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Need A Retirement Starter Kit? This Might Help

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 3:56pm

Workers can't lose money in myRAs, the savings accounts President Obama unveiled in his State of the Union speech. The government would protect the principal and help savings grow a bit faster than inflation.

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Farm Bill Clears House, On Its Way To Senate

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 3:00pm

After two years of fits and starts, a new farm bill appears on the verge of passing Congress. The House passed the 959-page proposal on Wednesday, with the Senate likely to pass it next week. The compromise cuts $8 billion from food stamps over the next decade and replaces farm subsidies with more extensive crop insurance.

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Rand Paul Talks State Of The Union, His State And His Party

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 3:00pm

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky gave one of several GOP responses to the president's State of the Union on Tuesday night. Audie Cornish speaks with Paul about both his response and the state of his party.

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Sherrod Brown: Obama Made A 'Strong Case' For Minimum Wage Raise

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 3:00pm

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio speaks to Robert Siegel about the president's proposals in Tuesday night's State of the Union.

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Income Inequality, As Seen From Two Angles

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 3:00pm

A key theme of President Obama's State of the Union was income inequality. For two different perspectives on the matter, Robert Siegel talks with Paul Krugman and Douglas Holtz-Eakin. Krugman is a columnist for The New York Times and a professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University. Holtz-Eakin is the president of the American Action Forum, a center-right policy institute. He also served as the chief economist of the President's Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush.

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The State Of The Union Goes On Tour

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 3:00pm

A day after delivering his State of the Union, President Obama is beginning a four-city road trip. He plans to use the trip to push the priorities he emphasized during his address, with a focus on a raise to the federal minimum wage.

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Bipartisan Farm Bill Spells Savings And Changes To Subsidies

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:15pm

After more than two years of negotiations, lawmakers from the Senate and the House have agreed on a new, bipartisan farm bill. The five-year, $500 billion deal would reduce spending by approximately $23 billion, with much of those savings coming from cuts to the federal food stamps program. The House is expected to vote on the deal on Wednesday. Robert Siegel discusses details of the bill with reporter Derek Wallbank of Bloomberg News.

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Why Red-State Kentucky Got A Shoutout From Obama

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 11:51am

President Obama described the state as "not the most liberal part of the country." In fact, Kentucky gives him lower approval ratings than all but seven other states. Yet the state's Democratic governor has pushed Obama's priorities on health and education more successfully than most other governors.

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Democratic Rep. Fudge Weighs In On Obama's Key Points

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 11:39am

Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, joins Steve Inskeep with reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address.

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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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