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Can Federal Program Keep Mom And Dad Together?

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 10:47am

A federal program is spending millions to keep couples together. But does the Family Expectations program actually work? Host Michel Martin asks Tom Bartlett, who wrote about the program for The Chronicle Review, and Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution.

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A Closer Look At How Corporations Influence Congress

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 10:00am

Eric Lipton, an investigative reporter for The New York Times, has been writing about how corporations work in opaque ways to shape debates. He also explains the revolving door between Congress and lobby groups, and how non-profit think tanks aren't always what they seem.

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Big Changes To Employer-Based Health Care Won't Come Easy

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 4:00am

Most Americans still get health insurance through their employer, but those numbers have been declining for years. As more people turn to the new insurance exchanges created under Obamacare, we examine the future of health coverage in the workplace.

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'Citizens United' Critics Fight Money With Money

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 2:02am

Four years after the controversial Supreme Court ruling, the meaning of campaign finance reform depends on who you ask. But those advocating for stronger laws are organizing a long campaign of their own to reduce the political influence of big money.

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Election Panel: Long Lines Were 'Management' Problem

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 4:11pm

The election administration commission appointed by President Obama found no evidence that partisan plots were behind long Election Day lines, as some have suggested. Rather, some election officials simply misjudged how much equipment and personnel they needed at certain precincts.

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Senate Follows House Lead In Passing Debt Limit Raise

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 3:00pm

Eager to follow their House colleagues out of Washington for a break, senators Wednesday cleared a raise to the debt ceiling for the president to sign into law. It will take the issue of limiting U.S. debt off the table until March 2015.

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Democrats Clash In Military Sexual Assault Debate

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 2:48pm

Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York are at odds over whether military commanders should retain control over pursuing prosecution in sexual assault cases.

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With Senate's OK, Debt Limit Bill Will Head To White House

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 2:45pm

The Senate has voted to extend the federal debt limit, giving final congressional approval to a bill that is meant to cover the government's finances into 2015. The measure passed on a 55-43 vote.

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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Found Guilty Of Corruption

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 12:58pm

Ray Nagin was indicted last January, when prosecutors said he engaged in bribery, wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and filing false tax returns.

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Republican Faulconer Elected Mayor In San Diego

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 6:45am

City councilman Kevin Faulconer will fill the seat vacated by disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner, a Democrat. Filner left office after less than a year following sexual harassment allegations from more than a dozen women.

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San Diego Voters Elect Republican Mayor To Fill Filner's Term

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 4:00am

The special election was held after Democratic Mayor Bob Filner resigned. He was accused by multiple women of sexual harassment.

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Gov. Christie Promotes GOP Despite Scandal At Home In N.J.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 4:00am

Chris Christie continues to travel the country as head of the Republican Governors Association. He's promoting the GOP agenda and raising money for this year's elections. But compared to Christie's usual style, it's a low-key tour — absent media interviews and with very few photo ops with smiling candidates.

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State Dinner For French President Flushed With A-Listers

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 1:09am

Michelle and Barack Obama found just the right spot to seat a gent going stag to Tuesday's state dinner: They plopped French President Francois Hollande down right between them in a giant party tent. There's been much drama about his solo trip to the U.S. after a very public breakup from his first lady.

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House Votes To Extend Debt Limit To March 2015

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 4:30pm

Congressional reporters quickly note that Rep. Paul Ryan was one of many Republicans who voted "no." The vote came after the Republican majority abandoned its hopes to tie other legislation to the debt measure.

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House Passes 'Clean' Debt Limit Bill

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 4:25pm

Republican House Speaker John Boehner has said for months that he would not let the United States default on its debt, and he made good on that promise: The House voted Tuesday evening for an increase of the debt limit with no strings attached, just as President Obama had wanted.

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Fed Chair Promises Continuity Before Congress

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 3:00pm

Janet Yellen made her first appearance before Congress as chair of the Federal Reserve on Tuesday. Her remarks, released prior to her testimony, stressed that there would be a lot of continuity with past policies, because she had helped develop and implement them.

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Pay Cuts, End Of Tenure Put North Carolina Teachers On Edge

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 3:00pm

No state has seen as steep a drop in teacher salaries over the past few years. Legislators also halted a salary bump for teachers with master's degrees and cut a cap on class size. "Teachers are really questioning why they want to teach," says the head of a state advocacy group.

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After 23 Years, Your Waiter Is Ready For A Raise

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 2:22pm

The tipped minimum wage has been stuck at $2.13 an hour since 1991, but legislation before Congress could finally change that. The restaurant industry says that will cost jobs and drive away diners. But in states where servers, bartenders and other tipped workers already make more than the federal minimum wage, restaurants haven't been hurting.

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House Sets Vote On Raising Debt Limit

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 12:27pm

House leaders have had weeks to come up with a plan to deal with the nation's debt limit. Now, the day before they want to leave town for a break, it appears they've essentially decided to throw in the towel. They plan to put a bill on the House floor raising the debt ceiling for a year without any conditions attached.

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Immigration Turbulence Buffets Boehner

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 10:12am

John Boehner and his GOP leadership team embraced a set of principles for updating the nation's immigration laws. Then the winds shifted and the House Speaker expressed grave doubts about the feasibility of overhaul.

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