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The Bernie Sanders 'Rape Fantasy' Essay, Explained

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 5:30pm

A 1972 essay written by Bernie Sanders, who officially kicked off his presidential campaign this week, is making the rounds. What did he say about rape that's got people talking?

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Hastert Indictment Concerns Ex-Speaker's Time Before Congress, Reports Say

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 4:26pm

Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert was paying an individual from his past to conceal sexual misconduct, according to multiple news reports.

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Several Cash Withdrawals Triggered Investigation Into Former Speaker Hastert

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 4:18pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Sharon Cohen Levin, a former federal prosecutor and now a partner at WilmerHale, about the federal law that triggered an investigation into J. Dennis Hastert.

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Reports: Ex-Speaker Hastert's Payments Linked To Sexual Misconduct

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 4:02pm

Both The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times are reporting that Hastert was paying a man to not reveal that Hastert had abused him years ago.

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Bernie Sanders To Face Test In New Hampshire

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 3:23pm

Bernie Sanders officially kicked off his presidential campaign this week to much fanfare in his home state of Vermont. But if he hopes to prove his mettle against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, he is going to have to do well in the neighboring, but very different, state of New Hampshire.

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Southeast Asian Countries Agree To Step Up Efforts To Address Migrant Crisis

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 3:23pm

Nearly 20 countries are meeting in Bangkok Friday to try and resolve the migrant crisis affecting them. Most are economic migrants from Bangladesh and Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar.

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Sepp Blatter Reelected To 5th Term As FIFA President

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 3:23pm

Sepp Blatter was reelected to a fifth term as president of FIFA, soccer's international governing body, on Friday. The vote comes as two separate international investigations probe allegations of corruption.

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Week In Politics: New Presidential Contenders, Patriot Act

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 3:23pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with political commentators, Suzy Khimm, senior editor of The New Republic, and Reihan Salam, executive editor of the National Review.

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Senate To Vote On Patriot Act As Expiration Nears

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 3:23pm

The U.S. Senate meets for a special session on Sunday to deal with a national security program that is set to expire on June 1. The program has allowed the National Security Agency to collect and store a vast amount of phone records. NPR explains what is at stake and what the Senate is expected to do this weekend.

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Texas Politicians And Businesses Feud Over Medicaid Expansion

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 3:19pm

Texas has turned down federal funds to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Hospitals and some business owners want the money, but it's a tough sell in Republican-dominated state politics.

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The Math Problem Behind Ranking The Top 10 GOP Candidates

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 1:32pm

Sixteen debaters would be chaos. Would 10 be much better?

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5 Things You Should Know About Martin O'Malley

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 12:46pm

His announcement is quintessentially Baltimore with a venue well known to area residents and the addition of a well-known local group, the Kelly Bell Band, booked as entertainment.

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Texas Loses Billions To Treat The Poor By Not Expanding Medicaid, Advocates Say

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 4:08am

When the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could not compel states to expand Medicaid programs, many Southern and Midwestern states opted out. One quarter of the uninsured live in Texas.

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Administration Announces Controversial Plan To Protect Sage Grouse

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 4:08am

The Interior Department plans to conserve millions of acres of habitat for the greater sage grouse in 10 states. The move limits areas where petroleum and agriculture development can take place.

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Democrat O'Malley To Announce Presidential Bid In Baltimore

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 4:08am

The former Maryland governor — Democrat Martin O'Malley — is expected to formally announce his candidacy on Saturday in Baltimore. For most voters he's a blank slate.

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GOP's Presidential Field Has Something For Everyone And It's Growing

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 4:08am

The GOP field of candidates for president is big — and its getting bigger. This week two more Republicans joined the race — bringing the number of official Republican hopefuls to 8.

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Texas Loses Billions To Treat The Poor By Not Expanding Medicaid, Advocates Say

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 4:08am

When the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could not compel states to expand Medicaid programs, many Southern and Midwestern states opted out. One quarter of the uninsured live in Texas.

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Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert Indicted By Federal Grand Jury

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 5:59pm

The longest-serving Republican speaker was indicted Thursday for illegally structuring cash withdrawals from bank accounts to conceal payments to someone he committed "prior misconduct" against.

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Former House Speaker Hastert Indicted In Probe Into $3.5M In Withdrawals

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 4:54pm

The Illinois Republican is accused of taking the money out in chunks of less than $10,000 to evade reporting requirements, and of lying to the FBI about it.

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Foreign Policy Experts Weigh In On U.S. Strategy Against The Islamic State

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 4:23pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with White House spokesman Josh Earnest about the current U.S. strategy in Iraq and Syria. He also interviews foreign policy experts who say that policy needs review.

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