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1 Vote Keeps Keystone XL Pipeline From Senate Passage

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:12am

All 45 Republicans were on board, but the bill fell short of just one Democrat. It's a project President Obama has not been a fan of.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders On How Democrats Lost White Voters

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:03am

Vermont's Bernie Sanders, an independent in the Senate, says he may run for president. He says Americans "do not see a party representing the working class of this country."

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Bill Limiting NSA Surveillance Practices Fails In Senate

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 7:51pm

The USA Freedom Act had the support of not only the White House and Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy but also that of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. The House had already approved it.

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Former Georgia Gov. Carl Sanders, A Racial Moderate In A Split South, Dies

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 6:02pm

Sanders, who was thought of as a leader of the "New South," helped bring more racial integration to Georgia in the 1960s. He died in Atlanta on Sunday.

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Outreach Workers Look For Gains In Second Year Of Obamacare

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:02pm

Montana and Georgia sit on opposite sides of the country, but both have minority populations health advocates hope to enroll for coverage. They also fear many won't quality for subsidized coverage.

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Obama Prepares To Test Presidential Power With Immigration

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 3:52pm

As President Obama prepares to take executive action on immigration, we look at the reach — and limits — of the president's power.

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Big Money Is Helping GOP Win In State Legislatures Too

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 3:50pm

Every election cycle, big donors open their checkbooks for two Washington-based party organizations that are gradually remaking state legislative elections.

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Sen. Landrieu Takes Up Keystone Cause Ahead Of Runoff Election

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 3:43pm

The incumbent Louisiana Democratic Senator is fighting to keep her seat in a December runoff. An identical bill sponsored by her Republican opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy, has already passed the Senate.

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How Many Louisiana Jobs Are Actually At Stake In Keystone Debate?

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:24am

Momentum to push legislation approving the oil pipeline is getting a boost from the Dec. 6 Louisiana Senate runoff — even though the unbuilt portion of pipeline wouldn't run anywhere near the state.

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What You Need To Know About The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 5:38pm

The long-delayed project is a jobs generator to some and an ecological disaster to others. Ahead of a key Senate vote, we revisit what the Keystone XL pipeline would do and why it's so contentious.

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Immigrants Wait To See How Obama Will Act On Immigration

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 4:11am

President Obama is poised to approve some changes to the immigration enforcement system using an executive order. The specifics of that order are still being hashed out.

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Top Spenders On Capitol Hill Pay Billions, Receive Trillions

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 2:48am

A new analysis by the Sunlight Foundation examines corporations that expend the most money in Washington on campaign contributions and lobbying. Defense contractors and finance giants lead the pack.

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New Congress, New Laws: New Life For Lobbyists

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 7:07am

Politicians from both parties have promised to be productive in the upcoming term. Republican lobbyist Marc Lampkin tells NPR's Rachel Martin that more legislation is good news for K St.

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Why Did A Campaign Finance Reform Group Fall Short On Election Day?

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 4:04pm

Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig's pro-campaign finance reform group had extensive investments, but failed to get most of their preferred candidates elected. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Lessig for a post-election post-mortem.

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Putin Faces Frosty Reception At G20 In Australia

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 10:55am

President Obama and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper were among those who gave the Russian leader an earful over Moscow's involvement in Ukraine.

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Get Ready To Watch This Lame-Duck Congress Sprint

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 5:05am

From a Hail Mary pass on the Keystone pipeline aimed at saving Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., to attempts to block White House appointments and executive actions, the next month in Congress could be busy.

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No Woman Has Led A Larger U.S. City Than Jane Byrne, Who Died Today

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 8:53pm

Her up-and-down relationship with the Daleys and their Democratic machine led her into and then out of the top office in Chicago. She was 81.

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