to be presented with the international creditors' plan of tough economic reforms for Greece in order to unlock 7.2 billion Euros of rescue loans later today. (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

Greece could become the first developed country ever to default on a loan to the IMF. We look at what it would mean.

Christie Says He’s Running In 2016 To ‘Change The World’

June 30, 2015
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stands with his wife, Mary Pat Christie, second from left, and their children, from left, Patrick, Sarah, Bridget and Andrew while speaking to supporters during an event announcing he will seek the Republican nomination for president, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at Livingston High School in Livingston, N.J. (Julio Cortez/AP)

Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched his campaign for president in the gymnasium of his old high school.

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