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America's Strength Extends Beyond Its Military, Obama Says

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 4:44pm

"We don't face an existential crisis," the president told NPR in an exclusive interview. He said the U.S. is blessed with a growing economy and no prospect of war with another nation-state.

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Texas Tea Party Gives GOP Establishment The Blues

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 3:26pm

This was starting to look like a bad year for the Tea Party, with primary losses to GOP establishment candidates beginning to pile up. Then came Texas.

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Study Questions Need For Employer Health Care Requirement

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 3:19pm

The component of Obamacare that requires employers to provide health insurance has been delayed twice. Now, groups on both sides of the political spectrum are arguing to get rid of it altogether.

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Obama Calls For Further Support Of Syrian Rebels: What's Changed?

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 3:13pm

Steve Inskeep of NPR's Morning Edition spoke with President Obama shortly after the president's speech to West Point graduates. He offers a brief preview of that conversation.

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Finding The Fine Line Between Isolation And The 'Allure Of Normalcy'

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 3:06pm

Robert Siegel speaks to Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institution and Michele Flournoy, the former undersecretary of defense, about President Obama's commencement speech to West Point graduates.

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Report Finds Systemic Problems With VA Wait Lists

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 3:06pm

In a new report released Wednesday, the inspector general for the Department of Veterans Affairs says that the department has frequently manipulated records to hide medical care delays. Investigators focused their probe on a hospital in Phoenix, Ariz.

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South Dakota To Drivers: Ignore Those Pesky Iowa Speeding Cameras

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 3:06pm

Police in Sioux City, Iowa, use photo enforcement to catch traffic violations. An automatic camera takes a photo of a violator's license plate, then police find the registered owner and send out a ticket. South Dakota legislators have passed a law that will not allow their state's Department of Transportation to release vehicle information for this purpose. South Dakota Public Broadcasting's Gary Ellenbolt reports that the bill was co-sponsored by a state senator who has reportedly received several of these tickets. The senator claims that with photo enforcement, there's no right for a defendant to face the accuser, as guaranteed by the Constitution.

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Obama Auditions Foreign Policy Speech Before Graduating Cadets

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 3:06pm

President Obama visited the U.S. Military Academy Wednesday, delivering a commencement speech to West Point cadets. He used the occasion to lay out a foreign policy vision based in pragmatism.

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Report Finds Evidence Of 'Secret' Wait Lists At VA Hospital

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 1:27pm

The inspector general's interim report said numerous problems had been found with scheduling practices and treatment delays at the Phoenix VA hospital.

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Hard Sell For 'Hard Choices' Says Hillary's Running In 2016

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 11:55am

The media blitz underway for Hillary Clinton's upcoming book is "as subtle as a bugle call," says NPR's Ron Elving.

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Obama Emphasizes Importance Of Alliances In Foreign Policy Address

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 10:33am

Speaking at West Point, Obama suggested the nation's "long season of war" was drawing to a close. Although the U.S. will continue to lead, it will seek partners when not under direct military threat.

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Obama To Use West Point Speech To Lay Out Foreign Policy Doctrine

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 4:01am

President Obama delivers the commencement address at West Point on Wednesday. Aides say he'll use the opportunity to spell out his broad vision of foreign policy and America's role in the world.

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U.S. Plans To Leave Residual Force Of Nearly 10,000 In Afghanistan

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 4:01am

President Obama announced on Tuesday a plan to leave a residual force of 9,800 service members in Afghanistan beyond 2014. By 2016, most troops will be out of the country.

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Obama Delays Review Of Deportation Policies

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 1:03am

President Barack Obama has asked his Homeland Security chief to hold off on completing a review of U.S. deportation policies until the end of the summer, senior White House officials said Tuesday.

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Oldest Serving Member Of The House Loses To Tea Party Opponent

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 10:57pm

Rep. Ralph Hall of Texas, 91, was defeated in a Republican primary runoff by John Ratcliffe, 48, a former U.S. attorney with Tea Party support.

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First Lady Fights To Keep Healthful School Lunch Law Intact

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 3:43pm

The first lady's fight to help kids eat more healthfully and fight obesity is about to get real. She's launching a campaign Tuesday to fight congressional efforts to delay new school food rules.

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Brad Paisley Leaves 'Southern Comfort Zone' For Troops In Afghanistan

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 1:54pm

The country music star rescheduled an Iowa gig so he could travel to Bagram Airfield with the president. Paisley's change of plans turned out to be a boon for vendors at the Tree Town Music Festival.

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White House Mistakenly Blows Cover Of CIA Officer In Afghanistan

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 10:55am

A list of U.S. officials who briefed President Obama on his surprise trip to Bagram air base in Afghanistan this weekend inadvertently included the name of the agency's station chief in Kabul.

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Obama Wants At Least A Small Troop Presence In Afghanistan

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 4:06am

President Obama made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Sunday — his first since 2012. Since that time, U.S. troop levels there have been cut by about two-thirds.

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It's Geithner Vs. Warren In Battle Of The Bailout

Sun, 05/25/2014 - 4:29am

Former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner says the 2008 bank bailout worked well. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says it taught bankers to be reckless because the risks are on taxpayers. Vote for who is right.

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