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U.S. To Open Immigrant Family Detention Centers In Response To Influx

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 1:21pm

The Obama administration says it will boost enforcement efforts — and it will try to dispel beliefs among migrants who believe new U.S. policies will allow them to enter the country illegally.

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Obama On Iraq: Defense Strategy Or Political Compromise?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:00am

President Obama announced that he's prepared to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq. Analysts join guest host Audie Cornish to discuss some of the biggest political stories of the week.

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Married Same-Sex Couples To Receive More Federal Benefits

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 6:19am

The newly expanded benefits would allow people in a same-sex marriage to take time off from work to care for their spouses, no matter which state they live in.

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GOP: McCarthy Voted Majority Leader; Scalise Chosen As Whip

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 5:22am

House Republicans have elected Kevin McCarthy of California to succeed Eric Cantor as majority leader. Steve Scalise of Louisiana won the fight to replace McCarthy as majority whip.

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Political Solution Needed In Iraq, Obama Says

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 5:20am

President Obama is sending up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to gather intelligence on the insurgency. He was adamant there will be no American combat operations on the ground in Iraq.

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Obama Moves To Ensure Sick Leave For Gay Couples

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 3:09am

The Labor Department will be directed to start drafting rules making clear that the Family and Medical Leave Act applies to same-sex couples.

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House Republicans' Top Leadership Gets A Red-State Member

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:54pm

California Rep. Kevin McCarthy became the new House majority leader, while more conservative members got someone closer to their ideological and regional liking for the majority whip position.

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GOP Completes Leadership Shuffle, As McCarthy And Scalise Step Up

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 3:33pm

House Republicans voted on leadership positions. While Rep. Kevin McCarthy stepped up to the role of majority leader, Rep. Steve Scalise overcame a more crowded competition to replace McCarthy.

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House GOP Picks McCarthy For Majority Leader; Scalise Gets Whip

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 2:21pm

California's Kevin McCarthy replaces Rep. Eric Cantor in the No. 2 leadership post. Steve Scalise of Louisiana edged out two others for the No. 3 spot.

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Wis. Gov. Scott Walker Accused Of Illegal Fundraising

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 1:53pm

The governor, who was the subject of a 2012 recall vote, is said to have coordinated fundraising with outside conservative groups in violation of state law.

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Obama To Speak About Iraq Crisis In White House Briefing

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 12:14pm

President Obama will discuss the situation in Iraq, where officials have been requesting American help in the face of advances made by the Sunni extremist group ISIS.

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As More Latinos Drop Religion, Should GOP Be Extra Worried?

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 12:08pm

The percentage of Hispanics who aren't affiliated with a particular religion is ticking upward. This demographic tends to be more socially liberal, too, which may have political consequences.

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House Republicans To Vote On Cantor's Replacement Today

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 8:42am

Today's 2 p.m. ET vote is to decide who will join House Speaker John A. Boehner in a top leadership role. While that slot seems decided, the No. 3 spot is up for grabs.

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Only 7 Percent Of Americans Are Big Fans Of Congress

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 7:39am

The amount of confidence Americans have in Congress has hit a new low, plummeting from highs in the 1970s and '80s. In the same period, the military has boosted its image.

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Speechwriters Deliberately Use Rhythm To Help Make Their Point

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:14am

President Obama's biggest speeches have a musicality to them. That's not an accident. His speechwriters obsess over rhythm and cadence.

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Rep. McCarthy, Possible Cantor Successor, Walks Fine Line On Immigration

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:14am

House Republicans are to pick a new majority leader Thursday, following Eric Cantor's primary defeat. The favorite is Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, whose district is more than a third Latino.

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NPR Poll: In Senate Battleground States, Obama Ratings Lag

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:01am

According to a new NPR poll, in the 12 states with competitive Senate races this fall, only 38 percent of likely voters said they approved of the way the president is handling his job.

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Iraq's Meltdown Troubles U.S. Political Waters

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 5:44pm

Iraq has a long history of roiling American politics. And that doesn't appear likely to change anytime soon.

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In Race To Replace Cantor, Southern Republicans See Opportunity

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 3:22pm

House Republicans' upcoming leadership election to fill Rep. Eric Cantor's position has opened a new rift: the South versus everybody else. The region comprises nearly half of the GOP in the House, but currently none of the top four leaders in that caucus come from the South.

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GM Chief Makes A Return Trip To The Hill, Where A Grilling Awaits

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 3:22pm

General Motors CEO Mary Barra faced another grueling hearing on Capitol Hill, two weeks after a critical internal report blasted the company's handling of defective ignition switches as incompetent. GM has recalled 20 million vehicles already this year and has set aside $700 million to cover repairs related to the recall.

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