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Jerry Brown Proposes A New Budget For California

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 3:00pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown released a budget proposal that calls for a $1.9 billion rainy day fund, cuts to the prison population and some funds restored to the state's higher education system. However, state workers hoping to see more in their pension funds will be disappointed.

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How Christie Can Cross The Bridge Scandal

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 3:00pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is apologizing for actions that his staff took to shut down portions of the George Washington Bridge in New York City that affected local residents of Fort Lee, N.J. Robert Siegel speaks with Republican strategist Mike Murphy about what this incident may mean for the governor's political aspirations and the residents of New Jersey.

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Two More Christie Aides Dropped For Role In Political Revenge

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 3:00pm

Two more staffers are out of the administration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The widening scandal started with a multi-day traffic jam on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge, and now it has people questioning Christie's future in politics.

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A Mixed Farewell To Fair-Weather Tax Breaks

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 3:00pm

A bevy of tax breaks — 55 of them, in fact — expired on New Year's Day. They range from a benefit for mass transit commuters to a subsidy for NASCAR racetracks. Some of these tax breaks may not be crucial to the national economy, but the businesses that once received them tend to disagree.

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Udall's Priority On NSA: 'The Freedom To Be Left Alone'

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 3:00pm

Democratic Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. He's long pushed for reforming the National Security Agency's surveillance practices, and he met with President Obama Thursday to discuss his proposals. Audie Cornish speaks with Sen. Udall about the meeting.

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Obama Meets Lawmakers To Discuss Ongoing NSA Review

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 3:00pm

President Obama met with members of Congress on Thursday to discuss the administration's ongoing review of intelligence programs. The president is expected to make his recommendations for reform at the National Security Administration as early as next week.

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Gates Unleashed: Ex-Defense Chief Goes Scorched Earth On Congress

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 3:00pm

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates doesn't spare Congress in his new memoir, comparing Capitol Hill hearings to "kangaroo courts," and even suggesting some members need mental health assistance.

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Taking Responsibility But Dodging Blame, Christie Takes His Time

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 2:52pm

With his career put at risk by scandal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie held an epic-length news conference on Thursday. Taking questions for two hours was part of his overall message, which is that he has nothing to hide.

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States May Recognize Same-Sex Marriages, But Navajo Nation Won't

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 12:46pm

Some Navajo activists want to overturn a tribal law banning same-sex marriages. They say the law contradicts Navajo values because it disrupts harmony. Host Michel Martin talks with people on both sides of the debate: Deswood Tome, of the Navajo Nation Council, and Alray Nelson, of the Coalition for Navajo Equality.

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How Long Is Too Long? Congress Revisits Mandatory Sentences

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 10:42am

An unlikely alliance of Tea Party and liberal senators is working on legislation that could cut controversial federal sentencing minimums in half.

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How Long Is Too Long? Congress Revisits Mandatory Sentences

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 10:42am

An unlikely alliance of Tea Party and liberal senators is working on legislation that could cut controversial federal sentencing minimums in half.

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The Case Against Clemency: Expert Says Snowden's Leaks Hurt Security

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 8:41am

Former NSA general counsel Stewart Baker tells Morning Edition that Edward Snowden "did the crime, he should do the time" for leaking classified material to the media.

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Bridge Scandal Threatens Christie's 'No-Nonsense Image'

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 7:00am

The New Jersey governor and potential 2016 GOP presidential contender has built a reputation for telling it like it is and being willing to work with Democrats sometimes. But now his office is caught up in reports about some seemingly seamy politics.

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Sen. Rubio Proposes States Fight Poverty With Federal Funds

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 3:29am

As Democrats stress the need to refiine the War on Poverty, the GOP says it needs wholesale changes. Sen. Marco Rubio and other Republicans on Wednesday critiqued the federal effort as a failure of big government — and said that the states know best how to help the poor.

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N.J. Gov. Christie Faces Traffic Jam Scandal

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 3:29am

Uncovered emails and text messages link Gov. Chris Christie's administration to a scandal involving the closing of lanes leading to the country's most traveled bridge. It snarled traffic for days. The emails add evidence to claims from state Democrats that the closure was political retribution for a mayor who did not endorse Christie for re-election.

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Interior Secretary Wants To Create Jobs For Conservationists

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 3:29am

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has a goal of putting 100,000 young people and veterans to work on the federal lands she oversees before the end of the Obama administration. These are basically public service jobs that don't pay a lot. But still, it's not an easy goal to reach during times of tight budgets, so that's why she's gone to corporate America to try to raise money.

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Sen. Rubio Proposes States Fight Poverty With Federal Funds

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 3:29am

As Democrats talk about refining the War on Poverty, Republicans say it needs wholesale changes. They see the federal program as a failure of big government, and say states know best how to help the poor.

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50 Years Later, How The Politics Of Poverty Evolved

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 3:29am

A lot has changed since President Lyndon Johnson delivered his State of the Union address 50 years ago. In that speech, Johnson declared war on poverty. These days, there are even tougher economic problems that President Obama is hoping to confront.

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McCain Lays Al-Qaida Surge In Iraq At Obama's Feet

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 5:42pm

Sen. John McCain is furious about the al-Qaida surge in an area where 1,300 U.S. troops lost their lives during the Iraq war, and the Arizona Republican says the troops that fought in battles there are now left wondering whether it was all in vain. He says the total withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq left a vacuum that's being filled by America's enemies.

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Rubio Questions LBJ's Legacy On Poverty

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 5:12pm

On the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's declaration of a war on poverty, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio delivers a speech declaring the war a failure and outlining a plan of his own to help those living in poverty.

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