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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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Montana Senator Comes Under Fire For Plagiarism Allegations

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:56pm

Sen. John Walsh of Montana was appointed to his seat, and he's preparing to face voters for the first time. The Democrat's bid will be complicated by plagiarism allegations.

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Paul Ryan Unveils His Anti-Poverty Plan, A Rebuke To LBJ Programs

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 3:12pm

Rep. Paul Ryan is rolling out a plan that he says will fight poverty more effectively than the programs launched by former President Johnson's War on Poverty, but progressives are skeptical.

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Montana Sen. Walsh Says PTSD May Have Played A Role In His Plagiarism

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 8:28am

Sen. John Walsh lifted at least a quarter of his United States Army War College master's thesis, according to a report in The New York Times. Walsh was appointed to the Senate in February.

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A Strange Political Dustup Clouds Kansas Governor's Future

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:05am

An open revolt among moderate Kansas Republicans has clouded Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election hopes and focused national attention on the tax-cutting experiment at the heart of his "red-state model."

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Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:04pm

The latest version of the DISCLOSE Act, which would force donor disclosure on outside organizations that engage in election politics, is facing now-familiar opposition from Republican lawmakers.

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