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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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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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