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Senators Get Background Briefing On Sgt. Bergdahl's Release

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 4:10am

With criticism mounting on Capitol Hill of a prisoner swap that traded 5 jailed Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, some military, intelligence and diplomatic officials briefed senators.

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Is Clinton Distancing Herself From Obama? Maybe Not

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 5:53pm

Some observers suspect Hillary Clinton of preparing for a White House run by putting daylight between herself and the president. But there's always been differences between them on foreign policy.

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In Mississippi, A Heated Senate Primary Spills Into Runoff

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 3:08pm

In one of the country's most competitive primaries, incumbent Republican Sen. Thad Cochran and Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel appear headed for a runoff.

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After State Lawmaker Comes Out, Campaign Becomes Battle Of Write-ins

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 3:08pm

Mike Fleck, who was re-elected three times before he came out as gay in 2012, lost the Republican state house primary to a write-in candidate. So he won as a write-in on the Democratic ballot instead.

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Prisoner Swap Ignites Political Firestorm On The Hill

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 3:08pm

Everything the Obama administration touches seems to set off a political firestorm. The latest involves Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and the prisoner exchange that led to his release by the Taliban.

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NRA Retracts Statement Calling Open Carry Rallies 'Downright Weird'

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:31am

Recent remarks about carrying rifles in public reflected the opinion of a staffer, rather than the organization, the National Rifle Association says.

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Tea Party Still Packs A Punch: How It Happened In Mississippi

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 10:53am

Political observers declared the Tea Party dead in May after it lost every major GOP primary it contested. Sen. Thad Cochran's performance against his Tea Party rival makes that judgment seem rash.

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Sen. Cochran In Danger Of Losing Primary To Tea Party Candidate

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:11am

The most closely watched of Tuesday's primaries was the race in Mississippi, where incumbent Republican Senator Thad Cochran was fending off a challenge from Tea Party-backed Chris McDaniel.

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Congress Furious At White House Over Prisoner Swap

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:11am

Lawmakers don't much like the deal, which traded five Taliban fighters held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. They are also mad about how it was done behind their backs.

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Amendment Would Allow Congress To Set Political Spending Limits

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:11am

Many liberal critics of the Supreme Court's campaign finance rulings say a constitutional amendment is needed to limit money's influence in politics. The Senate held a hearing on one proposal.

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Few Surprises In Primaries But Miss. Senate Race Too Close To Call

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 10:23pm

Veteran Mississippi GOP Sen. Thad Cochran was in danger of losing his primary bid for a seventh term against Tea Party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel.

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Move Over Benghazi; Here Comes Bergdahl

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 5:41pm

The controversy over the exchange of a U.S. soldier for five senior Taliban fighters at Guantanamo Bay could rival or even surpass Benghazi.

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In Warsaw, Obama Vows To Keep Rattled Allies Out Of Russian Orbit

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 3:08pm

President Obama is starting a European trip in Poland, where he will meet allied leaders from central and eastern Europe. They are worried about Russia's intentions after the recent events in Ukraine.

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New Orleans District Moves To All-Charter School System

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 11:05am

New Orleans' Recovery School District will soon have the nation's first all-charter school system. Michel Martin explores whether that will boost achievement, or leave the most vulnerable kids behind.

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GOP Demonizes Once Favored Cap-And-Trade Policy

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 3:59am

Republicans say the Environmental Protection Agency will kill jobs and raise electricity prices with new carbon emissions limits. They're up in arms about a measure their party previously championed.

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Environmentalists Hail Reduced Emission Rules, Others Criticize

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 3:59am

For the first time, the U.S. would regulate the greenhouse gas causing emissions from existing coal plants. The goal is to reduce emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2030.

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New EPA Rules Burn Red State Democrats

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 5:32pm

In coal-producing Kentucky and West Virginia, Democrats can't put enough distance between themselves and the Obama administration.

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With California Campaign, Political Pundit Decides To Try It Himself

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 3:22pm

What happens when a political expert puts down his pundit hat and actually runs for office? Ask Dan Schnur, a professor and political analyst who is now running to be California's secretary of state.

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With New EPA Rules, McCarthy Sees Economic Upside In Health Savings

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 3:22pm

For more on the new pollution regulations, Robert Siegel speaks with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy about her agency's carbon emission plan.

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EPA Lays Out Centerpiece To Obama's Climate Change Policy

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 3:22pm

The Obama administration is announcing new pollution standards Monday. The rules, key elements of President Obama's climate change policy, may decide the fate of coal-fired power plants in the U.S.

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