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House Speakership Race Thrown Into Chaos After McCarthy Drops Out

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 3:49pm

House Republicans planned to select a nominee for Speaker of the House Thursday, but the election was thrown into chaos when House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the frontrunner, abruptly dropped out of the race.

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U.S. Regulators Visit Cuba To Explore Boundaries Of New Trade Opportunities

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 3:46pm

Officials from the Treasury, Commerce, and State Departments visit Cuba this week to grasp a better understanding of the country's economy. They want to know how far the U.S. can go in doing business with Cuba under the limits of the half-century old embargo. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker led the delegation, despite criticism from those who say the move comes too soon.

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TPP Negotiators Reached Agreement With Sticky Compromise On Biologics Drugs

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 3:35pm

A big sticking point in the negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership involved biologics medicines and vaccines created from living organisms. The dispute centered on patent protection: how many years drug companies should have before facing competition from generics. The negotiators ended up with a complicated compromise that gives drug makers five to eight years of protection. But nobody is really happy with the outcome.

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Abruptly Withdraws From Speaker Race

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 3:33pm

Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy stunned members of his own caucus Thursday by withdrawing from the race to be the next nominee for Speaker.

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Best Twitter Reactions To McCarthy Withdrawing From Speaker Race

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 3:04pm

The political world was shocked when the GOP House leader took himself out of consideration for speaker. Rep. Charles Rangel tweeted that unlike his smoothie, things weren't "smooth" for McCarthy.

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What Just Happened To The Speaker's Race, In 2 Charts

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 2:53pm

To be nominated for speaker, Kevin McCarthy would have needed just a majority of House Republicans' votes, but getting through a vote with the full House would have been a much higher hurdle.

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Sen. Harry Reid Sues Makers Of Exercise Band Over His Injuries

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 1:06pm

The Senate minority leader and his wife are seeking more than $50,000 in damages over what they say is a defective resistance band that caused him to lose sight in his right eye, among other injuries.

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McCarthy Drops Out Of Speaker Race Throwing GOP Leadership Into Chaos

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 11:36am

According to Republican congressmen coming out of the caucus meeting, the current House GOP leader told Republicans he didn't have a path to victory to secure the top job in the House.

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Iowa Republicans Don't Think Jeb Is Bush Enough

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 9:54am

The former Florida governor has a household name, but the candidate knows he needs to introduce himself. "I've gotta tell the Jeb story," he said, "I've got to say who I am. I've gotta show my heart."

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McCarthy Poised To Clinch GOP's Nomination For Speaker, But It's Just Step 1

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 6:56am

House Republicans will cast secret ballots Thursday to nominate the next speaker. Kevin McCarthy is favored, but he will face a bigger hurdle when the entire House votes later this month.

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Treasury Secretary Keeps Up Pressure To Raise Debt Limit

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 5:14am

In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew spoke about the debt ceiling, raising wages and the new potential faces of the $10 bill.

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'People Magazine' Pushes For Gun Control Legislation

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 4:08am

This week's issue features a call to action, urging readers to speak out to Congress about gun violence. Renee Montagne talks to Editorial Director Jess Cagle about the magazine's foray into politics.

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Disappointment Over Politics Spurs Some Millennials To Get Involved

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 4:08am

In politics, the assumption is that millennials are apathetic. But for some in that generation, there's optimism that convinces them that they could change the system they despise.

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GOP Conference Set To Decide Party's Nominee For House Speaker

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 4:08am

On Thursday, the House Republican Conference will choose a nominee out of three candidates to replace John Boehner as speaker. And then later this month, the entire House will vote for speaker.

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Justice Department Called On To Investigate Alabama Voter ID Issue

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 4:08am

Alabama closed 31 part-time driver's license offices last week due to budget cuts. That leaves many rural residents without a place to obtain driver's licenses — licenses that double as voter IDs.

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New House Bill Could Cut Some Mandatory Life Sentences To 25 Years

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 4:03am

Billed as a "companion" to major Senate sentencing legislation released last week, the top Republican and Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee say the proposal comes after months of negotiations.

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GOP Presidential Candidates Offer Varied Responses To Oregon Shooting

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 5:11pm

GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson says if he would have engaged the Orgeon shooter if he had been there, He isnt the only republican who has soken about guns recently,.

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Supreme Court Justices Deeply Divided Over Death Penalty In New Term

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 4:52pm

The Supreme Court heard its first death penalty case of the new term Wednesday, and the questioning quickly showed how deep and bitter the divide between the justices has grown on this issue.

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The Year In Space: U.S., Russian Spacefarers On The International Station

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 4:52pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with NASA Commander Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, who are spending the year on the International Space Station.

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Clinton Breaks With Obama To Oppose Asia Trade Deal

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 4:05pm

"What I know of it, as of today, I am not in favor of what I have learned about it," the Democrat said, breaking with President Obama on his signature trade deal he hopes to push through Congress.

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