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Democrats Eye Long-Time GOP Seat In Florida Special Election

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 4:00am

A special election next month in Florida's 13th Congressional District is being touted as an important preview of the upcoming mid-term races. Polls suggest it's a tight race and that will likely turn on which candidate does a better job getting his or her supporters to come out and vote.

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For Boehner And GOP, Path To Immigration Reform Is A Muddle

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 3:00pm

House Speaker John Boehner's immigration proposal was shot down by his own party almost as soon as he laid it out. While it might have driven a wedge between two important Democratic groups, it still sounded too much like amnesty to many Republicans. The GOP finds itself in a pickle on immigration.

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For Some Olympians, Games Are Golden Ticket To Politics

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 2:58pm

At least six former Olympians have been elected to Congress. The games offer ambitious athletes something essential to a career in politics: name recognition.

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Kerry Warns Indonesia: Climate Change Threatens 'Entire Way Of Life'

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 10:41am

The secretary of state spoke to a group of students in the capital, Jakarta, saying climate skeptics "are simply burying their heads in the sand."

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GOP Struggles To Sell Message In Big Cities

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 12:02pm

Democrats currently control City Hall in 90 percent of the nation's largest cities. But not too many years ago, Republicans had a pretty good chance of winning big city mayoral races.

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Push Comes To Shove In Turkey's Parliament Over Judicial Bill

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 8:44am

One MP broke his nose and another his finger as parliament erupted into a fist-fight over a measure to increase the government's control in selecting judges.

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Authors Of New Hillary Clinton Book: She Never Stopped Running

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 8:03pm

For HRC, their new book about Hillary Clinton's time as the nation's secretary of state, political reporters Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes gained unusual access to Hillaryworld. In fact, they talked to Clinton herself. They spoke with It's All Politics about some of what they learned.

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From Team To League, Congress Members Shift Pressure On Skins

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 3:00pm

The Washington Redskins organization has been criticized for years over its name. Now, the National Football League is feeling the pressure, too — this time from a Democratic senator and a Republican member of the House.

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Change A Word Or Two And You'll Change The Whole Debate

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 3:00pm

Doug Hattaway, the president of Hattaway Communications, drops by to discuss how changing just one word can often change the whole message of a particular argument. This week, just such a change helped pave the way for a Democrat and Republican agreement on lifting the debt ceiling.

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Week In Politics: Boehner's Debt Limit Decision And Democratic Retreat

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 3:00pm

Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of . They discuss House Speaker John Boehner's role in raising the debt ceiling, this week's Democratic retreat and a federal judge's decision to strike down Virginia's gay marriage ban.

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Drought Politics Grip California's Central Valley

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 3:00pm

California's drought is reigniting a political debate about how to manage the state's limited water resources and who should take priority.

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Boehner Fights Back Against Tea Party, Again

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 3:00pm

The gulf between GOP House leaders and Tea Party-aligned conservatives is growing ever wider. Speaker John Boehner says even Mother Teresa couldn't deliver 218 GOP votes, given the party's current divisions.

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Did Michael Sam Take A 'Huge Risk' To Come Out Before The Draft?

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 10:57am

NFL hopeful Michael Sam recently announced he's gay. But is that why his draft stock has reportedly dropped? The Barbershop guys weigh in.

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Why "No One is Running With the President in Missouri"

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 10:56am

Washington, D.C. is digging out from the snow, but Congress is already long gone on a two week recess. Host Michel Martin speaks with Christopher Ave of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Corey Dade of The Root, about the latest political news.

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Obama To See California Drought Conditions Firsthand

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 4:00am

President Obama is heading to California — the state is suffering from severe drought conditions. Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains is less than 30 percent of what it should be this time of year. And that means farmers and ranchers will have to get by with much less water than they'd like come spring.

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Despite Promising Signs, Iran Has Yet To Escape Economic Troubles

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 2:44am

Greater confidence — and limited success in nuclear talks with six world powers — have helped reverse Iran's brutal inflation rate, and steadied the Iranian rial against the dollar. Iranians are feeling more optimistic, but for most of them, very little has actually changed economically.

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Rand Paul's NSA Lawsuit Helps Him Lay Claim To A Big Issue

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 6:40pm

By suing the Obama administration, including the National Security Agency, for the agency's phone call data collection, Sen. Rand Paul now has ownership of an important issue in a way no other potential 2016 presidential candidate has yet to claim.

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As Takeover Hopes Fade, House Democrats Remain Upbeat

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 5:49pm

House Democrats are in Maryland for their annual issues conference. Despite their grim electoral prospects this fall, they are relishing the infighting that has beset the Republican House majority.

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More Ambassador Posts Are Going To Political Appointees

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 5:23pm

President Obama used to say that he wanted to rely more on career diplomats to serve as U.S. ambassadors. But he's been opting for political appointees who are big donors with limited international experience.

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More Ambassador Posts Are Going To Political Appointees

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 5:23pm

President Obama used to say that he wanted to rely more on career diplomats to serve as U.S. ambassadors. But he's been opting for political appointees who are big donors with limited international experience.

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