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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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How New FCC Rules On Political Ads Impact N.C. Senate Race

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 6:43am

Every TV station in the U.S. is now required to post its political ad sales online. NPR's Tamara Keith talks to Mark Binker of WRAL-TV about what this means for the North Carolina senate race.

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Texas Gov. Testifies On Crisis In Child Immigration

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 6:43am

This week the House Committee on Homeland Security met to discuss minors entering the U.S. alone through Texas. NPR's Tamara Keith talks with correspondent John Burnett, who's been covering the surge.

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Richard Mellon Scaife, Champion Of Conservative Causes, Dies At 82

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 3:00pm

The influential American conservative Richard Mellon Scaife died Friday at the age of 82. Scaife, the billionaire heir to the Mellon family fortune, used his wealth to promote his libertarian ideas and fuel the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.

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Week In Politics: Hobby Lobby, Jobs Numbers And Immigration Protests

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 3:00pm

Regular political commentators E.J. Dionne and Ramesh Ponnuru discuss the Supreme Court's decision on contraception, June jobs numbers and immigration protests in the California city of Murrieta.

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Calif. Town Thrusts Heated Immigration Debate Into National Spotlight

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 9:46am

As protesters block buses full of detainees from entering a border patrol station, many Murrieta residents say the federal government is the real root of the problem.

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Red State Democrats Tread Lightly On Hobby Lobby Ruling

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 3:48pm

Some Democratic Senate hopefuls have to be more measured than others in their responses to the recent Supreme Court decision.

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Lawmakers' Step Back Toward Disclosure Driven By Optics

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 3:09pm

The House Ethics Committee is undoing a recent change to its annual financial disclosure form that deleted information about free trips members have taken. Members had explained the change as a way to streamline paperwork, particularly when more detailed information is available elsewhere. They decided the bad publicity wasn't worth the trouble.

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Export-Import Controversy Gives Rise To A Tale Of Two Washingtons

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 3:09pm

While a debate rages over the future of the Export-Import Bank in Washington, D.C., the bank's potential demise has drawn warnings from the other Washington — Washington state. Ashley Gross of KPLU reports that businesses, labor unions and politicians are raising alarm bells about potentially severe consequences.

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