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Obama's State Of The Union, Playing On A Second Screen Near You

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:58am

The Obama administration is flooding just about every major social media platform in its major digital push before — and during — the State of the Union address.

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Obama's State Of The Union, Playing On A Second Screen Near You

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:58am

The Obama administration is flooding just about every major social media platform in its major digital push before — and during — the State of the Union address.

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New Orleans' Former Mayor Ray Nagin In Court For Corruption

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:46am

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is on trial, facing federal bribery charges. Host Michel Martin speaks with New Orleans reporter Eileen Fleming about the case, and the controversial man at the center of the storm.

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One Way Lawmakers Are Trying To Prevent Government IT Disasters

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 9:51am

HealthCare.gov's launch problems inspired legislation aimed at ending a cycle of costly federal IT failures. The measure would create a Digital Government Office charged with reviewing and guiding major IT projects and boost competition for contracts.

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One Way Lawmakers Are Trying To Prevent Government IT Disasters

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 9:51am

HealthCare.gov's launch problems inspired legislation aimed at ending a cycle of costly federal IT failures. The measure would create a Digital Government Office charged with reviewing and guiding major IT projects and boost competition for contracts.

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Obama To Raise Minimum Wage For Federal Contracts

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 7:00am

The president will announce in his State of the Union address that he's signing an executive order to lift the pay in new federal contracts. A top adviser tells NPR that Obama has "warmed up to" the idea of using executive orders to move his agenda ahead.

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Survivor D.C.: Why One Top Official Will Skip The State Of The Union

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 6:53am

One member of Obama's Cabinet will be absent from the House chamber during the president's State of the Union address Tuesday evening. Why? To ensure the continuity of federal government in the event of catastrophe.

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5 Things To Expect In Obama's State Of The Union Address

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 6:50am

The populist issue of income inequality will get a full airing in President Obama's fifth State of the Union speech. But immigration could run a close second in a speech designed to advance the president's second term agenda.

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Capitol Hill Lawmakers Reach Bipartisan Farm Bill

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 4:00am

After a more than two-year stall, lawmakers have reached a compromise on the Farm Bill. That mammoth piece of legislation deals with agriculture policy and governs the federal food stamp program. For more on the legislation, Steve Inskeep talks to Derek Wallbank of Bloomberg News.

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Obama Prepared To Bypass Congress If Needed

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 4:00am

When President Obama gives his State of the Union Address, he's likely to hit on familiar themes: expanding opportunity for all Americans, pushing for immigration overhaul and investment in infrastructure. And he's expected to say that if Congress doesn't act, he'll move forward with his own initiatives through executive action. This comes as Congress gave him very little of what he asked for last year.

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Obama Expected To Propose Expanding Preschool Programs

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 4:00am

President Obama is expected to propose an expansion of preschool programs in his State of the Union Address. Most states have bought into the idea and restored funding for the programs. What's less clear is where the long-term funding is going to come from, and whether the quality of these programs are worth the investment.

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Brothers Levin Near The End Of A 32-Year Congressional Partnership

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 2:43am

Michigan's Levin brothers have served on opposite sides of the Capitol for decades. But with Carl retiring from the Senate as his older brother Sander seeks another term in the House, Congress' longest ever bicameral pairing of siblings is nearing an end.

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Key Senate Republicans Offer Their Plan To Replace Obamacare

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 4:25pm

"Obamacare just isn't working," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said on the Senate floor Monday afternoon. So he and two of his more influential Republican colleagues have proposed yet another plan to rewrite the Affordable Care Act.

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State Of The Union Invite List: Who Makes The Cut

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 3:29pm

Guests who get an invite to the annual State of the Union address tend to reflect the personal and political aims of the president. Some have won notice during important news events that define the times — like the Boston Marathon bombing.

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President Hopes His Pen May Be Mightier Than Gridlock

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 3:00pm

President Obama's aides have hinted that the president plans to make greater use of executive orders going forward, primarily in order to bypass a gridlocked Congress. To learn more about how past presidents have used these unchecked executive orders, Robert Siegel talks with Ken Mayer, an expert on presidential powers from the University of Wisconsin.

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The President Hopes For State Of The Union To Be A Big Reset Button

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 3:00pm

The political world is gearing up for President Obama's State of the Union on Tuesday night, an address in which the president gets to outline his priorities for the coming year. With tens of millions of people watching on TV and — the administration hopes — on their cell phones and tablets, the speech offers the chance to reframe the terms of many of the difficult issues that have so far dogged the president's second term.

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Gay Politicians: Washington's In Crowd Is Out

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 11:25am

Eight openly gay members of Congress are on the cover of the National Journal. Host Michel Martin speaks with Representative Mark Takano of California and Adam Kushman, executive editor of the National Journal, about gay power brokers in D.C.

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Rep. Radel To Resign; Pleaded Guilty To Cocaine Possession

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 8:24am

The freshman member of Congress, a Republican from Florida, was found guilty of buying about $260 worth of cocaine from an undercover agent. He has been under pressure from others in his party to step down.

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IRS Wants To Tighten Its Rule On Social Welfare Groups

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 4:00am

The IRS is asking Americans to comment on how it should regulate social welfare groups. Under the tax code, they are known as 501(c)(4) groups. They are the new players in politics — heavily financed but done so anonymously.

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Michigan Governor: Immigrant Influx Could 'Jump-Start' Detroit

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 2:11pm

"They're job generators for Americans," Republican Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says of skilled legal immigrants. "So this could be a huge economic boom to help accelerate ... the comeback of Detroit."

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