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As Budget Deadline Approaches, Illinois Faces A Government Shutdown

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:58am

The budget expires on Tuesday and there's no sign of agreement on a new one. It's the first time in a dozen years that the solidly Democratic legislature has had to deal with a Republican governor.

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Congress Leaves For Recess Without Re-Authorizing Export-Import Bank

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:58am

A government agency is about to close. The Export-Import Bank has helped U.S. companies sell goods abroad for decades, but it will likely wind down operations after July 1 if Congress doesn't act.

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Congress Leaves On Recess Without Re-Authorizing Export-Import Bank

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:58am

A government agency is about to close. The Export-Import Bank has helped U.S. companies sell goods abroad for decades, but it will likely wind down operations after July 1 if Congress doesn't act.

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Obama Expected To Release Rule Governing Overtime

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:58am

The plan raises the cap under which most workers must get overtime for working more than 40 hours a week. It doesn't require congressional approval, but is expected to be criticized by businesses.

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Brazil Tries To Rebuild Relations With U.S. After NSA Spying Scandal

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:58am

Two years ago, President Dilma Rousseff canceled a planned state visit after discovering the U.S. was spying on Brazil. Since that time, her popularity has nosedived, and so too has Brazil's economy.

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New Jersey's Chris Christie To Join GOP Presidential Field

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:58am

Gov. Chris Christie has battled recent bad publicity and sinking poll numbers. While he's been essentially campaigning for months, Christ is expected to officially join the crowded field on Tuesday.

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Supreme Court Concludes Term With Death Penalty Ruling, Looks Ahead

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:57am

The court wrapped up on Monday, supporting the use of a controversial drug in executions by lethal injection. The justices also set up cases to be heard next term on affirmative action and abortion.

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President Pitches Overtime Rule That Could Raise Wages For 5 Million

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 9:20pm

The regulation, which retailers and restaurants likely will fight, would mean that all employees earning up to $50,440 a year would be guaranteed overtime pay, up from a the current cap of $23,660.

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California Legislature Passes 'Mandatory' Vaccine Bill, Sends It To The Governor

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 5:53pm

Children who have specific medical problems, like immune system deficiencies, would be exempt from vaccinations as long as they have confirmation from their doctor.

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U.N. Holds Climate Talks In New York Ahead Of Paris Meeting

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 4:41pm

The United Nations is having a high-level climate meeting ahead of the end-of-year meeting in Paris that will hopefully result in a major new agreement to rein in greenhouse gases.

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Cruz: States Have 'No Obligation' To Accept Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 4:25pm

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz about the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

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Could Supreme Court Decision Lead To Death Of The Gerrymander?

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 3:55pm

More than a half-dozen other states could implement independent redistricting commissions in the wake of the court's decision Monday to uphold Arizona's commission.

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NBC Dumps Donald Trump Over Comments On Mexican Immigrants

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 3:27pm

NBC severs ties with Donald Trump over his derogatory remarks about Mexicans.

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Dominican Deportations Reach Crisis Levels, Haitian President Says

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 3:27pm

Haitian President Michel Martelly claims his country has accepted 14,000 people from the Dominican Republic. But the Dominican government claims official deportations won't begin until August.

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Supreme Court Approves Arizona Redistricting Commission

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 3:27pm

The Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of independent commissions in the states as an alternative to having state legislatures draw lines for congressional districts.

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Supreme Court Places A Stay On Abortion Law In Texas

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 3:00pm

If the Supreme Court refuses to hear the case, the stay will be lifted and a controversial 2013 law will take effect. The law places new requirements on abortion providers.

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NBCUniversal Is Cutting Ties With Donald Trump

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 2:25pm

The media company is ending its relationship with the presidential hopeful after comments he made about Mexican immigrants.

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Supreme Court Backs Arizona's Redistricting Commission Targeting Gridlock

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 9:47am

Arizona's Independent Redistricting Commission was formed 15 years ago, after voters took the power to redraw districts away from the state's Legislature.

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MAP: Lethal Injection By Far The Most Popular Execution Method In U.S.

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 9:45am

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5-4 against death row inmates, saying states may continue using midazolam to execute prisoners.

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Cruz: Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage Will Be 'Front And Center' In 2016 Campaign

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 4:00am

As a result of the Supreme Court's two landmark decisions last week, Cruz is calling for justices to be subject to elections and lose their lifetime appointments.

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