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Obama Takes Full Responsibility For Death Of Hostages In U.S. Strike

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:25pm

President Obama disclosed that two hostages, including an American citizen, were killed during a U.S. counterterrorism operation against al-Qaida. The White House also revealed that two al-Qaida leaders, who were Americans, were killed in operations earlier this year.

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#TBT: With Year To Go In White House, First Lady Runs For Senate

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 2:20pm

It was almost unthinkable at the time, but Hillary Clinton wouldn't be where she is today without taking the bold chance on running for a U.S. Senate seat in a state where she never lived.

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Rubio Takes Up Koch Brothers Charge On Export-Import Bank

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 1:11pm

"We're not some sort of developing country," Rubio said Thursday, opposing reauthorization of the agency that helps finance American companies overseas. "We're a developed financial sector."

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Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch For Attorney General

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 1:01pm

In one of the most protracted cabinet-level confirmation processes, 10 Republicans joined the chamber's Democrats in a 56 to 43 vote to approve the long-delayed nomination to replace Eric Holder.

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Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch As Attorney General

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:58pm

After a five-month delay, Lynch will be the first black woman to lead the Justice Department. Now she has to build a relationship with the same Congress that stalled her confirmation.

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Congressional Battle Brews Over Bill To Extend NSA Data Collection

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 4:06am

A key provision in the USA Patriot Act that allows the NSA to collect and store bulk phone records is set to expire June 1. Senate GOP leaders are pushing to renew that provision for another 5 years.

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A Black Eye, Flipping The Bird, And Other Tales From A White House Press Secretary

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 4:01am

Former Press Secretary Dana Perino's new book And the Good News Is... details her time at the White House, including heated moments in the press briefing room.

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Some Companies Fight Pay Gap By Eliminating Salary Negotiations

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:22am

Women are often less assertive when it comes to negotiating salaries and raises. Some firms are trying to neutralize the disparity by refusing to negotiate salaries. But will that hurt recruitment?

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Visiting The Everglades, Obama Takes Swipe At Climate Change Deniers

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 5:51pm

"Climate change can no longer be denied," Obama said. "It can't be edited out. It can't be omitted from the conversation. And action can no longer be delayed."

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White House Climate Change Policy Faces Legal Hurdle

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:31pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks to Brian Deese, President Obama's senior adviser in charge of climate policy, about the Obama administration's push new restrictions around power plant emissions.

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Senate OKs Human-Trafficking Bill, Paving Way For Attorney General Vote

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 3:49pm

The human-trafficking measure had been stuck in the Senate because of an impasse over language on abortion funding. That has now been resolved.

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California Senate Committee Approves Bill Removing Vaccine Exemptions

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 3:27pm

NPR's Melissa Block talks to Dr. Matthew Willis, the public health officer in Marin County, Calif., one of the strongest centers of vaccine opposition. He talks about the state Senate education committee's approval of a bill Wednesday that would require schoolchildren to be vaccinated.

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Man Who Shot Reagan Seeks Release From Mental Hospital

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 3:06pm

John Hinckley Jr.'s lawyer says he has been in full remission from psychosis and major depression for at least 20 years and should be allowed to live full-time with his elderly mother.

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Obama: Elizabeth Warren Is 'Wrong' On Trade

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 1:15pm

Unions blame job losses on trade deals like NAFTA signed under Bill Clinton. But President Obama argues one he's trying to strike with Pacific Rim countries is different, and it's dividing his party.

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Democrats Call Lynch Confirmation Delay A New Low In Washington Gridlock

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:01am

Republican leaders say the Senate is nearing a vote on Loretta Lynch's nomination to be attorney general. Lynch isn't very controversial, yet she's waited more than 5 months for a confirmation vote.

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Fast-Track Trade Authority Debate Puts Presidential Candidates On The Spot

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:01am

In this early stage of the campaign for president, the focus has been more on atmospherics and platitudes than issues. But expected action on a trade bill is forcing candidates to get involved.

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In Latest Outbreak Of Bipartisanship, Senate Compromises On Trafficking Bill

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 3:42pm

Senate negotiators reached a deal Tuesday on an anti-human trafficking bill, which is expected to pave the way for the Senate to finally vote on Loretta Lynch's nomination for attorney general.

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Business, Labor Debate Pacific Trade Deal Before Senate

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 3:42pm

Big business and big labor clashed Tuesday over whether Congress should give President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate a major trade deal.

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Looming Budget Cuts Pit National Guard Against The Army

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 3:42pm

In Washington state, a friendly family rivalry is taking place at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord as the National Guard and active Army lobby to protect their interests against deep budget cuts.

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Should The Government Get Out Of The Air Traffic Control Business?

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 2:54pm

Efforts to replace air traffic control's aging radar-based system have been stuck in the Federal Aviation Administration's bureaucracy and lacked funding from Congress.

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