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Obama Acts To Ease Student Loan Payments

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 4:09am

President Obama signed an order on Monday that expands the number of Americans whose student loan payments will be capped at 10 percent of their monthly incomes.

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In Booming San Jose, Businesses Settle Into A Minimum Wage Hike

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 2:46am

Since an increase in 2013, the minimum wage in San Jose is now one of California's highest. Some businesses have thrived in the past year, but for others, it's a more complicated picture.

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Chicago's Latest Case Of Political Graft Has A Twist

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 7:41pm

A jury must decide whether Democratic State Rep. Derrick Smith abused his office and took a $7,000 bribe or was entrapped by an overzealous FBI.

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State Senator's Resignation Roils Virginia Politics

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 5:58pm

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's efforts to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act have been thrown into further uncertainty by the actions of a single Democratic legislator.

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With New Order, Obama Aims To Combat Student Debt Pressures

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 3:06pm

President Obama is signing an executive order Monday, which will expand a loan forgiveness program for college debt. NPR's Mara Liasson looks at the program and the political salience of the issue.

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Tough Week For The Common Core

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 7:53am

Two more states opt out. Politics are heating up. What's next?

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Grand Jury In Texas Probes Whether Gov. Perry Abused Powers

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 4:09am

A special Travis County grand jury is investigating whether Republican Gov. Rick Perry tried to coerce the Democratic district attorney in Austin into resigning, following a drunk driving arrest.

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FBI Director Comey Looks Ahead To His Next Nine Years

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 2:29am

FBI Director Jim Comey serves for a decade, longer than a president or any other national official. That tenure's designed to insulate the FBI from political influence.

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If The NSA Can't Keep Call Records, Should Phone Companies Do It?

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

The House bill to halt the NSA's collection of call data would force the agency to request records from phone companies. But if companies don't keep those records, the NSA's efforts could be crippled.

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Move Over, Bridgegate: Chris Christie's Next Campaign Roadblock

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 11:02am

Turns out New Jersey's economy — not the George Washington Bridge scandal — may be the biggest threat to the governor's presidential ambitions.

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Obama Reassures Allies As He Honors D-Day Sacrifices

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 6:52am

President Obama has had an eventful visit to Europe, which included attending the 70th D-Day commemoration in Normandy.

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Senate Bill Would Crack Down On Auto Defects

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 6:52am

A GM investigation revealed the company's failure to fix a deadly defect in its cars. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., about a law that would require more transparency.

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Obama Returns To U.S. To Face Priisoner Release Issue

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 6:52am

This week the VA scandal gave way to a new political storm over the release of Sgt. Bergdahl, which overshadowed sizable job gains and the anniversary of D-Day, as NPR's Ron Elving tells Scott Simon.

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Clinton Aides Weighed Fallout Of Calling Rwanda Killing 'Genocide'

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 4:13pm

A legal adviser to President Clinton wrote in 1994 that concluding that the situation in the central African country amounted to genocide "does not create a legal obligation ... to stop it."

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Prison Rape Law A Decade Old, But Most States Not In Compliance

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 4:11pm

A law to educate inmates about their rights and how to report sexual violence crimes went into effect in 2003. But most states are still not in full compliance. Others are protesting the rules.

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Will Rick Perry Take Another Swing At The Presidency?

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 3:31pm

The long-serving Texas governor may be stepping down, but that doesn't mean his political career is over. There's still "tread left in our tires," says his wife.

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President Obama's Globe Trotting, By The Numbers

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 3:25pm

Which countries has President Obama visited most during his presidency? France and Mexico. His current visit to France is his fifth as president.

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What Happened To Unemployment Benefits?

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 3:13pm

Five months have passed since the expiration of the emergency unemployment benefits program for the long-term unemployed. Amid congressional delays, it's unclear whether those benefits ever will be extended.

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Week In Politics: Bowe Bergdahl

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 3:13pm

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

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NBA Finals: Did The Heat Take Down Miami?

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 11:56am

A faulty air conditioning system spiked temperatures during the first game of the NBA finals, and the San Antonio Spurs took the win. The Barbershop guys talk sports, politics and pop culture.

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