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Just How Arbitrary Is Fox's 10-Person GOP Debate Cutoff?

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 1:42pm

The top 10 candidates, as determined by Fox's analysis of polls, will debate Thursday. But even when you average polls together, it's tough to tell the difference between the lower-ranked hopefuls.

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The Strangest Presidential Campaign Ever

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 10:18am

In the annals of American politics, there have been some pretty quirky quests for the White House.

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Planned Parenthood Opponents Talk Government Shutdown After Bill Fails

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 4:49am

An effort to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding failed in the Senate on Monday, but the fight isn't over. That was only the opening volley in a larger funding battle to play out in September.

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Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., On Why He Supports The Iran Nuclear Deal

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 4:49am

The future of the Iran nuclear deal could hinge on Democrats, who are being pulled in two directions. The Obama administration wants them to back the plan, but Israel and pro-Israel lobbying groups want those lawmakers to oppose the deal. U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff is a Jewish Democrat, and the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee. He tells Renee Montagne why he recently decided to support the Iran agreement.

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Forum In N.H. A Warmup For First GOP Debate Of 2016 Race

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 4:49am

Fourteen Republican presidential hopefuls made for a crowded GOP field Monday night in Manchester, N.H. Donald Trump declined to attend. It wasn't a debate, but rather two rounds of fast-paced interviews with the candidates over two hours. The event took place as some of the participants scramble to make the final cut for the first official debate set for Thursday in Cleveland.

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New Power Plant Rules Likely To Start Slow-Burning Debate, Legal Action

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 4:49am

A huge legal battle is coming over the White House plan to address climate change with additional power plant regulations. The coal industry has the most to lose, and plans to take the EPA to court.

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Much Like Speed Dating, Republicans Try Their Best, Short Pitches

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 9:34pm

The crowded field of GOP presidential hopefuls got their first chance to face-off this week ahead of Thursday's first debate-- just not really against each other in any substantive fashion.

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Koch Brothers Gather Conservative Donors To Hear GOP Candidates

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 3:31pm

The Koch brothers' political network of wealthy donors this weekend auditioned five GOP presidential candidates, another sign of billionaires' increasing political clout.

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How EPA Rules Would Hit Coal-Heavy West Virginia

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 3:31pm

Host Melissa Block speaks to West Virginia University law professor James Van Nostrand about the impact of EPA power plant rules in his state.

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Obama Challenges Power Engineers To Do More With Less

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 3:31pm

If the president's Clean Power Plan survives legal and political challenges, the nation's electricity industry will have 15 years to remake itself and reduce CO2 emissions by a hefty margin.

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Obama's Climate Plan Faces Huge Political Challenges

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 3:31pm

Even before he officially unveiled it, President Obama's plan to cut the carbon pollution produced by power plants faced significant opposition.

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14 GOP Candidates Will Share The Stage At New Hampshire Forum

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 3:31pm

Correspondent Don Gonyea tells NPR's Melissa Block that unlike official GOP debates, which will limit the number of participants, all the hopefuls were invited to to appear in Manchester on Monday.

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President Obama Set To Unveil New Power Plant Rules In 'Clean Power Plan'

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 1:10pm

Key elements of the Clean Power Plan include a requirement that would cut the power industry's carbon pollution by 32 percent below 2005 levels in the next 15 years.

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The Attack On Planned Parenthood Funding Is The Latest Of Many

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 12:22pm

Flashback to the 1980s, when President Ronald Reagan tried to restrict funding for Planned Parenthood. Efforts in Congress have continued since then, with the latest focused on fetal tissue research.

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Ted Cruz Makes 'Mmm ... Machine-Gun Bacon'

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 11:14am

Cruz cooking bacon on a machine gun follows a string of GOP candidates trying to stand out online by destroying a cell phone, playing Operation, and critiquing Sharknado 3.

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Get Ready For The Biggest Week Yet In The GOP Race For President

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 6:03am

Republican presidential hopefuls are about to get their biggest test yet as they battle to make it onto the debate stage Thursday and woo voters who are just tuning into the contest.

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Changing Polling Metrics To Decide GOP's Presidential Debate Lineup

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 4:11am

Fox News will use an average of national polls to decide which GOP presidential candidates take part in Thursday's prime-time debate. Pollsters say more and more people don't want to talk to them.

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Obama Aims To Tighten Restrictions On Plants' Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 4:11am

On Monday, President Obama will unveil tougher rules designed to cut carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. If the proposed plan clear legal hurdles, the nation's power grid would face big changes.

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Democrats Consider Whether To Rename Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 4:11am

Events honor Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, founder of the Democratic Party. Both men owned slaves. Steve Inskeep talks to Mary Mancini, chairwoman of the Tennessee Democratic Party.

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Baltimore Launched Martin O'Malley, Then Weighed Him Down

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 4:03am

The city was a political launchpad for the presidential candidate, but his "zero tolerance" policing has drawn criticism for affecting the community's relationship with law enforcement.

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