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White House Defends War Policy Against Memoir's Harsh Critique

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 4:11pm

Press secretary Jay Carney responds to a new book by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, saying disagreement is a welcome part of a "robust" policy making process.

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Gallup: Record Number Identify As Independents

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 3:47pm

The uptick in the number of Americans identifying as political independents reflects a trend in recent years toward eschewing party labels. It's a shift that's hurt the GOP more than the Democratic Party.

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Five Decades Later, Time To Change The Way We Define Poverty?

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 3:38pm

The U.S. government's official measure of poverty hasn't changed much in 50 years: It's still based on what it took to feed a family in the 1950s. There are new efforts underway to find a more accurate gauge of families in need.

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The (Email) Thread That Tied Up The George Washington Bridge

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 3:38pm

An email thread released Wednesday is raising more questions about whether lanes were closed on the George Washington Bridge as political payback. The emails indicate that top officials in New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration are involved in the closures — motivated more by politics than a traffic study, as originally claimed.

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Same-Sex Marriages No Longer Recognized, Utah Tells Agencies

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 3:35pm

The move by the governor's office clouds the legal status of hundreds of same-sex couples who were granted marriage licenses after Utah's ban was overturned on Dec. 20.

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Poverty And Not Knowing Your Neighbor Are Connected, Expert Says

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:21am

It's been 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty. Host Michel Martin speaks with Anne Mosle, of the Aspen Institute, about how much has changed since then and if the battle needs a new plan of attack.

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Emails Tie Gov. Christie's Aides To Lane Closings Controversy

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:53am

The New Jersey governor has said neither he nor his staff were involved in the closing of some key lanes leading on to the George Washington Bridge into New York. Democrats have said the governor's office may have been trying to punish the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., who's a Democrat.

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Senate Moves Forward On Unemployment Benefits

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 3:19am

In a tally that surprised even its sponsors, a half dozen Republican senators gave Democrats enough votes to move forward with a bill extending emergency unemployment benefits for another three months. The proposal likely faces an even tougher hurdle in the Republican-controlled House.

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Former Defense Secretary Takes Aim At Obama In New book

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 3:19am

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates has written a memoir. The book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, will be released next week. In it, Gates makes sharp and sometimes profane assessments of the Bush and Obama administrations.

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Senate Unexpectedly Moves Forward On Unemployment Benefits

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 4:43pm

After the Senate voted on a bill to temporarily extend emergency insurance for the jobless, President Obama held a White House press conference to pressure Congress to keep the momentum going. But Republican leaders say they need to spending cuts or job-creation plans in return.

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Ex-Defense Secretary Gates Takes Aim At Obama In New Book

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 3:40pm

In Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, Robert Gates says the president was unsure the Afghan surge would work and was openly distrustful of military leaders. "I never doubted Obama's support for the troops, only his support for their mission," he writes. The book is scheduled for release Jan. 14.

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Republicans Pipe In About Poverty and Inequality

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 3:16pm

Poverty and income inequality have long been staples of the Democratic Party platform, but they haven't often been high priorities. This year, that appears to be changing, and what's more, some Republicans seem eager to join the conversation.

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GOP's 2014 Resolution: Keep Pounding Democrats On Obamacare

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 1:54pm

As far as Republicans are concerned, the ACA is the gift that keeps giving. That's why the RNC announced a series of hard-hitting radio ads aimed at various House and Senate Democrats.

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Former Vikings Player Chris Kluwe Shares His Definition Of Bigotry

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 10:39am

Former Minnesota Vikings player Chris Kluwe is known for being outspoken – and sometimes pretty snarky too – especially when it comes to supporting same-sex marriage. Kluwe says that advocacy cost him his job, but he tells host Michel Martin, he has no regrets.

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Divided Senate To Vote On Extending Unemployment Benefits

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 7:13am

Democrats are seeking to revive the measure, which expired last month, to cover 1.3 million Americans who have been out of work for the long term.

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Senate Oks Yellen, To Take Up Jobless Benefits Tuesday

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 3:29am

The Senate on Monday voted to confirm Janet Yellen as the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve. But it delayed at the last minute taking a procedural vote on extending federal jobless benefits.

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Letter From Gracie Mansion: The New Mayor Meets His City

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 5:56pm

When newly inaugurated Mayor Bill de Blasio opened the doors of the beautiful 1804 mayoral mansion to the public, New Yorkers showed up in force. And de Blasio spent five hours trying to make them feel welcome.

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Senate Confirms Janet Yellen As Federal Reserve Chair

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 5:01pm

Janet Yellen, 67, will become the first woman to serve as America's banking chief, heading an institution that was established in 1913.

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Tighter Access To 'Death Master File' Has Researchers Worried

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 4:37pm

The Social Security Administration has long kept track of deaths so it can stop checks when recipients die. And while researchers have used the file for years, fraudsters have, too. So Congress is limiting access to the data — and that has everyone from bankers to genealogists concerned.

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Democrats Tackle Politics Of Income Inequality

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 4:24pm

Their embrace of the issue, which includes minimum wage and unemployment insurance legislation, has drawn push back from the GOP. Republicans say the efforts are politically motivated and designed to distract from problems with the health care law.

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