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State Of The Union: 5 Things To Watch

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 6:05am

The prospects for passing major parts of President Obama's agenda slim to none. So what kind of tone will he take toward Congress?

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Obama, In Tonight's State Of the Union, Will Focus On Middle Class

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 5:48am

Despite economic growth and the falling unemployment rate, challenges remain. The president will articulate his vision to a Republican-majority Congress.

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Obama To Press For Higher Taxes On Wealthy Taxpayers

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:06am

President Obama is preparing to deliver his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday night. He plans to focus on the middle class. Steve Inskeep talks to White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.

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Georgia Pushes For An SEC Presidential Primary

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:06am

Taking inspiration from college football's Southeastern Conference, Georgia's secretary of state is asking other southeastern states to join in a southern primary on March 1.

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5 Years After Citizens United, Secret Money Floods Into U.S. Politics

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:06am

When the Supreme Court issued its ruling in the Citizens United case, that opened the door for secret donors to make big-dollar contributions and up spending in elections.

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IRS Budget Cuts May Make For An Unpleasant Tax Filing Season

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:06am

The IRS commissioner warns that congressionally mandated budget cuts are hurting the agency's ability to crack down on tax cheats, process timely refunds and even staff its help lines.

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Working 3 Jobs In A Time Of Recovery

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:03am

If Elkhart County, Ind. was the symbol of the recession, then Ed Neufeldt was the face of the unemployed worker. Elkhart's economy has recovered but Neufeldt is still struggling to bounce back.

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Should Judicial Candidates Be Allowed To Solicit Campaign Money?

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:03am

Once, judicial elections were a pretty tame affair, with relatively little money spent. Not anymore. On Tuesday the Supreme Court hears arguments on how candidates should be allowed to gather funding.

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Obama Can Expect An Unfriendly Audience — But There's A History Here

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 3:09pm

When President Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday, he'll be speaking to a Congress dominated by Republicans. At least he can take comfort in the fact that the moment has precedent: Second-term presidents have often found themselves addressing a chamber stocked with the opposition.

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Private Sector Included In Plan To Finance Infrastructure Improvements

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 4:01am

The Obama administration is looking to the private sector to help finance costly improvements to the nation's aging infrastructure.

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Obama Strategizes How To Be A Successful Lame Duck President

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 4:01am

President Obama has made it clear he does not want to be a lame duck. His State of the Union speech is a chance to show he won't be one. We examine how lame duck presidents have succeeded and failed.

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White House Rolls Out Tax Proposals Before State Of The Union Address

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 4:01am

The focus of Tuesday's speech will be the middle class. One item to be discussed will be a plan to increase taxes on the wealthy to pay for tax cuts for the middle class and working poor.

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New Justice Department Environment Chief Takes Helm Of Gulf Spill Case

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 3:03am

John Cruden returns to the department as litigation over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill intensifies. He'll also defend Obama climate change rules and try to protect wildlife while in the post.

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Shots Fired Near Vice President's Delaware Home, Biden Wasn't There

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 12:35am

Someone fired multiple gunshots from a vehicle near Vice President Joe Biden's home in Wilmington, Del., Saturday night, according to the U.S. Secret Service.

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Expect Taxes, Economy To Top Obama's State Of The Union

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 3:57pm

President Obama will deliver his sixth State of the Union address to Congress and the nation on Tuesday night. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with senior Washington editor Ron Elving about what to expect.

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Delegation Of Congressional Democrats Visits Cuba

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 2:26pm

The group of four senators and two congressional representatives will meet with members of the Cuban government in hopes of enhancing cooperation between the long-time adversaries.

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Republican Leaders Dismiss Obama's Tax Proposal As 'Not Serious'

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 11:23am

House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others have rebuffed the president's plan to cut taxes for middle income earners by raising them on the wealthiest Americans.

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Obama's Trouble Articulating The State Of The Economy

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 8:05am

It's easy to give a rousing State of the Union speech when the economy is doing well, but Obama has had a hard time hitting the right note in years when the country was hurting.

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State Of The Union Is Obama's Big Chance To Frame The Debate

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 6:40am

During his State of the Union address, President Obama will announce a plan to help the middle class and raise taxes on the wealthy. NPR's Mara Liasson previews the speech with NPR's Rachel Martin.

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An Early Lineup Emerges For 2016 Presidential Race

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 6:30am

The 2016 Republican presidential field is getting crowded. Is the Democratic field already filled by one? NPR's Scott Simon talks presidential politics with politics editor Ron Elving.

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