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Highway Bill As Establishment Vs. Tea Party, Chapter 943

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 6:46pm

The same groups that pushed for tactics that resulted in a government shutdown in 2013 urged a "no" vote on a short-term highway bill Tuesday.

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Temporary Fix For Highway Money Is Well-Traveled Road

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 5:42pm

If kicking the can down the road were a competitive sport, the championship trophy would never leave Washington. A short-term fix for highway spending is just the latest contribution.

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A Year Into IRS Probe, Partisan Motives Still Prove Elusive

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 3:21pm

A year into congressional scrutiny of the IRS, House Republicans have narrowed their focus to two issues: former CIA official Lois Lerner's lost batch of emails, and the possible political motivations behind the agency's targeting of conservative groups. As NPR's Peter Overby reports, the investigators may be asking the wrong questions.

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How Congress Is Turning To A Finesse Of Wording In Highway Payments

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 3:21pm

Lawmakers looking for ways to patch a hole in the Highway Trust Fund have zeroed in on a budget gimmick called "pension smoothing." Visitors outside the nation's capital say it has a nice ring to it — until they find out what it really means.

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House GOP Counters Obama's Request By Promising Own Proposal

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 3:21pm

House Republicans have resisted granting President Obama's request for $3.7 billion in emergency immigration funds. Now, they're crafting a package of their own to respond to the crisis at the border.

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Why Some Politicians Turn Down Free Money

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 3:14pm

Once in a while, elected officials turn down raises because they think it looks bad if they're also having to cut budgets or raise taxes. Sometimes, though, they're genuinely altruistic.

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Two Former State Attorneys General Arrested In Utah

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 1:49pm

The former chief law enforcement officers face 23 counts of bribery, obstruction of justice and other charges. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert calls it "a black eye for our state."

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In 'Underwater Dreams,' Robotics Team Puts Lens On Immigration Debate

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:13am

The new documentary, produced by Jeb Bush Jr., explores the topic of immigration reform through the lives of undocumented students who win an underwater robotics competition.

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Plan To Make 6 States Out Of California May Head To Ballot

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:08am

The plan would create states with names such as Jefferson, Silicon Valley, South California. The constitutional amendment needs more than 800,000 signatures to qualify; backers say they have enough.

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The George Zimmerman Trial, One Year Later

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 8:46am

The trial in the killing of Trayvon Martin became a flashpoint for conversations about race, class and gun laws. Here's what's happened to some of the most-discussed topics from the trial since.

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Colorful Politician Buddy Cianci Wants To Be Providence's Mayor ... Again

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 5:53am

The long serving mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, spent more than four years in prison on felony corruption charges and was forced to resign — twice. And now he is running again for mayor.

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Showdown At The UT Corral

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 5:59pm

In a dispute between the University of Texas president and Gov. Rick Perry, the governor may have lost the battle — but he may yet win the higher education reform war.

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Tech Giants Make Net Neutrality Case As Deadline Nears

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:16pm

The nation's top Internet companies are officially pressing for broad regulation to maintain free and equal access to the Internet.

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Why Did Black Voters Flee The Republican Party In The 1960s?

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:05am

Fifty years ago, when the ultra-conservative wing of the GOP overthrew Republican moderates to choose Barry Goldwater as the party standard-bearer, black voters deserted the GOP in droves.

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Why Did Black Voters Flee The Republican Party In The 1960s?

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:05am

Fifty years ago, when the ultra-conservative wing of the GOP overthrew Republican moderates to choose Barry Goldwater as the party standard-bearer, black voters deserted the GOP in droves.

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What Will Become Of Obama's Request For Immigration Relief Funds?

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 8:51am

NPR's Arun Rath talks to political correspondent Mara Liasson the chances of a political agreement over how to handle the migration of thousands of Central American children.

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Congress' Latest Death Match Involves A Bank You've Never Heard Of

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 4:19am

The business lobby is pushing hard for the survival of the Export-Import Bank, which has supported U.S. exports for 80 years. Some House GOP leaders, though, think it's time to kill the bank.

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Congress' Latest Death Match Involves A Bank You've Never Heard Of

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 4:19am

The business lobby is pushing hard for the survival of the Export-Import Bank, which has supported U.S. exports for 80 years. Some House GOP leaders, though, think it's time to kill the bank.

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What Can $100 Million Buy You — Besides An Election In Kentucky?

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 6:36am

Campaign spending on the Kentucky Senate race could reach $100 million. So what can that get you in the Bluegrass State? NPR's Tamara Keith finds out when she calls up some local business owners.

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Florida Ruling Is A Primer On Redistricting Chicanery

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 4:55pm

What makes the judge's opinion such fun reading for students of politics is the highlighting of how political operatives tried to avoid leaving fingerprints on the maps.

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