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Obama Takes His State Of The Union Messages To YouTube

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:23pm

President Obama is pitching his State of the Union proposals on a campaign-like trip and on YouTube.

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House Republican Leaders Drop Effort To Ban Some Abortions

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:23pm

House Republican leaders had planned to pass a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision and coinciding with the annual protest march by abortion opponents. But with Republican women balking at that measure, they instead passed a bill prohibiting the use of taxpayer money for abortions, something that's been in spending bills for years.

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Will Netanyahu's Congress Visit Help His Election Prospects?

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:23pm

Robert Siegel speaks with Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., about whether he thinks Netanyahu's address to Congress in March will help him with his election a few weeks afterwards.

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Netanyahu Accepts Republican Invitation To Address Congress

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:23pm

Lawmakers say the Obama administration is "stiff arming" Congress, keeping them away from diplomacy with Iran. The House Speaker is fighting back, inviting Israel's tough talking Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress soon.

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House Approves Bill That Would Bar Federal Funding For Abortions

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:42pm

A bill that would prohibit using federal money to pay for "any abortion" or for "health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion" has been approved by the House.

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Israel's Netanyahu Accepts Invitation To Address Congress

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:32am

The Israeli leader will now address a joint meeting of Congress March 3, three weeks after he was originally scheduled to speak after an invitation on Wednesday by House Speaker John Boehner.

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Chicago Tries To Up Its Chances Of Hosting Obama's Presidential Library

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:59am

The University of Chicago's's plan to build the library on parkland it doesn't own is a sticking point. The foundation overseeing the competition wants to pick a host university by the end of March.

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Conservatives Disagree With Obama's Social Spending Proposals

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:59am

Steve Inskeep talks with David Frum, senior editor at The Atlantic, about what, if anything, Republicans can work with in President Obama's State of the Union address.

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Obama Defends His Aggressive Agenda In Boise, Idaho

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:59am

In his State of the Union address, President Obama talked about middle-class tax cuts, free community college and paid sick leave. The next day, he headed to Boise to drum up support for his ideas.

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GOP-Led House Drops 20-Week Abortion Limit, Will Advance Funding Ban

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 9:15pm

Some Republican lawmakers, many of them women, felt the language of the limit was too restrictive — allowing abortions in case of rapes, but only if the attacks were reported to the police.

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Shouts Of Protest At Supreme Court On 'Citizens United' Anniversary

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:48pm

The day's session had just begun when protesters in the back of the chamber began yelling things like, "One person, one vote" and "We are the 99 percent."

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The Battle Over Open-Internet Rules Shifts To Congress

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:06pm

President Obama is urging the Federal Communications Commission to protect the principle of net neutrality. But Republicans presented their own set of rules at a subcommittee hearing Wednesday.

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Meet The YouTube Stars Who Will Interview The President

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:40pm

On Thursday, President Obama will sit down for a round of unconventional interviews with some unconventional questioners.

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Republican SOTU Responses: Immigration No, But Inmigración Sí

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:29pm

Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst and Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo go their separate ways on the most divisive topic their party faces.

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Rep. Van Hollen: Obama's Focused On Helping Middle Class

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:46pm

Robert Siegel talks to Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen of Maryland about President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday.

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Middle Class Economics Dominate Obama's State Of The Union

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:25pm

President Obama wants to expand an existing tax credit for child care and create a new one for families with two working spouses. He also wants to make two years of community college free and expand access to retirement savings programs.

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Historic Diplomatic Talks Begin In Cuba

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:25pm

The most high-level U.S. delegation to visit Cuba in 35 years is in Havana for two days of talks. The meetings follow the historic thaw in relations announced simultaneously last month by President Obama and President Raul Castro. The focus of the talks will be migration and the nuts and bolts of restoring diplomatic ties.

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Sen. Jeff Flake: Republicans Can Work With President On Trade

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:25pm

Robert Siegel talks to Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona for his reaction to the State of the Union.

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Obama Draws Battle Lines In State Of The Union Address

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:25pm

In his State of the Union address, President Obama said he still believed in a United America — one that wasn't divided into red and blue camps. But the reaction to his speech, from both camps, was anything but united.

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Boehner Invites Israel's Netanyahu To Address Congress On Iran

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:33pm

The White House, which was not informed of the invitation, called it a departure from diplomatic protocol. House Speaker John Boehner said, "Congress can make this decision on its own."

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