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U.S. Criticizes China For Construction In South China Sea

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 3:30pm

China and the U.S. exchanged criticisms on the South China Sea over the weekend. So far, neither side appears willing to either compromise on the disputed waters, or to escalate the dispute.

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NSA Bulk Collection On Hold As Senate Considers Bill

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 3:30pm

The U.S. Senate is racing to move forward a bill that, had it been passed in time, would have kept key provisions of the Patriot Act from expiring Sunday night.

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San Diego Homeowners Rip Up Their Lawns In Exchange For Rebates

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 3:30pm

The massive California drought means homeowners are coming to terms with the fact that water used on their lawns is water wasted. Many cities are offering rebates for people who take out their grass. But the conversion away from grass is still sometimes a tough sell.

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Joe Biden's Advice On Compassion And Family, In His Own Words

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 12:36pm

"It's not all that difficult, folks, to be compassionate when you've been the beneficiary of compassion in your lowest moments," Biden told Yale graduates in May.

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Supreme Court Rules For Woman Denied Abercrombie & Fitch Job Over Headscarf

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 10:55am

Samantha Elauf had applied for the sales job in Tulsa, Okla., and was recommended for hire by an interviewer. But Abercrombie has a "look policy" that bars the wearing of caps by its salespeople.

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S.C. Sen. Lindsey Graham Joins Battle For Republican Nomination

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 10:21am

Graham, known as a defense hawk, enters the race as a distinct underdog, but an entertaining one.

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Patriot Act Provisions Expire; More Candidates Announce Presidential Bid

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 4:08am

Sen. Rand Paul blocked extension of a program that allowed bulk collection of Americans' phone records during a Sunday Senate session. And, more candidates are announcing a run for the White House.

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Oregon To Test Switching To Mileage-Based Gas Tax

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 4:08am

So far, it's a voluntary program. But as cars become more fuel efficient, the state could expand it, if it proves to be a successful way of offsetting stagnant gas tax revenues.

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Senate Allows 3 Provisions Within The Patriot Act To Expire

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 4:08am

After a rare Sunday Senate session, 3 provisions within the Patriot Act expired at midnight — including a program that allowed the government to collect the phone records of millions of Americans.

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No. 2 At Justice Warns Growing Prison Budget Detracts From Public Safety

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 2:36am

The federal government spends $7 billion a year to incarcerate about 200,000 inmates. That's money Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates says could pay for more FBI agents and local police.

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Live Blog: Facing Midnight Deadline, The Senate Debates Parts Of The Patriot Act

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 4:40pm

If the Senate fails to act before midnight, one of the most controversial parts of the Patriot Act — which allows for the bulk collection of phone records — will end.

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WIth A Midnight Deadline, The Senate Meets To Resolve Patriot Act Issues

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 4:14pm

The Obama administration is pressing the Senate to act to prevent key parts of the USA Patriot Act from expiring at the end of Sunday. Administration officials argue an expiration could hurt counterterrorism efforts. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates gets an update from correspondent Scott Horsley.

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Bernie Sanders Likens Salacious 1972 Essay To 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 12:53pm

The senator from Vermont and Democratic presidential candidate has been put on the defensive about the article he wrote for an alternative newspaper.

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Vice President's Son, Beau Biden, Dies of Brain Cancer

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 6:34am

Beau Biden, Vice President Joe Biden's older son, has died after battling brain cancer, the vice president announced Saturday. Beau Biden, a former attorney general of Delaware, was 46.

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USA Patriot Act Faces Midnight Expiration Deadline

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 6:34am

At midnight, three counterterrorism provisions in the USA Patriot Act expire — unless the Senate passes a bill already approved by the House. NPR's David Welna talks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about what could be a dramatic day.

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5 Things You Should Know About Lindsey Graham

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 5:03am

Graham has never sent an email, and he catapulted onto the national stage because of his role in the Clinton impeachment proceedings.

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Beau Biden, Vice President Joe Biden's Son, Dies After Cancer Battle

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 8:59pm

Beau Biden, Vice President Joe Biden's son, has died after battling brain cancer, the vice president announced Saturday. Beau Biden, a former attorney general of Delaware, was 46.

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O'Malley Joins Democratic Presidential Race, Touts Executive Experience

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 4:05pm

Ex-Md. Gov. and Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley is the latest challenger to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. O'Malley offered himself as a progressive choice for Democrats.

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Hastert Due To Be Arraigned Next Week

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 11:37am

The Los Angeles Times reports that the FBI spoke with two individuals who made accusations of sexual abuse against the former Speaker of the House.

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Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley Seeks Democratic Nomination

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 9:55am

O'Malley, also a former Baltimore mayor, has made no secret of his desire to run, despite his lack of a national profile. He faces an uphill battle against front-runner Hillary Clinton.

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