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Speechwriters Deliberately Use Rhythm To Help Make Their Point

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:14am

President Obama's biggest speeches have a musicality to them. That's not an accident. His speechwriters obsess over rhythm and cadence.

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Rep. McCarthy, Possible Cantor Successor, Walks Fine Line On Immigration

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:14am

House Republicans are to pick a new majority leader Thursday, following Eric Cantor's primary defeat. The favorite is Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, whose district is more than a third Latino.

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NPR Poll: In Senate Battleground States, Obama Ratings Lag

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:01am

According to a new NPR poll, in the 12 states with competitive Senate races this fall, only 38 percent of likely voters said they approved of the way the president is handling his job.

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Iraq's Meltdown Troubles U.S. Political Waters

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 5:44pm

Iraq has a long history of roiling American politics. And that doesn't appear likely to change anytime soon.

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In Race To Replace Cantor, Southern Republicans See Opportunity

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 3:22pm

House Republicans' upcoming leadership election to fill Rep. Eric Cantor's position has opened a new rift: the South versus everybody else. The region comprises nearly half of the GOP in the House, but currently none of the top four leaders in that caucus come from the South.

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GM Chief Makes A Return Trip To The Hill, Where A Grilling Awaits

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 3:22pm

General Motors CEO Mary Barra faced another grueling hearing on Capitol Hill, two weeks after a critical internal report blasted the company's handling of defective ignition switches as incompetent. GM has recalled 20 million vehicles already this year and has set aside $700 million to cover repairs related to the recall.

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The Specter Of Iraq Haunts The Political Life Of Barack Obama

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 3:22pm

From his time as a state senator to his role in the U.S. military's withdrawal, the issue of Iraq has helped define President Obama's political life — and not necessarily because he wanted it to.

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House Republican Conference To Choose Cantor's Successor

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 4:08am

The House Republican Conference on Thursday will chose a new majority leader, who will succeed Eric Cantor at the end of the month. Cantor is stepping down after losing last week's primary.

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Suspect's Capture Doesn't Arrest Benghazi Suspicions

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 4:06pm

The capture of Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a key suspect in the deadly 2012 Benghazi attack, did little to change the political polarity of the event.

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The Would-be Ambassador To Norway, Who's Never Been There Himself

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 3:06pm

President Obama nominated George Tsunis, a major Democratic fundraiser in 2012, to the post of ambassador to Norway, and many Norwegian-Americans are moving to block Tsunis as unqualified.

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Lightning-Fast Trades Go Beneath The Congressional Microscope

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 3:06pm

The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations is holding a hearing on problems in the financial markets caused by high-frequency trading firms.

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The Roads Not Taken: Obama's Travels Leave Out These 4 States

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 2:13pm

As president, Barack Obama has traveled to 46 of the 50 states. He has yet to visit Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah — all states he lost by a big margin in 2012.

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Lost IRS Emails Spark Republican Ire

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 11:40am

House Republicans are demanding to know what happened to missing emails belonging to Lois Lerner, the IRS official at the heart of the Tea Party targeting controversy.

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Democrats Unveil A Bill To Ban Internet Fast Lanes

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 11:01am

Lawmakers are stepping into the ongoing tussle over whether companies should have to pay more for faster Internet service to consumer homes.

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Senate Panel Considers Mayor Castro To Be HUD Secretary

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 4:33am

San Antonio mayor Julian Castro, 39, is in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, for his first hearing on his nomination to be the secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

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White House Dogged By Group Responsible For Iraq Crisis

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 4:33am

The crisis in Iraq has become a political problem for President Obama. Analysts say the White House needs to stop Iraq and Syria from becoming safe havens for terrorists.

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Poll: Congressional Approval At Dangerous Low Point

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 4:10pm

A new Gallup survey finds key midterm election indicators at or approaching historic lows. Satisfaction with the direction of the country is also near rock bottom.

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Texas Politics To Be Lone Star Of New HBO Series

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 2:01pm

A new HBO drama, God Save Texas, is set to take the chaos and color of the Texas political scene to the small screen.

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Remembering The Victories Of The 1964 Civil Rights Act

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 11:22am

Law professor Randall Kennedy's memories of the Jim Crow South include his mother packing food to avoid stopping on long trips. He says the symbolism of these little moments is still important today.

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Is Educational Change Coming For Native Americans?

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 11:22am

President Obama is promoting new initiatives to improve education for Native American students. Ahniwake Rose, executive director of the National Indian Education Association, has the details.

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