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Campaign Finance Transparency Bill Gets Chilly Reception In Senate

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 5:56pm

The legislation would require any politically active group that spends more than $10,000 to list its donors.

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Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:06pm

Republicans say a sting in which false identities were used to sign up for health care has revealed a major problem. Democrats question the premise that people would try to steal insurance.

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Glenn Beck Takes His Campaign Against Common Core To The Big Screen

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:08pm

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck hosted a live, interactive "night of action" against the Common Core State Standards. He has long fought against the learning benchmarks in reading and math now being used in 43 states. Events such as these, and the Common Core itself, could continue to play a role in the 2014 midterm campaigns.

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Faced With Undocumented Minors, Iowa Is Wrenched By Stark Divide

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:08pm

The governor of Iowa says that unaccompanied minors from Central America should not find shelter in his state. But the mayor of Des Moines and many religious leaders are at odds with the governor.

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To Cope With Immigration Influx, Competing Plans Emerge From Congress

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:08pm

Both the House and Senate have unveiled legislation to deal with the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Both are proposing to spend less than the Obama administration's request for $3.7 billion, but Republicans are also proposing that a relevant 2008 law must be changed.

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Rubio Interview Sparks Heated Comments On Immigration, Economy

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:45am

Steve Inskeep talks to Amy Walter of Cook Political Report about the social media response to his two-part interview with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

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Congress And Biden Aim For Job Training That Actually Leads to Jobs

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:45am

Vice President Joe Biden has been traveling the country to learn about the best ways to train workers. He announced the results Tuesday as the president signed a workforce training bill into law.

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Long GOP Primary Season Gives Democrats Time To Fill Campaign Coffers

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:45am

If Democrats lose control of the Senate this fall, it likely won't be for lack of campaign money. The prominent female candidates in particular have healthy campaign accounts.

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California Nurses Union Braces For Contract Battle

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:45am

The largest union of nurses in California starts contract negotiations Thursday with Kaiser Permanente's hospitals. Talks went smoothly four years ago, but this round will likely be more contentious.

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Former CEO David Perdue Wins Georgia's GOP Senate Runoff

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:46pm

Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston, setting up a matchup against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn that will help determine which party controls the Senate

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On Immigration, America's Concerns Are Fiery But Fleeting

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 5:36pm

In a recent Gallup poll, most named immigration the biggest problem confronting the nation. But past periods of heightened worries have been brief — and haven't brought about solutions.

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VA Nominee Steps Before Senate Committee

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:53pm

Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee to run the Department of Veterans Affairs, is appearing before the Senate for his confirmation hearing. He faces the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

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Deal In Detroit Could Signal Cuts To Pensions Elsewhere

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:06pm

Pensions have long enjoyed strong legal protections, but recent bankruptcy cases suggest this might be changing. As a result, cities and states might ask more workers to accept a little less.

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U.S. Appeals Court Deals Blow To Obama's Health Law

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 9:37am

The court's decision by a three-judge panel essentially throws out subsidies in the 36 states that did not set up their own insurance exchanges. The decision is likely to be appealed.

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Rubio: U.S. Cannot Admit All Children Seeking Asylum

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:44am

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tells NPR the nation can't "absorb" all migrants fleeing violence and must secure its own border first. He dismissed potential 2016 rival Hillary Clinton as old news.

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Sen. Alexander Outpaces Tea Party, But Remains In Its Cross Hairs

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 3:17pm

In Tennessee, GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander is running for a third term. Like other Republican incumbents, Lamar's facing competition from his right, but his challenger, state Rep. Joe Carr, is having trouble gaining traction.

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Obama Signs Order To Protect Against Anti-LGBT Bias

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 3:17pm

President Obama has signed an executive order to ban bias against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees among federal contractors.

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GOP Marks Dodd-Frank's 4th Birthday With Calls For Repeal

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 3:17pm

It's been four years since Dodd-Frank Act was signed into law. On the anniversary of this sweeping overhaul of financial regulations, Republicans have released a report that argues the law falls short on one of its main tasks.

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Longtime LGBT Activist Reflects On The Early Days Of Her Advocacy

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:53pm

In 1972, Madeline Davis argued for the Democratic party to embrace gay rights. In this encore broadcast, Davis remembers her historic speech and the evolution of the gay rights movement.

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Rubio: Small Government Can Help Fix Economic Inequality

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 4:15am

The Florida Republican, with one eye on the White House, tells NPR's Morning Edition that there's a role for government to play in opening access to higher education and job training.

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