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Obama And Al Sharpton: An Odd Couple Who Make Political Sense

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 6:38pm

For the cautious president and the free-wheeling reverend, there's a political symbiosis that comes from sharing the same stage.

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Sebelius, Leader Of Rocky Health Care Rollout, Resigns From HHS

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 6:09pm

Kathleen Sebelius has resigned from her position as secretary of health and human services. President Obama accepted her resignation, and he plans to nominate Sylvia Matthews Burwell to replace her.

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Judges Appear Divided In Case On Utah's Gay Marriage Ban

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 5:53pm

A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in the case prompted by last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.

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German Fears About U.S. Spying Could Hurt Trade Deal

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 4:38pm

In a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, Germans overwhelmingly said they prefer EU data privacy standards to those of the U.S.

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Ryan Budget Vote Produces 'Win' For Both Parties

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 4:09pm

Democrats made lots of speeches about the horrors of the GOP's Ryan budget. Republicans made lots of speeches about its wonders. The actual effect on public policy? None.

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Luci Baines Johnson: Vietnam War 'Lanced' LBJ's Gut Every Night

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:48pm

NPR's Don Gonyea spoke to LBJ's younger daughter about the personal costs of the presidency. "It was his cross to bear, and we felt it very much at home as well as in a public way," she says.

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Austin Hosts Presidents Past And Present To Honor Civil Rights

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:08pm

President Obama is in Austin, Texas, honoring the legacy of President Lyndon Johnson and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He's one of four U.S. presidents to appear at a civil rights summit this week.

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Budget Bomb-Throwing Resumes With Party Line Vote

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:08pm

The House voted Thursday to approve the budget introduced by Paul Ryan. It was passed on a party line vote. NPR's Tamara Keith joins the program to talk politics and policy.

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Wonk Week In Washington: When Briefings Are Better Than Blossoms

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:41am

Let the tourists stare at the cherry blossoms. This week, with its World Bank and IMF meetings, is for the true, serious wonks who just can't get enough of lecture halls and soggy hors d'oeuvres.

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'Kissing Congressman' Video Puts Scandal In Unusual Focus

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:27pm

A video of married Rep. Vance McAllister in a passionate embrace with a co-worker has put his job in peril. In a prudent move, he decided against pursuing an FBI investigation into who leaked it.

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With Proposed Mega-Merger On The Hill, Spotlight's On Consumers

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:07pm

Comcast and Time Warner executives ran into stiff opposition as they pitched their proposed merger to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The deal would give the combined company a large share of both pay TV and broadband internet service markets. In both cases, lawmakers wanted to know how consumers would be affected.

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Pursuing IRS Controversy, House GOP Pivots Toward Crossroads

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:07pm

House Republicans want former IRS official Lois Lerner prosecuted for allegedly revealing information about one of their most powerful outside groups, Crossroads GPS.

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Red State Returns Spotlight To Women, Backbone Of Texas GOP

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:07pm

This year, the Texas GOP finds itself on the defensive in the campaign for women's votes. As KUT's Ben Phillpott reports, there's a new group to help solve the issue: Red State Women.

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Crossroads GPS At Heart Of GOP's Lois Lerner Probe

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:02pm

House Republicans cite the former IRS official's attempt to single out Karl Rove's non-profit — the one that spent $165 million attacking Democrats and helping Republicans.

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Senate Panel Considers Nominee To Head Safety Commission

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:54am

Elliot Kaye is President Obama's nominee to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission. He made a name for himself pushing safety changes to youth football.

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White House Learns Complications Of Pay Equity Debate

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:46pm

It's no surprise that Democrats are pushing the equal pay issue: It's a political winner among women. But the economics behind the current inequity and the challenges of righting it are complicated.

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An Angry Hearing On The Hill For 'Cockamamie' Twitter-like Network

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 3:13pm

During a hearing Tuesday, Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy vented anger about a USAID program to fund a failed, Twitter-like network in Cuba.

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Holder Plays Asparagus Card Against GOP Antagonist

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 2:56pm

When a Texas Republican congressman criticized Eric Holder Tuesday, the attorney general hit him with a dose of snark.

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The Politics Of Equal Pay: It's More Than A Women's Issue

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 2:26pm

The pay equity issue, which President Obama and Democrats are using as a central campaign theme, could also gain traction with male voters.

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San Francisco's Chinatown Hurt By Yee Scandal

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:00am

State Sen. Leland Yee, who's been indicted in a FBI probe, doesn't represent Chinatown. But the scandal fits neatly into a caricature of Chinatown, says Sue Lee of the Chinese Historical Society.

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