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Life-Support Battle Over Pregnant Texas Woman In Court Friday

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 2:43am

Marlise Munoz is 22-weeks pregnant and being kept on life-support machines at a Forth Worth hospital against her husband's wishes, who says his wife is brain dead. The hospital says state law compels it to continue to keep the woman alive.

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Eight Republicans And A Nunn Battle For Georgia's Open Senate Seat

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 2:34am

The retirement of Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss has unleashed a scramble for the job. Eight Republicans are trying to out-conservative one another in battling for the nomination. And Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn, has emerged as the likely Democratic nominee.

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Conservative Writer D'Souza Indicted On Campaign Fraud Charges

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 7:34pm

Author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, a vocal critic of President Obama, is accused of making illegal contributions in a 2012 Senate race. Authorities say he also made false statements about the contributions.

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Latest 'Rising Stars' Highlight GOP's Outreach To Women

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 6:38pm

As if to underscore GOP efforts at outreach to women voters, a breakout session of the Republican National Committee's latest "rising stars" at the group's winter meeting Thursday in Washington, D.C., entirely comprised young women.

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Virginia Gay Marriage Shift Generates Sharp Response

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 4:04pm

Less than two weeks after taking office, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced he won't defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Critics contend he's ignoring the will of a majority of state voters who passed the ban in 2006.

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New Va. Attorney General Declares Same-Sex Ban Unconstitutional

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 3:00pm

In his second week in the job, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced that his office will no longer defend the state's ban on same-sex marriages. Herring says he has concluded that the ban violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment and is therefore unconstitutional.

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Tea Partiers Hope To Crash Senator Graham's Re-Election Bid

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 3:00pm

2014 marks the first time Republican senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has had to run for office since the emergence of the Tea Party. Graham's heading into a primary with already four Republican challengers who say he's not conservative enough for the Palmetto State. NPR's Ailsa Chang traveled down there to check in on a race voters say has become a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party in South Carolina.

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Where Is The Line Between Political Scandal And Corruption?

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:35pm

What happens when state politicians get caught in hot water? Tell Me More looks at the scandals involving former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Texas state Senator Wendy Davis.

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Tea Party Wants To Make Spending A Federal Case In Idaho

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 4:00am

Morning Edition co-host David Greene is traveling in Idaho this week ahead of a very competitive primary that may replace a longtime moderate Republican member of Congress. Incumbent Mike Simpson faces a challenger backed by the Tea Party.

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Will Voters Or Courts Decide Virginia's Gay-Marriage Case?

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 4:00am

The Virginia case is one of several that is barreling its way toward the Supreme Court. There have been debates on the gay-rights side over whether to move this issue forward in the political arena or use the court system.

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Hudson High Jinks: 2 States, 1 Port Authority, Lots Of Politics

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 2:43am

The government agency at the heart of the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal may be little-known outside of the Northeast. But the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey controls a pot of money bigger than the budget of some states.

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Post-9/11 Panel Criticizes NSA Phone Data Collection

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:44pm

An independent panel created after the 9/11 attacks says bulk collection of billions of American phone records violates the letter and the spirit of the law.

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Governors Gone Wild: A Recent History

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 6:56pm

Former Virginia GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell, who was indicted Tuesday, is the latest in a long line of governors to run afoul of the law. In Illinois alone, three have ended up in prison since the 1980s.

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Shorter Lines? For Elections Commission, It's Common Sense

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:00pm

President Obama last year appointed a commission to recommend ways that local election officials can shorten lines at the polls. On Wednesday, that commission is releasing its final report, offering suggestions on how to make improvements in the voting experience.

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Obama Launches Task Force To Combat Sexual Assault

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:00pm

At the White House on Wednesday, President Obama's Council on Women and Girls presented its report on sexual assault, calling it an epidemic especially on college campuses. The report claims that one in five women will experience a sexual assault in their lifetimes. Only 12 percent of victims actually report it, though.

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Was Wendy Davis Misleading In Her Political Bio?

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 12:44pm

Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has been called out for embellishing details in her political bio. The beauty shop ladies weigh in on that and other news. Guest host Celeste Headlee hears from Connie Schultz, DeBora Ricks, Bridget Johnson and Nicole Austin-Hillery.

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Election Panel Calls For More Early Voting

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 10:59am

A bipartisan election administration commission, appointed by the president, delivered a list of recommendations aimed at dealing with the problem of long lines at polling places.

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Idaho District Reflects Battle Over GOP's Soul

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 11:00pm

Morning Edition is reporting from Idaho, where money is pouring in to support a moderate Republican member of Congress, who faces a primary fight from a Tea Party candidate. The Tea Party is making an aggressive play to pick up seats in the House next fall. The race in Idaho shows some of the dynamics of the changing face of the Republican Party, and how voters feel about government.

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Critics Seize On Blurry Details In Wendy Davis Story

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 4:48pm

Inconsistencies in the Texas Democrat's teenage mom-to-Harvard Law School graduate narrative have put Davis and her high-profile campaign for governor on the defensive.

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Finding Common Interests, Obama And The Pope Set A Date

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 4:27pm

The meeting in March will be the two men's first face-to-face encounter. The president and the pontiff have a shared interest in fighting income inequality, but the Catholic Church still has serious differences with the president on issues such as abortion.

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