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What's Ahead For The VA As Shinseki Steps Down?

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 1:15pm

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday amid the scandal surrounding unofficial wait lists at VA hospitals. Two former presidential speechwriters weigh in.

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney To Step Down

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 1:02pm

President Obama, in a surprise appearance at a White House briefing, announced that Carney is resigning.

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Democrats Plan Ad Buys In Some Rather Blue Places

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 11:03am

Part of the $44 million that House Democrats plan to spend on TV ads this fall is allocated to places like California, Illinois and Massachusetts.

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VA Chief Eric Shinseki Resigns Post, Obama Announces

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 9:15am

Department of Veterans Affairs head Eric Shinseki has resigned his position, President Obama says, hours after Shinseki said he would work to fix "systemic" problems in the VA's health care system.

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Rep. Murphy Aims For Mental Health Bill To Pass Before Next Shooting

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 4:07am

The latest mass shooting has lawmakers on Capitol Hill talking again about overhauling the mental health system. On Thursday, psychologists and others urged Congress to do more.

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Sen. Corker Wants More Lasting Show Of Force In Eastern Europe

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 4:07am

President Obama laid out his foreign policy vision in a speech at West Point. Steve Inskeep talks to Sen. Bob Corker, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, for reaction.

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A Speech To A Nation Weary Of War, And Wary Of The World

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 4:37pm

The president knows America is deeply disillusioned with foreign wars and moves that seem to lead to them. "Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail," he said.

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Economic Upswing Has Fewer Americans Receiving Food Stamps

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 4:30pm

Last year, about 1 in 7 people in the U.S. were getting food stamps, or SNAP benefits. But the numbers have started to drop as more people find work and better-paying jobs, analysts say.

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'Morning Edition' Friday: An Obama Critic On The West Point Speech

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 3:48pm

On Friday's Morning Edition, Republican Sen. Bob Corker addresses President Obama's foreign policy vision.

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The Economy Takes A Dip, But Analysts Look For It To Snap Back

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 3:28pm

The latest U.S. report showed growth shrank in early 2014, but talk of a recession is unwarranted, economists say. They blame a harsh winter and say strong consumer spending signals a rebound.

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Conservatives, Environmentalists Found Common Ground In Cap And Trade

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 3:27pm

Ambassador C. Boyden Gray, former White House counsel to George H.W. Bush, assisted in the development of the cap-and-trade system. He talks to Robert Siegel about how the system evolved over time.

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Texas Takes A Hard Right Turn

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 3:23pm

In most states this year, the Republican establishment has managed to hold off Tea Party challengers. In Texas, the opposite was true.

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Pope Invites Israeli, Palestinian Leaders For Joint Prayer Session

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 3:23pm

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, have agreed to attend the joint prayer meeting at the Vatican, set for next week.

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Old Senate Tradition Lies Behind Controversial Judge's Nomination

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 2:48pm

President Obama nominated a controversial Georgia judge — one who once supported the display of the Confederate flag — for the federal bench. The White House explains the choice by pointing to a Senate tradition giving a state's two senators virtual veto power over judicial nominations for their state. In Obama's case, this means that states with two Republican senators have blocked most of his appointments.

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ACLU Sues California For 'Equal Learning Time'

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 12:24pm

At high poverty schools, "students rarely experience a normal school day, let alone semester or year."

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Obama Urges China To Be Constrained Within International Rules

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 5:08am

China has confronted several of its neighbors in disputes over territory. During a speech at West Point on Wednesday, President Obama spoke of accepting Chinese power — but also limiting it.

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Obama On Limitations He Faces In A Complicated World

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 4:11am

In his commencement address at West Point, President Obama laid out a range of goals. In an interview with Steve Inskeep, Obama discusses how he thinks he can use the time that he has left in office.

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On VA Scandal, No Partisan Divide, Just Universal Outrage

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 4:11am

Anger is a widespread reaction in Washington as systemic problems in the veterans health care system come to light. But there's disagreement among politicians and veterans on how to fix the problems.

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Politicians On Both Sides Of The Aisle Outraged Over VA Scandal

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 4:11am

A preliminary review by the Veteran Affairs' inspector general has found that inappropriate scheduling practices are a systemic problem. The scandal is a serious political problem for the White House.

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Transcript And Audio: President Obama's Full NPR Interview

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 4:02am

NPR's Steve Inskeep interviewed President Obama on Wednesday about foreign policy, including his approaches to Syria, Ukraine and China, as well as his effort to close Guantanamo Bay prison.

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