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#TBT: Hoping For Presidency, Former Senator Throws Rock In Water

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:41am

The 2008 presidential race was the first in the post-YouTube era. Candidates tried all kinds of things to break through, including former Sen. Mike Gravel simply throwing a rock in water.

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Bipartisan Measure Would Protect Juveniles In The Justice System

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 4:15am

Senators Charles Grassley and Sheldon Whitehouse will introduce bipartisan legislation to increase funding and overhaul a federal law that's designed to protect juveniles.

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5 Things You Should Know About Bernie Sanders

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 8:15pm

He's the longest-serving independent member of Congress in U.S. history who once voted with the National Rifle Association. Here's what you may not know.

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Seeking Presidency, 'Socialist' Sanders Looks To Elevate Less-Talked About Issues

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 7:51pm

Bernie Sanders, the liberal senator from Vermont, will try to be more than a fringe presidential candidate. He's aiming to elevate the issue of income inequality on the national stage.

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Court: Corporations May Be People, But 'Judges Are Not Politicians'

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 5:57pm

The Supreme Court has increased campaign spending limits, but not when it comes to judges. It found an "unavoidable appearance that judges who personally ask for money may diminish their integrity."

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It's Sotomayor V. Roberts In Supreme Court Death Penalty Drama

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 5:37pm

Justice Sonia Sotomayor and lawyers arguing in favor of Oklahoma's lethal-injection cocktail got into a clash so pronounced that Chief Justice John Roberts chastised Sotomayor for talking too much.

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Japan's Abe Pushes The Pacific Trade Deal Onto Center Stage

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 4:01pm

The Japanese prime minister used his time in the spotlight in Washington to promote the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying it would create both prosperity and peace. Democrats remain skeptical.

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Supreme Court Gay Marriage Remarks Show Outdated Definition Of Parents

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 3:58pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Joanna L. Grossman, professor of family law at Hofstra University, who says the arguments on gay marriage shed light on outdated ideas about family formation.

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Baltimore City Council President: 'I Don't Condone' Rioting, Looting

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 3:23pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks to Bernard C. "Jack" Young, Baltimore City Council president, about his response to the violence this week and what the city can do to address underlying issues.

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2016 Race Collides With Baltimore Unrest

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:53pm

Hillary Clinton told an audience in New York the criminal justice system is "out of balance" and Rand Paul attributed the violence to "the lack of a sort of moral code in our society."

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Watch: The Same-Sex-Marriage Arguments In 4 Minutes

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 9:50am

Want to catch up on the same-sex-marriage arguments before the Supreme Court? NPR's Nina Totenberg and Tom Goldstein of SCOTUS Blog are here to help.

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What Do Millennials Want?

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 9:13am

A new poll finds a majority of young Americans don't feel politically engaged and nearly half lack confidence in the justice system.

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Baltimore Mayor Under Intense Scrutiny Following Street Violence

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 4:03am

Some people think Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has been too detached from the city's poorest residents — despite her background as a public defender.

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GOP Measure Would Make It Harder For Obama To Empty Guantanamo

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 4:03am

One of President Obama's first promises in office was to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba. Congress, however, is trying to shut down the effort to empty the camp of all its inmates.

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After Botched Executions, Supreme Court Weighs Lethal Drug Cocktail

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 4:00am

Manufacturers have refused to provide one of three drugs used for lethal injection, so Oklahoma switched to another drug. But critics say midazolam doesn't work well to render prisoners unconscious.

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Florida's Legislature Quits Early, At Impasse Over Medicaid Expansion

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 2:54am

Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Scott sued the federal government Tuesday, accusing it of coercing Florida to accept the expansion, or lose funding for other health programs for the poor.

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Obama Confident In Asia Trade Pact, But Track Record For Deals Is Spotty

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 2:52am

Following a South Korean trade pact in 2012, the U.S. deficit with that country widened by 80 percent. But some argue that if the U.S. doesn't create trade rules, there won't be any.

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Justices Deeply Divided Over Same-Sex Marriage Arguments

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 6:13pm

Justice Kennedy, seen as the determinative vote in the same-sex marriage cases before the Supreme Court, was very tough on gay marriage advocates.

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Union Head Presses Candidates, Clinton, On Trade

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 4:56pm

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, said presidential candidates can't "hedge their bets" when it comes to trade. But that's exactly what Hillary Clinton has done so far.

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Vatican Hosts Climate Change Conference Ahead Of Papal Encyclical

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 3:27pm

Pope Francis wants world leaders to work together to enact laws that will slow or stop emissions that fuel climate change. He is expected to deliver a papal encyclical in June highlighting environmental degradation and the effect of climate change on the poor. The Vatican held a one-day conference on climate change Tuesday.

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