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On The Hill, Debate Reawakens Over Tired Truckers

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 3:01pm

The accident that seriously injured comic Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian has focused attention on truck driving safety. New regulations limited the amount of overnights truckers could work, but the trucking industry and its congressional allies are trying to roll back the limits.

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Hillary Clinton: The Fresh Air Interview

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 2:59pm

Hillary Clinton's new memoir, Hard Choices, outlines her four years as secretary of state under President Obama. She talks about her vote for the Iraq War, women's rights and political "gamers."

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President's Student Loan Action Might Be Too Little, Too Late

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:52am

President Obama signed an order that will cap student loan repayments at 10 percent of income for millions of borrowers. Georgetown University's Anthony Carnevale discusses whether it will help.

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Did Eric Cantor Forget That All Politics Are Local?

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:52am

The House majority leader says he will step down from that post after a surprise loss. For more, host Michel Martin speaks with Republican strategist Ron Christie and Univision's Fernando Espuelas.

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Lawmakers Hope To Send Unified VA Bill To Obama By Late June

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 6:54am

The Senate and House have both voted to overhaul veterans' health care. Their votes come amid the controversy over long wait times at VA facilities for veterans seeking care.

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Senate Version Adds Costs To VA Overhaul Measure

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 4:12am

The Senate passed a bipartisan bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs. The measure is close enough to a version already passed by the House that it could reach the president's desk soon.

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Hagel Defends Bergdahl Exchange Before House Panel

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 4:12am

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel explained why the Obama administration agreed to swap five top Taliban leaders for the release of an Army enlisted man, who willingly left his post in Afghanistan.

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Tea Party Candidate Uses Immigration Issue To Beat Cantor

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 4:12am

Already dim prospects for an immigration overhaul got even dimmer after Republican House Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary this week. What does this mean for Republicans going forward?

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Va. Students Abuzz As Star Professors Become Political Rivals

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 2:16am

With Dave Brat's defeat of Rep. Eric Cantor, a tiny Virginia college fell into the political spotlight. Both Brat and his new opponent, Democrat Jack Trammell, teach at Randolph-Macon.

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Fight Over Calif. Oyster Company Splits Chefs And Land Defenders

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 2:09am

Drakes Bay Oyster Company is resisting the expiration of its lease in Marin County, Calif. The debate may reach the Supreme Court, and it's dividing residents of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Cantor's Loss In Va. Is Immigration Issue's Death Knell. Or Not.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 7:58pm

Immigration was a key issue in Tuesday's primary. Rep. Eric Cantor's defeat may discourage others from promoting policy changes. But some advocates say the outlook for overhaul isn't so bleak.

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Defending Bergdahl Deal, Hagel Faces Critics On Both Sides Of Aisle

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 4:16pm

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testified before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, defending the prisoner swap that freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

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In A Rare Act Of Bipartisan Speed, Senate Passes VA Reforms

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 4:08pm

The Senate has passed a bill to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs. Like a similar bill in the House, the Senate bill gives veterans the option of seeking private care if the VA takes too long and makes it easier to fire VA employees. But the Senate version also spends a lot more money on doctors and hospitals than the House version.

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To Defeat A Goliath, David Brat Got Help In Conservative Media

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 4:00pm

NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik looks at the role that conservative media may have played in the upset defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in his Republican primary.

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As News Of Cantor's Upset Settles, A Shakeup Still Looms On The Hill

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 3:00pm

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was upset in his district's Republican primary, a defeat that has sent shock waves through the GOP, from the party's leadership down through the rank and file.

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From The Border To The Hill, Influx Of Immigrant Kids Draws Concern

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 3:00pm

Jeh Johnson, the secretary of homeland security, addresses questions about the flood of unaccompanied immigrant children and their detention in an immigrant system built for adults.

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After Former 'Young Gun' Gets Outdrawn, House GOP Faces New Future

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 3:00pm

For more on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's surprising primary loss, Audie Cornish speaks with former Republican Rep. Tom Davis.

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Is Bergdahl Exchange Really Unprecedented?

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 1:32pm

The Pentagon's lawyer said the deal to swap the Army sergeant for Taliban prisoners wasn't a first, citing the release of an Army pilot in Somalia. But the man who engineered that release disagrees.

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Cantor Will Reportedly Resign As Majority Leader After Loss In Primary

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:58pm

Multiple news outlets are reporting that Rep. Eric Cantor has decided to step down from his post as House Majority Leader, one day after a stunning upset in his home district.

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Bill To Allow Refinancing Of Student Loans Dies In Senate

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:10pm

The bill was shot down days after President Obama urged Congress to help ease the burden of student loan debt. It would have required a higher tax on the wealthy.

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