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With A Rules Change For A Lever, Senate Ends Judge's 17-Year Wait

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 3:06pm

The Senate has voted 53 to 44 to confirm Ronnie White for a federal court judgeship in Missouri, 17 years after he was first nominated by President Bill Clinton.

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Like Clockwork, Impeachment Talk Surfaces — But Action's Unlikely

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 3:06pm

Citing a list of grievances, some conservative advocates have been raising the possibility of impeaching President Obama. But the calls have become routine in the second term of the modern presidency.

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Democratic Effort To Overturn Hobby Lobby Ruling Fails

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 1:35pm

A bill to require employers to pay for birth control did not pass a procedural vote in the Senate. The vote may have been held largely to put GOP senators on record on the issue.

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Cory Booker Wants To Help Ex-Offenders Be Economically Productive

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 1:27pm

Sens. Cory Booker and Rand Paul have proposed legislation that would overhaul the American criminal justice system. For more about the REDEEM act, guest host Jacki Lyden speaks with Booker.

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Palin's Call For Impeachment Reopens Debate Over ... Sarah Palin

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:45am

The former Alaska governor hasn't done any favors for Republicans who've been trying to channel anger at President Obama in directions that might do the GOP more good.

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House Approves $11 Billion To Keep Highway Fund Solvent

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 4:02am

The House has passed a bill that adds 10 months worth of money into the Highway Trust Fund. The account runs dry next month unless Congress acts. Hundreds of projects could be jeopardized.

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Senate Democrats Aim To Overturn High Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 4:02am

The measure is unlikely to pass, however, they are hoping to give Democrats a boost in contested states this fall by getting single female voters fired up to head to the polls.

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Highway Bill As Establishment Vs. Tea Party, Chapter 943

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 6:46pm

The same groups that pushed for tactics that resulted in a government shutdown in 2013 urged a "no" vote on a short-term highway bill Tuesday.

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Temporary Fix For Highway Money Is Well-Traveled Road

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 5:42pm

If kicking the can down the road were a competitive sport, the championship trophy would never leave Washington. A short-term fix for highway spending is just the latest contribution.

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A Year Into IRS Probe, Partisan Motives Still Prove Elusive

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 3:21pm

A year into congressional scrutiny of the IRS, House Republicans have narrowed their focus to two issues: former CIA official Lois Lerner's lost batch of emails, and the possible political motivations behind the agency's targeting of conservative groups. As NPR's Peter Overby reports, the investigators may be asking the wrong questions.

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How Congress Is Turning To A Finesse Of Wording In Highway Payments

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 3:21pm

Lawmakers looking for ways to patch a hole in the Highway Trust Fund have zeroed in on a budget gimmick called "pension smoothing." Visitors outside the nation's capital say it has a nice ring to it — until they find out what it really means.

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House GOP Counters Obama's Request By Promising Own Proposal

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 3:21pm

House Republicans have resisted granting President Obama's request for $3.7 billion in emergency immigration funds. Now, they're crafting a package of their own to respond to the crisis at the border.

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Why Some Politicians Turn Down Free Money

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 3:14pm

Once in a while, elected officials turn down raises because they think it looks bad if they're also having to cut budgets or raise taxes. Sometimes, though, they're genuinely altruistic.

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Two Former State Attorneys General Arrested In Utah

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 1:49pm

The former chief law enforcement officers face 23 counts of bribery, obstruction of justice and other charges. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert calls it "a black eye for our state."

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In 'Underwater Dreams,' Robotics Team Puts Lens On Immigration Debate

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:13am

The new documentary, produced by Jeb Bush Jr., explores the topic of immigration reform through the lives of undocumented students who win an underwater robotics competition.

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Plan To Make 6 States Out Of California May Head To Ballot

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:08am

The plan would create states with names such as Jefferson, Silicon Valley, South California. The constitutional amendment needs more than 800,000 signatures to qualify; backers say they have enough.

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The George Zimmerman Trial, One Year Later

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 8:46am

The trial in the killing of Trayvon Martin became a flashpoint for conversations about race, class and gun laws. Here's what's happened to some of the most-discussed topics from the trial since.

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Colorful Politician Buddy Cianci Wants To Be Providence's Mayor ... Again

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 5:53am

The long serving mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, spent more than four years in prison on felony corruption charges and was forced to resign — twice. And now he is running again for mayor.

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Showdown At The UT Corral

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 5:59pm

In a dispute between the University of Texas president and Gov. Rick Perry, the governor may have lost the battle — but he may yet win the higher education reform war.

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Tech Giants Make Net Neutrality Case As Deadline Nears

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:16pm

The nation's top Internet companies are officially pressing for broad regulation to maintain free and equal access to the Internet.

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