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TSA Administrator John Pistole To Leave At Month's End

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:11am

John Pistole is leaving the Transportation Security Administration after 4 and a half years as its chief. He will become president of a Christian university in Indiana.

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Mixed Reactions In Miami On Diplomatic Overtures To Cuba

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:11am

When he announced the release of Alan Gross and plans to resume diplomatic ties with Cuba, Obama also referenced Miami. Some Cuban Americans welcome the changes, others see the action as a betrayal.

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Satanist And Christian Holiday Displays To Go Up At Michigan Capitol

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:16pm

The situation has brought controversy — and energized Christians who realized that a planned Nativity scene was in danger of being canceled.

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Obama Expected To Impose New Sanctions On Russia

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04am

Aides say Obama will sign a bill authorizing new economic sanctions against Russia in retaliation for its ongoing interference in Ukraine. Russia's economy is reeling from earlier western sanctions.

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Senate Adjourns, GOP To Take Over In January

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04am

The adjournment brought the 113th Congress to a formal close. Democrat Harry Reid ended his run as majority leader, as Republicans take control of the Senate next month.

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Jeb Bush To 'Actively Explore' 2016 Run For President

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04am

The former Republican governor of Florida and the brother and son of 2 former U.S. presidents, has essentially kicked off the presidential campaign with a pre-announcement announcement on Facebook.

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Senate OKs Judicial Nominees, Tax Extensions Before Republican Takeover

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:45am

Lawmakers in the Senate approved an extension of tax breaks and confirmed 12 more judicial nominees, but a terrorism insurance bill didn't survive the night.

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Jeb Bush Inches Closer To 2016 Run

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 3:19pm

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush moved toward a run for the White House on Tuesday with his announcement that he's "actively exploring" the idea and creating a leadership PAC.

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Senate Democrats Use Waning Majority To Push Through Judges

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 3:19pm

The longer-than-expected Senate session is allowing Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid to confirm even more of President Obama's nominations to the federal bench.

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After 17 Years Behind Bars, Coming Home To A Different Life

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 3:04pm

Stephanie George got a life sentence for drug crimes at age 26, a punishment that troubled the judge who sent her away. Now, after 17 years and a White House commutation, George tries to rebuild.

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With Facebook Post, Jeb Bush Takes A Big Step Toward 2016

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:28pm

The former Florida governor announces that he will "actively explore" a 2016 run for the Republican presidential nomination

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Economists: Congress Gets A Hat Tip (Barely) For Its Efforts

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:23pm

Congress passed no laws addressing the minimum wage, tax reform, trade or immigration this year. But judged by the low recent standards, lawmakers got light applause from economists.

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Jeb Bush Announces He Will 'Actively Explore' Presidential Run

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 9:34am

Bush, a GOP favorite, said he would establish a political action committee in January to "facilitate conversations with citizens across America."

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Siding With Obama On Deportations Hurts Saldana's Bipartisan Support

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:10am

The Senate is to vote Tuesday on Sarah Saldana's nomination to run Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Republicans believe she will be too sympathetic to the president's actions on deportations.

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Judge Regrets Harsh Human Toll Of Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 3:03am

Thousands of people are imprisoned for decades, if not life, because of tough drug sentences. Now judges, lawyers and advocates ask whether it's time to dial back those penalties.

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From Judges To Inmates, Finding The Human Casualties Of Mandatory Sentencing

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 3:03am

Amid the backdrop of debate inside Washington and across the country, an NPR series will focus on the human toll of these mandatory prison sentences.

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Kurdish Officials Worry About Kurds Joining The Islamic State

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:46am

In the Kurdish city of Halabja, young men have been disappearing to join ISIS. It's a trend the authorities don't really want to discuss. But they are clamping down to try to make it stop.

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Alaska's Governor Eager To Expand Medicaid

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:28am

The state's last top guy was hostile to Obamacare. But Gov. Bill Walker, an independent, sees Medicaid expansion as a cost-effective no-brainer. Can he convince Republicans in Alaska's legislature?

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The U.S. Has A Surgeon General, For The First Time In 17 Months

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 5:31pm

A job that's been open in President Obama's administration since July of 2013 was finally filled Monday, as the Senate voted to confirm Vivek Murthy as America's new surgeon general.

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Senate Set To Vote On Surgeon General Nominee

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:34pm

After months of delay, the Senate is poised to approve President Obama's choice to be the next surgeon general, Vivek Murthy. NPR's Mara Liasson tells us about Murthy and the controversy.

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