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Congress Holds Former IRS Official Lois Lerner In Contempt

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 6:19pm

On a largely party-line vote, Republicans approved the resolution that stems from the alleged targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

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Shinseki: 'Swift Action' If Problems At VA Hospital Are True

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 3:26pm

The Veterans Affairs secretary says he takes seriously allegations that some patients at a Phoenix hospital may have died while waiting a year or more for treatment.

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Surgeon, Mom, Republican — But Conservative Enough?

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 12:47pm

Neurosurgeon Monica Wehby, who's running for U.S. Senate in Oregon, has captured the imagination of the Republican establishment. But social conservatives are critical of her position on abortion.

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South Africa's 'Born-Frees' Look Beyond Mandela's Party

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 11:18am

South Africans go to the polls today, on the 20th anniversary of their first post-apartheid election. Journalist Ferial Haffajee talks about how young people feel as they vote for the first time.

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Democrats Play Wait-And-See On Benghazi Panel

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 6:03am

Despite a call from some to boycott the GOP's newest Benghazi probe, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats aren't going that far — yet.

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Obama Sounds Alarm Bell On Climate Change. Is Anyone Listening?

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 4:06am

President Obama is touting a government report on climate change. He's taking steps to limit the greenhouse gases that contribute to a warming planet, but he faces political heat on Capitol Hill.

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With Midterm Elections 6 Months Away, Primaries Begin

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 4:06am

In North Carolina's GOP Senate primary, Tom Tillis, the State House speaker, won a big enough margin to avoid a runoff. Republicans are trying to avoid the mistakes of the past 2 election cycles.

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GOP Establishment Favorite Thom Tillis Wins Senate Nod in N.C.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 9:11pm

Three states held primary elections Tuesday — Indiana, North Carolina and Ohio. It was a good night for incumbents, but not for Tea Party candidates.

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Gaffe Breathes New Life Into Iowa Senate Race

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 4:55pm

Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley was considered the favorite to capture the state's open U.S. Senate seat. But an injudicious remark he made about veteran GOP Sen. Charles Grassley has unsettled the race.

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From Humble Beginnings, A Powerhouse Fundraising Class Emerges

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 4:12pm

Women are far less likely than men to run for Congress. But when it comes to the hardest, most miserable part of campaigning – fundraising – women do just as well as men.

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Abortion Opponents Find Winning Strategy In Ohio

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 3:12pm

Outright bans haven't passed legal muster, but new requirements enacted last year have shut down four of the state's 14 abortion clinics.

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As States Vote In Primaries, Voter ID Laws Come Under Scrutiny

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 3:03pm

Voters in eight states are required to show photo IDs. Some experts say the "tide is turning" toward striking down ID requirements. Others say not so fast.

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Controversy Over Title IX Protecting Transgender Students

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 10:50am

The Department of Education declared that transgender students are protected under Title IX. But there are questions about how that will work on campuses, and what the legal complications might be.

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This Could Be The Year Iowa Sends Its First Woman To Congress

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 7:39am

Iowa and Mississippi share a dubious distinction: They're the only two states that have never sent a woman to Congress or elected one as governor.

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5 Things To Watch In Tuesday's Primaries

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 7:04am

Primaries in Indiana, North Carolina and Ohio serve as the kickoff for an intense two-month stretch of elections. Did we mention former American Idol star Clay Aiken is on the ballot?

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GOP Softens Its Edge In An Attempt To Appeal To Women

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 2:24am

The GOP knows it has a problem with women. But is it tone or issues? And what can they do to woo more women without alienating their he-man base.

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Best Way To Get Women To Run For Office? Ask Repeatedly

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 4:57pm

Recruiters for political parties say it's hard to get women to run for office. They're happy to join a campaign and raise money for others, but put themselves forward? That's a tougher proposition.

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More Health Insurance Equals Fewer Deaths In Massachusetts

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 4:08pm

The state's death rate declined in the four years after Massachusetts passed a law requiring health insurance. The state's minority residents posted the biggest gains in life expectancy.

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The Intra-Party Landscape, Seen From The Edge Of Primary Season

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 3:02pm

Three states go to the polls Tuesday, starting what will be an eight-week stretch of primaries in the U.S. For a look at the intra-party political landscape, NPR's Charlie Mahtesian has this overview.

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The Energy Behind Repealing Obamacare May Be Ebbing

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 2:15pm

Republicans may not be as focused on Affordable Care Act repeal as before, but that doesn't mean the law has turned the corner in terms of public support.

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