Senate GOP Blocks Debate on Equal Pay Bill

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_a4c1528f8c.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Senate Republicans blocked an equal pay bill from moving forward in the Senate Wednesday, one day after President Obama took executive action to try to narrow the gender pay gap. The Senate failed to reach the 60 votes needed to move forward to debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act.  The Senate voted 53-44 on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the measure.

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George H.W. Bush Greets Obama in Houston

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_b58a9a8546.jpgBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images (HOUSTON) -- When Air Force One touched down in Houston Wednesday, there was a special visitor awaiting President Obama at the airport. Sitting in a wheelchair at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, President George H.W. Bush greeted the president and First Lady Michelle Obama. Bush was seen wearing patriotic red, white and blue socks, while the Obamas stood next to him speaking for several minutes.

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Pentagon Announces US Destroyer Will Enter Black Sea by Thursday

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_5330919679.jpgGOGO LOBATO/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) will enter the Black Sea "on or about April 10," or Thursday, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren announced Wednesday.  The ship will transit the Strait of Bosporus on Thursday and head to the Black Sea for unspecified training with partner nations. The likelihood that another U.S. Navy ship was headed to the Black Sea emerged last week, but the name of the ship wasn’t fully defined because of potential schedule conflicts.

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"Duck Dynasty" Star Counsels Kissing Congressman McAllister

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_f4c7806c94.jpgom Williams/CQ Roll Call (WASHINGTON) -- When Vance McAllister needed help in winning his Louisiana congressional seat last year, he turned to Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson for an endorsement. When the newly-elected McAllister needed a date to January’s State of the Union Address he sent an invitation to Robertson. Now the Louisiana Republican is once again turning to Robertson -- this time for advice of how to handle being caught on surveillance video making out with one of his aides.

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Hillary Clinton Psychoanalyzes Vladimir Putin

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_f660eaecc1.jpgChip Somodevilla/Getty Images (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin may have a buff physique, but Hillary Clinton sees right through it. During a Q&A at a marketing summit in California Tuesday, Hillary Clinton gave a deep read on Putin’s personality, and compared the encounters she’s had with him to those she’s experienced on an elementary school playground.

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