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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With the clock ticking toward a midnight Friday deadline to avoid a partial shutdown of the U.S. domestic security agency, the Senate is moving toward passing a funding bill but the House of Representatives leader offered no hints of following suit.

The Republican-dominated House has passed a $39.7 billion bill to pay for Department of Homeland Security operations, but that measure blocks funding for Democratic President Barack Obama's executive order last year lifting the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants.

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    Feb. 26, 2015: In this image made from video posted on a social media account affiliated with the Islamic State group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, militants destroy winged-bull Assyrian protective deity in the Ninevah Museum in Mosul, Iraq. (AP via militant social media account)

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    Feb. 26, 2015: In this image made from video posted on a social media account affiliated with the Islamic State group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, a militant topples an ancient artifact in the Ninevah Museum in Mosul, Iraq.

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday adopted sweeping new regulations sought by President Obama for how Americans use and do business on the Internet, in a party-line vote that is sure to be challenged by the broadband industry. 

The commission, following a contentious meeting, voted 3-2 to adopt its so-called net neutrality plan -- a proposal that remained secret in the run-up to the final vote. 

Washington — Jeb Bush has set up a killer fundraising operation, likely to dwarf anything the rest of the prospective Republican presidential field can do.

But that won’t guarantee him the 2016 GOP nomination. Mr. Bush, scion of the party’s most powerful family, needs to win over conservative activists – or at least enough of them to beat the competition when primaries and caucuses begin in a year.

Enter the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, the Super Bowl of "movement conservative" activism.

CPAC 2015: Can Jeb Bush win over conservatives?
Thursday, 26 February 2015 17:00

Jeb Bush has set up a killer fundraising operation, likely to dwarf anything the rest of the prospective Republican presidential field can do.

But that won’t guarantee him the 2016 GOP nomination. Mr. Bush, scion of the party’s most powerful family, needs to win over conservative activists – or at least enough of them to beat the competition when primaries and caucuses begin in a year.

Enter the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, the Super Bowl of "movement conservative" activism.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie waves as he walks from the stage after speaking during CPAC.
Associated Press

It’s not quite the Iowa Straw Poll, but the Conservative Political Action Conference is a similar rite of passage for potential presidential candidates, a chance for them to make their case to a crowd of conservative activists that ranges from motorcycle-jacketed tea-partiers to suit-and-tied young Republicans to churchgoing retirees.

None of the speakers have formally launched 2016 campaigns, but they are traveling to states that hold the earliest nominating contests and building their political operations.

CPAC through Snapchat
Thursday, 26 February 2015 16:33

Washington (CNN)What's going on at The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)? Watch the video for the full gist on Snapchat.

We have tea partier William Temple from Georgia who is a conference regular. He's hoping Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Scott Walker make a run in 2016.

Others chose different costumes...

Three men were arrested Thursday in an armed robbery at a Lafayette shopping center, police said.

Randy Wilson, 29, of Fresno, Texas, and Dante King, 20, of Alexandria, were each arrested on a count of armed robbery after a 22-year-old man reported he was robbed in the Midtown Plaza parking lot in the 2500 block of Johnston Street, Lafayette Police spokesman Cpl. Paul Mouton said in a news release.

Tyrus Gable, 18, of Alexandria, was also booked in the case on a count of principal to armed robbery.

A bitter disagreement between Gov. Bobby Jindal and state Superintendent of Education John White over Common Core may show up again when Jindal’s spending plans are unveiled on Friday morning.

State aid for public schools, dollars for standardized test contracts and funding for the state Department of Education are all in play in the budget amid Louisiana’s $1.6 billion shortfall to maintain current spending.

See the story here.

Merchandise exports from Louisiana climbed to a record $65.1 billion in 2014, and new trade agreements could boost those totals in the coming years, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Petroleum and coal products topped Louisiana’s goods exports at $25.7 billion, according to data released by the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration. Agricultural products were next at $17.7 billion, with chemicals third at $8.6 billion.

Exports from Louisiana supported an estimated 283,000 U.S.

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