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On Senate Floor, Rift Opens Between Lawmakers And CIA

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 3:00pm

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, accused the CIA of interfering with her committee's efforts to oversee the agency. Feinstein made her comments in a speech Tuesday.

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Outside Groups Lay Millions On Florida Special Election

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 3:00pm

The campaign for a congressional seat in St. Petersburg, Fla., will have seen some $10 million in spending by candidates and outside groups. Where did all of this money go?

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March Marks A Crucible For Obamacare As Deadline Nears

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 3:00pm

Facing a deadline, the Obama administration is desperate to boost enrollment in health care exchanges. Still millions from their goal, they're stepping up outreach and forgetting politics — for now.

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CIA Tampered With Senate Panel's Work, Feinstein Says

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:52pm

Sen. Dianne Feinstein says some of the CIA's actions could be illegal or unconstitutional, accusing the agency of interfering with the oversight committee she chairs.

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Obama Goes Between The Ferns To Talk With Zach Galifianakis

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 8:30am

Hoping to boost young people's enrollment in health care, President Obama appears on the web-based show Between Two Ferns, where he submitted to questions from the comedian.

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Obama Goes Between The Ferns To Talk With Zach Galifianikis

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 8:30am

Hoping to boost young people's enrollment in health care, President Obama appears on the web-based show Between Two Ferns, where he submitted to questions from Zach Galifianikis.

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Florida Election Tests Midterm Messaging

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 6:36am

A closely contested House special election Tuesday is being viewed by the national parties and big money interests as an early barometer reading on Obamacare.

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Maryland Transportation Bill Held Up Over War Reparations

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 5:34am

State officials on Monday told a state House panel that if the legislation involving Holocaust reparations passes, it could jeopardize federal funding for a planned light rail project in the state.

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Fla. Lawmakers Turn Deaf Ear Toward Stand Your Ground Protesters

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 4:00am

This legislative session in Florida, one of the Republican authors of the "stand your ground" law is teaming with a Democratic leader on a bill to make some significant changes to the law.

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Holder Speaks Out On Snowden, Drone Policy, Softening Sentences

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 2:27am

In an interview, Eric Holder says he's open to talking with Edward Snowden about terms of surrender. And the attorney general is unhappy with the vote to block a nominee to a top Justice Dept. post.

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Democrats Are Up All Night Talking About Climate Change

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 1:13am

Democrats took to the Senate floor Monday night to talk about global warming and planned not to let up until morning. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid got the dusk-to-dawn talkathon started.

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Senate OKs Bill To Combat Military Sexual Assault

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:45am

The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill late Monday making big changes in the military justice system to deal with sexual assault. The measure now goes to the House.

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Gas Exports Debate Makes Better Domestic Politics Than Geopolitics

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 5:08pm

Not everyone agrees that more U.S. natural gas exports would be an effective lever against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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4 Reasons The Pew Millennials Report Should Worry Democrats, Too

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 3:34pm

A new survey of Americans aged 18 to 32 includes some troubling news for the GOP. But the findings also suggest that few millennials see big differences between the two major parties.

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Hedge Fund Turns To Lobbying To Back Up Its Billion-Dollar Bet

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 3:00pm

Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman first invested against Herbalife, then lobbied politicians to go after the company. Eric Lipton of The New York Times reported on the story, and he has more details.

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Governors' Races Offer Promise For Democrats

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 11:45am

Republicans scored big gains in the states in 2010, but that's left them with few opportunities this fall. And there are several blue state GOP governors who are now in trouble.

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Political Rhetoric, From Energizing To Outrageous

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:54am

The recent Conservative Political Action Conference featured a stream of political zingers. Two former presidential speechwriters weigh in on the rhetoric there and in other political news last week.

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Sen. Rand Paul Repeats In CPAC Presidential Straw Poll

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 12:32pm

The Conservative Political Action Conference made Sen. Rand Paul its top choice Saturday, less than two years before primary voting begins for the 2016 election.

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Black GOP Stars Rise In A Party That's Still Awkwardly White

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 9:57am

There's never been a better time for black Republicans seeking office, yet even as some black candidates are hitting their stride, the party's support among blacks is still at rock bottom.

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A Senator's Long And Patient Recovery From Stroke

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 7:00am

Two years ago, Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., was paralyzed on his left side by a stroke. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to him about his recovery and his hopes for other stroke victims.

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