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GAO: Bergdahl Exchange Violated Law

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:57pm

Congressional investigators say the Pentagon broke the law when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years, for five Taliban leaders.

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Perry Says Ground Troops Must Be An Option Against Iraq Militants

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 8:07pm

The Texas governor exploring a 2016 presidential bid says the Islamic State is too big of a threat to take direct intervention off the table.

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North Carolina Senate Race Shapes Up As Unpopularity Contest

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 3:10pm

One of the most expensive Senate races this year is in North Carolina, where Democratic incumbent Kay Hagen is trying to keep her job. Her approval numbers are dismal, but so are those for her GOP opponent, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis.

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McDonnell Takes The Stand, Founding Defense On Marital Dysfunction

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 3:10pm

In the corruption trial of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, McDonnell took the stand as a witness. Jeff E. Schapiro, politics columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, discusses the testimony with Robert Siegel.

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Lawyers, Ready Your Pens: November Elections Could Mean Recounts

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 2:55pm

With the electorate as polarized as ever and the promise of plenty of close House and Senate elections this November, lawyers are already preparing for the recounts that are almost certain to follow.

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With Ferguson, Obama Forced To Confront Race Yet Again

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 2:36am

President Obama's carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.

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Obama Suspends Summer Vacation To Debrief On Issues At Home And Abroad

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 3:16pm

President Obama returned to Washington to hold White House meetings on the latest developments in Iraq and in Ferguson, Mo.

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Former Vermont Sen. Jeffords, Who Once Tipped Senate Scale, Dies

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 2:32pm

James Jeffords' decision to leave the GOP and become an independent handed power to Democrats for 18 months. In his career of more than 30 years, Jeffords focused on education and the environment.

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4 More Things NBC Must Do To Save 'Meet The Press'

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:12am

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans offers four suggestions beyond replacing host David Gregory for revitalizing NBC's Sunday politics show, based on his own experience as a CNN guest host.

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Think You've Had A Rough Work Week? Just Ask Gerald Ford

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 4:14am

In the wake of President Nixon's resignation, Gerald Ford assumed the presidency inheriting a nation divided over Watergate and distracted from pressing domestic and international events.

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Obama Breaks Up Vacation With Brief Return To Washington

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:42am

In a rare move for him, Obama took a break from his vacation to return to Washington for meetings on the U.S. military campaign in Iraq and tensions between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo.

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Sen. McCaskill On Ferguson: 'We're Going To Get All The Facts'

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 4:12pm

Tess Vigeland speaks with Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill about the week of violence and tension in Ferguson, discussing the way forward for the community.

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Perry Pushes Back Against Allegations He Overstepped His Authority

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 4:07pm

Tess Vigeland talks to Ben Philpott of member station KUT about the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry on charges of abuse of power. The governor spoke for the first time since the charges, saying he acted within his power.

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Gov. Perry: Indictment 'Amounts To Nothing'

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 2:15pm

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says the felony abuse-of-power charges are politically motivated, calling it a "farce of a prosecution."

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Germany Eavesdropped On Kerry, Clinton, Magazine Says

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 9:39am

Der Spiegel reports that the current and former U.S. secretary of state were the inadvertent targets of German surveillance.

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What's Behind Those Abuse-Of-Power Charges Against Perry?

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 8:56am

The indictment stems from the Texas governor's veto of funding for a public integrity office after the Democratic head of the office was arrested for drunk driving.

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Texas Governor Indicted On Abuse Of Power Charges

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 6:53am

A grand jury in Austin has indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on charges that he misused his veto power. Scott Simon talks with NPR's Wade Goodwyn.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry Indicted On Abuse-Of-Power Charges

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 6:15pm

An ethics complaint was opened last year after the governor vetoed funding for state public corruption prosecutors. Perry had said he would carry out the veto unless a district attorney resigned.

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Left And Right Unite In Criticizing Ferguson Police Response

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 3:48pm

A shift in police tactics helped ensure protests stayed peaceful in Ferguson, Mo. Critics on both sides of the aisle say the response earlier in the week was heavy-handed and contributed to violence.

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Week In Politics: Ferguson And Foreign Policy

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 3:09pm

Political commentators, Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the protests in Ferguson, Mo., and Hillary Clinton's take on President Obama's policy.

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