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The Great Blue Hope: Michelle Nunn Tries The Improbable In Ga.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:09pm

Georgia hasn't elected a Democrat to statewide office for over a decade, but Senate candidate Michelle Nunn is the most viable hope the party's had in a long time. While Nunn has a well-known name and a strong fundraising arm, analysts say she'll have to mobilize minority voters to have a chance.

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Forget Tea Pot Dome: Harding's Love Letters Make For A New Steamy Scandal

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:09pm

The Library of Congress has released the rather racy love letters that former President Warren G. Harding sent to his mistress, Carrie Fulton Phillips.

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Former Va. Gov. McDonnell's Trial Opens With Claims Of 'Poisoned' Marriage

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:09pm

The public corruption trial is now underway for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. In dramatic opening arguments, lawyers described the McDonnells' marriage as a shambles. For more on the trial's start, Ari Shapiro turns to Jeff Schapiro, who is covering it for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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Leahy Aims To Patch Loopholes With A Revamp Of NSA's Data Collection

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:09pm

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy is introducing a bill to overhaul the way the National Security Agency collects telephone data under the Patriot Act.

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Jury Awards Former Gov. Ventura Nearly $2 Million In Defamation Case

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:11pm

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura said his reputation had been damaged by an account of a fight in a book. In a split verdict, a federal jury agreed with him.

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A Compromise Deal On Overhauling The VA, But Will It Pass?

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:55am

House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise, $17 billion agreement to improve medical care for veterans. The deal comes in the final week before Congress leaves town for a monthlong recess.

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After 5 Weeks Of Haggling, Congress Inks Bipartisan VA Bill

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:25pm

Congress has reached a bipartisan deal to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, after nearly two months of tense negotiations.

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When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:57am

The Supreme Court has been granting more rights to corporations, including some regarded as those solely for individuals. But Nina Totenberg finds the company-to-person shift has a long history.

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The Week In Politics: Progress On Upgrading VA Health System

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:57am

Congress has a number of big pieces of legislation to deal with before leaving on its annual summer recess. The Highway Trust Fund, border security and the VA are all on the to-do list.

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Time Running Short For Congress To Agree On Border Bill

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 7:11am

Congress has just one work week left before its planned August recess, but it has yet to strike a deal on a funding bill dealing with the border crisis.

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Congress Leaves Town Next Week, But Will Anyone Notice?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:34am

Next week is Congress's last before summer recess, which is often when a flurry of bills are pushed through Congress. This year, not so much, NPR's Ron Elving tells NPR's Scott Simon.

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Former CIA Officials Denied Chance To Preview 'Torture' Report

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 2:36am

The report, along with a CIA rebuttal, is the most detailed accounting of a set of controversial interrogation, rendition and detention practices the CIA carried out after the Sept. 11 attacks.

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'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 5:32pm

Rep. Curt Clawson, a Republican from Florida, tells subcommittee witnesses from two U.S. agencies, "I'm familiar with your country; I love your country."

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As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:30pm

There has been record low turnout among voters in the 2014 primaries so far. Is it political dysfunction that's made voters lose interest? And what might this mean for November's general elections?

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Army War College Opens A Probe Into Sen. Walsh's Alleged Plagiarism

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:15pm

The U.S. Army War College has determined in a preliminary review that Sen. John Walsh of Montana appeared to have plagiarized his final paper to earn a master's degree. An investigative panel is reviewing the evidence.

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Week In Politics: Violence In Gaza And Paul Ryan's Anti-Poverty Plan

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:15pm

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss U.S. policy options in the Gaza Strip and Rep. Paul Ryan's anti-poverty plan.

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Central American Leaders Stop By White House To Talk Border Crisis

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:15pm

Central American presidents met with President Obama, discussing the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border. So far, Obama has not seen eye to eye with Congress on possible solutions.

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In A Luxury Apartment, Is A Separate 'Poor Door' Segregation?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:28am

New York City officials approved a plan for a separate entrance for low-income residents in a luxury building. Is the decision smart economics or discrimination? The Barbershop guys weigh in.

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The GOP's New Plan To Tackle Poverty: Helpful Or Hurtful?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:24am

Republican Congressman Paul Ryan has a new plan to address poverty. Host Michel Martin talks with commentators Corey Ealons and Ron Christie about it and other political stories of the week.

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Conservative Rep. DesJarlais Faces Primary Challenge In Tennessee

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

One of the most conservative members of Congress, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, is defending his seat against state Sen. Jim Tracy, who is making the most of the incumbent's personal scandals.

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