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Obamacare Opponents Open New Front For Debate In 'Risk Corridors'

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 3:00pm

Some Republicans have begun to demand the repeal of a key feature in the president's health care law, which protects insurance companies taking part, in exchange for agreeing to raise the nation's debt ceiling. But according to Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf, the so-called "risk corridors" actually benefit the Treasury, rather than costing taxpayers money.

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One Day After CBO Report, It's Time To Start Your Spin Cycle

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 3:00pm

On Tuesday, economists with the Congressional Budget Office announced findings that indicated the new health care law may result in hundreds of thousands leaving the workforce. The findings spurred new debate on the merits of the law and its economic impact. NPR's Scott Horsley has more on the reactions to the report.

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White House Creates 'Climate Hubs' To Help Rural Communities

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 2:57pm

President Obama used an executive order to create seven "climate hubs" across the nation to help farmers and ranchers cope with weather changes that have begun to alter growing seasons and crop health.

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Rethinking The 17th Amendment: An Old Idea Gets Fresh Opposition

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 2:25pm

For more than 100 years, voters have been able to pick U.S. senators themselves. Some conservatives think the country would be better off if state legislators made the choice.

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Activist Sandra Fluke Passes On Congressional Run

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 2:22pm

The women's rights advocate and lawyer has said she plans to run instead for the California state Senate spot currently held by Ted Lieu.

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Alarm As Haitians Flee Country

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:02pm

Natural disasters, unemployment and poverty in Haiti have prompted many people to risk their lives to flee the country. Host Michel Martin speaks with Miami Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles about the struggles Haitians face and what's being done to fix the problem.

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Republicans Use Latest CBO Report To Rail Against Obamacare

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 4:00am

The new Congressional Budget Office report gives ammunition to Republicans and puts Democrats on the defensive. It said the Affordable Care Act would reduce the number of full-time workers by more than 2 million by the year 2024. But as usual, the truth is more complicated than the headlines and press releases suggest.

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Lawmakers Look To Prevent More Target-Sized Data Breaches

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 8:57pm

Target says it's "deeply sorry" for compromising data of up to 110 million customers. Appearing before lawmakers Tuesday, company executives backed a faster move to encrypted, chip-enabled cards to prevent future fraud.

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More Access To Health Care Means Millions Can Quit Or Cut Hours

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 6:15pm

A budget report estimates that about 2.5 million people will work fewer hours or not at all by 2023 because under Obamacare, they can get health care without holding down a full-time job. The news immediately became political fodder for critics of the Affordable Care Act.

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RNC Highlights Black History Month With Radio Ads

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 5:27pm

After a presidential election where GOP nominee Mitt Romney won just six percent of the black vote, the Republican National Committee is asking African-Americans to give the party another look.

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RNC's Priebus Insists Minority Outreach Effort Is Built To Last

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 4:27pm

Much of politics is about symbols and gestures. And there were plenty of them at the historic Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C., where the Republican National Committee marked Black History Month.

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The Fine Art Of The Public Apology

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 3:00pm

With high-profile apologies from the likes of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, we're in apology overload. Dov Seidman is calling for an apology cease-fire. Seidman is CEO of a company that helps corporations develop values-based cultures and strengthen their ethics and compliance effort. He tells Audie Cornish why he takes issue with recent apologies and what he believes makes a good one.

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Is Obamacare A Job Killer? New Estimates Suggest It Might Be

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 3:00pm

A new front has opened in the political battle over the Affordable Care Act, with Tuesday's release of the Congressional Budget Office's annual budget and economic outlook. The economists updated an earlier estimate about how many workers would leave the workforce because they no longer needed a job to have health care coverage — revising upward from 800,000 people to over 2 million people. Republicans pounced on the higher number, and President Obama now finds himself playing defense.

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Deficit Shrinks, But Debate Continues To Grow

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 3:00pm

The federal government's deficit is shrinking quite quickly — and that may not necessarily be a good thing. As congressional forecasters lower their predictions for economic growth over the next decade, some experts are saying that gross domestic product and unemployment figures would look better, were it not for the government's rapid push to get a handle on the deficit.

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Women's Rights Activist Sandra Fluke Aims For Congressional Seat

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 2:36pm

Fluke, a political lightning rod in 2012, might be joining what figures to be a crowded race to succeed retiring California Rep. Henry Waxman.

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Surgeon General Pick's Tweets Annoy GOP, But Not Enough To Block Him

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 2:24pm

Boston physician Vivek Murthy, an outspoken supporter of the Affordable Care Act, told a Senate panel that as surgeon general he'll focus on obesity, smoking cessation, and vaccinating kids.

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House Republicans' New Immigration Proposals: 'Trap' or Opportunity?

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:56am

House Republicans recently rolled out a set of immigration "principles" at their annual retreat. Fernando Espuelas of Univision, and National Review columnist Mario Loyola, tell host Michel Martin their thoughts on the proposals.

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Senate Expected To Pass Long-Delayed Farm Bill

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 4:00am

The Senate is heading toward final passage of a five-year, half-trillion dollar farm bill Tuesday afternoon. Proponents are pointing to its elimination of direct subsidies and replacement with crop insurance. But critics say crop insurance continues to provide overly generous subsidies to even wealthy corporate farms.

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Political Map: Does Geography Shape Your Ideology?

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 4:00am

Why do states have strong concentrations of liberals and conservatives? Why isn't there more mixing? New research explores the answer to these questions.

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The Deficit: The Talk Is Big, But The Number Is Shrinking

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 2:42am

The federal budget deficit is falling sharply, but you wouldn't know it from some of the rhetoric in Washington. But Republicans caution that the downward trend line will reverse itself soon enough.

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