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6 Reasons Steve Scalise Will Survive His Speech Scandal

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 3:26pm

The House majority whip's protestations of innocence about EURO and its views have strained credulity, both in Washington and in Louisiana. But it's not nearly enough to bring him down.

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Sen. Rubio Says He Could Run For President Even If Jeb Bush Does

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 2:07pm

The Florida Republican tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that while he had not made a final decision on a run, "we're closer to a decision than we were a month ago."

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Waiting For A Break: Obama on 'Strategic Patience' In Foreign Policy

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 4:00am

"I believe in diplomacy, I believe in dialogue, I believe in engagement," the president says of Iran and other regimes perceived as U.S. enemies. But he says restoring relations is a gradual process.

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Boehner's Upcoming Congress Already Has Personnel Challenges

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 3:20pm

The 114th Congress has yet to convene but already members of the new majority have personnel issues to confront.

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First Black Republican Congresswoman Wants To Be Known For More

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 3:20pm

Earlier this fall, voters in Utah elected the first black Republican woman to the House of Representatives. Mia Love is a Haitian American who previously served as the mayor of Saratoga Springs, near Provo, Utah.

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2014 Brought Lasting Action On Climate Change Policy

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 3:03pm

The EPA moved ahead with far-reaching polices to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. And the president struck a landmark deal with China to curb its carbon output as well.

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Rep. Scalise: Speech At White Supremacist Gathering 'A Mistake I Regret'

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 7:01am

The House majority whip said the group was one of many he spoke to in 2002 in efforts to build support for legislation. But, he said, he opposed the group's "racial and religious" views.

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Fact Checking Obama's Assessment On Race

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 4:11am

President Obama said he thinks the U.S. is less racially divided today than when he first took office. Polls and research by social scientists show that Americans have mixed views on race relations.

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Fact Checking Obama's Assessment On Race

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 4:05am

President Obama told NPR's Morning Edition he thinks the U.S. is less racially divided today than when he first took office. Polls show that Americans have mixed views on race relations.

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Progressives Create State Innovative Exchange To Counter ALEC

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 4:05am

Liberals are trying, again, to set up a group that would counteract ALEC. That's the conservative nonprofit that produces pro-industry measures drafted by state legislators and corporate lobbyists.

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Here's Why Obama Said The U.S. Is 'Less Racially Divided'

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 4:00am

The president says incidents in the past year have "surfaced" long-simmering issues between minority communities and authorities, allowing for a healthy airing of grievances.

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The Fleeting Obsessions Of The White House Press Corps

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 3:03am

From the VA and Secret Service scandals to Ebola, each week brought another hot issue into the White House briefing room. Here's a look at just how short the press corps' attention span was in 2014.

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Big Question For 2015: Will The Supreme Court Rule On Abortion?

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 2:57am

States have passed more than 200 abortion regulations since 2010, and the number is expected to rise. Abortion rights supporters say that could cause big geographical variations in access to care.

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Rep. Grimm To Resign After Guilty Plea On Tax Charge

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 2:02am

In a statement reported by CBS and The Associated Press, Rep. Michael Grimm, R-NY, said he would resign effective Jan. 5. Grimm pleaded guilty last week to filing a false tax return.

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Incoming House Majority Whip In Hot Water Over Speech Allegations

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 7:50pm

Republican Congressman Steve Scalise's office says he addressed a gathering but didn't know the ideology of the group founded by former Klu Klux Klan leader David Duke.

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Activists Say 2014 'A Super Banner Year' For Same-Sex Marriage

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 3:11pm

A year ago, same-sex marriage was legal in 18 states and Washington, D.C. Now that number is up to 35 states, and there's a strong possibility the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the issue in 2015.

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Republicans Sort Their Priorities For The New Congress

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 9:56am

The GOP will take over both chambers of Congress on January 6th, with issues like the Keystone XL pipeline, Obamacare and immigration reform likely to take priority.

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Looking To 2015, Economists See 5 Reasons To Celebrate

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 8:54am

Economists' forecasts for 2015 have gotten even more optimistic as oil prices have declined. Most now say inflation will remain low as hiring strengthens. That should lead to more consumer spending.

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Transcript: President Obama's Full NPR Interview

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 4:02am

Steve Inskeep's wide-ranging interview with President Obama covers recent executive actions on Cuba and immigration, race relations in the U.S., health care and extending democracy in the Middle East.

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Obama Finds Reset Button With 2 Years To Go: Is It Too Late?

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 4:01am

The president knows he was once regarded as having limitless promise, and realizes as well how disappointed many of his acolytes have been.

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