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Gates: Obama Made Solid Decisions, But Was Swayed By Factious Staff

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

In a long and surprisingly frank interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep, Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates talked about his relationship with the commander in chief, his rivalry with Vice President Joe Biden and described a deep rift between the approaches of senior military leadership and Obama's young cabinet.

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Congress Gets A Beating In Gates Memoir, Too

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 3:00pm

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has a new memoir out that serves up some tough criticism of President Obama and Congress. NPR's Arun Rath talks to correspondent Liz Halloran about the punches being thrown.

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Nation's New Mayors Revive Big City Liberalism

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 10:00am

New mayors in cities such as New York, Boston and Minneapolis have made income inequality and racial inclusion top priorities. That's a different tack than some other recent progressive mayors, who focused more on keeping cities safe and budgets balanced.

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New Iranian President Brings 'Resurgence Of Hope' For Some

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 3:00pm

Reporting from inside Iran has been very difficult for Western reporters over the last several years. The disputed 2009 elections triggered massive anti-government protests. In response, Iran cracked down hard on protesters, and clamped down tightly on journalists' access. That has begun to change with Iran's newly elected president, Hassan Rouhani. Scott Peterson, reporter for the Christian Science Monitor, was recently able to visit and report from Iran for the first time in more than four years. Peterson speaks with host Arun Rath about his trip.

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Ariel Sharon's Death Sparks Strong Emotions Across Middle East

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 3:00pm

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon died Saturday at the age of 85. Israelis mourned the death of the celebrated politician and army general. But Palestinians reacted differently to the death of the controversial leader, who pushed for Jewish settlement of Palestinian territories.

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Lieutenant Governors Make Headlines — For All The Wrong Reasons

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 2:49pm

Over the past year, four lieutenant governors have resigned amid scandal. Lieutenant governors may not have much power, but they're certainly capable of getting into trouble.

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The War Over Poverty: A Deep Divide On How To Help

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 10:47am

On the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty" speech, the clash between Republicans and Democrats on how to alleviate poverty has come front and center. Republicans insist that anti-poverty programs have failed; Democrats say they have worked and should be expanded.

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Former Reagan White House Spokesman Larry Speakes Dies

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 9:00pm

Speaks became acting White House press secretary after President Ronald Reagan and Press Secretary James Brady were shot in a 1981 assassination attempt — and held the position for six years. He was 74.

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Will Bad Jobless Data Spur Action On Unemployment Insurance?

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 6:17pm

Just as the Senate seemed to descend into another round of partisan gridlock, this time over extending emergency jobless benefits, the arrival of a surprisingly weak December jobs report raised the pressure on lawmakers to act.

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N.J. Bridge Scandal: New Emails And Documents Are Released

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 4:44pm

A New Jersey committee released a trove of documents Friday that shed more light on the bridge lane-closure scandal that is embroiling Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration. The panel is seeking details on what's seen as an act of political retribution.

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Tech Companies 'Gob-Smacked' To Find NSA Collecting Data

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:00pm

Steven Levy, senior writer for Wired, has written an article called "How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet." He tells Audie Cornish about what he learned from security personnel at many of the top tech companies. They claim that they were surprised to learn of the National Security Agency's data gathering.

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Week In Politics: Christie Scandal & The War On Poverty

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:00pm

Robert Siegel speaks with political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and The Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times, for the latest in political news. They discuss the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's declaration of war on poverty and the state of income inequality in the country today. Also, they take on the political repercussions for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, after recent revelations that his staffers orchestrated lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.

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In Christie Scandal, A Question Remains: Who Was The Target?

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:00pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's lengthy mea culpa has not put an end to the scandal surrounding lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. He continues to face the fallout from a scandal that has received national coverage.

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From Alaska To Arkansas, Minimum Wage Activists Solicit Support

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:00pm

Raising the minimum wage has become a focus for Democrats both in Washington and across the country. More than a dozen states are considering ballot initiatives this year that would substantially increase the minimum wage in their jurisdictions.

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How A Community Bank Tripped On Footnote 1,861 Of The Volcker Rule

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:00pm

An obscure provision in the finance overhaul is causing problems for small banks. It turns out, it's hard to figure out which risks banks should be allowed to take.

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Gates Says His Points About Obama Have Been Mischaracterized

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 11:06am

Reports this week about former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' new book have implied that he thinks President Obama approved a 2009 troop surge in Afghanistan believing the strategy would fail. But Gates tells NPR that's not right. He believes Obama became skeptical about the "troop surge" later on.

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Digging Into 'Duty: Memoirs Of A Secretary At War'

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 10:00am

Critics say former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' new book takes shots at President Obama and other members of his cabinet. The Washington Post's Greg Jaffe tells host Michel Martin more about the book and its fallout.

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Bitcoin Takes Stage In Texas Campaign

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 6:00am

A Texas congressman announced that he'll be accept campaign donations in bitcoin, and it raises questions on the value of the virtual currency in politics.

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Minimum Wage Loses Ground Since Its Banner Year In 1968

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 4:00am

When President Lyndon Johnson launched the War on Poverty 50 years ago, part of it was a pushed to increase the nation's minimum wage. Low-wage workers actually saw their purchasing power peak while Johnson was in office.

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U.S. Slow To Allow Syrian Refugees To Emmigrate

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 4:00am

Four years into the conflict in Syria, relief agencies working with refugees are starting to shift their focus to permanent resettlement. But not many countries — the U.S. included — are welcoming Syrian refugees with open arms. Steve Inskeep and David Greene report.

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