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Fiorina Is Undettered By Dropping Poll Numbers

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

It's been a rough few months for Carly Fiorina. David Greene talks to the Republican presidential candidate about her prospects as she is dropped from the main GOP debate to the undercard debate.

GE Brings Things To Life In Boston; Lights Out In Connecticut

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:35pm

GE says it will move its headquarters from Fairfield, Conn., to Boston. The company will be getting huge tax breaks, but more than that, it will be gaining access to universities and nonstop flights.

Clinton Would Raise Taxes On The Wealthy. Here's What You Need To Know

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:09pm

The Democrat's latest proposal would raise rates on the very (very) richest Americans and raise revenue, but it would further complicate the tax system and could be a minor drag on the economy.

Spanish-Language Response Highlights GOP Divide On Immigration

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 3:42pm

The Republican Party offered a Spanish-language response to the State of Union address Tuesday. The speech was nearly identical to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's remarks except on immigration.

GOP Presidential Candidates Criticize Obama's State Of The Union Address

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 3:42pm

President Obama used his State of the Union address to argue against charges coming from the Republican presidential candidates — and they argued back.

Cubans Rush To U.S. Ahead Of Potential Changes To Immigration Policy

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 3:42pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Marc Rosenblum, deputy director of U.S. Immigration Policy Program at the Migration Policy Institute, about why the U.S. policy for Cuban migrants is different from others.

In Iranian Funds Case, Justices Ponder Extent Of Congressional Influence

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 3:42pm

The Supreme Court is considering whether legislators can give away Iranian government funds the U.S. controls, providing legal compensation to victims of specific terrorist attacks sponsored by Iran.

Doctors Respond To Obama's Ambitious Moonshot To Cure Cancer

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 3:42pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Dr. William Nelson, director of the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, about Obama's ambitious plan to end cancer and why we haven't found a cure.

Secretary Kerry Highlights Diplomacy In Freeing U.S. Sailors Held By Iran

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 3:42pm

Secretary of State John Kerry addressed relations with Iran on Wednesday after the release of 10 U.S. sailors who were held for several hours when they drifted into Iranian waters.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Faces Calls For Resignation Amid Flint Water Crisis

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 3:42pm

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is facing heavy criticism for his administration's handling of the water crisis in Flint. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Rochelle Riley, columnist for the Detroit Free Press, who says the crisis has raised questions about what the governor knew about the water problems and when he found out.

Ted Cruz Gains Endorsement Of Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 3:18pm

The Texas senator made the announcement in a YouTube video showing him hunting for ducks with Robertson. "You're one of us, my man," Robertson says.

Politics Podcast: Obama's Humblebrag, Regret And The Nastiness Of Politics

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 1:26pm

The politics team dissects President Obama's final State of the Union address, Gov. Nikki Haley's Republican address and what it all means for both parties.

Responding To Nuclear Test, S. Korea Cranks Up The K-Pop

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 10:08am

South Korea is again blaring news, music and propaganda from banks of loudspeakers along the border. At minimum, it seems to annoy North Korea.

Trump And Supporters Hit Back At Nikki Haley's Jabs

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 10:02am

The South Carolina governor says she did have Donald Trump in mind when she criticized the "angriest voices" within the GOP in her State of the Union response.

Obama Closes His Run Of Speeches To Congress With Appeal For Broad Reform

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 5:28am

"It's one of the few regrets of my presidency," Obama said in a moment of self-critique, "that the rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better."

Obama Touts U.S. Economy In His Final State Of The Union

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:13am

President Obama began his State of the Union Tuesday night with what he called a fact: The United States of America now has the strongest most durable economy in the world, citing 14 million new jobs.

What National Security Issues Did Obama Not Bring Up In The State Of The Union?

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:13am

Critics wanted President Obama to detail the next phase of his strategy against ISIS in his State of the Union address. What he didn't say about Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria was just as significant.

Obama Asks Congress For Help In Overhauling Justice System

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:13am

There's not much the White House and the Republican-led Congress can agree on this year. President Obama singled out one issue in his State of the Union address: an overhaul for the justice system.

In Speech On Capitol Hill, Obama Requests Few Specifics Of Lawmakers

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:13am

The State of the Union is usually a laundry list of things the president hopes Congress will get done in the year. But Republicans noticed there were few specific requests of lawmakers.

Trump Wasn't At The State Of The Union But His Presence Was Felt

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:13am

A number of times President Obama alluded to Donald Trump's rhetoric on Muslims. The official GOP response came from South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley who all but called Trump out by name in her speech.

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