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Harris Opens Bid For Boxer's Senate Seat, But Others May Follow

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 5:18am

Sen. Barbara Boxer of California announced that she won't seek re-election. State Attorney General Kamala Harris has said she'll run for the seat, but a number of Democrats are considering a run, too.

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Homeland Security Budget Caught Up In Immigration Politics

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 4:03am

The House is set to pass a $40 billion spending bill that pays for the Department of Homeland Security to the end of the budget year — but also invalidates President Obama's executive actions on deportations.

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Tough Attorney General Pick Loretta Lynch Vies For Senate Confirmation

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 4:03am

Lynch grew up in a state where her parents fought for the vote. She could be the first black woman, and mom, to lead the Justice Department.

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Congressman André Carson To Become First Muslim On House Committee On Intelligence

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 6:28pm

In a 2014 interview, Carson said it's impossible to combat the threat of global terror without help from Muslims.

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Style Over Substance: How Clothes Can Work For And Against Us

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 4:37pm

New York City's first lady has been criticized for her attire at a police officer's funeral, particularly at a time when her husband has been at odds with the NYPD. But should her clothes matter?

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Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush Could Split Republican Loyalties

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 3:24pm

Melissa Block speaks with Patrick O'Connor, political reporter for the Wall Street Journal about Mitt Romney telling donors he wants to run again for president in 2016.

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5 Years After 'Citizens United,' SuperPACs Continue To Grow

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 3:16pm

A new political committee will pay for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's pre-presidential announcement politicking. But don't confuse it with the separate superPAC of the same name.

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Obama To Host White House Meeting With Congressional Leaders

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 4:04am

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says President Obama plans to talk about possible areas of agreement: tax changes, trade and infrastructure.

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Obama Announces Tech Proposals Ahead Of State Of The Union

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 3:18pm

On Monday President Obama called for new measures to protect consumers against identity theft and to safeguard students' electronic privacy. It's part of a weeklong series of technology-themed proposals as Obama prepares for next week's State of the Union address.

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Feinstein Proposal Would Lock In Anti-Torture Measures

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 3:18pm

The CIA's excruciating interrogations of suspected terrorists, widely seen as torture, are detailed as official acts in the Senate report released last month. Now Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who spearheaded that report, wants to prevent such acts from ever happening again. She's proposing legislation and administrative moves for which her Republican colleagues see little need and which activists deem too timid.

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White House Says It Should Have Sent More Senior Official To Unity March

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 3:18pm

On Monday, White House spokesman Josh Ernest said the administration erred in not sending a senior representative to join the unity march in Paris on Sunday.

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For Cuba, Hostile Relationship With U.S. No Longer An Alibi

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 3:18pm

The U.S. rapprochement with Cuba seems to be on track. On Monday, the State Department confirmed that Cuba has kept its pledge to release 53 political prisoners and a top state department official is moving ahead with her plans to visit the island next week.

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Obama: 'If We're Going To Be Connected, Then We Need To Be Protected'

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 3:18pm

The president is calling for new measures to protect consumers against identity theft and to safeguard students' electronic privacy.

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Duncan's Post-NCLB Vision Maintains Testing

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 11:59am

The Education Secretary calls for scrapping the "tired" No Child Left Behind law — but advocates keeping annual tests.

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Lobbyists Adjust To GOP Majority On Capitol Hill

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 3:59am

Congress is now controlled entirely by Republicans. In the nation's capital, how are the lobbying businesses re-calibrating?

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Obama To Propose Laws On Hacking Notification, Student Privacy

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 12:02am

President Obama wants to require companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked. He also wants to prevent companies from selling student data to third parties.

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Gearing Up For Another Season Of Campaign Reporting

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 4:10pm

Political reporters are gearing up for a long, vicious presidential campaign in 2016. But has coverage gotten worse over the years? NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Politico media watcher Dylan Byers.

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Keystone Supporters Hope Amendments Will Soften Pipeline Opposition

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 6:49am

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to make Keystone XL pipeline the first order of business in the new term. But one week in, the bill is still a long way from passing.

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California's Brown On Governing: 'Practice Tends To Make More Perfect'

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 6:49am

Jerry Brown was inaugurated this month for his second term is governor of California — his second second term. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the 34th and 39th governor about the issues facing his state.

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Week In Politics: New Congress, Keystone XL Pipeline, Paris Attack

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 3:36pm

Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks, of the New York Times. They discuss the new Congress, Keystone XL Pipeline votes and terror in Paris.

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