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New Snowden Documents Reveal Government Collection Of Online Data

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 4:17pm

New documents from Edward Snowden were issued Thursday about the government's surveillance of Americans' international Internet traffic to allegedly track foreign hackers.

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Gen. Martin Dempsey: 'The Future Of Syria Doesn't Run Through Assad'

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 3:33pm

NPR's Melissa Block continues her conversation with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, who explains some of the challenges posed by Syria.

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry Launches Second Presidential Run

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 3:33pm

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry officially joined the race for the Republican Presidential nomination Thursday. In a speech at an aircraft hangar outside Dallas, Perry highlighted his military service and his executive experience in Texas.

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New Hampshire 4th Graders To Name White House Hawk

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 3:33pm

A fourth grade class got a rough lesson in politics when it pushed a bill to make the red-tailed hawk the official state raptor. Now an unexpected White House visitor is giving them a happy ending.

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Hillary Clinton Calls For Universal Voter Registration

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 3:10pm

In a speech Thursday, Clinton called for universal, automatic voter registration. She had an early start on voting issues — at age 13, she went searching for voter fraud in Chicago and found it.

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Downgrade: How State Credit Ratings Could Impact The 2016 Race

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 11:25am

How well a governor has handled his state's finances can help or hurt him. That's especially true in a presidential campaign when nine current and former governors could vie for the White House.

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry To Announce 2nd White House Bid Today

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 8:48am

In a new video, the Republican, whose 2012 run for president imploded after an "oops" moment during a televised debate, touts his 14 years as Texas governor.

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Growing Pains For State Obamacare Exchanges

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 4:07am

Minnesota, Colorado and Connecticut are figuring out how to continue running their health insurance marketplaces as federal start-up funding runs out.

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5 Things You Should Know About Rick Perry

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 4:03am

Rick Perry is giving it another try for the GOP presidential nomination. Did you know he was once an Al Gore Democrat, he and George W. Bush have a checkered past and he used to be a cheerleader?

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Introducing The First Non-Medical Intern's Union In The U.S.

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 5:18pm

At the American Teachers Federation, the union's interns are putting their foot down. After about a year of negotiating, they have voted to form their own union.

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Lincoln Chafee's Improbable Quest For The White House

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 4:51pm

The former Republican and independent faces long odds as he seeks the Democratic nomination for president.

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Sen. Patrick Leahy: 'Our Privacy Is Part Of Our Security'

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 4:38pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks to Sen. Patrick Leahy, co-sponsor of the USA Freedom Act, which curtailed phone sweeps by the government. He says he also hopes to limit the collection of Internet records.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Complicates Efforts To Reduce Budget Deficit

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 3:31pm

More than 20 states have budget problems, but one of the biggest budget deficits is in Louisiana. Gov. Jindal's presidential hopes are complicating efforts to fix the state's budget woes.

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Former U.N. Envoy To Syria: Iran Has 'Too Much Influence In The Region'

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 3:31pm

Veteran diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi has taken on some tough gigs in his time, but being the United Nations and Arab League envoy to Syria during the civil war topped them all.

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More Patients, Not Fewer, Turn To Health Clinics After Obamacare

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 3:31pm

Patients are flocking to community health clinics for care. Obamacare advertising brought a lot of people out of the woodwork who wanted health insurance but didn't qualify for it.

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Obama Says China Could Join Already Huge Asia Trade Deal

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 2:56pm

If you thought the Trans-Pacific Partnership was big already — and it is — it could get even bigger, President Obama told Kai Ryssdal of "Marketplace" from American Public Media.

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Senate Panel Says Obama Administration Lacks Watchdogs

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 2:50pm

Seven of the 33 inspector general posts in the Obama administration are being filled by temporary appointees, according to the panel. Permanent IGs have been nominated for just three of the vacancies.

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Sen. Menendez's Corruption Trial Hasn't Begun, But Legal Sparring Has

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 9:00am

The Justice Department indicted the New Jersey Democrat just two months ago on bribery and conspiracy charges. But lawyers in the case already seem to be getting under each other's skin.

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5 Things You Should Know About Lincoln Chafee

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 6:37am

In 2002, Lincoln Chafee was the only Republican senator to vote against authorizing the use of force to oust Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Some Republican colleagues referred to him as "the missing Linc."

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Americans Think Money In Politics Is A Problem, But Just How Big?

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 5:03am

A new poll shows Americans think the rich have too much influence and that the political money system needs an overhaul, but they rate it low on the priority list.

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