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More Jobs, Less Inflation Drive Down 'Misery' — So Where's The Joy?

Sat, 03/07/2015 - 8:16am

With unemployment dropping, the "misery index" is at its lowest level in more than 50 years. So why aren't Americans feeling cheerful? Economists say meager wages and big debts are still problems.

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Clinton, White House Play Delicate Dance As Emails Await Release

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 5:20pm

Questions about Hillary Clinton's reliance on a private email account when she was Secretary of State will dog the likely presidential hopeful — and the administration she worked for — for months.

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Russian Democracy Activist Says Nemtsov's Death A Major Turning Point

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 3:26pm

The murder of high-profile Russian democracy activist Boris Nemtsov has sent a chill through the Russian pro-democracy movement, says Leonid Gozman. The longtime reform proponent tells NPR's Melissa Block he sees Nemtsov's death last week as a major turning point.

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Justice Department To File Corruption Charges Against Sen. Menendez

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 3:26pm

The Justice Department plans to file corruption charges against Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., alleging that he did political favors for a friend and donor.

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Source: Justice Dept. Prepares To Charge N.J. Sen. Menendez With Corruption

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 1:49pm

It is alleged that the Democrat did political favors for a friend and donor. It is not clear how long it will take for actual criminal charges to emerge, NPR's Carrie Johnson reports.

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Obama Returns To Selma For 50th Anniversary Of Historic March

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:32pm

President Obama will speak in Selma, Ala., Saturday, a half century after civil rights marchers led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., were attacked by state troopers.

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Live Chat: Justice Department's Ferguson Policing Report

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:29pm

At 4pm E.T., NPR's Justice Correspondent Carrie Johnson and St. Louis Public Radio's Emanuele Berry answer questions on Reddit about the DOJ's report on discriminatory policing in Ferguson, Mo.

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Administration Fights Case That Would Assign Lawyers To Minors Seeking Asylum

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 4:03am

Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors are moving through immigration courts without legal representation. An ACLU lawsuit calls for the government to provide them with lawyers.

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House Panel Questions Gen. Campbell About Readiness Of Afghan Force

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 4:03am

Congress wants to know whether the U.S. military tried to hide problems with the Afghan military force. Afghans are leading the fight against the Taliban — with U.S. troops mostly in the background.

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'Zionist Union' Party Creates A Stir In Israeli Elections

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 3:36pm

The opposition to Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party in the Israeli elections calls itself the "Zionist Union" as it looks to claim the country's middle-ground voters.

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Hillary Clinton Asks State Dept. To Release Her Emails To The Public

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 6:08am

The State Department says it will review thousands of messages for possible release. Clinton announced her intentions Wednesday, after a House panel issued a subpoena for some of the emails.

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Clinton's Private Email Server Has Advantages, Vulnerabilities

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:06am

While many of those messages are tucked away from the prying eyes of the public, it's not clear they are well-protected from hackers.

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House Approves Amtrak Funding, Rewrites Rules To Allow Furry Riders

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:08pm

The bill freezes funding at current levels for four years, and lets some pets ride the rails with their owners. It also separates the high-ridership Northeast Corridor from the rest of the system.

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Justices Roberts And Kennedy The Key Votes In Health Law Case

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 6:40pm

No telling yet which side will win. But did Justice Kennedy's mixed signals Wednesday hint that he was leaning toward the administration's view of federal subsidies for health insurance?

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Clinton's Use Of Personal Email Could Hamper Archiving Efforts

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 4:27pm

NPR's Melissa Block talks to Jason R. Baron, former director of litigation at the National Archives, about federal laws governing email.

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Failed Keystone Veto Override Marks Another Win For Veto Pen

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:13pm

Since the beginning of the republic, regular presidential vetoes have been overridden only 7 percent of the time, and that percentage falls to 4 percent if you include the sneakier "pocket veto."

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Senate Fails In Bid To Override Obama's Veto On Keystone XL Pipeline

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 2:02pm

The final vote was 62-37 – short of the two-thirds needed to override the presidential veto.

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Clinton Speaks To 30th Anniversary Gala Of EMILY's List

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:53am

Former Secretary of State and likely future presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke to a large group of female political donors Tuesday night in Washington, D.C.

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House Votes To Fund DHS Without Immigration Curbs

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:53am

The hard-core conservatives in House Speaker John Boehner's Republican caucus wanted to use a Department of Homeland Security funding bill to undo President Obama's executive actions on immigration.

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Immigrants Worry They'll Face Deportation After Deferred Action Delay

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 2:34am

Some unauthorized immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens and green-card holders are worried they may be forced to leave the U.S. because a court ruling has put a hold on their deportation relief.

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