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In Iraq, Coordination With Iran Not Impossible, Gen. Dempsey Says

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 4:22pm

"I'm not predicting that it's entirely impossible that we would at any point act collaboratively with Iran," the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff tells NPR.

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An End To Kerfuffles And Questions: Former Press Secretary Reflects

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 3:07pm

On the occasion of his departure, former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney talks to Audie Cornish about his time spent at the White House podium.

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Obama Gets Real, Meeting The Authors Behind White House Letters

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 3:07pm

It's common knowledge that each night President Obama reads 10 letters written by Americans to the White House. Now, he's launching an effort to meet some of those writers in person. Is this a gimmick, an effort to recapture the magic of his early years or simply an escape from Washington, D.C., amid low approval ratings?

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Week In Politics: Lawsuits, Rulings And The Legacy Of Howard Baker

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 3:07pm

Political commentators E.J. Dionne and Mary-Kate Cary discuss the latest Supreme Court rulings, Boehner's announced desire to sue President Obama and the legacy of longtime Sen. Howard Baker.

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White House Task Force To Save Bees Stirs Hornet's Nest

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:14am

When the administration created a task force to combat the ongoing collapse of the nation's bee population, it created more than a little buzz.

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Supreme Court Invalidates 3 Obama Recess Appointments

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 4:09am

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that temporary appointments President Obama made to the National Labor Relations Board in 2012 were unconstitutional because the Senate was technically not in recess.

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Pew's Latest Look At Voters Finds Many Who Defy Party Labels

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 7:03pm

"Young Outsiders" are Republican-leaning voters who don't like the GOP. Meanwhile, "Hard-Pressed Skeptics" are Democratic-leaning voters who could vote Republican in significant numbers this year.

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Howard Baker's Legacy: Political, But Not Partisan

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 4:33pm

At a time when Washington and its insiders are widely reviled, the late Senate majority leader will be remembered as a Washington insider who was widely revered.

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Obama Asks For $500 Million To Train, Equip Syrian Rebels

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 3:34pm

The appeal is part of a larger $65.8 billion request sent to Congress to fund overseas operations. A White House statement says "moderate" rebels would be vetted before being funded.

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Senate's Immigration Reform Bill Is Declared Dead At One Year Old

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 3:17pm

The Obama administration is backing away from plans to loosen deportation guidelines. On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Senate's passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill, reform advocates concede any changes in immigration laws likely won't come until 2017.

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Best Known For Watergate Committee, Longtime Sen. Howard Baker Dies

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 3:17pm

Former Senate Majority Leader and White House Chief of Staff Howard Baker has died at the age of 88.

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Higher Pot Use In U.S., Report Says

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 2:53pm

The U.N. World Drug Report 2014 says contrary to the global trend, more Americans are using cannabis and that its potency is also on the rise.

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Sen. Tim Scott's Mission: Build Wealth Among 'The Most Vulnerable'

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:47pm

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott has become a leading conservative voice focused on building wealth among people of color. Scott tells host Michel Martin about his ideas for growing the economy.

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Political Chat: Primary Results, Boehner's Obama Lawsuit

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:47pm

Several primary elections wrapped up this week. Host Michel Martin speaks with two seasoned political analysts to learn more about the primary results and the races to watch later this year.

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Former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker Dies At 88

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:42pm

Baker, of Tennessee, also served as President Ronald Reagan's chief of staff from 1987-88 and later as ambassador to Japan.

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In Narrow Ruling, Supreme Court Invalidates 3 Obama Appointments

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 9:34am

The court says the 2012 appointments to the National Labor Relations Board are invalid because they weren't approved by the Senate, which was in pro forma session at the time.

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Interest Groups Come Down On Opposite Sides Of Export-Import Bank

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 4:06am

Establishment Republicans and Tea Party conservatives clash over a federal agency that helps finance U.S. firms in foreign trade. The legal authority for the Export-Import Bank expires in September.

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Absentee Ballots To Decide Whether Rep. Rangel Gets A 23rd Term

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 4:06am

Even though votes are still being counted, Rep. Charles Rangel has declared victory in his race against Adriano Espaillat. It could be more than a week before the results are available.

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Election Season Defies Conventional Storylines

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 5:34pm

That story about the passing of the Old Guard? Or the one about the resurgence of the Tea Party? Not so fast, the voters still seem to be speaking.

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AP Calls It For Charles Rangel

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:38pm

The longtime New York Democratic congressman edged out challenger Adriano Espaillat in a rematch of their 2012 primary nail-biter.

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