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Top Justice Dept. Official Quietly Stepped Down In December

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 12:56pm

Virginia Seitz, who led the influential Justice Department office that offers legal advice on surveillance, drones and other issues, resigned after two-and-a-half years on the job.

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Rep. John Dingell, Who Has Served A Record 58 Years, Is Retiring

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 9:10am

The Michigan Democrat was first elected to Congress in 1955. He tells The Detroit News "I'm not going to be carried out feet first." Dingell is 87.

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Pentagon Budget-Cutting Plans Sure To Draw Flak

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 7:30am

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will propose cutting the size of the Army and taking steps to trim soaring pay and benefit costs.

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Billionaire Tom Steyer Puts His Money Toward Climate Issues

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 4:00am

Liberal activist Tom Steyer pledged to spend $100 million in the 2014 election cycle to promote his favored cause of fighting climate change. David Greene talks to Steyer about his political plans.

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America's Richest Political Activists Pour Money Into SuperPACs

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 4:00am

Hedge fund billionaires Thomas Steyer and Paul Singer are among those deploying their money to promote their issue agendas.

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Pentagon Officials To Outline Defense Budget Priorities

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 4:00am

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will outline budget priorities during a news conference on Monday. A key question for the Pentagon: how to curb growth of military pay and benefits.

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Running For Congress At Age 101

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 7:00am

Joe Newman, 101, is running for a seat in the House of Representatives from Florida's 16th congressional district. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with the candidate.

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A Republican View: U.S. Military Should Play No Role Syria

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 7:00am

Some in Congress believe sending aid to Syria's opposition forces will drag the U.S. into a war it can't win. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., about his adamant stance.

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Should The U.S. Choose Sides In Syria? A Democrat Says 'Yes'

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 7:00am

As violence grows in Syria, some in Congress say we should provide more assistance to the opposition. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., about why.

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FCC Won't Ask Journalists To Explain Themselves After All

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 8:59pm

The Federal Communications Commission conduced a strategic withdrawal from a politically controversial plan to ask journalists how they decide what is and isn't news.

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Texan's Final Campaign May Act As National Barometer

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

Republican Ralph Hal of Texas, the longest-serving member of the House, has escaped anti-incumbent moods in the past, but if there's such a wave building in 2014, his district may be an indication.

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Fannie Mae: Now Free From Debt But Still Under Government's Wing

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

With another $7.2 billion in payments to the Treasury Department, Fannie Mae is now in the black for the first time since it entered conservatorship in 2008. Yet Fannie's future is as murky as ever.

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Detroit Unrolls Its Bankruptcy Blueprint

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

Detroit officials have filed a blueprint for the city's emergence from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Quinn Klinefelter of WDET reports that unions and others vow to fight the plan.

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Week In Politics: Minimum Wage And Boehner's Pressures

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

Political commentators Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times discuss a proposed minimum wage raise and the challenges facing GOP congressional leaders.

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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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