Hillary Clinton argues against additional sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON- Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is urging Congress to resist imposing new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, saying that "this is the time" to give diplomacy a chance to work.

Clinton, who leads the pack among potential Democratic presidential contenders for 2016, according to Reuters polling, said in a Jan. 26 letter to Democratic Senator Carl Levin, "Now that serious negotiations are finally under way, we should do everything we can to test whether they can advance a permanent solution."

Her comments came after Levin wrote to her about the sanctions issue. The lawmaker released her letter on Sunday.

Fifty-nine of the 100 U.S. senators, including 16 of President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats, co-sponsored a bill that would impose new restrictions on Iran if talks on a permanent deal falter.

Hillary Clinton argues against additional sanctions on Iran

Barack Obama Addresses IRS Scandal In Interview

During an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII, President Barack Obama said there wasn’t even a “smidgen” of corruption at the heart of the Internal Revenue scandal that surfaced last year.

The agency admitted to improperly scrutinizing tea party groups when they applied for tax exemption during the 2010 and 2012 elections.

“There were some boneheaded decisions,” Obama said, but insisted corruption did not play a role in the decision-making processes.

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Christina Genovese Renna, Chris Christie Staffer, Resigns Amid Probe

TRNETON, N.J. (AP) — A member of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration who has been subpoenaed in an alleged political payback investigation has resigned.

Christina Genovese Renna left the governor’s office Friday, the same day former Christie loyalist David Wildstein claimed to have evidence contradicting the governor’s account of a lane closing operation, apparently to create traffic chaos as a political vendetta.

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Animal Photos Of The Week: Baby Panda Playtime

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Super Bowl Commercials 2014: Watch All Ads Aired During Broncos, Seahawks Matchup (UPDATING)

For many Super Bowl viewers, the game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks is just something that happens between breaks in commercials. The blockbuster ads unveiled each year have further established the NFL’s big game as must-see television, even for those who don’t know Peyton Manning from Bruno Mars.

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With the trend of early releases continuing before Super Bowl XLVIII, several spots generated buzz and, in some cases, elicited “awwwws” before kickoff. Budweiser’s “Puppy Love” ad set the standard for adorable long before FOX began its coverage on Super Bowl Sunday, but the cuteness quotient in promos by Cheerios and Coca Cola suggested more heartwarming moments were on the way.

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Obama Super Bowl Interview: President Grilled On Benghazi By Bill O’Reilly

During an interview with Fox News ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII, Bill O’Reilly grilled President Barack Obama on the 2012 attack on Benghazi.

The president admitted that security on the compound was “lax,” and precautions “that needed to be taken weren’t taken.”

“The main thing we have to take away from this is our diplomats are working in some dangerous places,” he added.

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