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For Tipped Workers, A Different Minimum Wage Battle

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 5:45pm

The debate over the federal minimum wage, which raised to $7.25 in 2009, is playing out across the country. Meanwhile, the minimum wage for tipped workers hasn't gone up for 23 years.

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Obama Administration Seeks Change In Law To Speed Deportations

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 9:03am

President Obama will also seek an emergency appropriation of more than $2 billion to deal with the surge of Central American immigrants flooding the southern border.

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In The Battle To Host The 2016 GOP, It's Alt Country Vs. Rock

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 6:58am

The Republicans have narrowed down their choices for their 2016 convention to Dallas and Cleveland. If the vote depended upon which one had the best theme music, it would be a tough decision.

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8 Signs Obama Is Feeling Trapped In The Presidency

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 5:10pm

Lately, President Obama has increasingly shown signs he's feeling claustrophobic in the presidential bubble.

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Stunt Or Not, GOP Lawsuit Against Obama Will Fuel Both Sides

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 9:54am

Both President Obama and congressional Republicans seek to rev up their respective bases in the executive action fight.

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Court Stays Decision Striking Down Indiana's Gay Marriage Ban

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 7:05pm

The appeals court decision puts a halt to gay marriages in the state pending an appeal of the lower court ruling.

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Norway Does A Ctrl+Alt+Delete On E-Voting Experiment

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 4:52pm

After trying out online balloting in elections in 2011 and 2013, Oslo has concluded that it didn't improve turnout and might undermine the democratic process.

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What's The Matter With Wendy Davis?

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 4:22pm

The Texas state senator galvanized Democrats across the nation with her 11-hour filibuster to block restrictive abortion laws. Then she ran for governor — and got a big dose of political reality.

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In Iraq, Coordination With Iran Not Impossible, Gen. Dempsey Says

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 4:22pm

"I'm not predicting that it's entirely impossible that we would at any point act collaboratively with Iran," the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff tells NPR.

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An End To Kerfuffles And Questions: Former Press Secretary Reflects

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 3:07pm

On the occasion of his departure, former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney talks to Audie Cornish about his time spent at the White House podium.

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Obama Gets Real, Meeting The Authors Behind White House Letters

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 3:07pm

It's common knowledge that each night President Obama reads 10 letters written by Americans to the White House. Now, he's launching an effort to meet some of those writers in person. Is this a gimmick, an effort to recapture the magic of his early years or simply an escape from Washington, D.C., amid low approval ratings?

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Week In Politics: Lawsuits, Rulings And The Legacy Of Howard Baker

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 3:07pm

Political commentators E.J. Dionne and Mary-Kate Cary discuss the latest Supreme Court rulings, Boehner's announced desire to sue President Obama and the legacy of longtime Sen. Howard Baker.

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White House Task Force To Save Bees Stirs Hornet's Nest

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:14am

When the administration created a task force to combat the ongoing collapse of the nation's bee population, it created more than a little buzz.

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Supreme Court Invalidates 3 Obama Recess Appointments

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 4:09am

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that temporary appointments President Obama made to the National Labor Relations Board in 2012 were unconstitutional because the Senate was technically not in recess.

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Pew's Latest Look At Voters Finds Many Who Defy Party Labels

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 7:03pm

"Young Outsiders" are Republican-leaning voters who don't like the GOP. Meanwhile, "Hard-Pressed Skeptics" are Democratic-leaning voters who could vote Republican in significant numbers this year.

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Howard Baker's Legacy: Political, But Not Partisan

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 4:33pm

At a time when Washington and its insiders are widely reviled, the late Senate majority leader will be remembered as a Washington insider who was widely revered.

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Obama Asks For $500 Million To Train, Equip Syrian Rebels

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 3:34pm

The appeal is part of a larger $65.8 billion request sent to Congress to fund overseas operations. A White House statement says "moderate" rebels would be vetted before being funded.

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Senate's Immigration Reform Bill Is Declared Dead At One Year Old

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 3:17pm

The Obama administration is backing away from plans to loosen deportation guidelines. On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Senate's passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill, reform advocates concede any changes in immigration laws likely won't come until 2017.

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Best Known For Watergate Committee, Longtime Sen. Howard Baker Dies

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 3:17pm

Former Senate Majority Leader and White House Chief of Staff Howard Baker has died at the age of 88.

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Higher Pot Use In U.S., Report Says

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 2:53pm

The U.N. World Drug Report 2014 says contrary to the global trend, more Americans are using cannabis and that its potency is also on the rise.

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