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Obama And Democratic Governors Agree: Raise Minimum Wage

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 3:00pm

President Obama met Friday with more than a dozen Democratic governors at the White House. They emerged from the meeting declaring their united support for a higher national minimum wage.

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Once-Obscure State Job Is Now Attracting Millions Of Campaign Dollars

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 11:00am

No fewer than three new superPACs are working to elect their preferred candidates for secretary of state positions, even though officials overseeing elections are supposed to be neutral.

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Once-Obscure State Job Is Now Attracting Millions Of Campaign Dollars

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 11:00am

No fewer than three new superPACs are working to elect their preferred candidates for secretary of state positions, even though officials overseeing elections are supposed to be neutral.

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Are The Barbershop Guys Sorry They Are Not Idris Elba?

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 10:58am

The Barbershop guys weigh in on their best Olympic moments so far. Plus, they tell us why they're a better catch than Hollywood hunk Idris Elba.

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Voting Rights: Time To Think Differently For Those Who've Done Time?

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 10:58am

Attorney General Eric Holder wants states to restore voting rights to felons after they complete their sentences. Legal analysts Spencer Overton and Hans von Spakovsky look at the debate.

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Being A World Away When Your Country Is In Crisis

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 10:57am

The international community is struggling to respond to violence in Ukraine, and alleged crimes against humanity in North Korea. But what's it like for people with loved ones living there?

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Obama To Enlist Democratic Governors' Support

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 4:00am

President Obama Thursday night discussed varying issues with Democratic governors at a fundraising dinner. On Monday, he meets with the bipartisan National Governors Association at the White House.

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Sen. Time Kaine Looks For Egypt's Steps Toward Democracy

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 4:00am

Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia is on a Middle East tour. From Cairo, Kaine talks to Steve Inskeep about U.S. aid to Egypt and what he's observing as the country sets out on a path to democracy.

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Obama Buoys Democrats By Dropping Social Security Cut Idea

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 6:14pm

You could almost hear the sigh of relief from Democrats when the White House announced President Obama's 2015 budget wouldn't include a proposal that would have lowered Social Security benefits.

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Edwin Edwards: Governor, Convict, Reality TV Star — Congressman?

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 3:43pm

The colorful former Louisiana governor is contemplating a run for Congress, three years after finishing up an eight-year federal prison term — and after a star turn in a reality show.

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Keystone Greens See Pipeline As Crucial Test For Obama

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 3:00pm

This week's North American Summit is refocusing attention on the proposal to build the Keystone XL pipeline. The issue's proved to be complicated for President Obama to navigate among green activists.

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North American Summit Like 'A Long But Rushed Lunch'

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 11:20am

President Obama is back home after a meeting with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts at the summit of North American leaders. But one observer says the meeting was short on substance.

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Ex-Aides' Emails May Taint Wis. Gov. Walker's Political Ambitions

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 6:05am

A Wisconsin court released 27,000 emails from former aide Kelly Rindfleisch that may prove embarrassing to Walker's administration. She was convicted of using her job to do illegal campaign work.

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How A Remote Alaska Road Became A Political Wedge Issue

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 6:28pm

Judging from an opponent's attack, you could easily conclude that Sen. Mark Begich opposes a lifeline to the small Aleutian village of King Cove. But the opposite is true.

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'Three Amigos' Talk Trade In Mexico

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 3:00pm

President Obama is meeting with heads of state from Canada and Mexico. These North American neighbors are often called the "three amigos." They are expected to talk about trade and border security.

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Calif. Billionaire Plans $100 Million Climate Change Campaign

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 11:47am

Tom Steyer, a retired hedge-fund investor, is aiming to spend big money to make global warming a priority issue in this year's midterm elections.

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U.S. Government Will Back Loans For Nuclear Power

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 10:08am

The $6.5 billion in federal loan guarantees will help build the first new U.S. nuclear power plants in more than three decades. The announcement brought quick criticism from some environmentalists.

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AFL-CIO's Trumka: Keep VW Union Vote In Perspective

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:00am

Workers at the Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., last week narrowly rejected joining the United Auto Workers. That was a setback for labor which was looking for an organizing victory in a southern state. The AFL-CIO is holding its winter meetings this week in Houston. The movement says its efforts to organize across the South continue despite the high profile defeat at the VW plant.

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LA Mayor: 'The Basics Have Been Neglected For Too Long'

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 2:44am

Eric Garcetti says he wants to reinvent Los Angeles and promote its diversity, food and innovators — but first, he says, he's going to focus on a less-glamorous agenda: infrastructure.

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Elusive Goal: A Transparent Price List For Health Care

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 2:36am

Price-shopping for coffee makers is easy. Finding the actual cost of a colonoscopy? Nearly impossible. But putting together a useful, comprehensive price-list for patients of the widely varying charges for various health procedures is difficult and expensive, states are learning.

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