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Michigan Governor: Immigrant Influx Could 'Jump-Start' Detroit

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 2:11pm

"They're job generators for Americans," Republican Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says of skilled legal immigrants. "So this could be a huge economic boom to help accelerate ... the comeback of Detroit."

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Study Complicates The Debate Over Income Inequality

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 11:49am

What does the growing income gap between the richest and poorest Americans mean for social mobility? An academic study published last week found that, contrary to popular perception, it has not gotten harder to climb the income ladder in the U.S. in the last two decades.

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McCain's 'Liberal' Record Earns Him Censure From Arizona GOP

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 10:05am

The five-term senator and former presidential candidate, has gone soft on conservative principles, his state's GOP leadership says.

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Economic Opportunity A Big Topic For State Of The Union Speech

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 7:00am

The president will deliver his State of the Union address Tuesday. NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about what to expect.

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The Income Gap: How Much Is Too Much?

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 3:43am

What does the growing income gap between the richest and poorest Americans mean for social mobility? An academic study published last week found that, contrary to popular perception, it has not gotten harder to climb the income ladder in the U.S. in the last two decades.

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Eyes On 2016, GOP Revisits The Rebranding

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 8:08am

The Republican National Committee's annual meetings this week provided an opportunity to see how far Republicans have come in an effort, begun a year ago, to reach out to new voters — especially young people, minorities and women.

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An Unconventional Contender Emerges As GOP Ponders 2016 Convention

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 5:01pm

Las Vegas may seem to be an unlikely place for Republicans to gather to nominate their next presidential candidate. That's exactly why city leaders are getting such a head start on their pitch to do just that.

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RNC Approves New Rules To Shorten 2016 Primary Season

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 4:38pm

The GOP hopes to compress the time frame for intra-party battles between presidential candidates, and is seeking to crack down on states that violate party rules by scheduling outside the GOP-sanctioned window of time.

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Week In Politics: Bob McDonnell & The State Of The Union

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 3:00pm

Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators, EJ Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the latest on the charges faced by former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell and the upcoming State of the Union address.

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Why Washington Drives Mayors Crazy

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 11:03am

Close to 300 of the nation's mayors have been meeting in Washington this week. They've found networking with their peers to be a lot more productive than trying to lobby Congress.

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Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell, Wife Plead Not Guilty

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 11:01am

Both were released on their own recognizance and ordered not to leave the country. The McDonnells are facing corruption charges stemming from gifts they received from a political donor.

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President Boehner? Not If That Rules Out Wine And Cigarettes

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 8:15am

The House speaker used a rare appearance on late-night TV to joke about why he won't be running for the White House, and to make some more serious predictions about this year's elections.

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Boehner Picks Cathy McMorris Rodgers For GOP Rebuttal

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 4:00am

Tuesday night is the State of the Union Address — the biggest opportunity the president gets all year to speak to the American people about his priorities. There's also another speech that night — the GOP response. On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner announced Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers from Washington State would deliver the official rebuttal.

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Why Small Town Mayors Face Multiple Disadvantages

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 4:00am

The U.S. Conference of Mayors brings together the country's mayors for three days to discuss budgets, crime, water and infrastructure. Mayors of big cities usually don't have any trouble making their voices heard. But mayors from the country's smallest towns and cities are also trying to make an impression.

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Va. Attorney General's Decision On Gay Marriage Shows 'Disrespect'

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 4:00am

Virginia's attorney general surprised the state's political circles on Thursday when he announced he will not defend Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage when it goes before a federal judge next week. Virginians had varying reactions to Mark Herring's decision.

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Tea Party Voters In Idaho Don't Want Feds Intruding

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 4:00am

Morning Edition's David Greene introduces us to the residents of Chalice, Idaho, where debate over the reach of Washington and how state land is used, or not, is lively.

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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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