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United States Department of Defense

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel exploring ways to deepen US-Mexico defense ties, including possibility of training exercises with Mexican forces - @AP

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US same-sex marriage

Federal judge hears oral arguments in Oregon same-sex marriage case - @OPBNews

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politics

Democrats seize ad aired by conservative group that uses Obama, Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., image after meeting Aurora shooting victims - @NBCNews

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United States

Bipartisan groups slam US Securities and Exchange Commission for resisting legislation that would force government agencies to get warrants before accessing private email - @Reuters

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Hillary Clinton

Photo: Hillary Clinton speaks at women's leadership conference in Boston, Mass. - @AlexNBCNews

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Vermont, US

Vermont lawmakers pass bill requiring genetically modified foods to be labeled; bill goes to Gov. Peter Shumlin's desk - @WPTZ

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Brazil

Brazil's president signs into law a digital 'Bill of Rights,' designed to protect privacy - @AP

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Chris Christie Sandy funds investigation

Hoboken, NJ, Mayor Dawn Zimmer releases journal pages in which she discusses 'bully' Gov. Chris Christie - @TPM

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John Boozman

'Doctors are pleased with the progress Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., has made' since heart surgery this week, his office says - @burgessev

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Michael Hayden

Former CIA and NSA director Gen. Michael Hayden will write a bimonthly column called 'Inside Intelligence' for the Washington Times, the paper announces - @politico

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Syria

Syrian lawmaker registered as the first challenger for the presidency in June vote expected to return Bashar al-Assad to power - @Telegraph

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Israel

Palestinian President Abbas: Unity with Hamas does not contradict peace talks with Israel, two-state solution - @Reuters

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Georgia, US

Georgia governor signs wide-ranging gun bill that specifies where residents can carry weapons - @cnnbrk

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South Africa

South Africa's Archbishop Tutu says he will not vote for the African National Congress in May 7 elections - @Reuters

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Harry Reid

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus calls Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., 'dirty' and 'unethical' - @HuffPostPol

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US Supreme Court hears affirmative action case

Attorney General Eric Holder praises Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's dissent in affirmative action case as 'courageous and very personal' - @DevlinBarrett

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2016 US elections

Jeb Bush says he is 'thinking about' 2016 run - @politico

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Pennsylvania governor's race 2014

After releasing 10 years of his own tax returns, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's campaign pushes Democratic opponents to follow suit - @PoliticsPA

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2014 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

'House of Cards' star Robin Wright will be featured guest at reception kicking off White House Correspondents' Association Dinner - @politico

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Supreme Court of the United States

US Supreme Court refuses to overturn death sentence for Kentucky man convicted in kidnapping, rape, murder case - @AP

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