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Week In Politics: Retiring House Members & The Republican Retreat

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 3:00pm

Audie Cornish speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times about the president's State of the Union initiatives, the retiring members of the House and the agenda of the annual Republican retreat.

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Obama Hosts Business Leaders, Hopes They Change How They Hire

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 3:00pm

President Obama is hosting business leaders at the White House in order to discuss possible solutions to long-term unemployment. The president says that he hopes for companies to revise their hiring practices, which often appear to be stacked against those who have been unemployed for six months or more.

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The Super Bowl: Looking Forward To The 'Spectacle'

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:02am

The Super Bowl is upon us! From the commercials, to counting how many times Peyton Manning yells "Omaha," the Barbershop guys share what they're looking forward to the most.

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Indian Country Sets Priorities With State Of Nations Address

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:00am

Just days after President Obama delivered his State of the Union, National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby gave the annual State of Indian Nations address. Host Michel Martin speaks to Cladoosby about the issues facing Indian country this year.

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Congressman's Exit Closes Book On 'Watergate Babies'

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 6:01am

It wasn't just the gargantuan size of the Democratic class of 1974 that made it historic. The members of the class were young, relatively new to public office and remarkably certain they could remake Washington in their own image.

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Obama: We've Got To Move Away From 'Train And Pray'

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 4:00am

President Obama hosts a gathering of corporate executives at the White House Friday. He'll be encouraging CEOs to offer a second chance to job applicants, especially if they've been out of work for six months or more. Opening doors for the long-term unemployed is one of the ideas the president talked about in his State of the Union speech this week.

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Rep. Waxman Leaves Behind A Legacy Of Health Laws

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 2:04am

California Rep. Henry Waxman, elected in 1974 in Watergate's aftermath, has announced his retirement. The Democrat leaves behind one of the most substantive legislative records in the House's recent history, and was instrumental in the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

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Small Cuts To Food Stamps Add Up To Big Pains For Many Recipients

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 4:58pm

The proposed farm bill would cut nearly $1 billion a year from the food stamp program, known as SNAP. While it's far less than what Republicans had originally wanted, the proposal will affect roughly 850,000 households, many of which are still struggling from cuts made only three months ago.

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Lobbyists Help Pay The Bill At Republican Lawmakers' Retreat

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 3:00pm

House Republicans are taking a three-day retreat this week, paid in part by a lobbyist-run institute. Members of the group get access to the lawmakers at the closed-door event on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

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Retiring Rep. Henry Waxman Looks Back On Nearly 4 Decades Of Work

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 3:00pm

On Thursday, Democratic U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman of California announced that he'll retire after almost 40 years in the House of Representatives. He talks with Robert Siegel about his career as a lawmaker and contributions to health care reform.

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An Unusual Coalition Helps Mandatory Minimum Bill Clear Senate Committee

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 3:00pm

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a bill that would lower mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug offenses and allow judges to use more discretion when determining sentences for nonviolent drug offenses.

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Policymaking By Pen: Obama's New Twist On Old Strategy

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 2:14pm

Obama's aggressive use of executive orders is nothing new, either for him or the presidency in general. But his decision to craft policies on his own is already getting congressional pushback.

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Rep. Henry Waxman, Ferocious Liberal, Says He Will Retire

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 11:34am

The California Democrat says he plans to retire after four decades on Capitol Hill. He leaves a deep legacy in health and environmental law, including clean-air rules and tobacco restrictions.

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Obama Calls For The Creation Of MyRA Accounts

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 4:00am

In his State of the Union address, President Obama pitched an idea for making it easier for Americans to save for their retirement. He took the message on road to Pittsburgh Wednesday.

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Need A Retirement Starter Kit? This Might Help

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 3:56pm

Workers can't lose money in myRAs, the savings accounts President Obama unveiled in his State of the Union speech. The government would protect the principal and help savings grow a bit faster than inflation.

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Farm Bill Clears House, On Its Way To Senate

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 3:00pm

After two years of fits and starts, a new farm bill appears on the verge of passing Congress. The House passed the 959-page proposal on Wednesday, with the Senate likely to pass it next week. The compromise cuts $8 billion from food stamps over the next decade and replaces farm subsidies with more extensive crop insurance.

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Rand Paul Talks State Of The Union, His State And His Party

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 3:00pm

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky gave one of several GOP responses to the president's State of the Union on Tuesday night. Audie Cornish speaks with Paul about both his response and the state of his party.

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Sherrod Brown: Obama Made A 'Strong Case' For Minimum Wage Raise

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 3:00pm

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio speaks to Robert Siegel about the president's proposals in Tuesday night's State of the Union.

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Income Inequality, As Seen From Two Angles

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 3:00pm

A key theme of President Obama's State of the Union was income inequality. For two different perspectives on the matter, Robert Siegel talks with Paul Krugman and Douglas Holtz-Eakin. Krugman is a columnist for The New York Times and a professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University. Holtz-Eakin is the president of the American Action Forum, a center-right policy institute. He also served as the chief economist of the President's Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush.

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The State Of The Union Goes On Tour

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 3:00pm

A day after delivering his State of the Union, President Obama is beginning a four-city road trip. He plans to use the trip to push the priorities he emphasized during his address, with a focus on a raise to the federal minimum wage.

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