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Payday Loans — And Endless Cycles Of Debt — Targeted By Federal Watchdog

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 6:58am

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is readying new regulations on payday loans and other high-cost forms of credit. Officials with the agency say the loans can trap borrowers in a cycle of debt.

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Republicans Join Fight To Reduce Prison Terms For Drug Crimes

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

A small group of advocates has been working for years to overhaul the criminal justice system — to dial back long sentences for drug crimes, and let nonviolent inmates out of prison early.

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Is Capitol Hill Ready To Rest Its Near-Annual 'Doc Fix' Exercise?

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:48am

Doctors who treat Medicare patients will face a huge cut, 21 percent, if Congress doesn't act by the end of the month. House leaders now think they fix a problem that has plagued Congress since 1997.

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Can Republicans Get Ahead In The 2016 Digital Race?

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:03pm

When Sen. Ted Cruz threw his hat into the ring, it happened first on Twitter. Political news is breaking more and more on social media, and both sides face different challenges in reaching out.

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Journalist Says Ted Cruz's Message Is Clear That 'Compromise Is For Losers'

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 1:26pm

When Cruz announced his presidency, he said: "It's time to reclaim the constitution." The New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin discusses the strict legal philosophy that has shaped Cruz's political agenda.

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Obamacare Five Years Later: Thriving Or On Political Life Support?

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:23am

The health care law has sliced the number of uninsured by a third. Yet it remains deeply polarizing, and its fate could be decided by the Supreme Court and the coming presidential election.

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With Sen. Dan Coats' Retirement, One More Gone From The Old School

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:21am

These days, flying with both the defense hawks who want more money for the Pentagon and the budget hawks who want to attack the deficit has become more difficult within the GOP.

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Supreme Court Rejects Ruling That Upheld Alabama's Gerrymandering

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 9:39am

In a 5-to-4 ruling, the justices called a district court decision that upheld the state's redistricting plan, which overloaded some districts with black Democrats, "legally erroneous."

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Obama Administration Emissions Rules Face Supreme Court Test

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:03am

The rules are aimed at limiting the amount of hazardous pollutants coming from coal and oil-fired utility plants. They're being challenged by industry groups and more than 20 states.

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U.S. Reconsiders Troop Withdrawal Plan In Afghanistan

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 4:09pm

The Obama administration said Tuesday that it will maintain about 9,800 troops in Afghanistan until the end of 2015. The U.S. originally planed to reduce the number to 5,500 by the end of the year.

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President Obama Holds First Meeting With Afghan President

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 4:09pm

President Obama held his first face-to-face meeting Tuesday with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. White House officials say this marks the beginning of a new, more cooperative U.S.-Afghan relationship.

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Lessons In Moving Forward On Race From A 40-Year Mayor

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 3:48pm

Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley is retiring after ten terms. "I sought this job," he said "mainly to help build a bridge between the African-American and the white community."

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Calif. Lawyer Proposes Ballot Initiative To Kill Gays And Lesbians

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:49am

The "Sodomite Suppression Act" is unlikely to get a vote, but it's making waves in the Golden State, where all it takes is $200 and a few hundred thousand signatures to get on a ballot.

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Obama chief of staff: Israel's 50-year 'occupation' must end

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 4:17pm

The Obama administration is pushing back hard against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's suggestion that a two-state solution is dead and his reluctance to back an Iranian nuclear deal.

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Monica Lewinsky Redefines Her Story In Anti-Cyberbullying TED Talk

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 4:14pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Jessica Bennett, contributor to The New York Times, about Monica Lewinsky's efforts to rebrand herself as an anti-cyberbullying activist.

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Chief Of Staff Slams Netanyahu In Defending Two-State Solution

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 3:42pm

Speaking to a liberal Jewish group Monday, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough reiterated the administration's support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Canadian-Born Cruz Faces Potential Hurdle To Presidential Aspirations

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 3:42pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Sarah H. Duggin, a professor of law at Catholic University, about the U.S. Constitution's "natural born" citizenship requirement for someone to become president.

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Sen. Ted Cruz Becomes First Republican To Announce Presidential Candidacy

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 3:42pm

Texas Sen. Cruz became the first official candidate for president in the 2016 election Monday. In a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Cruz said, "God isn't done with America yet."

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Supreme Court Declines Challenge To Strict Wisconsin Voter ID Law

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 2:51pm

Ahead of the 2016 presidential election, a handful of challenges to state voter ID laws are making their way through the courts, including to strict laws in Texas and North Carolina.

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Ted Cruz Makes It Official

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 10:05am

The Texas senator is looking for a boost, as he trails other GOP presidential hopefuls. So he took the bold move of becoming the first to officially declare his candidacy.

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