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America's 'Religious Nones' Are Growing Quickly. Should Republicans Worry?

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 4:03am

The share of Americans without a religion is growing dramatically — to the highest point in American history. And it could have implications for the future of politics.

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Senate Compromise Could Help Obama Close Guantanamo Bay Prison

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 4:03am

The Senate is debating a defense policy bill that would make it virtually impossible for President Obama to close the war captive lockup at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But the bill has an escape clause.

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Hillary Clinton To Address Economic Issues In Campaign Speech

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 4:03am

On Saturday, Hillary Clinton holds her first big campaign rally on Roosevelt Island in New York City with a unusually personal speech about how her upbringing forged her commitment to helping others.

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Skeptical House Democrats Still Not Sold On Trade Pact

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 4:03am

President Obama's trade agenda is expected to face a tense final vote in the House on Friday — one day after surviving a near-death experience in a procedural vote.

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Health Insurance Premiums Will Go Up In 2016, But By How Much?

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 2:27am

Most people buying Obamacare plans next year are likely to face a small increase in the price of monthly premiums, early numbers suggest. A few plans are asking for steep price hikes, but that's rare.

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Dreams From My Mother: Clinton To Look To Mom In Campaign Kickoff

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 6:03pm

The Democrat will also trace her own personal history as she tries to appeal to the Obama coalition of voters in her campaign launch on Saturday.

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U.S. Export-Import Bank Targeted By Conservatives

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 5:27pm

The agency that helps finance U.S. companies overseas has long been a favorite of big business. But now some members of Congress, who see it as a symbol of corporate welfare, want to see it expire.

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Parties Say They Trust Hastert Judge's Impartiality

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:54pm

Judge Thomas Durkin had donated money to Hastert's reelection campaigns and worked with people involved in the case. He offered to let another judge take over but both sides want him to stay.

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Political Consultant To Be Sentenced For Violating Campaign Finance Law

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:35pm

A political consultant is to be sentenced Friday for the arcane felony of coordinating activities between a congressional campaign and a super PAC. He could get four to 10 years in prison.

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Scottish First Minister: 'Independent Scotland Would Be A Powerful Voice'

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:11pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish first minister, who is visiting the U.S. for the first time since she took the top spot in Scottish leadership.

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Bros Before What? Lindsey Graham Would Be Third Bachelor Elected President

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 3:33pm

Sen. Mark Kirk had an embarrassing hot mic moment Thursday with a less-than-flattering characterization of bachelor Sen. Lindsey Graham.

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#TBT A Brief History Of (Political) Seersucker

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 1:58pm

Washington seems to have finally warmed up to the cool, puckered summer fabric that has a storied history in the nation's capital.

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Journalist Explores How Conservative Allies Paved Way For Walker's Candidacy

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 12:03pm

Patrick Healy writes that Gov. Scott Walker is a product of a loose network of conservative donors, think tanks and talk radio hosts who spent years preparing the road for his likely presidential run.

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Experiencing The 'Realities Of Being A Police Officer'

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:00am

A group that raises money for police officers subjected to investigation or lawsuits is using a simulator program to help outsiders understand the challenges of the job.

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New U.S. Poet Laureate Hopes To Invite All Communities To Express Themselves

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 4:47pm

NPR's Audie Cornish interviews Juan Felipe Herrera, the new U.S. poet laureate. He discusses his upbringing in California as the son of migrant workers.

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Freedom With Fries? Texas Official Wants Deep Fryers Back In Schools

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 3:44pm

The agricultural commissioner wants to roll back a decade-old ban on soda machines and deep fryers in schools. He says it's not about giving kids a treat but about giving school districts the choice.

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Pakistani Journalists Divided Over Whether Government Perks Cloud Their Autonomy

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 3:44pm

Pakistan's journalists have a proud history of standing up to power at great personal sacrifice. Yet most are also happy to accept massively discounted plots of prime real estate from the government.

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Obama Orders 450 Troops To Help Iraq Fight Self-Declared Islamic State

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 3:44pm

The United States will send an additional 450 troops to Iraq to act as trainers. The move comes not as a change in policy, but to speed up training and equipping of Sunni soldiers in Anbar province.

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As White House Time Winds Down, Michelle Obama Speaks Openly About Race

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 3:44pm

In a speech to the 2015 graduates of King College Prep High School in Chicago, Michelle Obama talked candidly about race and how it marked her life. Mrs. Obama has become more outspoken on the issue.

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Bernie Sanders: 'We Are The Underdog'

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 3:39pm

The presidential candidate, who has emerged as the leading critic to Hillary Clinton, sat down with WAMU's Diane Rehm to talk about his campaign, policies and his chances.

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