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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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Joan Mondale, Ex-Vice President's Wife, Art Advocate Dies At 83

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 12:51am

Joan Mondale was so passionate that she earned the nickname "Joan of Art" and, in the process of pushing her cause, transformed the role of the second lady. Even when her husband was campaigning as Jimmy Carter's vice president, she tried to keep up with regular ceramics classes.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Report Creates Political Headache For Obama

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 3:12pm

A new State Department report that concludes the proposed 1,179-mile oil pipeline would not worsen global warming has alarmed environmentalists, and increased the volume of Republican calls for its approval.

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A Candidate For Congress In Georgia — And Michigan And Hawaii And...

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 3:00pm

Melissa Block speaks with Allan Levene, a candidate for Congress who is based in Georgia. Levene is running in four different states to increase his odds of winning.

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'Time Is Short' On Debt Ceiling, Treasury Secretary Says

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 3:00pm

Jacob Lew says the limit on borrowing needs to be raised before the end of the month. Otherwise, he warns, the federal government risks defaulting on its debts — and Lew says that could cause serious damage to the economy.

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Yellen Becomes Fed Chair, And Bernanke Heads To Think Tank

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 10:11am

Ben Bernanke, who saw the country through a recovery from the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, will join Brookings' Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy.

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MyRA: Understanding President Obama's Retirement Savings Plan

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 9:47am

Almost half of American households live with little to no savings. President Obama has a new plan to fix that — the "myRA" savings account. Host Michel Martin talks about the plan with TIME magazine's Rana Foroohar and NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax.

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VIDEO: Obama And O'Reilly Hit Harder Than Denver And Seattle

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 7:20am

The Super Bowl was a super bore if you prefer close contests. Seattle trounced Denver, 43-8. The president's pregame interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly was a much more contentious affair.

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Voters In New Orleans Give Mayor Mitch Landrieu 2nd Term

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 4:00am

Over the weekend, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu won a triumphant re-election victory. Meanwhile, former Mayor Ray Nagin begins the second week of his corruption trial.

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Ex-Chicago Mayor Daley To Be Hospitalized For Several Days

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 12:58am

Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley likely will remain hospitalized in an intensive care unit for several days, a spokeswoman for the city's longest serving mayor said Sunday. Doctors are conducting tests to determine why he was feeling ill and disoriented during a conference in Arizona.

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Super Bowl XLVIII: A Political Guide

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 11:20am

Neither the Seahawks nor the Broncos are among the top NFL teams when it comes to political contributions, but they're still plenty active.

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