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Map: Where (And How) The Government Can Execute People

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 5:08pm

Nebraska just repealed its death penalty. Here's a look at where the law stands in your state.

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Nebraska Legislators Overturn Governor's Veto Of Death Penalty Repeal

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 5:02pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Nebraska Sen. Jerry Johnson, who said he switched his vote in the decision to repeal the death penalty in Nebraska after speaking with his constituents.

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Nebraska Repeals Death Penalty, But U.S. Isn't Quite Ready To Abandon It

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 4:52pm

Cost and lethal-injection complications have led some states to reconsider the death penalty. U.S. support for the practice has declined over the last two decades, but three-in-five still support it.

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For Next President, The Fight Against Extremism Will Hit Closer To Home

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 4:24pm

The so-called Islamic State is endlessly creative in trying to get young men and women to leave home for Syria and Iraq. It's something the next president will have to wrestle with from Day 1.

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Rick Santorum Announces Presidential Run

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 4:20pm

The former Republican senator from Pennsylvania appeals to his party's social conservatives. Rick Santorum won the Iowa caucuses in 2012, but this time around he faces a crowded Republican field.

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McArthur Foundation Launches Grant Program To Reduce Jail Populations

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 3:33pm

On any given day, more than 700,000 people are in jails across the U.S., most of them awaiting trial. The MacArthur Foundation has just awarded grants to help lower that number. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with the sheriff of one of those jurisdictions, Kevin Thom of Pennington County, S.D., about how their grant will be used.

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EPA Announces New Rules To Protect U.S. Waters

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 3:33pm

The Obama administration announces a regulation it says is aimed at protecting the country's rivers, lakes and other waterways from pollution. But critics say it's a massive regulatory overreach that will penalize the agricultural industry and many other businesses.

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Indictments Raise Questions About Sepp Blatter's Reign Over FIFA

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 3:33pm

Joseph "Sepp" Blatter remains the front-runner in the race for FIFA president despite allegations of corruption during his 17-year reign as one of the most powerful figures in sports.

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Rick Santorum To Launch Second White House Bid

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 3:33pm

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is expected to announce another bid for the White House on Wednesday.

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Iowa Group Divorces Itself From Controversial Marriage Pledge

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 3:25pm

An anti-same-sex-marriage pledge from a social-conservative group included a lot more than that in 2012. Looking to avoid the backlash it created in the last presidential election, the group nixed it.

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How Politics Is Shaping Language: 'Dark Money' Added To Dictionary

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 1:14pm

Tech drives a lot of language-innovation in the US, but politics plays a pretty big role as well.

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Scott Walker Says Ultrasounds Are 'Just A Cool Thing'

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:55am

Speaking about his state's law that requires an ultrasound before an abortion, the Wisconsin governor said he meets people all the time who are excited to show him ultrasounds of their grandkids.

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Federal Appeals Court Blocks Arkansas Ban On Abortion At 12 Weeks

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 9:34am

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has blocked an Arkansas law that bans abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy. The case was filed by two doctors on their own and their patients' behalf.

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5 Things You Should Know About Rick Santorum

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 7:03am

The former Pennsylvania senator is getting in the race for president again. Here's a reminder of who he is.

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Santorum Hopes To Catch Lightning In A Bottle A Second Time

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 7:03am

The former Pennsylvania senator, who won Iowa in 2012, hopes he can do it again. But with a more crowded field, he might find it difficult to stand out.

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Sen. Sanders Launches Longshot Presidential Campaign In Vermont

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 4:04am

Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off his campaign in Burlington. He lags behind Hillary Clinton in the polls, but his supporters say this is the guy who comes from behind and surprises you.

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Alabama Considers Legalized Gambling To Close Budget Deficit

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 4:04am

In conservative Alabama, legislative leaders propose bills to open up gambling and start a state lottery as a way to shore-up sagging state coffers. The governor, instead, proposes higher taxes.

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How Will The Next President Protect Our Digital Lives?

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 4:03am

For the first time in a White House race, the candidates will need a game plan for cyber policy for Day 1 in the Oval Office and will have some tough choices to make.

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Test Of '1 Person, 1 Vote' Heads To The Supreme Court

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 5:51pm

Analysts have noted that dividing districts based on eligible voters rather than total population would tend to shift representative power to localities with fewer children and fewer immigrants.

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Federal Appeals Court Lets Stand Blockage Of Obama Immigration Actions

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:27pm

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday against a request by the Obama Administration to resume applications for temporary deportation relief for an estimated 4.7 million immigrants.

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