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Same-Sex Marriage No Longer The Political Wedge It Once Was

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 4:06am

Thanks to action by the Supreme Court, same-sex marriage is now legal — or soon will be in 30 states. That includes several with hotly contested political contests this fall.

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How Justice Sotomayor Is 'Busting' The Supreme Court's Steady Rhythms

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 4:03am

Long time Supreme Court reporter Joan Biskupic's new book on Justice Sonia Sotomayor reflects on the nation's first Latina justice.

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Did The Supreme Court Just Legalize Gay Marriage?

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 5:54pm

As thousands more same-sex couples marry all over the country, this legal climate change becomes a kind of fait accompli.

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White House Makes A Point To Stay Out Front On Ebola

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 3:26pm

The stakes are higher than usual for the Obama administration, which has been relentlessly buffeted events it can't seem to take charge of.

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Democrats Winning Big Money, GOP Winning Big Secret Money

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:29am

Democrats have the biggest spending super PAC so far in Senate Majority PAC, but that could be overshadowed by secretly funded Republican-leaning groups Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity

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Ex-Agent Cites 'Progressive Down Slide' In Morale At Secret Service

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 3:58am

The agency with the responsibility for protecting the president, vice president and their families rates in the bottom third in job satisfaction rankings within the federal government.

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Legal Questions Raised About U.S. Military Operation In Syria

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 3:58am

Congress approved arming moderate rebels in Syria to battle Islamic State militants. Experts say that might violate international law banning the use of force against duly constituted governments.

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After Security Lapses, Congress Wants Review Of Secret Service

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 3:58am

One reason for the lapses could be low morale within the agency. And a big reason behind that may be the reorganization that placed the agency within the Department of Homeland Security.

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Gabby Giffords' Super PAC Fights For Her Old Ariz. House Seat

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 11:59am

Sympathy for former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in 2011, helped get her successor elected. Now she lobbies for tighter gun laws, and a tough ad from her PAC has stirred anger.

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How To Measure A Crowd, Without The Political Numbers

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 6:57am

The Number of the Week is: 80,000. That's the how many are protesting in Honk Kong, according to organizers. But data journalist Mona Chalabi says estimating crowd size isn't an exact science.

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Republican's May Lose Grip On Florida Panhandle House Seat

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 6:47am

One of the most competitive House races this year is in Florida's panhandle. Democrat Gwen Graham has made it a tight race in part by attacking Southerland as being out of step on women's issues.

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Secret Service's Hollywood Allure Fueled By Its Secrecy

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 6:55am

Before Secret Service agents found themselves the butt of late-night TV jokes, they were more used to being portrayed in big-budget Hollywood movies. We look at the service through Hollywood's lens.

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Understated Justice Department Lawyer Emerges As Key Player

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 6:44pm

Stuart Delery stayed out of the limelight even as he argued controversial cases. A recent promotion makes him the highest-ranking openly gay lawyer in the Justice Department.

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As Populations Shift, Democrats Hope To Paint The Sun Belt Blue

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 4:18pm

Democrats see an opportunity in the South's changing demographics. Particularly in states with growing Hispanic communities, lots of unregistered black voters and migration from other states.

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Obama Plays Off Positive Jobs Report But Voters May Not Buy It

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 3:14pm

The White House says the new jobs numbers are evidence its policies are working. It's a message President Obama is taking on the road, but it's unclear if it will move voters in the midterm elections.

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Obama's Approval Rating Dragged Down By Economic Disconnect

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 4:05am

President Obama gets low marks for his handling of the economy — and that creates an opening for Republicans heading into next month's midterm elections.

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NPR Poll: Senate Battleground Tilts Republican, But Still Anybody's Game

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 4:03am

A new NPR poll concentrates on the Senate battleground — the 12 states that will determine control of the senate next year. It found an electorate where nobody likes anybody.

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Fueled By Outside Money, Alaska Candidates Struggle To Connect At Home

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:39pm

Millions of dollars worth of ads have been dumped into the state's small media market. But out in the state, you find out those ads are getting on people's nerves.

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Democrats, Republicans Pitch Old Ideas In New Packaging

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:29pm

With a month before the midterm elections, President Obama is trying to frame the elections by touting the administration's success on the economy. Republicans have other ideas.

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As He Considers A Run For President, Rand Paul Tries to Rebrand Himself

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 1:20pm

The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza says the Republican's earlier views on foreign policy and his opposition to the Civil Rights Act may dog him, as well as the extreme libertarianism of his father, Ron Paul.

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