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House Could Vote $500 Million To Arm, Train Syrian Rebels

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 6:32am

The possible vote to authorize the Obama administration's plan to arm and train moderate fighters comes as the president meets with military officials at U.S. Central Command.

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Congress Gets Thrust Into Election-Year Debate Over ISIS Plan

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:02am

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether to train and arm Syrian rebels fighting against the self-described Islamic State militant group.

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Sen. Kaine's Bill Would Limit Obama's Options Against ISIS

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:02am

Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine is introducing legislation that would authorize use of military force against the Islamic State including language that strictly limits the deployment of U.S. ground forces.

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Congressional Panels Chastise NHTSA Over GM Ignition Problems

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:02am

Committees are looking at the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration after questions arose about how it handles recalls, including General Motors' recall over faulty ignition switches.

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Rep. Gowdy To Lead New Benghazi Committee In First Public Hearing

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 4:12pm

House lawmakers will give the Sept. 11 attacks in Libya two years ago a fresh look. Wednesday's hearing will be the first public one since Gowdy (R-S.C.) became chair of a special Benghazi committee.

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Obama Gives New Details On America's Effort To Fight Ebola

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 3:05pm

The Obama administration's plan reportedly includes having the Department of Defense shift $500 million in funding to fight the Ebola epidemic

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Dempsey Says If Needed He Would Recommend Ground Forces In Iraq

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:46am

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told a Senate panel he supports the president's plan to combat Islamic State militants but that if it proved necessary, he would recommend U.S. ground forces.

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Like It Or Not, Scotland's Drama May Hit Your Wallet

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:37am

Some economists say this Thursday's vote on Scotland's independence could have wide-ranging economic impacts. They fear a breakaway from the U.K. could trigger another global financial upheaval.

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How To Measure Success Against The New Monster In The Middle East?

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 5:49am

But most Americans are far from clear as to what this "ISIL" monster is, other than a few shadowy, portentous figures on disturbing videotapes.

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Obama To Announce Large Ramp Up Of Ebola Fight

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:32am

The U.S. military plans to establish a medical base in Liberia to help stop the Ebola epidemic. It will build 1,700 new treatment beds and train up to 500 health care workers every week.

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Tommy Boggs, Influential Lobbyist, Dies At 73

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:47pm

Boggs changed the lobbying profession by recognizing how power in Washington was becoming more diffuse.

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Hillary Clinton Keeps Iowa Crowd Guessing About Her Presidential Plans

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:52am

Clinton, who says she hasn't yet decided on a 2016 presidential run, was in Iowa Sunday for the first time since she lost the 2008 caucuses to Barack Obama. She attended Sen. Tom Harkin's steak fry.

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Clintons Return To Iowa To Rally Democratic Hopefuls

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 4:08pm

The Clintons are back in Iowa at an event that is the place to see and be seen for ambitious Democrats. NPR's Arun Rath talks with national political correspondent Don Gonyea.

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How To Spot A Vulnerable House Democrat

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 10:03am

13 Democrats voted with Republicans this week on what could be the final "message" votes heading into the midterm elections.

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Wendy Davis Tells Of Her Own Difficult Abortions In 'Forgetting'

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 9:40am

A champion of abortion rights, the Texas gubernatorial candidate reveals she terminated two of her pregnancies — once because her life was endangered.

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Obama's Hawkish Plan For Islamic State Puts Doves In A Quandary

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 8:34am

The president's proposal to degrade and destroy the Islamic State poses a challenge for members of his own party, who have traditionally provided the anti-war voices in Congress.

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Domestic Violence Protections Still Resonate 20 Years After Crime Bill

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 6:39am

President Clinton signed major crime legislation in 1994, and provisions that protect women from domestic violence have deep staying power.

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Judge: Government Can't Arbitrate The Truth In Politics

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 6:39am

A federal judge has struck down an Ohio law that banned lies in political ads. He ruled that it is up to voters to decide what the truth is.

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White House Tries To Ease Hispanic Caucus Frustrations

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 6:39am

Many were disappointed when President Obama announced he would delay immigration reform until after mid-term elections. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to White House domestic policy chief Cecilia Munoz.

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Revamped Visitor Center Gives Public A Peek Into The White House

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 4:35am

The center reopens to after a two-year, $12.5 million renovation. It provides a window into the White House and the first family that calls it home.

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