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President Barack Obama Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe participate in a joint news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 28, 2015.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama blames social ills for crisis in Baltimore

- The Washington Times 14 minutes ago

Responding to riots in Baltimore, President Obama said Tuesday that there’s “no excuse” for looting and arson, but also said the unrest stems from decades-long neglect of urban communities in the U.S.

Demonstrators carry banners in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The Supreme Court is set to hear historic arguments in cases that could make same-sex marriage the law of the land. The justices are meeting Tuesday to offer the first public indication of where they stand in the dispute over whether states can continue defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, or whether the Constitution gives gay and lesbian couples the right to marry. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Colorful crowds gather as Supreme Court weighs gay marriage

- The Washington Times

The steps of the Supreme Court were abuzz with activity and bedecked with rainbow flags and signs demanding religious liberty Tuesday morning as the high court prepared to hear oral arguments for a case that may decide the future of American marriage.

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Shuster hasn't considered recusal after dating lobbyist

- Associated Press

The chairman of the House transportation committee on Tuesday said he never considered recusing himself from the panel's work on aviation legislation after he began dating a top airline industry lobbyist.

Nebraska oil and gas board cleared in meetings laws dispute

Associated Press

A special investigator said the Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission didn't violate the state's open meetings law when it met last month to consider a proposed disposal well in Sioux County for wastewater from oil and gas exploration and production.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Monday, April 27, 2015, in New York. Kerry and Zarif are both in New York to attend a United Nations conference on nuclear non-proliferation. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, Pool)

Senate debates bill on congressional approval of Iran deal

- Associated Press

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday urged Republicans to back legislation empowering Congress to review and possibly reject any nuclear deal with Iran and warned GOP presidential hopefuls not to use it as a "platform for their political ambitions."

Religious conservatives lobby for "religious freedom" law

Associated Press

Religious conservatives are lobbying North Carolina lawmakers to pass legislation that supporters say protects expressions of faith but that opponents contend would legalize discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Vietnam and the US test their hard-won friendship

- Associated Press

After tanks from communist North Vietnam burst through the gates of the Presidential Palace in Saigon 40 years ago Thursday, Washington imposed a punitive economic embargo that kept Hanoi from receiving assistance even from multilateral institutions such as the World Bank.