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Senate To NFL: Change The Redskins' Name

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 5:22pm

Fifty senators signed a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pushing for a name change for Washington's professional football team, a sign the issue isn't going away.

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Senate Confirms Author Of Drone Memo To Federal Bench

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 4:53pm

Last-minute lobbying by the Obama administration overcame opposition to the nomination of David Barron, author of a controversial legal memo regarding drone policy.

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Billionaire Environmentalist Targets 7 Statewide Races

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 4:23pm

Tom Steyer, a California investor, is aiming to label Republican candidates as "science deniers" who are on the wrong side of the climate change issue.

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3 More Men Charged In Conspiracy Case Roiling Miss. Senate Race

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 4:03pm

The men are accused of conspiring to take and publish photographs of Sen. Thad Cochran's wife at her nursing home. His opponent in the June 3 primary denies any part in the matter.

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Obama's Relationship With Hispanic Voters Hinges On GOP

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 3:21pm

When you think about the party that has problems with Latino voters, it's usually the GOP. In 2012, they lost the Hispanic vote by more than 2 to 1, and long-term demographic changes could make that gap bigger. But President Obama and the Democrats also have their own problems with the Hispanic vote.

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House Passes Restrictions On NSA's Collection Of Phone Records

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 1:38pm

The measure, which now goes to the Senate, would require the National Security Agency to get permission before searching phone metadata. But critics say the bill doesn't go far enough.

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Poor People Can Pay Twice After Committing A Crime

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 12:24pm

NPR Investigative Correspondent Joe Shapiro tells host Michel Martin about the growing use of fines in the criminal justice system.

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Congresswoman And Veteran 'Appalled' By VA Scandal

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 12:22pm

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth lost her legs in combat during the Iraq War, and still gets health care from Veterans Affairs. She discusses allegations that agency hid how long veterans wait for care.

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Teenage Mischief Can Lead To Jail Time In Tennessee

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 12:22pm

Teenagers get in trouble for skipping school, breaking curfew or buying cigarettes, but in one Tennessee county, that can mean jail. Susan Ferriss reported on this for the Center for Public Integrity.

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GOP Strategy To Run Against Health Law Hits Snags

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 7:46am

Democrats in some states are hammering Republicans for their opposition to the health law's expansion of Medicaid.

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House Panel Wants More Done To Undermine Boko Haram

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 4:05am

The House Foreign Affairs Committee got a briefing on the threat from Boko Haram, a terrorist group that has kidnapped and is holding hundreds of Nigerian girls captive.

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Democratic Team Picked For Benghazi Panel

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 4:05am

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has named Democrats to the special committee investigating the death of the U.S. ambassador in Libya in 2012. There have already been 8 probes into the attacks.

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VA's Health System: Some Love It, Some Hate It

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 4:05am

Nearly 30 VA facilities are accused of falsifying statistics on how long veterans must wait for care. President Obama said the problems go back decades, but most veterans are satisfied with the care.

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Former Obama Campaigner Tries Running For Himself In Iowa

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 2:30am

Brad Anderson helped the president in Iowa in 2008 and 2012, but he's never campaigned on his own behalf. He cites Obama as an inspiration, but others might not be as quick to start their own races.

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Supreme Court Halts Execution Of Missouri Inmate

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 6:46pm

The justices ruled that a lower federal court needs to re-examine the case of Russell Bucklew, who was hours away from being put to death when he was granted a temporary stay on Tuesday.

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Pelosi Picks Democratic Team For Benghazi Panel

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 6:07pm

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's decision to play ball with the House Benghazi select committee was defensive in nature.

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In Kentucky, An Epic Senate Race Takes Shape

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 4:25pm

While GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell's strategy is to attack Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes as a tool of her national party, she's seeking to put the senator on the defensive over women's issues.

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40 Years After Watergate, A Look Back At Nixon's Downfall

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 3:52pm

Political journalist Elizabeth Drew chronicled the events of 1974 in her recently-reissued Washington Journal. She tells NPR's Robert Siegel that she sees "a certain nobility" in Nixon's resilience.

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Senate Advances Judicial Nominee Who Wrote Drone Strike Policy

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 3:10pm

The Senate will consider a judicial nominee who wrote legal advice approving drone strikes against Americans overseas. Critics question executive branch authority to execute citizens without trial.

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How The Koch Brothers Remade America's Political Landscape

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 3:10pm

Charles and David Koch have spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to bring their libertarian views into the mainstream. In a new book, Daniel Schulman looks at the roots of their ideology.

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