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No Child Left Behind, Pre-K Programs Could Be On New Congress' Agenda

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:24pm

With Republican majorities in the House and Senate, Congress may push for change on several big education issues, including a rewrite of the law known as No Child Left Behind. But it's also clear that, even on classroom issues that seem to have bipartisan support — including Pre-K funding — Democrats and Republicans may have trouble compromising.

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For Freshman Members On Capitol Hill, Office Lottery Is Like 'Hunger Games'

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:24pm

Freshman members started learning the ways of the Capitol this week — everything from office supplies to parking and even voting.

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After Successful Election, Republican Governors Look Ahead To 2016

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:24pm

Republican governors and governors-elect are in Florida this week for the Republican Governors' Association conference. After a successful election, they are meeting to discuss the party's message and direction.

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Acting Director Of Secret Service Testifies On Capitol Hill

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:24pm

The acting director of the Secret Service made his first appearance before a congressional committee on Wednesday following a security breach that led to the resignation of the previous chief.

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Republicans Criticize Obama's Immigration Actions Ahead Of Unveiling

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:24pm

President Obama will unveil his executive actions on immigration Thursday, but Republicans aren't waiting for the announcement to criticize the move.

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Obama Expected To Unveil Immigration Plan On Thursday

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:17am

The president will then address the issue in a speech at a Las Vegas high school on Friday, a source familiar with the process tells NPR.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Proponents Vow To Try Again Next Year

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:12am

A bill in the U.S. Senate to bypass a White House review and approve the controversial project failed to gather enough support Tuesday night. Pipeline backers fell just 1 vote short of the 60 needed.

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Acting Secret Service Head To Testify In White House Fence Jumper Probe

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:12am

Last September's entry into the White House by an Iraq War veteran who scaled the fence along Pennsylvania Avenue is the focus of another hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

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Ohio Bill Would Shield Source Of Lethal Injection Drugs

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:12am

As states struggle to obtain lethal drugs necessary to put someone to death, Ohio lawmakers consider a bill that would shield the ID of any pharmacy or drug maker which provide drugs for executions.

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House Leadership Ranks Remain Mostly Stagnant For Democrats

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:12am

Much of the House Democratic leadership is getting along in years, with little prospects for change even after suffering big losses this past election.

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1 Vote Keeps Keystone XL Pipeline From Senate Passage

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:12am

All 45 Republicans were on board, but the bill fell short of just one Democrat. It's a project President Obama has not been a fan of.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders On How Democrats Lost White Voters

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:03am

Vermont's Bernie Sanders, an independent in the Senate, says he may run for president. He says Americans "do not see a party representing the working class of this country."

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Bill Limiting NSA Surveillance Practices Fails In Senate

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 7:51pm

The USA Freedom Act had the support of not only the White House and Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy but also that of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. The House had already approved it.

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Former Georgia Gov. Carl Sanders, A Racial Moderate In A Split South, Dies

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 6:02pm

Sanders, who was thought of as a leader of the "New South," helped bring more racial integration to Georgia in the 1960s. He died in Atlanta on Sunday.

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Outreach Workers Look For Gains In Second Year Of Obamacare

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:02pm

Montana and Georgia sit on opposite sides of the country, but both have minority populations health advocates hope to enroll for coverage. They also fear many won't quality for subsidized coverage.

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Obama Prepares To Test Presidential Power With Immigration

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 3:52pm

As President Obama prepares to take executive action on immigration, we look at the reach — and limits — of the president's power.

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Big Money Is Helping GOP Win In State Legislatures Too

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 3:50pm

Every election cycle, big donors open their checkbooks for two Washington-based party organizations that are gradually remaking state legislative elections.

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Sen. Landrieu Takes Up Keystone Cause Ahead Of Runoff Election

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 3:43pm

The incumbent Louisiana Democratic Senator is fighting to keep her seat in a December runoff. An identical bill sponsored by her Republican opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy, has already passed the Senate.

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How Many Louisiana Jobs Are Actually At Stake In Keystone Debate?

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:24am

Momentum to push legislation approving the oil pipeline is getting a boost from the Dec. 6 Louisiana Senate runoff — even though the unbuilt portion of pipeline wouldn't run anywhere near the state.

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What You Need To Know About The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 5:38pm

The long-delayed project is a jobs generator to some and an ecological disaster to others. Ahead of a key Senate vote, we revisit what the Keystone XL pipeline would do and why it's so contentious.

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