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Not Everyone's Onboard With The Omnibus Bill

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 3:00pm

Most of Washington expects that the massive omnibus spending bill to pass House and Senate before the week is out, but some House Republicans and Democrats are still fighting a rearguard action to delay or stop it. What do the opponents have to say about the bill?

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Does The U.S. 'Make Poverty More Comfortable?'

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 10:48am

The United States is among the world's wealthiest countries, but it has one of the highest poverty rates among developed nations. Host Michel Martin talks about how the U.S. can get a hold on poverty with New York University Professor Stephen Pimpare and Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute.

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Bridge Scandal Creates Unique Hurdles For Christie

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 10:16am

The New Jersey governor's State of the State speech Tuesday will be overshadowed by the scandal surrounding lane closures on the nation's busiest bridge.

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Bridge Scandal Creates Unique Hurdles For Christie

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 10:16am

The New Jersey governor's State of the State speech Tuesday will be overshadowed by the scandal surrounding the lane closures on the nation's busiest bridge.

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Congress Poised To Pass $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 6:45am

There are no "in your face victories" for Republicans or Democrats in the package. The measure funds the government for the rest of this year and is part of a bipartisan plan to avoid another bitter battle that could shut down the government.

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Political Groups Aim Early Attacks At New Hampshire Senator

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 2:35am

The midterm congressional elections are 10 months away. But some political and ideological organizations are already buying ads to criticize incumbents they hope to take down in November, like Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

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Political Groups Aim Early Attacks At New Hampshire Senator

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 2:35am

The midterm congressional elections are 10 months away. But some political and ideological organizations are already buying ads to criticize incumbents they hope to take down in November, like Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

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Feds Launch Audit Into Sandy-Related Spending In New Jersey

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 11:00pm

Embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gives his State of the State speech on Tuesday. His administration faces lingering questions about politically-motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. And now Christie faces another high-profile investigation. This one focuses on how his administration spent millions of dollars of Superstorm Sandy relief funds on a marketing campaign.

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Nearly Six Decades Later, Integration Remains A Work In Progress

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 6:47pm

In Little Rock, Ark., a federal judge approved a settlement that brings an end to a landmark school desegregation case. The case dates back to 1957, when nine black students integrated Central High School, which up until that point was all-white. But after 60 years of desegregation efforts, are the classes really integrated?

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Nearly Six Decades Later, Integration Remains A Work In Progress

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 6:47pm

In Little Rock, Ark., a federal judge approved a settlement that brings an end to a landmark school desegregation case. The case dates back to 1957, when nine black students integrated Central High School, which was up until that point all-white. But after 60 years of desegregation efforts, are the classes really integrated?

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California Rep. George Miller To Retire

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 5:24pm

A top ally to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat announced Monday that he will not seek re-election after serving in Congress for 40 years.

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Majority In Congress Are Millionaires

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 4:12pm

An analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics found there wasn't much distinction between the two parties: Democrats had a median net worth of $1.04 million as compared to about $1 million for Republicans. In both cases, the averages are up from last year, when the numbers were $990,000 and $907,000, respectively.

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High Court's Pass On 'Fetal Pain' Abortion Case Unlikely To Cool Debate

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 3:40pm

The Supreme Court's decision not to review a lower court ruling on Arizona's "fetal pain" law has abortion rights advocates hailing the move as a signal the court isn't inclined to take on the 40-year precedent of Roe v. Wade.

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Beyond The Bridge, Christie Faces Questions About Sandy Funds

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 3:00pm

The federal government is investigating the Christie administration's decision to use some funds earmarked for recovery from Superstorm Sandy toward advertisements promoting tourism, which also featured Gov. Christie and his family. The governor is already being scrutinized for a traffic jam apparently ordered by his top staff members, allegedly as political payback. Robert Siegel speaks to Matt Katz about the investigations.

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U.S. High Court Hears Arguments On Recess Appointments

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 3:00pm

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Monday challenging the presidential practice appointing federal officials during the Senate's break periods. At issue today were three recess appointments President Obama had made to the National Labor Relations Board.

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Italians To New Yorkers: 'Forkgate' Scandal? Fuggedaboutit

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 12:18pm

New York City's newly minted mayor found himself at the center of a minor scandal Friday after eating pizza "like a tourist." His offense? Tackling a slice with — gasp! — a fork and knife. Turns out, he's got some plausible deniability, Italians say.

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Letter: Kalashnikov Suffered Remorse Over Rifle He Invented

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 12:00pm

The designer of the AK-47, who died last month, reportedly wrote a 2012 letter to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church expressing "spiritual pain" over deaths caused by the weapon.

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New Problem For Christie: Audit Of Sandy-Related Spending

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 11:00am

The New Jersey governor's office is already under fire over some seemingly dirty tricks involving the George Washington Bridge. Now there are questions about money spent on ads designed to bring back tourists after Hurricane Sandy.

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Balance Of Power At Stake In High Court Case

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 2:09am

At issue in the Supreme Court on Monday is whether the president's power to make temporary appointments during the Senate recess can be curtailed by the use of pro forma Senate sessions during which no business is conducted.

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Transcript: Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates Interview With NPR

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 11:02pm

Full transcript of unedited interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep.

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