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Gallup Ranks Red And Blue States

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 4:12am

Gallup has released its list of the most Democratic and most Republican states in the nation. We'll look at which states made the list and why.

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U.S. Communities Called On To Prevent Home-Grown Terrorism

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 3:01am

Preventing home-grown terrorism is the focus of meetings at the White House this week. Experts say more than 20,000 foreign fighters have traveled to Syria to sign up with the so-called Islamic State.

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Oregon Ushers One Governor Out; Another One In On Wednesday

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:36am

Secretary of State Kate Brown will become the second woman to serve as Oregon's governor. She replaces fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber who is resigning amid a criminal ethics investigation.

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Joe Biden Gets A Bit Too Close To New Secretary Of Defense's Wife

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 6:19pm

After swearing in Ash Carter as defense secretary, Vice President Biden pulled Stephanie Carter close and then whispered something in her ear. It was, um, awkward.

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Judge's Decision Leaves Immigrants In Legal Limbo

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 3:06pm

A federal judge in Texas has blocked the start of President Obama's controversial executive action on immigration. Now some unauthorized immigrants are waiting to see what happens to new programs designed to temporarily protect them from deportation.

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Texas Judge Halts Obama's Executive Action On Immigration

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 3:06pm

Despite a setback in court, the White House insists President Obama's executive action on immigration is on firm legal footing. The legal fight could have political ramifications.

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For Congressional Committees, It's All In The Name

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 2:34pm

A Senate Judiciary subcommittee dropped "human rights" and "civil rights" from its name last month, sparking some controversy. But does the congressional name game even matter?

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Ashton Carter Is Sworn In As Obama's 4th Defense Secretary

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 10:53am

The cold and snow that walloped Washington didn't stop Ashton Carter from reporting for work at the Pentagon Tuesday. Carter was sworn in as the 25th U.S. Secretary of Defense on Tuesday.

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Federal Judge Blocks Obama's Executive Actions On Immigration

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 6:26am

The day before the first of President Obama's executive actions on immigration were to take effect, the new rules have been put on hold by a federal judge's ruling in south Texas.

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Pre-Election, Chicago Mayor Emanuel Loses African-American Support

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 4:04am

School closings and high crime in some neighborhoods are big issues as Rahm Emanuel battles four challengers who want his job. President Obama is headed to town to give his former top aide a boost.

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Presidents Day Deal: Pass Our Quiz, Win Nothing

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 12:14pm

They've all helped create our nation, but do you know who they are?

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Honoring Presidents Day Reminds Us 2016 Isn't That Far Away

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 3:56am

On this holiday, we look ahead to who might enter the 2016 presidential race. Is Democrat Hillary Clinton going to run, and what Republicans might decide to enter the race?

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Boehner Blames Democrats For Scuffle Over Homeland Security Funding

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 9:31am

The Speaker of the House's remarks, made on Fox News Sunday, come after days of back and forth over the measure, which also includes restrictions on President Obama's immigration initiative.

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The White House Gets Witty In Video To Hawk Obamacare

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 6:03am

President Obama is wielding a selfie-stick and flogging Obamacare in a new video that's gone viral. Host Indira Lakshmanan speaks with NPR's Tamara Keith about the week that was at the White House.

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Obama Says He Doesn't Need Permission To Strike ISIS — So Why Is He Asking?

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 3:54pm

NPR's Arun Rath talks to political correspondent Mara Liasson about the politics of President Obama's request for further authorization of the use of military force against the self-declared Islamic State.

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Around The U.S., Voting Technology Is All Over The Place

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 8:51am

Voting machines purchased after the 2000 elections are coming to the end of their useful lives. States are looking to buy new equipment but there's little money and technology is changing rapidly.

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Embattled Oregon Governor Says He Will Resign

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 6:12am

Oregon governor John Kitzhaber says he'll resign next week, just months after re-election. He had been under pressure to resign amid ethics investigations related to his fiancée's consulting work.

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Obama Calls For Better Response To Cybersecurity Threats

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 4:43pm

President Obama signed an executive order that aims to stem attacks by hackers. The order encourages companies to share information about cyber threats with each other and the federal government.

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GOP 'Trailblazers' Gala Honors Largest Class Of Black Lawmakers

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 3:28pm

The Republican National Convention hosted its "Trailblazers" gala where it honored its largest class of Black Republicans since Reconstruction.

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Ore. Governor Resigns Amid Ethics Investigation

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 3:21pm

Oregon's governor says he'll leave office next week. Democrat John Kitzhaber had been under pressure to resign amid ethics investigations related to his fiancee's consulting work. In recent days, leaders from his own party asked him to step down. Rachel Martin talks with Northwest News Network's Chirs Lehman.

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