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President Barack Obama looks to the audience as he participates in a town-hall meeting at Benedict College, Friday, March 6, 2015, in Columbia, S.C., about the importance of community involvement. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Debt fight looms as Obama about to face new limit

The Washington Times

The Obama administration officially informed Congress on Friday that it will begin to bump up against the debt limit in little more than a week, starting the clock on the next debt showdown.

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2014 file photo a farmer drives his tractor past a soybean field toward grain storage bins near Ladora, Iowa. U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba, and soybeans are one of the main products Cuba now buys from the United States. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Presidents in the dell: Walker, Bush, Cruz, Trump head for the first ever Iowa farming summit

- The Washington Times

The heartland still rules - and so does the farm. A dozen GOP presidential hopefuls are headed for the first ever Iowa Agriculture Summit on Saturday at the bodacious Iowa fairgrounds near Des Moines - and intended as a showcase for agribusiness and livestock markets. Ready to weigh in on ethanol, cattle and row crops: Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, Rep. Lindsey Graham, Gov. Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee, Donald Trump, Rick Santorum, George Pataki and Jim Gilmore. All must do their homework. There will be a discerning audience that also includes Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley, Rep. Steve King and Gov. Terry Branstad - and a thousand savvy locals.

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Vice President Joe Biden addresses the Human Rights Campaign Spring Equity Convention in Washington, Friday, March 6, 2015. Biden said the same human rights that African Americans fought for in Selma, Alabama, are at stake for gay rights activists today. Biden is drawing parallels between the civil rights and gay rights movements in a speech to the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

50 years after Selma, Biden ties gay rights to civil rights

- Associated Press

Gays and lesbians are fighting for the same equal rights that African-Americans fought for decades ago, Vice President Joe Biden said Friday, on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the historic march in Selma, Alabama.

Lobbyist confronts teacher over Brownback mention in speech

Associated Press

A lobbyist who used to work as Gov. Sam Brownback's chief of staff is defending his confrontation with a Topeka teacher he claims was unprofessional in referencing the governor in her speech at a Model UN competition.

FILE- In this May 2014 booking photo provided by the Clarkstown, N.Y., Police Department Diana Nadell is shown. Nadell of Cutler Bay, Fla., pleaded guilty Friday, March 6, 2015, to first-degree murder for the Jan. 24, 2014 murder of her 80 year old mother-in-law, Peggy Nadell. She also admitted plotting to kill two witnesses. (AP Photo/Clarkstown Police Department, File)

Daughter-in-law admits killing 80-year-old NY woman

- Associated Press

A woman who was accused of killing her 80-year-old mother-in-law to get at her money pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree murder. She also admitted plotting to kill two witnesses.

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2013 file photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. The State Department agreed Thursday to review thousands of messages from a private email account that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton used for official government business, but it cautioned that the process will move slowly and perhaps take months. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Hillary Clinton email trove reviewed for release, security

- Associated Press

The government will examine thousands of Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails for public release - and for possible security lapses - after revelations she used a private account to conduct official business as secretary of state, a senior State Department official said Thursday.

US move to deport Iowa pastor, father of 4 draws outrage

- Associated Press

The wife of a longtime Iowa City pastor facing deportation to Honduras said Friday that she is "devastated with this situation" but encouraged by the outpouring of support, including that of more than 100 people who rallied for his release this week outside the jail where he's being held.