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Holder Plays Asparagus Card Against GOP Antagonist

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 2:56pm

When a Texas Republican congressman criticized Eric Holder Tuesday, the attorney general hit him with a dose of snark.

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The Politics Of Equal Pay: It's More Than A Women's Issue

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 2:26pm

The pay equity issue, which President Obama and Democrats are using as a central campaign theme, could also gain traction with male voters.

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San Francisco's Chinatown Hurt By Yee Scandal

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:00am

State Sen. Leland Yee, who's been indicted in a FBI probe, doesn't represent Chinatown. But the scandal fits neatly into a caricature of Chinatown, says Sue Lee of the Chinese Historical Society.

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Next Chapter Unfolds In San Francisco Political Scandal

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:00am

Democratic state Senator Leland Yee is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday to hear the eight felony charges filed against him. Steve Inskeep talks to veteran San Francisco writer Tim Redmond.

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Obama's Executive Orders Take On Unequal Pay For Women

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:00am

President Obama signs two executive orders Tuesday morning, designed to encourage federal contractors to pay men and women equally. The move could bring more Democratic-leaning women to the polls.

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La. Congressman Asks For Forgiveness After Compromising Video

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:47am

A newspaper in West Monroe, La., published a video of freshman U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister kissing a woman who wasn't his wife.

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Senate OKs Jobless Bill; House Prospects Slimmer

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:38am

The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. Republican supporters appealed to Speaker Boehner to permit election-year action in the House too.

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Study: States Did Better Job Running Elections In 2012

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:03pm

Most states improved improved their election performance between 2008 and 2012, with overall wait times at polling stations decreasing in many places.

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Former Senate Rivals Team Up To Combat Campus Sexual Assault

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 4:27pm

Sens. Claire McCaskill and Kirsten Gillibrand are calling for increased funding to bulk up the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.

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Openly-Gay Candidate May Help Mass. GOP End Losing Streak

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 4:12am

Massachusetts Republicans have lost the last 92 U.S. House races in a row. It's the worst GOP losing streak in the country. But, Republicans think they've found their savior in Richard Tisei.

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India Begins World's Largest Election

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 3:09am

The country's 814 million electorate will vote in stages over the next five weeks to choose representatives to its 543-seat lower house of parliament. Results are expected on May 16.

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Welcome To Voting Rights Boot Camp

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 2:24am

In the aftermath of a Supreme Court ruling last year, advocates worry that jurisdictions are quietly making changes to disenfranchise minorities. A training program is designed to counter that.

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Obama Is Poised To Sign Executive Order On Equal Pay And Contractors

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 3:20pm

Seeking to advance the cause of equal pay for women, President Obama plans to sign am executive order Tuesday barring federal contractors from retaliating against employees who compare salaries.

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With Enrollee Goal Met, Obamacare Still Faces Political Trial

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 11:24am

The Affordable Care Act's poll numbers may rise now that seven million more Americans have a stake in its survival. Yet even a small number of people can still make trouble for the law.

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You Could Be A 'New Republican' If You Agree With This Ad

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 4:34pm

A new ad featuring Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is part of an effort to rebrand the Republican Party — and end its reputation as "the party of no."

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From Stick Figures To Portraits, Bush Frees His Inner Rembrandt

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:59pm

Former President George W. Bush worked with many world leaders while in office. Now, he's unveiling 24 portraits he painted of some of them. The exhibit will be at his new presidential library.

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Expecting A Spring Thaw, Shops And Restaurants Warm To Hiring

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:49pm

Employment and wages are increasing, along with hopes for more consumer spending, analysts say.

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Week In Politics: Money In Campaigns And Health Care Numbers

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:07pm

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the Supreme Court campaign finance ruling and health care enrollment numbers.

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Life Without Jobless Benefits: Watching, Searching, And Praying

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 2:49pm

More than three months have passed since the long-term unemployed saw their federal jobless benefits cut off abruptly. One Michigan woman is looking for work while watching for congressional action.

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Congressman's Lament: $174,000 Isn't Enough To Make Ends Meet

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 2:05pm

Rep. Jim Moran argues that members of Congress are underpaid. His claim has been greeted with derision, but there's evidence the cost of living in D.C. makes it tough for members of modest means.

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