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House Passes Compromise Farm Bill

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 10:12am

The $100 billion-a-year measure included cuts to the food stamps program, and preserved farm subsidies. The five-year bill now heads to the Senate.

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VIDEO: Congressman Threatens To Throw Reporter Off Balcony

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 6:51am

Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., didn't like a reporter's question. With the camera still rolling, he said he would throw the journalist "off this [expletive] balcony." Also, said Grimm, "I'll break you in half."

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Rep. Schweikert: Obama Didn't Hit A Crescendo

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 6:46am

Republican Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona sat in the House chamber Tuesday night and listened to President Obama address the nation. He tells Steve Inskeep this year's address sounded a lot like last year's speech.

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Obama Showed A Deft Hand With Speech. Why Not With Congress?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 6:16am

ANALYSIS: The president was brisk and confident during last night's State of the Union address. He also managed to avoid a remarkable array of issues that could have proved problematic. But he hasn't been nearly as adept at the less-dramatic business of dealing with Congress and the media.

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Farm Bill Charts New Course For Nation's Farmers

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 4:00am

The House on Wednesday approved a five-year compromise farm, signalling perhaps the final stretch for a two-year legislative battle. Because so much of the spending in the measure depends on enrollment in programs like food stamps, it's hard to know if it will save taxpayers money.

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Reality Meets Fantasy On 'Big Block Of Cheese Day'

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 4:00am

As a follow-up to the State of the Union address, the Obama administration is making the dreams of West Wing fans everywhere come true — by holding a real-world "Big Block of Cheese Day." White House staffers are making themselves available on social media Wednesday.

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Lawmakers Hear President Say He's Ready To Go It Alone

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 4:00am

Members of the House and Senate sit and listen and often applaud the presidential State of the Union, but when it's done many members crowd the microphones in Statuary Hall to oppose the chief executive's vision.

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Obama Proposes Ambitious Agenda In Address To Nation

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 4:00am

President Obama delivered his State of the Union speech with enthusiasm Tuesday night. Facing a Congress that has often frustrated him, the president offered a list of proposals they could pass — and a series of plans he could enact if they don't.

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Farmers Face New Ag Policy In Compromise Farm Bill

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 4:00am

It's been a long time coming but the House is expected to vote Wednesday on a farm bill. Because so much of the spending in the measure depends on enrollment in programs like food stamps, it's hard to know if it will save taxpayers money.

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5 Things We Learned From The President's Speech

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 1:34am

Much of what was in President Obama's fifth State of the Union address was signaled in the days leading into the speech. Even so, there were a few revealing moments.

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Inside The State Of The Union: What The President Proposed

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 1:23am

After a long spell of partisan trench warfare and gridlock, President Obama called for "a year of action" Tuesday. The changes he pitched were relatively modest, but he promised to move forward with or without the help of Congress.

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From Establishment To Tea Party, Republicans Rebut President

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 11:38pm

Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who delivered the official GOP response Tuesday evening, didn't have the spotlight to herself — there were also three other Republican rebuttals.

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Transcript: Obama's State Of The Union Address As Prepared For Delivery

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 8:33pm

President Obama's State of the Union address as prepared for delivery on Jan. 28, 2014.

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Transcript: Obama's State Of The Union Address As Prepared For Delivery

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 8:33pm

President Obama's State of the Union address as prepared for delivery on Feb. 28, 2014.

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House GOP Leaders Begin To Move On Immigration

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 3:00pm

While the Senate passed an immigration overhaul last June, the House has done nothing so far because of resistance from many of its Republican members. That could change soon, as GOP leadership is floating general ideas for possible legislation.

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Obama Seeks Minimum Wage Hike With Mic And Pen

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 3:00pm

President Obama will renew his call for a higher minimum wage in his State of the Union address. But while he waits for Congress to act on that request, Obama also plans to order a higher minimum wage for all government contractors.

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Hoping For Hope: Obama Seeks A Return To Optimism In Address

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 3:00pm

On Tuesday night, President Obama will lay out his priorities before Congress and, more importantly, the country at large. NPR's national political correspondent, Mara Liasson, speaks with Audie Cornish about what the president hopes to accomplish with this year's State of the Union.

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On Obama's Agenda: Immigration, Inequality And Unfinished Business

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 3:00pm

Ahead of the State of the Union, Robert Siegel sits down with White House press secretary Jay Carney. They discuss President Obama's plans for Tuesday night's address to Congress and millions of Americans.

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Top Moments In State Of The Union History

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 12:34pm

When was the first State of the Union delivered? Did every president give one? Who delivered the "Four Freedoms" speech? Find out here.

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Top Moments In State Of The Union History

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 12:34pm

When was the first State of the Union delivered? Did every president give one? Who delivered the "Four Freedoms" speech? Find out here.

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