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Obamacare Buried By Avalanche Of Negative Ads, Study Finds

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 4:57pm

According to an analysis of Affordable Care Act advertising, an unprecedented amount of money was spent on negative ads attacking the law. And very little was spent defending it.

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Despite Drama, Oregon GOP Choice Comes Down To Purity, Practicality

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 4:16pm

Two Republicans with compelling personal stories, Monica Wehby and Jason Conger, are vying for the chance to unseat Oregon's incumbent Democratic senator, Jeff Merkley.

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Lawmakers Seek Delay On Healthy Lunch Rules For Schools

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 3:57pm

Some in Congress want to give schools more time to comply with a new law to limit calories and fat and add more veggies to meals. But nutrition advocates say it would roll back healthy gains for kids.

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Voters Go To Polls On Primary Season's Busiest Day Yet

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 3:24pm

In a day packed full of primaries, voters headed to the polls in six states — including three that are expected to have highly competitive Senate races.

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Judge Refuses To Drop Charges Against Former Va. Gov. McDonnell

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 12:05pm

A federal judge refused to drop any of the 14 corruption charges against Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen. He also refused a motion to have them tried separately.

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Calif. GOP Congressman Pushes 'Military Dreamer' Act

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 10:28am

Rep. Jeff Denham wants to attach his ENLIST Act onto the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act, even if it rubs some of his colleagues the wrong way.

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Waiting At VA Hospitals: A Matter Of Life And Death

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 10:19am

The Veterans Administration is under scrutiny after reports say it makes patients wait too long to see doctors. NPR correspondent Quil Lawrence discusses what happened and the possible fallout.

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What To Watch In Tuesday's Elections

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 9:03am

One of the biggest political questions of the year will be answered: Can Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell withstand a Tea Party challenge?

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CIA Says It Will No Longer Use Vaccine Programs As Cover

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 8:45am

Answering health experts' complaints that using vaccinations for spying had hurt international efforts to fight disease, the CIA says it has stopped the practice.

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How Big A Factor Will Obamacare Be In Midterm Elections?

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 4:09am

Voters are choosing congressional nominees in half-a-dozen state primaries on Tuesday. Those states run the gamut in their experience with the Affordable Care Act.

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Tea Party Stumbles As GOP Establishment Flexes Fundraising Strength

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 3:58pm

Tea Party candidates did well in GOP primary elections in 2010 and 2012; this year, not so much. Part of this lack of success is because establishment candidates have generally out-raised them.

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Occupy Wall Street Activist Gets 90 Days For Assaulting Officer

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 1:48pm

Cecily McMillan was convicted earlier this month of elbowing a police officer during her arrest at an OWS rally in March 2012.

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Pa. Democrats Aim For Spot To Challenge GOP Governor

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 2:27am

Primary elections are scheduled in six states on Tuesday, including Pennsylvania. There, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is unchallenged in the GOP primary, but the general election is a different story.

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McConnell Faces Challenge From The Right In Tuesday Midterms

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 6:37am

On Tuesday, voters in six states head to the polls for primary elections. NPR's Charles Mahtesian gives NPR's Lynn Neary a preview of what to expect.

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How A Conservative Darling Could Lose His Conservative State

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 6:03am

Sam Brownback's reelection as the GOP governor of Kansas might have been a slam dunk, but he's managed to anger enough constituency groups — including some Republicans — that now he faces a real race.

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Do We Need This Government Agency? 'Let Me Google That'

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 4:30am

Why would anyone pay for something when the exact same thing is available for free? That's the question asked of an obscure federal agency pursuing a Cold War mission in the age of the search engine.

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Do We Need This Government Agency? 'Let Me Google That'

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 4:30am

Why would anyone pay for something when the exact same thing is available for free? That's the question asked of an obscure federal agency pursuing a Cold War mission in the age of the search engine.

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High On Tea Party Hit List, Idaho Congressman Looks To Hold On

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 1:12pm

GOP Rep. Mike Simpson has a pretty solidly conservative voting record. But he's still facing a tough Tea Party primary challenge in a race marked by millions of dollars in outside spending.

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Week In Politics: Karl Rove, Eric Shinseki And A Slew Of Primaries

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 3:01pm

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the kerfuffle over Karl Rove's remarks on Hillary Clinton's health, the upcoming primaries in six states, the death of Watergate conspirator Jeb Magruder and the continuing tensions surrounding Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

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Watergate Conspirator Jeb Stuart Magruder Dies At 79

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 2:45pm

As President Nixon's deputy campaign committee head, Magruder helped authorize the unsuccessful break-in of the Democratic National Committee's headquarters on June 17, 1972.

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