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Republican Gov. Rick Snyder Turns To Voters To Approve Tax Increase

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:09pm

Some states are experiencing major budget deficits and several Republican governors are opting to increase taxes to make up for the shortfall. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder talks to Robert Siegel

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Week In Politics: Romney, Koch Brothers, Budget

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:39pm

Melissa Block talks to regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss Mitt Romney's decision to not run for president in 2016, the Koch brothers' plan to spend nearly $900 million dollars on campaigns and next week's budget proposal.

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Romney Ends Flirtation With 2016 Presidential Run

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:39pm

After flirting with a third run for president, Mitt Romney now says he won't run in 2016. What does that mean for the rest of the GOP field?

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Mitt Romney Won't Run For President In 2016

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 9:58am

"I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee," Romney said in a statement to supporters, according to multiple news reports.

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Former Democratic Sen. Jim Webb Explores Presidential Bid

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:07am

In considering whether to launch a presidential campaign, former Senator Jim Webb of Virginia tells Steve Inskeep his big challenge would be raising money to promote his ideas.

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4 Reasons Why It's Veto Season At The White House

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:03am

In his first six years in office, President Obama issued just two vetoes, the fewest of any president going all the way back to James Garfield. But that's about to change.

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Guantanamo Bay A Sticking Point Between U.S., Cuba Since 1903

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:59pm

Guantanamo Bay is home to the United States' oldest overseas base. Melissa Block talks to Vanderbilt History Professor Paul Kramer.

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McCain Calls Protesters 'Low-Life Scum' At Senate Hearing

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:49pm

The anti-war demonstrators were shouting at former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who was attending a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on global security challenges.

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Senate Prepares To OK Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Despite Obama Veto Threat

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:21pm

Sixty senators support the measure, but it doesn't appear to have enough backing to override a presidential veto. A vote could come as early as today. The House approved a similar measure this month.

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Obama's Budget Would Undo Broad Cuts Made In 2013

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 5:03am

The across-the-board spending cuts made in 2013, known as the sequester, reduced defense and domestic budgets by hundreds of millions each. Republicans are expected to fiercely defend that plan.

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GOP Presidential Hopefuls Debate At Koch Brothers Forum

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 4:03am

Steve Inskeep talks to ABC White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, who moderated a panel discussion of potential Republican presidential candidates earlier this week at a donor's gathering.

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Attorney General Nomination Expected To Advance To Full Senate

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 4:03am

Loretta Lynch faced questioning from senators in her bid for confirmation. Republicans used the opportunity to criticize the president's executive actions on immigration and Eric Holder's record.

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Insurance Choices Dwindle In Rural California As Blue Shield Pulls Back

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:12am

When Blue Shield Of California stopped selling individual health policies in many zip codes in 2014, even insurance agents were surprised. Blue Shield says it dropped out to keep premiums low.

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AG Nominee Lynch Says She Differs From Obama On Marijuana

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 5:47pm

The moment contrasted with other exchanges between Lynch and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, such as when she defended Obama's right to take executive action on immigration rules.

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Beefed-Up Border Security Proposal Unsettles Texas Business Leaders

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 5:11pm

A bill proposing tighter security on the Southern border has provoked a backlash from some South Texas leaders. They say the measures may hurt trade with Mexico, the state's largest trading partner.

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Attorney General Nominee Faces Senate Judiciary Committee

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:25pm

Seeking confirmation, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch faced the Senate Judiciary committee on Wednesday.

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White House Won't Seek To End 529 College Tax Break

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:14am

All 50 states and the District of Columbia sponsor 529 plans. Critics had called the proposal to limit them a tax hike on the middle class.

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Grassley Leads Senate Judiciary Panel As Loretta Lynch Hearings Begin

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:14am

Iowa Republican Charles Grassley, the first non-lawyer to head the committee, gets his turn in the spotlight as he leads the hearing on President Obama's choice for attorney general Loretta Lynch.

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Obama Moves To Cement His Environmental Legacy

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:14am

He took steps to protect land in Alaska from oil and gas drilling, and to allow offshore drilling along the coasts of Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia — part of a climate change strategy.

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Obama Administration Won't Seek To End 529 College Tax Break

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 5:56pm

All 50 states and the District of Columbia sponsor 529 plans. Critics had called the proposal to limit them a tax hike on the middle class.

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