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Schumer knocks new TSA knife rules

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, has joined the chorus of voices calling on the Transportation Security Administration to rescind its new policy to allow passengers to carry small knives, golf clubs and hockey sticks onto planes.

** FILE ** Donald Trump is pictured in his office at Trump Tower in New York. (Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)

Donald Trump on donating to keep White House tours open: 'Why not?'

Will The Donald pony up to keep White House tours running? Maybe. Mr. Trump on Monday blasted the recent White House decision to halt tours in light of across-the-board spending cuts that took effect March 1. Some members of Congress have also hopped on the bandwagon, pledging that the U.S. Capitol will not follow suit.

**FILE** U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers gather along the international border with Mexico near Naco, Ariz. (Associated Press)

Court limits feds' ability to search laptops at border

A federal appeals court on Friday limited the Border Patrol's ability to search laptops or other electronic records during routine checks at the border, ruling that people have an expectation their data are private and that the government must have a "reasonable suspicion" to snoop.

** FILE ** President Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Monday, March 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama talks immigration with religious leaders

Several prominent preachers and a diverse group of religious organizations met with President Obama and senior staff Friday morning to discuss immigration reform, even as bipartisan efforts to produce a bill continue on Capitol Hill.