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Lincoln Chafee's Improbable Quest For The White House

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 4:51pm

The former Republican and independent faces long odds as he seeks the Democratic nomination for president.

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Sen. Patrick Leahy: 'Our Privacy Is Part Of Our Security'

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 4:38pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks to Sen. Patrick Leahy, co-sponsor of the USA Freedom Act, which curtailed phone sweeps by the government. He says he also hopes to limit the collection of Internet records.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Complicates Efforts To Reduce Budget Deficit

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 3:31pm

More than 20 states have budget problems, but one of the biggest budget deficits is in Louisiana. Gov. Jindal's presidential hopes are complicating efforts to fix the state's budget woes.

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Former U.N. Envoy To Syria: Iran Has 'Too Much Influence In The Region'

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 3:31pm

Veteran diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi has taken on some tough gigs in his time, but being the United Nations and Arab League envoy to Syria during the civil war topped them all.

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More Patients, Not Fewer, Turn To Health Clinics After Obamacare

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 3:31pm

Patients are flocking to community health clinics for care. Obamacare advertising brought a lot of people out of the woodwork who wanted health insurance but didn't qualify for it.

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Obama Says China Could Join Already Huge Asia Trade Deal

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 2:56pm

If you thought the Trans-Pacific Partnership was big already — and it is — it could get even bigger, President Obama told Kai Ryssdal of "Marketplace" from American Public Media.

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Senate Panel Says Obama Administration Lacks Watchdogs

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 2:50pm

Seven of the 33 inspector general posts in the Obama administration are being filled by temporary appointees, according to the panel. Permanent IGs have been nominated for just three of the vacancies.

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Sen. Menendez's Corruption Trial Hasn't Begun, But Legal Sparring Has

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 9:00am

The Justice Department indicted the New Jersey Democrat just two months ago on bribery and conspiracy charges. But lawyers in the case already seem to be getting under each other's skin.

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5 Things You Should Know About Lincoln Chafee

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 6:37am

In 2002, Lincoln Chafee was the only Republican senator to vote against authorizing the use of force to oust Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Some Republican colleagues referred to him as "the missing Linc."

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Americans Think Money In Politics Is A Problem, But Just How Big?

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 5:03am

A new poll shows Americans think the rich have too much influence and that the political money system needs an overhaul, but they rate it low on the priority list.

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Under New Rules, NSA To Again Assess Americans' Phone Records

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 4:03am

The new rules rely on phone companies to collect the data. The altered approach was approved by the Senate on Tuesday, matching a version the House passed to update the Patriot Act.

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House Panel Questions Air Bag Manufacturer About Chemical Explosive It Uses

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 4:03am

Lawmakers wanted to know more about the recall of some 34 million vehicles that have potentially defective air bags made by the Takata Corporation. Congress wants to know what caused the problem.

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Why Jeb Bush Can't Bank On Faith Like His Brother Did

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 4:00am

Bush, who is likely running for president, is a firm Catholic. But that might not be enough for evangelical Christians in Iowa who see him as moderate and are looking elsewhere.

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Pro-Warren Group Disbands, As Senator Splits Again With Obama

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 6:06pm

A group pushing Elizabeth Warren to run for president moves on and "declares victory" in advancing her positions. But Warren is already on to new fights.

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Senate Advances USA Freedom Act, After Republican Leaders Fail To Amend Bill

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 4:21pm

The Senate voted Tuesday to advance a House-passed bill that would end the National Security Agency's bulk collection program. Edward Snowden also spoke via videolink to a conference in London.

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ABC News Report Is 'Very Disconcerting,' Former TSA Administrator Says

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 4:21pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with John Pistole about the report that found 95 percent of recent covert tests of airport screeners were able to get past security.

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In Several States, Abortion Waiting Periods Grow Longer

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 3:33pm

State lawmakers passed dozens of bills to restrict abortion this session. One trend: making women wait ever longer, up to 72 hours in some states, before having the procedure.

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Questions Remain About Airbag Recall After Takata Testifies Before House

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 3:19pm

Auto parts supplier Takata has agreed to modify the way it makes airbags. Takata and government safety officials were on Capitol Hill Tuesday to answer questions about the massive recall effort. Some 34 million vehicles need to have new airbags installed.

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NTSB, Amtrak Heads Testify Before Congress On Philadelphia Derailment

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 3:19pm

Three weeks after the deadly Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia, the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board and the head of Amtrak testified Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

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TSA Head Reassigned After Investigation Reveals Procedural Failings

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 3:19pm

The acting head of the Transportation Security Administration has been reassigned after a covert investigation found serious failings in security screening procedures.

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