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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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Debt Ceiling Vote Relied On GOP's 'Tough Vote' Caucus

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 3:09pm

The 28 House Republicans who voted for the debt ceiling increase made it safe for the rest of their fellow Republicans not to.

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Debt Ceiling Vote Relied On GOP's 'Tough Vote' Caucus

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 3:09pm

The 28 House Republicans who voted for the debt ceiling increase made it safe for the rest of their fellow Republicans not to.

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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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