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With Nuclear Waste Dump Closed, Where To Keep Cold War Leftovers?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 3:00pm

Workers are about to re-enter a New Mexico waste dump that was hit by a recent accident. The incident is shaping up to be yet another setback in the quest to find a home for America's nuclear waste.

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Hagel's On The Hill, Pushing For A Slimmer Military

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 3:00pm

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is on Capitol Hill Wednesday to explain why smaller budgets will require a smaller army — even as tensions with Russia flare anew in the Ukraine.

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How To Pick A Candidate In Texas: Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 2:43pm

Faced with a long ballot on Tuesday, Texas Democrats chose a complete unknown with an agreeable name as their favorite in a down-ballot statewide race.

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Senate Blocks Obama's Nominee For Civil Rights Job

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:10pm

Eight Democrats joined Republicans who voted against Debo Adegbile, who was appointed to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.

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Ex-IRS Official Invokes 5th Amendment Again, Then Things Get Hot

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 10:42am

Lois Lerner has been at the center of a storm over the targeting of conservative groups. She wouldn't answer a House committee's questions. Then the panel's GOP chairman and ranking Democrat sparred.

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A Fighting Chance For Obama's Proposed Military Cuts?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 10:38am

The President's new budget proposes cutting the Army to its lowest troop level since before World War II. Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments weighs in.

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The Case For Tammany Hall Being On The Right Side Of History

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 10:00am

In a new book, Terry Golway takes a sympathetic view of Manhattan's infamous political machine. He says, "Tammany Hall was there for the poor immigrant who was otherwise friendless in New York."

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Obama's Budget: Magic Wand Or Club?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 6:46am

Under the president's plan, wealthier Americans would be paying more in taxes, while poorer ones would be getting new tax credits. Republicans, on the other hand, would prefer a different approach.

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Hagel To Defend Pentagon Budget Before Senate Panel

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 4:00am

The Pentagon's budget for next year would cut the size of the Armed Forces and begin to rein in expensive benefits, including health care. The Army would be reduced to its lowest level in years.

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House Approves Measure To Ease Flood Insurance Hikes

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 4:00am

Two years ago, an overhaul bill passed with the goal of pulling the federal program out of debt. When homeowners started calling lawmakers about sharp premium hikes, both chambers moved swiftly.

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Davis, Abbott Set To Face Off For Texas Governor

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:18am

Republicans picked State Attorney General Greg Abbott in the fight to succeed Gov. Rick Perry. Rising Democratic star Wendy Davis coasted to her party's nomination Tuesday night.

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George P. Bush Steps Into Texas Political Limelight

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 3:00pm

George P. Bush is expected to win Tuesday's GOP primary for land commissioner. Ben Phillpott of KUT brings the story of the young Bush's low-key campaign and outreach to Hispanic voters.

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Latino Advocate Is Not Impressed With 'Deporter-In-Chief'

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 3:00pm

Janet Murguia, president and CEO of the largest Latino advocacy group in the U.S., explains her criticism of the Obama administration's policy on deportations and border security.

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Obama Budget: A Blueprint With Little Chance Of Passage

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 3:00pm

President Obama is announcing his 2015 budget Tuesday. It calls for increased tax credits for the poor and boosted infrastructure spending, but it's unlikely to be enacted by Congress.

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Obama's $3.9 Trillion Budget Would Produce $564 Billion Deficit

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 11:20am

The president's blueprint is not expected to have a much of an impact on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers already have a two-year spending deal on spending.

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Kentucky Won't Appeal Order To Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 10:20am

A federal judge last month ruled the state must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages. Tuesday, state Attorney General Jack Conway said "I won't be defending discrimination."

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The 'Blue-ing' Of Texas Is Unlikely To Start At The Top

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 9:10am

Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis are expected to easily dispatch their primary opponents in the race for governor. But the reality of Texas politics will likely carry Abbott further.

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Obama To Release Proposed Annual Budget

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 4:00am

The president's annual budget comes out on Tuesday. But before the bound copy of the budget is even delivered to Congress, the fate of this spending plan is already sealed.

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Sen. Cornyn Expected To Win Tuesday's GOP Primary In Texas

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 4:00am

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn is ahead of his leading challenger Steve Stockman, heading into Tuesday's Republican primary. Stockman was once a Tea Party favorite but he no longer enjoys their support.

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For Jim DeMint, Changing America Means Starting Small

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 3:04pm

The former U.S. senator, now head of the Heritage Foundation, reflects on the state of the Republican Party, the Tea Party and what he thinks it will take to change Washington.

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