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West Virginia Tells The Story Of America's Shifting Political Climate

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 7:41am

Almost nowhere in the country is President Obama less popular than in West Virginia. Despite winning there twice, that fact still reveals the problems Democrats have with winning rural, white voters.

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Politics Week Roundup: Benghazi Hearings, Speaker Of The House

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 7:23am

It's been a whirlwind week in politics — Hillary Clinton testified at the Benghazi hearings and there might be a new Speaker in the House. Scott Simon talks with NPR politics editor Ron Elving.

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#MemeOfTheWeek: The Drake-ification Of The Week In Politics

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 7:03am

Nothing was safe from Drake and his viral Hotline Bling video this week. Not even politics.

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Trump Squashes 'Make America Great Again' SuperPAC

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 6:54am

"Make America Great Again." It's Donald Trump's campaign slogan, seen on caps his campaign sells to admirers, and it's also the name of an ostensibly independent superPAC. Or it was, until this week.

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Justice Department Says No Criminal Charges In IRS-Tea Party Investigation

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 7:46pm

DOJ finds there is no evidence to support a criminal prosecution over the Internal Revenue Service's mishandling of conservative non-profit political groups.

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LA Congressman Loses Bet, Sings 'Meet the Mets'

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 4:20pm

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., lost a bet with New York Democrat Steve Israel when the Mets defeated the Dodgers in the Major League Baseball playoffs. The result is pretty amazin'.

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Guatemalan Presidential Election Pits Former First Lady Against TV Comedian

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 3:30pm

On Sunday, Guatemalans go to the polls to pick a new president. The contest is between a former first lady and a comedian with no political experience and a simple slogan: "I'm not corrupt nor a thief." The vote follows months of turbulent politics in the Central American nation that led to the resignation and jailing of both the vice president and president.

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New Orleans Urges Sales Tax Hike Support To Fund French Quarter Police

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 3:30pm

New Orleans has had its fair share of high-profile crime problems. Now residents are set to vote on a sales tax hike to fund more state police officers in the French Quarter.

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Week In Politics: Clinton Benghazi Testimony, Paul Ryan's Bid For Speaker

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 3:30pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with our regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss Hillary Clinton's testimony before a congressional committee investigating Benghazi, Paul Ryan's bid for speaker of the House, and Democrats bowing out of the race for the Democratic nomination.

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Mitt Romney Finally Takes Credit For Obamacare

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 2:47pm

"Without Romneycare, I don't think we would have Obamacare," the 2012 GOP presidential nominee admits in an obituary remembering his friend, Staples founder Thomas Stemberg.

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Clinton Scores Key Endorsement From Public-Employee Union

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 1:21pm

The AFSCME union's backing comes as many labor groups are still waiting to endorse a presidential candidate — and as Clinton is seeing the best stretch of her campaign.

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Struggling Bush Campaign Starts Making Cuts

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 12:40pm

The former Florida governor's presidential campaign is slashing staff salaries, as the Republican tries to keep pace with a still-strong Donald Trump, surging Ben Carson and others.

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Omm... Clinton Goes Zen, Tries Meditation To Get Through Epic Hearing

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 12:13pm

In an off-the-cuff moment, Hillary Clinton revealed the secret to her marathon Benghazi hearing performance.

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4 Ways The Oval Office Isn't Like The Corner Office

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 9:03am

CEOs have it easy when it comes to hiring and firing. Presidents get Air Force One.

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Lincoln Chafee Ends His Presidential Campaign

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 7:33am

The long-shot former Rhode Island governor announced Friday he is withdrawing from the Democratic White House race.

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Jeb Bush's Latest Awkward Comment: Supergirl, 'She Looked Pretty Hot'

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 7:03am

With his latest remarks, referencing a female TV superhero, Jeb Bush is getting a reputation for inartful comments. But he's not alone in the world of politics.

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LISTEN: 5 Substantive Moments From The Benghazi Hearing

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 6:31am

This was a high-stakes showdown for both Clinton and the Republicans leading the investigation into the 2012 attack on the U.S diplomatic mission.

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LISTEN: 5 Political Moments From The Benghazi Hearing

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 4:03am

In some ways, the hearing was less about Clinton and more a volley between Republicans and Democrats on the committee.

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California Democrat Still Questions Motive Behind Benghazi Investigation

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 4:00am

Rep. Adam Schiff reacts to Hillary Clinton's testimony before a House committee investigating the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya in 2012.

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Kerry's European And Middle East Diplomatic Tour A Balancing Act

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 4:00am

Secretary of State John Kerry is tackling two seemingly intractable conflicts on his current diplomatic tour: the latest violence between Israelis and Palestinians, and Syria's civil war.

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