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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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George HW Bush Receives JFK Profiles In Courage Award

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 6:30am

The award is for politicians who made unpopular decisions but they believed to be right. In 1990, Bush broke his own no new taxes pledge and accepted higher taxes to cut the federal deficit.

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Overhaul Bill Criticized For Ending Affordable Housing Goals

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 4:00am

The Obama administration is trying to gain more support for a bi-partisan bill to dramatically re-shape the housing finance industry. Others say the bill would weaken affordable housing regulations.

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Senate May Bypass White House And Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 4:00am

The Senate is expected to vote soon on the controversial pipeline. Supporters introduced the bill after the White House put its approval process on hold indefinitely because of a legal dispute.

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All The Single Ladies: 5 Takeaways About Unmarried Women Voters

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 3:21am

The gender gap is standard fare in politics. But in 2012, Barack Obama had a nearly 40 point advantage when it came to single women. That's more like a gender canyon.

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Obama Needs To Pick Up Approval Rating, For Senate Democrats' Sake

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 3:53pm

Recent polls have President Obama's approval ratings hovering around 40 percent. That's a new career low. NPR's Arun Rath talks with correspondent Mara Liasson about what that means for Democrats in November's midterm elections.

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Boehner Plays It Loose With His Speakership At Stake

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 10:28am

While House Speaker John Boehner is almost certain to win re-election in his suburban Cincinnati district, his prospects of being re-elected as speaker are far less clear.

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From Family History To Ballot Fights: What Drew You To Politics?

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 9:17am

We asked: "who or what got you engaged in politics?" The answers from NPR's audience have been heartfelt and personal.

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The Story Of The Parties' Crucial Appeals To Women In 'She Votes'

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 6:36am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to reporters Tamara Keith and Ailsa Chang about NPR's She Votes series, and the critical role women could play in the 2014 midterm elections.

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