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Senate Confirms Julian Castro As Housing Secretary

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 1:11pm

The 39-year-old mayor of San Antonio is Hispanic and a rising star in the Democratic Party. He succeeds Shaun Donovan, who was tapped to White House budget chief.

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Why You Should Care Where The GOP Meets

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:30am

Republicans have not won the state where they nominated their ticket since 1992, when the party renominated the first President Bush in Houston.

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Why You Should Care Where The GOP Meets

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:30am

Republicans have not won the state where they nominated their ticket since 1992, when the party renominated the first President Bush in Houston.

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Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Gets 10 Years In Corruption Case

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:20am

Nagin, who became the face of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, was convicted Feb. 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.

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What's Causing The Latest Immigration Crisis? A Brief Explainer

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 9:54am

The number of Central American children seeking entry into the U.S. has grown dramatically. The U.N. calls it a refugee crisis, but the GOP blames administration policies for encouraging migrants.

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Cleveland, A Democratic Stronghold, Wins GOP Convention

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 4:06am

The Republican Party picked Cleveland to host its 2016 convention. The GOP says it was drawn by the city's renaissance, and that they're taking the presidential battleground state of Ohio seriously.

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Administration Moves To Speed Deportations Of Unaccompanied Minors

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 4:06am

A flood of children from Central America has put President Obama under pressure. Steve Inskeep talks to White House advisor Cecilia Muñoz about efforts to more quickly process them.

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A Senator Turns His Bible Into A Political Tool

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 5:28pm

In his new ad, Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor responds to an opponent's attack wth his Bible.

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Unlikely Duo Join Forces On Sentencing Overhaul Bill

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 5:12pm

An unlikely pair of senators — New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker and Kentucky Republican Rand Paul — are teaming up on a bill that aims to fix America's criminal justice system.

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For A Business Built 'On Bended Knee,' Hobby Lobby Ruling Is A Boon

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 3:12pm

Christian businessmen and women react to the Supreme Court's recent decision on contraception coverage, exploring the role of religion in business life from an evangelical point of view.

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Obama Requests Nearly $4 Billion In Funds To Speed Deportations

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 3:12pm

Amid crises on the U.S.-Mexico border and roiling protests in Murrieta, Calif., President Obama is requesting $3.7 billion from Congress to address the unfolding issues over immigration.

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Obama Seeks $3.7B To Handle Immigration Crisis

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:25pm

The money is almost twice the amount that officials had previously suggested would be requested from Congress. It comes amid a surge of children and teenagers who have crossed the border illegally.

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GOP Selects Cleveland Over Dallas As 2016 GOP Convention City

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:22pm

A Cleveland convention would continue a dry spell for red states, which haven't hosted a Republican convention since delegates gathered in Texas in 1992.

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Meet The Musicians And Storytellers Of Kenya

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:32am

This summer, Kenya came to Washington, D.C. Artists, runners and Maasai elders were part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. They spoke with us about music, goats and fusing tradition and modernity.

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Senator Asks U.S. To Investigate Possible Cuban Plot Against Him

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:26am

Did fake accusations that Sen. Robert Menendez had visited underage prostitutes come from Cuba's intelligence agency? That's the question the senator wants the Justice Department to look into.

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In Mississippi, The GOP's Not-So-Civil War Continues

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 7:23pm

As of Monday, Chris McDaniel, loser in June's Mississippi Republican Senate primary, still questioned Sen. Thad Cochran's victory, despite minuscule evidence of voter fraud.

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In Maine, A Gay Candidate With An Uneven Record On LGBT Rights

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 3:38pm

The state could elect the nation's first openly gay governor this fall. But Mike Michaud only recently came out, and some question whether he deserves the backing of Maine's largest gay rights group.

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CBS Lost Appetite For Government Watchdog Stories, Attkisson Says

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:21am

When the investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson left CBS this year, she did not do so quietly. She contends the network refused to run stories that might damage President Obama.

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A Presidential Contest ... For Obama's Library

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 2:18am

There are 13 presidential libraries and soon there will be a 14th, for President Obama. Places vying for the prize stretch from Hawaii to New York. Chicago is so eager it's pitched multiple proposals.

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New IRS Chief: I Enjoy A Crisis

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 6:53am

John Koskien is a professional fixer. He has helmed a mortgage lending giant, a city, and now the IRS, through scandal after disaster — to varying degrees of success, as he tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer.

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