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WATCH: Obama, A 'Wire' Superfan, Talks To Show's Creator David Simon

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 6:38am

The president called the show "one of the greatest, not just television shows, but pieces of art in the last couple of decades." Their conversation was about the effects of the war on drugs.

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Senate Follows House In Passing GOP Budget To Balance Budget

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:06am

Working into Friday's pre-dawn hours, senators approved the blueprint by a near party-line 52-46 vote, endorsing a measure that closely follows one the House passed Wednesday.

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Air War In Yemen May Come At The Expense of Coalition Against ISIS

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:02am

Most of the members of the coalition conducting air strikes in Yemen, are also members of the U.S.-led coalition in Syria that's been waging an air campaign against the self-styled Islamic State.

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Senators Endure Vote-A-Rama With Coping Mechanisms

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:02am

As they do every time the Senate takes up a budget resolution, senators spend hours voting on proposals they want to add to the document, which isn't technically a budget but a vision statement.

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Amazingly, Congress Actually Got Something Done

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 5:15pm

The leaders and members must, in a word, compromise. And on this occasion, Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did just that, with skill and savvy.

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Indiana's Governor Signs 'Religious Freedom' Bill

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:28pm

Among other things, the controversial new law would allow owners of businesses in the state to deny services to same-sex couples.

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After Spending Scandals, Rep. Aaron Schock Says Goodbye

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:13pm

Even in his final floor speech, Rep. Aaron Schock seemed to leave the door open for a future, comparing himself to former President Abraham Lincoln.

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Skinny Jeans, Expanded Waistlines, And A Washington 'Fix'

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:50am

Congress has acted 17 times to prevent a cut in Medicare doctors' payments. But the so-called "Doc Fix" has always been like that pair of jeans you keep in your closet, hoping someday they'll fit.

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Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Released From Prison

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 7:46am

The son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson will serve out the remainder of his sentence for misappropriating campaign funds for personal use at a halfway house in Washington, D.C.

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Payday Loans — And Endless Cycles Of Debt — Targeted By Federal Watchdog

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 6:58am

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is readying new regulations on payday loans and other high-cost forms of credit. Officials with the agency say the loans can trap borrowers in a cycle of debt.

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Republicans Join Fight To Reduce Prison Terms For Drug Crimes

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

A small group of advocates has been working for years to overhaul the criminal justice system — to dial back long sentences for drug crimes, and let nonviolent inmates out of prison early.

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Is Capitol Hill Ready To Rest Its Near-Annual 'Doc Fix' Exercise?

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:48am

Doctors who treat Medicare patients will face a huge cut, 21 percent, if Congress doesn't act by the end of the month. House leaders now think they fix a problem that has plagued Congress since 1997.

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Can Republicans Get Ahead In The 2016 Digital Race?

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:03pm

When Sen. Ted Cruz threw his hat into the ring, it happened first on Twitter. Political news is breaking more and more on social media, and both sides face different challenges in reaching out.

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Journalist Says Ted Cruz's Message Is Clear That 'Compromise Is For Losers'

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 1:26pm

When Cruz announced his presidency, he said: "It's time to reclaim the constitution." The New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin discusses the strict legal philosophy that has shaped Cruz's political agenda.

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Obamacare Five Years Later: Thriving Or On Political Life Support?

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:23am

The health care law has sliced the number of uninsured by a third. Yet it remains deeply polarizing, and its fate could be decided by the Supreme Court and the coming presidential election.

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With Sen. Dan Coats' Retirement, One More Gone From The Old School

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:21am

These days, flying with both the defense hawks who want more money for the Pentagon and the budget hawks who want to attack the deficit has become more difficult within the GOP.

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Supreme Court Rejects Ruling That Upheld Alabama's Gerrymandering

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 9:39am

In a 5-to-4 ruling, the justices called a district court decision that upheld the state's redistricting plan, which overloaded some districts with black Democrats, "legally erroneous."

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Obama Administration Emissions Rules Face Supreme Court Test

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:03am

The rules are aimed at limiting the amount of hazardous pollutants coming from coal and oil-fired utility plants. They're being challenged by industry groups and more than 20 states.

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U.S. Reconsiders Troop Withdrawal Plan In Afghanistan

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 4:09pm

The Obama administration said Tuesday that it will maintain about 9,800 troops in Afghanistan until the end of 2015. The U.S. originally planed to reduce the number to 5,500 by the end of the year.

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President Obama Holds First Meeting With Afghan President

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 4:09pm

President Obama held his first face-to-face meeting Tuesday with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. White House officials say this marks the beginning of a new, more cooperative U.S.-Afghan relationship.

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