TIME 2016 Election

What Should Hillary Clinton’s Twitter Avatar Be?

The email controversy has put a negative spin on Hillary Clinton's "texts from Hillary" avatar on Twitter (see below). Here are some ideas for what could replace it.

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Supreme Court Sets Date For Same-Sex Marriage Arguments

Audio of the proceedings will be made available the same day

(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court will hear arguments over same-sex marriage on April 28 and make audio of the proceedings available later that day.

The gay marriage cases mark the only time this term that the court has agreed to the quick release of audio recordings. But the court is continuing its ban on providing video of its sessions or even live-streamed audio.

The arguments on gay marriage have been allotted two-and-a-half hours on the final Tuesday in April. Audio and the transcript of the proceedings should be available on the court’s website by 2 p.m. EDT, the court said Thursday in a statement.

The justices denied a request from The Associated Press and other media outlets for the quick release of audio of the argument Wednesday over the tax subsidies that are part of the health care overhaul. That audio will be made available on Friday.

The gay marriage cases come from the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, so far the only federal appellate court that has upheld state bans on same-sex marriages since the justices’ 2013 ruling striking down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law.

Lawyers on both sides will get 90 minutes to argue whether gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry everywhere in the U.S. Another hour will be devoted to the question of whether states must recognize same-sex unions performed elsewhere.

A decision is expected before July.

TIME 2016 Election

Bobby Jindal: America’s Next Top Columnist

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Bill Clark—CQ-Roll Call Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., speaks at CPAC in National Harbor, Md. on Feb. 26, 2015.

How he used freelance punditry to build his reputation

If this whole president thing doesn’t work out, Bobby Jindal should consider another career path: columnist.

Since becoming the governor of Louisiana in 2008, Jindal has amassed a clip file of guest editorials that would be the envy of any freelance opinion writer.

By TIME’s count, he’s been published 47 times in general interest outlets such as the Washington Post, CNN and Politico as well as conservative-leaning media such as the Wall Street Journal, Fox News and National Review. Of those, 41 have been since the start of his second term in 2012.

“Whether you’re a fan of his or not, the guy is a one-man think tank,” Curt Anderson, a political consultant who’s worked with Jindal since 2003, tells TIME.

It’s a canny strategy for an outside-the-Beltway governor with his eye on the Oval Office and Jindal is using it for three different but related strategies:

Though his output is unusual, Jindal’s op-ed writing is not unusual among likely presidential candidates. In fact, it’s become something of a rite of passage.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was a regular writer for the Washington Times until his column was canceled over accusations of plagiarism. He’s since written for Wall Street Journal, TIME, CNN, Politico and Breitbart. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has written op/eds for TIME, the Washington Post, USA Today, Politico and Red State. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush drew attention for a piece on immigration in the Journal, while Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has written for the Washington Post and the Journal and co-signed two op-eds with Jindal in Politico and the Journal.

In fact, politicians now get miffed if they aren’t published.

When the New York Times turned down a Walker op-ed on his state’s collective bargaining law, he posted it on his Facebook page with the headline “The One Opinion Piece the New York Times Didn’t Want You to Read.”

Still, Jindal’s output is notable. His pieces are on a par with some full-time columnists, often making use of clever conceits like focusing on how Hillary Clinton opposed the individual mandate in 1993, outlining ways that President Obama could use his executive powers to improve the economy or tallying up how much the average insurance premium has risen since the Affordable Care Act was signed.

Anderson says that the pieces are all Jindal’s ideas.

“Sometimes he’ll write them and sometimes he’ll say we should write something on this and talk for five minutes and we’ll write it,” he says. “It’s different every time.”

The most influential column came about almost by accident in late 2012. Anderson said some Jindal staffers and consultants were having a meeting on some other topic when the governor — who got his start in politics as the head of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals — started talking about how Republicans should address the politics of birth control, which he thought had become “silly.”

“We were all sitting there thinking, ‘Huh,’ — we hadn’t really thought of that,” he recalls.

The Jindal column that resulted, “The end of birth-control politics,” ran in the Wall Street Journal on Dec. 12. It called for Republicans to embrace over-the-counter birth control pills as a way of countering Democrats’ “war on women” narrative with a free-market solution. Over the following year, Jindal staffers noticed that more and more Republicans were adopting the platform.

By the 2014 midterm elections, Republican Senate candidates in Minnesota, Virginia and Colorado had adopted it in their campaigns. Though it didn’t help carry the first two states, it arguably helped Sen. Cory Gardner beat back arguments from incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall to win in Colorado. “I believe the pill ought to be available over the counter, round the clock, without a prescription — cheaper and easier, for you,” Gardner argued in an ad.

It remains to be seen whether Jindal’s columns will help him win his own likely race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Guest editorials can be a negative, especially when you don’t get to write the headline, as Mitt Romney learned when his 2008 New York Times column headlined “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” became an issue in a debate with President Obama. And former Speaker Newt Gingrich’s long paper trail of punditry weighed down his 2012 campaign.

