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In Illinois, A Governor's Luck Gets Tested Again

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 9:06am

With the Illinois economy and state finances in bad shape, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has a rough re-election ahead of him. But he's been counted out before and his likely GOP foe has flaws of his own.

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Unions Mobilize To Fight Political Novice In Illinois' GOP Primary

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 4:00am

Republicans hope to take the governor's mansion in Democratic Illinois. If Bruce Rauner wins the GOP nomination as predicted Tuesday, he'll take on incumbent Pat Quinn, who has lost popularity.

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Google Glass: Coming Soon To A Campaign Trail Near You

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 4:00am

Google Glass is still in the testing phase and still rather expensive, but that hasn't stopped political professionals from looking for ways Google Glass can become a powerful tool for campaigns.

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CIA Pulled Out Of The Shadows With Feinstein's Charge

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 3:00pm

Sen. Dianne Feinstein accused CIA staff of improperly accessing Senate computers on Tuesday. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times and ex-Rep. Jane Harman about the conflict.

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Under 30? The President Would Like You To Know Health Care Is Hip

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 8:52am

The White House is desperate to recruit the millennial crowd, prompting some unusual media appearances for the president. But will they work?

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Breakthrough On Jobless Benefits May Lead To Blind Alley

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 6:49pm

A bipartisan group of senators has reached a deal to extend insurance for the long-term unemployed. But the road to final passage is full of partisan obstacles.

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Hispanic Activists Vow To Keep Pressing White House Over Deportations

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 6:27pm

Amid pressure to slow deportations and after meeting with Hispanic congressional leaders, President Obama said he would look at more humane ways to enforce immigration laws.

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Lawmakers Seek To Lay Roadblock To Powerful Painkiller

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 3:00pm

Sen. Joe Manchin is introducing a bill to force the Food and Drug Administration to ban potent new painkiller Zohydro, backed by a bipartisan effort to get the FDA to remove its approval of the drug.

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Week In Politics: Florida 13 And The CIA

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 3:00pm

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the Florida special election and Sen. Feinstein's dispute with the CIA.

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After Record Deportations, Obama May Turn To More 'Humane' Options

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 3:00pm

The White House announced the president is willing to review his stance on deportations, a policy that's drawn objection from Hispanics and other groups the president depends on politically.

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Seniors Pay While Congress Argues Over Medicare Pay For Doctors

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 2:26pm

House Republicans passed a bill that would change Medicare's pay formula. To pay for it, the bill would delay penalties for people who don't buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

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Is The Law Making Us Less Free?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:00am

Attorney Philip K. Howard argues the U.S. has become a legal minefield and we need to simplify our laws.

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Senators Agree To Compromise Extending Jobless Benefits

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 4:00am

Negotiators in the Senate reached a bi-partisan deal to extend unemployment benefits for 5 months, retroactive to the end of last year.

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Senators Reach Deal Extending Jobless Benefits

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:36am

Bipartisan Senate bargainers ended a standoff and struck a compromise renewing expired jobless benefits for five months for more than 2 million Americans who have been out of work the longest.

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States' Rebellion Against Food Stamp Cuts Grows

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 5:53pm

Congress planned to shave $8.6 billion from the food stamps program by closing a loophole that would cut benefits to 850,000 people. But it left states an out to avoid the cuts. Many are taking it.

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Will Democrats Change Their Health Law Message After Florida?

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 3:42pm

The Democrats' "fix it, don't nix" it message on the Affordable Care Act obviously didn't lead to victory in the Florida special election. But it doesn't look like they'll be changing their approach.

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Where Does The U.S. Stand On Secessionist Movements Abroad?

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 3:00pm

In an upcoming referendum, Crimean voters will decide whether to declare independence from Ukraine. Jonathan Paquin has studied U.S. stances on breakaway groups, and he explains what to watch for.

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New Climate For Drug Sentencing, Guidelines Expected To Change

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 2:32pm

The issue of drug sentencing reform has been getting historic traction in recent months, crossing ideological lines. Attorney General Eric Holder backed the "All Drugs Minus Two" proposal Thursday.

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Obama: If You 'Work More, You Should Get Paid More'

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 1:47pm

Announcing he intends to change the rules governing overtime, President Obama said Americans have "spent too much time working more and making less."

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What's Holding Up Ukraine Aid Bill In Congress? Anger Over IRS

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 12:18pm

Republicans say that to get the measure passed new IRS rules that make it harder for tax-exempt groups to veer into politics must be dealt with.

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