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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.

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Obama Proposes Expanding Overtime Pay To Nearly 5 Million Workers

The White House is proposing new rules that will boost the number of people eligible to receive overtime pay. The rules are facing opposition from the retail and restaurant industries.

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Brazilian President Mends Ties With President Obama On White House Visit

President Obama sought to downplay any major impact the Greek debt crisis could have on the U.S. economy. He spoke at a news conference with the president of Brazil and also addressed the ongoing talks on Iran's nuclear program and his administration's recent wins on the domestic policy front.

California Governor Signs School Vaccination Law

Starting July 1, 2016, all children enrolled in public or private schools or day cares in the state must be vaccinated, regardless of parents' religious and other personal beliefs.

Chris Christie Declares His Candidacy For President

New Jersey's Republican governor says he is ready "to fight for the people of the United States of America."

'Jiggery-Pokery': The Justices Have A Punny Way With Words

This term it was "ask the nearest hippie" and "what chumps!" Here are some other times phrases like that have added color to Supreme Court opinions.

Jeb Bush To Release 33 Years Of Tax Returns

Former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., will release decades of tax returns Tuesday on the same day Hillary Clinton's emails are set to be released and when Chris Christie announces his bid for president.

5 Things You Should Know About Chris Christie

The New Jersey governor has seen his political stock fall, but he tried to begin anew with his official presidential announcement at his high school alma mater.

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.

Mayor Walsh’s Office, Sen. Forry Call For Dominican Republic Boycott

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)

State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, of Dorchester, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s office is 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.

Some States Still Don’t Have Budgets

June 30, 2015
In this June 9, 2015 photo, members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) protest in Chicago. More than 40,000 state workers’ contracts are set to expire at the end of the month, but no agreement is in sight between the various labor unions representing them. (Christian K. Lee/AP)

In Illinois, that means some state workers could go without pay and some state services could be disrupted.

Puerto Rico Says It Can’t Pay Its Debt

June 30, 2015
Flags fly in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (orbit62/Flickr)

The governor wants creditors to postpone bond payments and restructure the U.S. territory’s $72 billion in public debt.

Greek Debt Crisis Spirals Toward Default

June 30, 2015
People stand in a queue to use an ATM outside a closed bank, next to a sign on the plant, bottom right, reading ''NO'' in Athens, Tuesday. It's crunch time for Greece, with the European part of its international bailout expiring Tuesday. (Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)

Greece closes its banks as debt negotiations reach a crisis point. We hear the latest on the debt crisis and its threat to the Eurozone.

How Historic Was Last Week? A Historian Puts It In Context.

June 29, 2015
President Barack Obama sings "Amazing Grace" as he delivers the eulogy for South Carolina state senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney during Pinckney's funeral service June 26, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

President Obama won huge victories in the Supreme Court, and South Carolina officials called for the removal of the Confederate flag.

Paul Thurmond Explains His Change Of Heart On The Confederate Flag

June 29, 2015
The Confederate Flag flies on the South Carolina State House grounds in Columbia, South Carolina, June 24, 2015. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

The state senator is now among those calling for the flag to be removed from near the South Carolina State House.

Confederate Flag Flying Again, After Activist Bree Newsome Took It Down

June 29, 2015
Bree Newsome of Charlotte, N.C., climbs a flagpole to remove the Confederate battle flag at a Confederate monument in front of the Statehouse in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday, June, 27, 2015. She was taken into custody when she came down. The flag was raised again by capitol workers about 45 minutes later. (Bruce Smith/AP)

The two people arrested for removing the Confederate flag from the front of the South Carolina Statehouse have been released.

3 More Decisions From The Supreme Court

June 29, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court is seen on May 11, 2015. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The high court ruled today on cases relating to capital punishment, power plant emissions and congressional redistricting.

To Be Young And Greek In A Time Of Crisis

June 29, 2015
Pro-Euro protesters take part in a rally in front of the Parliament on June 22. 2015 in Athens, Greece. Thousands of people attended the rally in support of Greece remaining in the European Union. Greek banks are closed for six days amid the uncertainty about the bailout deal. (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

Greece is closer than ever to default and an exit from the eurozone. A Greek college student discusses the crisis.

The Supreme Court: What To Make Of The Rulings, And What’s Next

June 29, 2015
People walk on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Saturday April 26, 2014. Two Supreme Court cases about police searches of cellphones without warrants present vastly different views of the ubiquitous device. Is it a critical tool for a criminal or is it an American’s virtual home? How the justices answer that question could determine the outcome of the cases being argued Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (AP)

Same-sex marriage. Obamacare. Lethal injection. Voting rights. Redistricting. A big look at the Supreme Court term.

Supreme Court Will Re-Hear Texas Affirmative Action Case

June 29, 2015

The Supreme Court said Monday it will dive back into the fight over the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas, a decision that presages tighter limits on affirmative action in higher education.

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