But Shannon Bates Dirmann, a spokeswoman for Jindal, said in an email to TIME that the columns have already served their purpose.

“The Governor gave a major speech to the Republican National Committee after the 2012 elections in which he called on Republicans to just not be party of no and have new ideas,” she wrote. “He took his own advice.”

TIME 2016 Election

7 Things We Learned Writing a Cover Story About Jeb Bush

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Cover Credit: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum/Corbis George H.W. Bush, Jeb Bush and George W. Bush on the Mar. 16, 2015, cover of TIME

This week’s TIME cover story is a profile of Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor who is vying to become the third member of his family to win the presidency. Here are seven things we learned about Bush while reporting the piece:

His father met his future wife the day before his wedding: Jeb and Columba Bush dated for about three years before getting married in February of 1974 at a chapel on the University of Texas campus. George H.W. Bush did not meet his son’s bride until the night before the ceremony, during a dinner at an Austin restaurant called the Green Turtle.

He wasn’t the only one to find love in Mexico: Jeb Bush famously met his future wife on a school program in Leon, Mexico, while he was a student at Phillips Academy. But he was not the only Andover student to find love there. His buddy John Schmitz found a foreign girlfriend first: Columba’s sister. The pair are also married and living in the Miami area.

His business resume is interesting: Bush made millions in South Florida real estate in the 1980s and ‘90s, but he also dabbled in a broad variety of other ventures, from a corporate directorship with a secretive Swiss bank to a deal selling water pumps in Nigeria. Like his brother George, he briefly held a (tiny) ownership stake in a pro sports franchise, the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.

He’s a tennis ace: Bush has a competitive streak in politics that spills over into sports. In 1989, Jeb and his younger brother Marvin even beat top female pros Chris Evert and Pam Shriver in a three-set doubles match on a private tennis court in the Hart Senate building in Washington.

He was the original “severe” conservative: Move over, Mitt Romney. While campaigning for governor of Florida in 1994, Jeb said he wanted to “club this government into submission” and described himself as a “headbanging” conservative. During his 2003 second inaugural address, he laid out a utopian vision of radically shrinking government. “There would be no greater tribute to our maturity as a society,” he said, “than if we can make these buildings around us empty of workers—silent monuments to the time when government played a larger role than it deserved or could adequately fill.”

His staff is loyal: Few politicians inspire quite as much loyalty from their staffs as Bush. Time and again, former aides, friends, and associates deferred to Bush or his advisors before talking for this story. “I would describe him as flawless,” gushed one longtime friend, real estate developer Ed Easton.

His fundraising machine is in overdrive: Jeb’s team is well on its way toward what allies say is a loose goal of raising $100 million over the coming months to blow away the GOP field. At one $25,000 February event in McLean, Va., organizers drew such a large crowd they ran out of name tags. “It’s just an ass-kicking,” says a top fundraiser for one of Bush’s Republican rivals.

Read the TIME cover story here.

TIME 2016 Election

Ben Carson Apologizes For Saying Prison Makes People Gay

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Alex Wong—Getty Images Ben Carson addresses the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference on February 26, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland.

A quick backtrack after a comment made during a television interview

Likely Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has apologized for saying that going to prison can make you gay.

On Wednesday morning, Carson was asked on CNN whether homosexuality is a choice. “Absolutely,” he replied. “Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay.”

Later that day, Carson backed away from his comments in a statement emailed to reporters. “I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation,” he said. “I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended.”

He then cited his scientific training as informing his views of homosexuality. “I’m a doctor trained in multiple fields of medicine, who was blessed to work at perhaps the finest institution of medical knowledge in the world. Some of our brightest minds have looked at this debate, and up until this point there have been no definitive studies that people are born into a specific sexuality,” he said. “We do know, however, that we are always born male and female. And I know that we are all made in God’s image, which means we are all deserving of respect and dignity.”

Carson said he supports “rights and Constitutional protections for gay people,” including civil marriage and the rights of states to sanction gay marriage. Carson has said in the past that he personally opposes same-sex marriage. “Religious Marriage is an oath before God and congregation,” he said in the statement. “Religious marriage must only be governed by the church. Judges and government must not be allowed to restrict religious belief.”

Carson has recently made several staff hires for his prospective campaign and is expected to announce his candidacy for president in May.

