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2014 Election Cycle Expected To Showcase Political Drama

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 4:17am

This year promises to bring plenty of political drama — and some high stakes races — with mid-term elections in full view. Billions of dollars will be spent in House, Senate and governors' contests. And some of the nation's most powerful politicians will scramble to hold onto their seats.

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Conservatives Want What Socialists Got: Anonymous Political Cash

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 1:13pm

Even conservatives who once championed disclosure of political spending are now arguing that contributions should be able to be made secretly, and they point to the long-standing exemption from disclosure for the Socialist Workers Party.

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Bill De Blasio Sworn In As New York City Mayor

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 12:50pm

De Blasio, the first Democrat elected as mayor in two decades, rode the subway to his swearing in. In his inaugural speech, he promised "a new progressive direction in New York."

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Justice Sotomayor Blocks Part Of Birth Control Mandate

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 9:25am

The Supreme Court justice issued a decision Tuesday night that's putting part of President Obama's health insurance law in doubt. Groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged are suing to block the law, saying it violates their religious freedom.

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Most Economists Say Happy New Year — Really

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 8:01am

Annual forecasts are brimming with good cheer for 2014: Jobs will come back, stock prices will keep heading higher, and consumer spending will continue to improve, economists predict.

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Mayor Bill De Blasio Takes Office In New York City

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 3:38am

Bill de Blasio is the first Democrat to hold the job in 20 years, and he couldn't be more different than his predecessor Michael Bloomberg. In November, de Blasio won the election in a landslide as New Yorkers endorsed a new direction for their city.

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Sebelius Touts 2 Million Obamacare Enrollees

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 1:37pm

The Health and Human Services Secretary, who has spent months fending off critics of the Affordable Care Act rollout, is touting the improving numbers.

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2013: The Year In Political Screw-Ups

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 11:30am

If anything defined 2013, it was the political misstep. Between the broken promises, personal scandals and federal government shutdown, it was a year that left voters frustrated and, in some cases, appalled.

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2013: The Year In Political Screw-Ups

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 11:30am

If anything defined 2013, it was the political misstep. Between the broken promises, personal scandals and federal government shutdown, it was a year that left voters frustrated and, in some cases, appalled.

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Cruz Green Eggs And Ham: Political Hit Or Miss?

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 11:27am

Texas Senator Ted Cruz was a political hit or miss, depending on whom you ask. Host Michel Martin and guests talk about Cruz and other politicians of note for this year's 'Tell Me Awards.'

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'Tell Me Awards' Spotlight Year's Political Highs And Lows

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 11:23am

Every year is filled with political missteps, blunders, and gaffes - and 2013 was no exception. Host Michel Martin sits down with former Obama administration adviser Corey Ealons and conservative commentator Lenny McAllister to hand out this year's 'Tell Me Awards' for the best and worst political performances of the year.

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Congress Lets Dozens Of Tax Breaks Expire

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 10:03am

Teachers, film producers and restaurant owners — among many other groups — face higher tax bills in 2014. More than 50 temporary tax breaks are expiring at midnight on New Year's Eve, but many of them will likely be restored when Congress returns.

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On Evolution, A Widening Political Gap, Pew Says

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 3:36pm

The latest poll shows that a growing number of Republicans reject the scientific theory of evolution, while three-quarters of Democrats accept it.

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Official In Charge Of Creating HealthCare.gov Steps Down

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 12:59pm

Michelle Snyder, who was responsible for the problem-plagued website, will retire from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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Billionaire Philanthropist, GOP Donor Harold Simmons Dies

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 9:57am

He was a top donor to the Republican Party, but his philanthropy crossed political lines. The Dallas Morning News reports that Simmons died Saturday in Dallas. He was 82.

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GOP Crafts New Rules To Shorten 2016 Primary Season

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 9:31am

With a February start and a June convention, the party hopes to regain some control over the chaotic presidential nominating process. Among the proposed changes: a June convention.

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GOP Crafts New Rules To Shorten 2016 Primary Season

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 9:31am

With a February start and a June convention, the party hopes to regain some control over the chaotic presidential nominating process. Among the proposed changes: A June convention.

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Assessing Bloomberg's Legacy Is A Complex Task

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 6:04am

On Tuesday, Michael Bloomberg ends his three terms as mayor of New York City. His 12 years in office were ground breaking, locally and globally.

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If The NAFTA Vote Were Held Today, How Would It Fare?

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 3:43am

A year before his Democratic Party would lose control of the House for the first time in generations, President Clinton pushed the North American Free Trade Agreement through Congress. The vote in the House was 234-200, and most of the votes in favor came from Republicans. Most of the lawmakers who approved that deal are gone, but 80 remain. Twenty years later, would they vote the same way?

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A Look Back At A Rather Rotten Year In U.S. Politics

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 3:51pm

2013 was a terrible year for politics and politicians of all stripes. Matt Miller of The Washington Post and the public radio program Left, Right, & Center joins NPR's Arun Rath for a wrap-up.

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