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Doctors Say Reid Request For Bowel Research Money No Joke

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:29pm

In his new book, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates jabs Sen. Harry Reid for urging Defense Department research on irritable bowel syndrome. But the illness has been a plague on many Gulf War veterans.

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Obama's NSA Speech: Just What Eisenhower Warned About?

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:43am

VIDEO: On Jan. 17, 1961, Ike spoke to the nation about a military-industrial complex. He said "an alert and knowledgeable citizenry" must help safeguard security and liberty. Friday, exactly 53 years later, Obama will speak about surveillance programs that critics say threaten civil liberties.

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In 'Year Of Action,' What Can President Obama Do?

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 10:00am

President Obama has been pressing forward with his economic agenda, and trying to move beyond the controversy over surveillance by the National Security Agency. Host Michel Martin talks about these and other political headlines with NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving, and Callie Crossley, host of Under the Radar on member station WGBH in Boston.

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White House Seeks Ways To Get Poor Kids Through College

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 7:52am

The Obama administration is convening a summit Thursday, looking for ideas not only to increase college enrollment among low-income students, but strategies for guiding them all the way through to graduation.

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Jobs Pitchman Takes Labor Department's Show On the Road

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 2:27am

Raising the minimum wage, extending unemployment benefits and attacking income inequality are all on the Obama administration's domestic agenda. And they all fall under the purview of Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who has only been on the job since July.

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Scandal-Struck Christie To Meet With Sandy Victims

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:25am

Gov. Chris Christie, eager to get on with business amid a scandal over traffic jams that appear to have been manufactured by his aides, is meeting with homeowners affected by Superstorm Sandy. At the same time, the Legislature prepares to issue new subpoenas as part of its investigation.

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Obama Nominates Maria Contreras-Sweet To Head SBA

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 5:21pm

Born in Mexico, Contreras-Sweet was the first Latina to serve as a cabinet secretary in California when she led its Business, Transportation and Housing Agency from 1999-2003.

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House Republicans Join In Passing $1 Trillion Spending Bill

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 3:16pm

In a bipartisan compromise, lawmakers approved the 1,582-page spending bill. The Senate is expected to follow suit later this week.

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Senate Committee Lays Blame For Benghazi With State Department

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 3:02pm

The Senate Intelligence Committee has released a new bipartisan report on the 2012 Benghazi attack. The report finds that the attack was preventable. According to the committee, fault lies with the State Department for failing to provide adequate security or heed warnings about a deteriorating security situation. The committee claims that individuals associated with al-Qaida affiliates participated in the attack, but it stops short of saying the attack was pre-planned. The report also does not implicate the "core" al-Qaida leadership.

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Fed Vice Chairman Nominee Taught Bernanke And Many Others

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 3:00pm

President Obama has nominated Stanley Fischer to be vice chairman of the Federal Reserve. Fischer trained outgoing Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, and he spent much of the last decade running Israel's central bank. If confirmed, Fischer would take over the position being vacated by Janet Yellen, who was recently confirmed as Bernanke's successor.

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Why The GOP Is Winning The Statehouse War

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 2:37pm

In an increasing number of states, one party controls both chambers of the legislature and the governor's office. While both parties have contributed to the trend, the Republicans have had a lot more success with it. Reporter Nicholas Confessore credits the foresight of GOP strategists.

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What's America's Problem? Most Say It's The Government

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:48pm

The biggest problem the United States faces is not unemployment or healthcare – it's the country's government, according to a plurality of Americans cited in a recent Gallup poll. The answer was tops among Republicans, Democrats, and independents.

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Poverty: 'We Need To Talk About It As It Is, Not As It Was'

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 11:22am

Host Michel Martin shares her thoughts about why poverty conversations are needed, in her regular "Can I Just Tell You" essay.

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary 'Convinced' Rural Revitalization Plan Will Work

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 11:18am

President Obama is hoping to fight poverty, in five so-called "promise zones." The government is targeting those areas for economic revitalization. Host Michel Martin and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack take a look at the rural communities involved, and the special challenges to fight poverty there.

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VIDEO: Springsteen, Fallon Do 'Gov. Christie Traffic Jam'

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 9:43am

The New Jersey governor gets skewered by NBC's late night comic and The Boss. Check out their "Born To Run" parody about the scandal surrounding Christie's staff.

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Extending Jobless Benefits Likely Delayed Again

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 7:00am

Senators couldn't reach agreement Tuesday on a way to restore benefits for 1.3 million people who have been out of work for extended periods. With the Senate planning to go on a recess next week, it's looking like any action will be put off.

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'Pretty Good' Budget Deal Looks Good Enough To Avoid Shutdown

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 2:06am

The so-called "omnibus" package of all twelve annual spending bills is a compromise; it has more money in it than what Congressional Republicans wanted, but less than what President Obama had asked for. There is some disappointment on both sides of the aisle with the measure, but this time nobody is talking about forcing another government shutdown.

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Congress Weighs In On NSA Overhaul Proposals

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 11:00pm

As President Obama prepared to announce changes to surveillance programs done by the National Security Agency, Congress heard from members of the panel that recommended major restructuring of NSA efforts.

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IRS Gets Spending Bill Smackdown From Congress

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 6:12pm

In response to a 2013 scandal, lawmakers are pushing overall IRS funding to a five-year low and ordering the agency to obey the Constitution.

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5 Takeaways From The Omnibus Spending Bill

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 5:49pm

Regular order. That phrase refers to Congress conducting business in a methodical way, like it used to back before "dysfunctional" came to seem an official description of Washington. A new federal budget working its way through Congress could help restore regular order to Capitol Hill.

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