TIME People

See Jeb Bush’s Life in Photos

The second son of one of America's most prominent political families, Jeb Bush has been in the public eye most of his life, albeit in his brother's shadow. Jeb is now taking the forefront with his putative bid for Republican presidential nominee in 2016

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Morning Must Reads: March 5

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Mark Wilson—Getty Images The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

She’s Got Mail

Hillary Clinton is under fire for exclusively using private email as Secretary of State, something her camp says was in compliance with the “letter and spirit” of the rules but has still attracted criticism. Here’s what you need to know

U.S. Envoy Attacked in Seoul

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert, 42, was slashed on the face and wrist Thursday in the South Korean capital by an attacker with a knife

Holder Slams Ferguson Police

Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department will guarantee “corrective action” in Ferguson after a report found a pattern of racial bias

Toyota Promotes Highest-Ranking Woman Ever

Automaker Toyota has promoted American Julie Hamp, the current head of communications for North America, to managing officer. She’ll be the highest-ranking woman in the company’s 77-year history, in what is part of a broader push for diversity among its executive ranks

Winter Storm Hitting Mid-Atlantic, Extending to East Coast

Winter weather began to slam the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. overnight and is expected to extend into the East Coast on Thursday. But one of the worst winters in recent memory may be relenting, according to the deputy director of the Climate Prediction Center

Dan Stevens Will Star in Beauty and the Beast

Disney looks to be bringing together an all-British cast for the live-action Beauty and the Beast, plucking stars from the most popular English franchises. Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens will star opposite Harry Potter alum Emma Watson

Statins May Seriously Increase Diabetes Risk

Statins can lower cholesterol and even tamp down inflammation to keep the risk of heart disease down. But these commonly prescribed drugs may increase the risk of diabetes, and by a considerable amount

How Elizabeth Warren Turns Boilerplate Viral

Sen. Elizabeth Warren posted a video on Facebook last week of a recent speech in which she discussed the decline of the middle class and criticized Republicans in Congress. Its substance was fairly routine for a Democratic lawmaker, but the response was not

Boston Bombing Survivors Give Testimony

Survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings appeared in a Boston federal court on Wednesday to deliver testimony of the bloodshed. “I remember thinking, this is it, I’m going to die. I’m not going to make it,” recalled one

Kerry Pushes Back on Israeli Criticism of Iran Nuke Talks

U.S. officials sought on Wednesday to tamp down expectations of a substantial preliminary nuclear deal with Iran by the March deadline while working to move past the political dust kicked up by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s criticism

Shania Twain Announces Farewell Tour

Shania Twain is leaving Las Vegas and heading out on a farewell tour, the artist revealed on Good Morning America: “I’m finally, after 11 years, going back on tour … This is going to be a big tour for me because it’s going to be my last,” Twain said

Mexican Police Grab Latest Zetas Leader

Mexican police and soldiers on Wednesday captured Omar Trevino Morales, widely considered to be the most important leader of the Zetas drug cartel that once carved a path of brutal bloodshed along the country’s northern border with the U.S

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51 TIME Magazine Covers Featuring a Bush

From a father's run for Senate to a second son's possible run for President

Stick around American politics long enough, and your story becomes the country’s. That’s one lesson from the longevity of the Bush family.

Though not every Bush who ventured into politics made the cover of TIME — sorry, Prescott Bush — the clan, including George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and some Barbara Bush along the way, has garnered dozens of covers over the years. (For the record, a complete gallery of the Clinton clan’s covers would be 53 slides long.) Flip through the images and you’ll notice a lot more than the years passing. The Bush story traces the fall of Nixon, the end of the Cold War, the contested 2000 election, the tragedy of Sept. 11, the war in Iraq. It is, essentially, a record of a few decades of American history.

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum/CorbisGeorge H. W. Bush, Jeb and George W. from 1970.

Now Jeb Bush, who had so far only made one cover cameo (Aug. 7, 2000), may be on the verge of adding another chapter to political history. No matter what happens in 2016, he’s got a good start: this week, he’s on the cover of TIME.

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In The Latest Issue

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum/Corbis George H. W. Bush, Jeb and George W. from 1970.

Jeb Bush: Next In Line
The family dynasty shaped his life. Now it’s complicating his campaign for the presidency

Hard Math in the New Economy
Tech is disrupting traditional work. Is that really a bad thing?

The Art of the Deal
Benjamin Netanyahu offers stark warnings (and perhaps an assist) on a pact with Iran

The Culture

Pop Chart

Björk’s Swan Song
MoMA welcomes the artist’s eccentric vision

Review: The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Netflix rescues Tina Fey’s new show from NBC

Review: Barry Strauss’s The Death of Caesar
Revisiting his assassination

The Sensitive-Dad Revolution
Will the English guys wearing fake belly babies help or hurt fathers?

10 Questions With Lynsey Addario
The photojournalist lays out the risks and rewards of reporting from war zones

Briefing

He Was the Cosmos: How Leonard Nimoy Made Spock a Mystical Force
The actor, who died Feb. 27, leaves a legacy of friendship, mindfulness and understanding

The Clintons and the Ties That Bind
New questions about the family, both in and out of the office

Boris Nemtsov and Russia’s Breaking Point
The statesman’s murder reveals the country’s weakness

The Rise of the Go Fetch Economy
Startups are trying to perfect same-day delivery using smartphones and GPS

The Campaign to Make Mental Health a Priority
Michelle Obama and others have backed the new initiative

Tom Wheeler: Internet Rule Maker
What’s next for the FCC Chairman?

The Family Business

Iraqi Forces Advance Against ISIS With Mosul on the Horizon

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