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In The Nation's Capital, A Signature Soup Stays On The Menu

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 3:26pm

For 110 years, Senate bean soup has been offered every day but one in the U.S. Senate cafeteria. But few staffers have actually tasted the traditional soup of the "world's greatest deliberative body."

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Hollywood's Acceptance Of White Privilege Revealed By Sony Hack

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 8:03am

While some leaked Sony emails seemed racist, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says they hint at a wider issue: an acceptance of practices, habits and perceptions that limit diversity in Hollywood.

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Want To Solve The World's Most Heated Disagreements? Bring Your Wallet

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 7:23am

Research found that a little cash goes a long way toward making people more thoughtful about what motivates their longtime foes, be it Israelis and Palestinians or Republicans and Democrats.

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Most Federal Workers Get Day After Christmas Off

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 4:11am

Thanks to an executive order signed by President Obama, most federal workers are also off on Friday. The cost for the extra day off is $660 million.

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A Split View On Obamacare's Past And Future

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 2:33am

The Affordable Care Act created insurance subsidies that are under legal challenge. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in 2015 and could rule against a key provision of the law.

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Obama Hits The Links With Malaysia's Prime Minister

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 12:42am

What do two world leaders do when they find themselves on the same Hawaiian island on Christmas Eve? If you're President Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Razak, you meet on the golf course.

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What To Expect In The 2016 Presidential Announcement Season

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 3:25pm

With Jeb Bush signaling he's likely to run for president in 2016, it's another sign that the presidential announcement season is underway. Here's a look at who has jumped in the race early and what to expect in the coming months.

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Nevada Congressman's Loss Exposed Raw Nerve In Democratic Caucus

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 3:25pm

One of the most unexpected Democratic losers on Election Day was Rep. Steven Horsford from Nevada. His defeat is about politics, but also about race.

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With New Congress, Will Obama Work Differently?

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 3:25pm

The GOP-led Congress President Obama will have to deal with for the last two years of his presidency is a stark contrast to the Democratic-led one he came in with. Does that mean Obama will change his approach to dealing with Capitol Hill?

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Meet The Senator Tasked With Keeping Rebellious Republicans In Line

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 6:48pm

John Cornyn of Texas, the incoming majority whip, promises that despite internal rifts the caucus will be "a well-oiled machine." Colleagues and outsiders say he's a good pick for the job.

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New York's Rep. Michael Grimm Expected To Plead Guilty To Tax Charge

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 10:41am

It's been quite a year for Rep. Grimm, who in January threatened to throw a TV reporter off a balcony. The tax evasion charge stems from a restaurant he owns.

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Videos Of Ray Rice, Eric Garner Among Biggest Media Moments Of 2014

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 6:03am

Some of the most interesting things on TV in 2014 weren't actually made for TV. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans lists the moments in television, viral video and social media that changed us all this year.

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Head Of Armed Services Committee Will Get McCain A Bigger Bullhorn

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 4:05am

When Congress returns to work in January, Sen. John McCain of Arizona is set to lead the committee, which deals with everything from the Pentagon budget to the U.S. war against the Islamic state.

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Treasury Nomination Sparks Fight Among Democrats

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:05am

When Congress returns in 2015, it will consider the nomination of Antonio Weiss to be undersecretary of Treasury for domestic finance. The nomination is causing a fight within the Democratic Party.

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Obama To Pick Sally Yates To Be Deputy Attorney General, AP Reports

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 12:52am

President Obama is preparing to nominate the top federal prosecutor in Atlanta to the No. 2 position at the Justice Department, according to The Associated Press.

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GOP Sens. Rubio, Paul Square Off Over Cuba Policy Shift

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 11:18am

Rubio, appearing on ABC's This Week, lashed out at Paul, who has expressed support for opening trade with the island nation after a decades-long embargo.

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Ready To Hit The Cuban Beach? Americans Still Have To Wait

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 8:36am

Travel to Cuba for business or education will be much easier as the U.S. eases restrictions, but until the embargo is completely lifted, going to Cuba simply for tourism still won't be allowed.

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North Korea Has An Interesting Offer. And Another Threat

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 7:40am

The secretive regime denies any involvement with the Sony Pictures hack and says the U.S. must allow it to help find the real culprit. Or else.

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'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 5:33pm

This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination.

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Obama Says 'James Flacco.' The Internet Says, Thank You.

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 4:21pm

It was an honest mistake. But when President Obama said "James Flacco" when referring to James Franco – on a Friday before the holidays, no less – the slip was eagerly received online.

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