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Former House Speaker Hastert Indicted In Probe Into $3.5M In Withdrawals

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 4:54pm

The Illinois Republican is accused of taking the money out in chunks of less than $10,000 to evade reporting requirements, and of lying to the FBI about it.

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Foreign Policy Experts Weigh In On U.S. Strategy Against The Islamic State

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 4:23pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with White House spokesman Josh Earnest about the current U.S. strategy in Iraq and Syria. He also interviews foreign policy experts who say that policy needs review.

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#TBT: Adorable Spelling Children Take Aim At Democrats

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:48pm

It's time for the National Spelling Bee finals, the perfect opportunity to look back at last year's series of spelling-bee-themed political ads.

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FCC Proposes Expansion Of Lifeline Program To Include Internet

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:47pm

The government currently subsidizes phone service for low-income Americans, and now the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is proposing to extend that benefit to Internet service.

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Drug Overdose, On The Rise, Cropping Up As Campaign Issue

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:33pm

Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than traffic accidents and New Hampshire, the first in the nation primary state, is suffering from a heroin epidemic. The candidates are hearing about it.

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5 Things You Should Know About George Pataki

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 8:09am

For most voters, the name George Pataki might not ring a bell. But he was the last Republican elected to major statewide office in New York in more than 20 years. And he's running for president.

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George Pataki Announces 2016 Presidential Bid

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 7:13am

Former New York Gov. George Pataki unveiled a video announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination Thursday. He'll speak at an 11 a.m. ET event in New Hampshire.

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Kentucky's GOP Must Unite Behind Winner In Primary For Governor

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 4:01am

After a close three-way race, Republican Matt Bevin is set to be declared the winner of Kentucky's gubernatorial primary. A majority of his own party's electorate voted for other candidates.

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Nebraska Lawmakers Override Veto; Abolish Death Penalty

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 4:01am

Nebraska's governor had tried to veto a bill repealing the death penalty but the one-house legislature overrode the veto. Nebraska has executed only three prisoners since the 1950s, the last in 1997.

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Rick Santorum Announces Another Run For GOP's Presidential Nominee

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 4:01am

Former Pa. Sen. Rick Santorum joined the list of 2016 Republican presidential contenders on Wednesday. Santorum, the surprise winner of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses, may have a tough task ahead of him.

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Are Black Voters Ready For Hillary Clinton?

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 4:00am

African Americans are going to be key to a Hillary Clinton presidential run. After a tense 2008 primary fight with Barack Obama, she's trying to win them over.

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The Future President Will Need To Wrestle With Debt From The Past

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 4:00am

The federal government has issued trillions of dollars in IOUs. And just the interest on that massive debt could be a serious constraint for the next president.

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Fact Check: 3 Questions Answered About Bill Clinton's LLC

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 7:10pm

Does Bill Clinton have a secret corporation that he is using to hide money? Is it intended to pay a lower tax rate? Or is it something else entirely?

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Map: Where (And How) The Government Can Execute People

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 5:08pm

Nebraska just repealed its death penalty. Here's a look at where the law stands in your state.

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Nebraska Legislators Overturn Governor's Veto Of Death Penalty Repeal

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 5:02pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Nebraska Sen. Jerry Johnson, who said he switched his vote in the decision to repeal the death penalty in Nebraska after speaking with his constituents.

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Nebraska Repeals Death Penalty, But U.S. Isn't Quite Ready To Abandon It

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 4:52pm

Cost and lethal-injection complications have led some states to reconsider the death penalty. U.S. support for the practice has declined over the last two decades, but three-in-five still support it.

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For Next President, The Fight Against Extremism Will Hit Closer To Home

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 4:24pm

The so-called Islamic State is endlessly creative in trying to get young men and women to leave home for Syria and Iraq. It's something the next president will have to wrestle with from Day 1.

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Rick Santorum Announces Presidential Run

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 4:20pm

The former Republican senator from Pennsylvania appeals to his party's social conservatives. Rick Santorum won the Iowa caucuses in 2012, but this time around he faces a crowded Republican field.

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McArthur Foundation Launches Grant Program To Reduce Jail Populations

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 3:33pm

On any given day, more than 700,000 people are in jails across the U.S., most of them awaiting trial. The MacArthur Foundation has just awarded grants to help lower that number. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with the sheriff of one of those jurisdictions, Kevin Thom of Pennington County, S.D., about how their grant will be used.

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EPA Announces New Rules To Protect U.S. Waters

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 3:33pm

The Obama administration announces a regulation it says is aimed at protecting the country's rivers, lakes and other waterways from pollution. But critics say it's a massive regulatory overreach that will penalize the agricultural industry and many other businesses.

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