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U.S.-Foreign Mergers Raise Calls For Tax Reforms

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 3:57pm

Medical device company Medtronic is merging with another firm and moving its legal headquarters to Ireland. The move is a tax-saving strategy called "inversion," and it's growing more common.

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Twisty Miss. Primary May Mean End Of Road For Longtime Senator

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 3:20pm

GOP Sen. Thad Cochran faces a tough runoff election against challenger Chris McDaniel, a Tea Party-backed state senator. Mississippi voters will decide whether Cochran gets a chance at a seventh term.

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Ohio Rolls Back Renewable Energy Standards

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 3:20pm

Many states around the U.S. have adopted policies that encourage the development of renewable energy. Lately, though, there's been a major push nationwide for states to repeal those policies. As Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports, Ohio appears to be the first state to temporarily halt some of their standards for utilities.

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IRS Chief Tangles With Lawmakers Over Missing Emails

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 3:20pm

IRS commissioner John Koskinen appeared before the House Ways and Means Committee. He tells lawmakers how emails that possibly reveal scrutiny given to Tea Party groups vanished from IRS computers.

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VA Bill Was An Easy Sell, But Some Senators Still Feel Sticker Shock

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 3:20pm

A preliminary analysis by the Congressional Budget Office says that a Veterans Affairs bill recently passed by the Senate could cost $50 billion per year. No lawmaker wants to vote against veterans, but the price tag has a lot of lawmakers nervous.

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Week In Politics: Military In Iraq And Leadership On The Hill

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 3:20pm

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss President Obama's plans for intervention in Iraq and the GOP leadership shuffle in the House.

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U.S. To Open Immigrant Family Detention Centers In Response To Influx

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 1:21pm

The Obama administration says it will boost enforcement efforts — and it will try to dispel beliefs among migrants who believe new U.S. policies will allow them to enter the country illegally.

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Obama On Iraq: Defense Strategy Or Political Compromise?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:00am

President Obama announced that he's prepared to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq. Analysts join guest host Audie Cornish to discuss some of the biggest political stories of the week.

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Married Same-Sex Couples To Receive More Federal Benefits

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 6:19am

The newly expanded benefits would allow people in a same-sex marriage to take time off from work to care for their spouses, no matter which state they live in.

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GOP: McCarthy Voted Majority Leader; Scalise Chosen As Whip

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 5:22am

House Republicans have elected Kevin McCarthy of California to succeed Eric Cantor as majority leader. Steve Scalise of Louisiana won the fight to replace McCarthy as majority whip.

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Political Solution Needed In Iraq, Obama Says

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 5:20am

President Obama is sending up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to gather intelligence on the insurgency. He was adamant there will be no American combat operations on the ground in Iraq.

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Obama Moves To Ensure Sick Leave For Gay Couples

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 3:09am

The Labor Department will be directed to start drafting rules making clear that the Family and Medical Leave Act applies to same-sex couples.

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House Republicans' Top Leadership Gets A Red-State Member

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:54pm

California Rep. Kevin McCarthy became the new House majority leader, while more conservative members got someone closer to their ideological and regional liking for the majority whip position.

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GOP Completes Leadership Shuffle, As McCarthy And Scalise Step Up

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 3:33pm

House Republicans voted on leadership positions. While Rep. Kevin McCarthy stepped up to the role of majority leader, Rep. Steve Scalise overcame a more crowded competition to replace McCarthy.

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House GOP Picks McCarthy For Majority Leader; Scalise Gets Whip

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 2:21pm

California's Kevin McCarthy replaces Rep. Eric Cantor in the No. 2 leadership post. Steve Scalise of Louisiana edged out two others for the No. 3 spot.

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Wis. Gov. Scott Walker Accused Of Illegal Fundraising

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 1:53pm

The governor, who was the subject of a 2012 recall vote, is said to have coordinated fundraising with outside conservative groups in violation of state law.

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Obama To Speak About Iraq Crisis In White House Briefing

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 12:14pm

President Obama will discuss the situation in Iraq, where officials have been requesting American help in the face of advances made by the Sunni extremist group ISIS.

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As More Latinos Drop Religion, Should GOP Be Extra Worried?

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 12:08pm

The percentage of Hispanics who aren't affiliated with a particular religion is ticking upward. This demographic tends to be more socially liberal, too, which may have political consequences.

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House Republicans To Vote On Cantor's Replacement Today

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 8:42am

Today's 2 p.m. ET vote is to decide who will join House Speaker John A. Boehner in a top leadership role. While that slot seems decided, the No. 3 spot is up for grabs.

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Only 7 Percent Of Americans Are Big Fans Of Congress

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 7:39am

The amount of confidence Americans have in Congress has hit a new low, plummeting from highs in the 1970s and '80s. In the same period, the military has boosted its image.

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