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Fourth-Graders Get Rough Lesson In Politics

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 3:55pm

Melissa Block talks to Jim Cutting, a teacher at Lincoln Akerman School in New Hampshire, who led his fourth-graders' effort to turn a bill into a law, only to have it rejected right in front of them.

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Interior Department Issues New Federal Rules On 'Fracking'

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 3:55pm

The Obama administration introduced new rules Friday to regulate oil and gas "fracking" on federal lands.

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Week In Politics: U.S.-Israeli Relations, Congressional Budgets

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 3:55pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Ramesh Ponnuru of the National Review and Bloomberg View.

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It's All About The Benjamins And Jacksons — But What About The Women?

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 3:51pm

The bills in your wallet have one thing in common: they all feature photos of men. Now, a campaign hopes to replace Andrew Jackson's face on the 20 with someone like Susan B. Anthony or Rosa Parks.

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Relationship Between Obama And Netanyahu? It's Complicated

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 3:40pm

The White House says it needs to reassess its options in light of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign comments dismissing a two-state solution. It's not the only issue where he and President Obama clash; there's also Iran.

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Budget Reconciliation Explained Through Chutes And Ladders

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 2:41pm

The president's proposed budget sets the stage for Republicans to use a tool they've lacked until now: reconciliation. But they're not likely to win the game.

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Boehner Plans Trip To Israel

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 1:27pm

The house speaker's visit at the end of the month follows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's reelection and his controversial address to the U.S. Congress.

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A Push To Move Food Stamp Recipients Into Jobs

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 4:05am

Critics say the benefit program discourages people from seeking jobs. The Obama administration is announcing grants to 10 states to find a better way to get recipients back to work.

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Obama To Iranians: 'Best Opportunity In Decades' For A Different Future

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 7:02pm

The president's message was to mark the occasion of Nowruz, the Persian new year. The U.S. and its allies are talking to Iran over the Islamic republic's nuclear program.

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Obama To Prince Charles: We'll Never Be Royals

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 4:15pm

President Obama told the Prince that Americans like the royal family "much better than they like their own politicians." He may be right.

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Analysis Reveals Record Number Of FOIA Requests Filed Last Year

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:57pm

NPR's Don Gonyea speaks with Ted Bridis, investigative editor at the Associated Press, about the increasing amount of U.S. requests for government information under the Freedom of Information Act.

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California Governor Announces Billion Dollar Drought Relief Plan

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:44pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced an emergency measure to fund drought relief Thursday. California is facing its fourth consecutive year of drought, and the state is tightening water restrictions.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu Backtracks On Palestinian State Comments

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:44pm

NPR's Steve Inskeep interviews Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who now says he never meant to reject the idea of a Palestinian state during parliamentary elections this week.

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President Obama Signs Order Cutting U.S. Government's Carbon Emissions

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:44pm

In his latest action to address climate change, President Obama signed an executive order Thursday that attempts to reduce the federal government's carbon footprint.

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French National Front Party Gaining Appeal In Regional Elections

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:44pm

France holds it's regional elections Sunday, and the far-right National Front party is surging in popularity after persuading voters that it is no longer on the political fringe.

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Obama Orders Reduction In Government's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 1:28pm

He directed the federal government to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 40 percent within the next decade and to increase its use of renewable energy sources to 30 percent of total consumption.

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What If Everyone In America Had To Vote?

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 12:43pm

President Obama called the idea of mandatory voting potentially "transformative." That's true, and Democrats might love it, but it's not likely to happen.

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A First For Joe: Biden Could Break Tie For Attorney General

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 7:01am

Vice presidents have cast 244 tie-breakers in the Senate, but if Biden rescues Loretta Lynch's nomination it will be the first time it has been used for a Cabinet nomination.

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Who's Winning The 2016 Race — On Facebook And Twitter?

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 5:03am

While many of the potential presidential contenders are on the road, the race is also taking off on social media.

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Benjamin Netanyahu And Washington

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:55am

NPR's Steve Inskeep speaks with Michael Crowley, Politico's senior foreign affairs correspondent, about U.S.-Israeli relations.

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