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Duncan's Post-NCLB Vision Maintains Testing

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 11:59am

The Education Secretary calls for scrapping the "tired" No Child Left Behind law — but advocates keeping annual tests.

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Lobbyists Adjust To GOP Majority On Capitol Hill

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 3:59am

Congress is now controlled entirely by Republicans. In the nation's capital, how are the lobbying businesses re-calibrating?

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Obama To Propose Laws On Hacking Notification, Student Privacy

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 12:02am

President Obama wants to require companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked. He also wants to prevent companies from selling student data to third parties.

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Gearing Up For Another Season Of Campaign Reporting

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 4:10pm

Political reporters are gearing up for a long, vicious presidential campaign in 2016. But has coverage gotten worse over the years? NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Politico media watcher Dylan Byers.

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Keystone Supporters Hope Amendments Will Soften Pipeline Opposition

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 6:49am

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to make Keystone XL pipeline the first order of business in the new term. But one week in, the bill is still a long way from passing.

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California's Brown On Governing: 'Practice Tends To Make More Perfect'

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 6:49am

Jerry Brown was inaugurated this month for his second term is governor of California — his second second term. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the 34th and 39th governor about the issues facing his state.

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Week In Politics: New Congress, Keystone XL Pipeline, Paris Attack

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 3:36pm

Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks, of the New York Times. They discuss the new Congress, Keystone XL Pipeline votes and terror in Paris.

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Congressional Budget Watchdogs Change The Way They Keep Score

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 3:36pm

House Republicans voted this week to change the way Congress measures the effects of tax and spending bills.

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Future Of Keystone XL Pipeline Back In Obama's Hands

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 3:36pm

The U.S. House passed legislation to approve the pipeline on Friday and the Senate is expected to take up the issue in coming weeks. President Obama has threatened a veto. In the meantime, a legal challenge over the route the pipeline would take through Nebraska has been resolved — for now.

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Still Just A Bill: Why Being Senate Bill 1 Doesn't Guarantee Success

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 9:28am

The prestige of being S-1, like the Keystone XL legislation, conveys a sense of priority and urgency. But the history of past bills designated as such is rather mixed.

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Nebraska Supreme Court Clears Way For Keystone XL Pipeline

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 8:47am

The split decision allows the controversial project to proceed. The U.S. House of Representatives could vote as early as today on a bill to approve the pipeline.

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Sen. Barbara Boxer Won't Seek 5th Term In Senate

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 11:10am

The California Democrat's announcement ends speculation about her political future. Boxer, 74, had been a favorite to retain her seat; she said she would work to ensure it remains with her party.

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Congressional Republicans Take Another Swing At Obamacare

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 4:01am

The House will debate, and likely pass a bill, that would make a change in the Affordable Care Act. It would raise the law's definition of full-time work from 30 hours to 40 hours a week

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Obama, GOP To Face Off Over Keystone XL Pipeline

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 4:01am

The Obama administration has threatened to veto a bill that would allow immediate construction of a controversial oil pipeline. But that threat is not stopping Republican lawmakers.

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Kirby Delauter, Who Didn't Want His Name In A News Story, Apologizes

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 5:05pm

The Frederick County, Md., council member was the subject of a tongue-in-cheek editorial by the Frederick News-Post after he said the newspaper couldn't use his name in a story without permission.

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5 Signs We're Not In Post-Partisan Paradise Yet

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 12:58pm

It took only a day for the shiny new 114th Congress to start looking like the beaten and battered 113th that limped out of town last month.

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New House Leadership Passes A Tax Cut 'Scoreboard'

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 5:26am

"Dynamic scoring" would favor tax cuts as a way to bring in more revenue for the government. But critics of the system are calling it "a gimmick."

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In Typical Biden Fashion, The Vice President Welcomes Senators

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

A third of the Senate was re-elected this past election, which means the presiding officer of the chamber, Vice President Joe Biden, had to swear them in.

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Obama Begins State Of The Union Preview In Michigan

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

President Obama hits the road to promote his upcoming State of the Union address, and perhaps, to try to steal the spotlight away from Republicans in their first week leading the new Congress.

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Fla. Gov. Scott Starts Second Term With Markedly Different Tone

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

Rick Scott was elected four years ago with Tea Party support. As re-election approached, he moderated many of his conservative views, even supporting Medicaid expansion, an idea he'd long opposed.

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