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As Ballot Deadline Looms, A Muddied Debate Over Colo. Fracking

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:28am

Colorado is embroiled in debate over how to regulate oil and gas development. Up to four energy-related issues could be on the November ballot, and the run-up is causing confusion among voters.

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A Tax Bill Killed By The Push And Pull Of Politics On The Hill

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:21am

Sometimes seemingly nonsensical moves — like most of what happens behind the scenes on Capitol Hill — are deftly calculated plays for political survival.

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A Tax Bill Killed By The Push And Pull Of Politics On The Hill

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:21am

Sometimes seemingly nonsensical moves — like most of what happens behind the scenes on Capitol Hill — are deftly calculated plays for political survival.

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Obama Moves To Overhaul VA

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 8:18am

Two months after VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned, President Obama looks set to sign legislation to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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What The Week's Primaries Mean For Politics

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 8:18am

Another five states hold primaries this coming week, including Tennessee, Kansas and Michigan. NPR's Arun Rath talks to senior Washington correspondent Ron Elving about what's at stake.

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Two Doctors Weigh Whether To Accept Obamacare Plans

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 8:18am

Fears of a medical system that favors the wealthy grow as some doctors reject Affordable Care Act insurance. Insurers need to balance the need to offer consumers low rates and paying doctors enough.

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Congress In Recess After A Notably Unproductive Session

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 4:05pm

Congress adjourned Friday for a five week recess. Senior Washington correspondent Ron Elving joins NPR's Eric Westervelt to talk about what they did and didn't get done.

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As Congress Breaks, Inaction Remains Most Notable Action

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 7:29am

A combination of partisanship, a president's desire to fill judicial vacancies and divided Republicans in the House helped mold a Congress this session that had trouble passing even must-pass bills.

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M. Caldwell Butler, A True Bipartisan Politician

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 7:08am

The Republican lawmaker from Virginia who died this week was not afraid to go against his party, or reach across the aisle, to stand against corruption.

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House Approves Border Security Spending Bill, 223-189

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 7:48pm

The $694 million Border Security Supplemental Spending Bill was endorsed one day after the House Republican leadership canceled its plan to hold a vote on the legislation.

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Panel Says Plan To Cut Army Strength Goes Too Far

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 4:57pm

The Pentagon has recommended cutting troop strength to 450,000, but a bi-partisan report says that given the global threats, the reduction is too big.

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President Obama Slams Congress As He Welcomes Economy's Gains

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:03pm

Citing 6 months of strong job gains, President Obama says America's recovery from a debilitating recession is well underway. But he says the economy "could be doing even better" if Congress helped.

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Fla. Judge Orders Lawmakers Back To Work On A New Congressional Map

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:01pm

A Florida judge has ordered the state legislature to come back from recess for a special session. Lawmakers will be expected to draw up new maps for congressional districts found unconstitutional. The judge says he may push back the November 4 election date and order special elections in the affected districts.

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August Comes To The Hill, But House GOP Hasn't Started Recess Quite Yet

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:01pm

House Republicans are delaying their August recess, sticking around Washington to try passing a bill meant to address the border crisis. Democrats and President Obama have already voiced their opposition to the bill on the table.

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Is The Current Gridlock In Congress As Bad As It Looks?

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:45am

For the final program, host Michel Martin speaks with Neil Minkoff and Maria Cardona about the biggest political stories of the week.

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A Conservative Mayor Fights To Expand Medicaid In North Carolina

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:17am

After a small North Carolina town lost its hospital, Belhaven's Republican mayor decided it was time to demand that North Carolina cover more people through the Medicaid program.

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Cantor To Step Down This Month To Make Room For Successor

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 8:24am

After relinquishing his majority leader post, Cantor, who was defeated in a stunning June primary upset, says he wants to make room for his successor to take over his Virginia seat in November.

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Assessing Obama's Foreign Policy After A Week Of Crises

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 4:36am

Politico Magazine editor Susan Glasser and Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum talk with Linda Wertheimer about how the president's foreign policy moves are playing out at home and abroad.

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As Senate Leaves For Recess, House Keeps Working On A Border Bill

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 4:00am

The House work week got a little longer when Republican leaders were unable to pass a bill to deal with the border crisis. A new caucus meeting is planned for this morning to sort out a plan forward.

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Congress Approves $16.3 Billion VA Health Care Bill

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 8:19pm

A 91-3 vote in the Senate will send the landmark VA legislation, meant to address widespread problems in the VA health care system, to President Obama for his signature.

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