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Texas Gov. Testifies On Crisis In Child Immigration

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 6:43am

This week the House Committee on Homeland Security met to discuss minors entering the U.S. alone through Texas. NPR's Tamara Keith talks with correspondent John Burnett, who's been covering the surge.

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Richard Mellon Scaife, Champion Of Conservative Causes, Dies At 82

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 3:00pm

The influential American conservative Richard Mellon Scaife died Friday at the age of 82. Scaife, the billionaire heir to the Mellon family fortune, used his wealth to promote his libertarian ideas and fuel the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.

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Week In Politics: Hobby Lobby, Jobs Numbers And Immigration Protests

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 3:00pm

Regular political commentators E.J. Dionne and Ramesh Ponnuru discuss the Supreme Court's decision on contraception, June jobs numbers and immigration protests in the California city of Murrieta.

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Calif. Town Thrusts Heated Immigration Debate Into National Spotlight

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 9:46am

As protesters block buses full of detainees from entering a border patrol station, many Murrieta residents say the federal government is the real root of the problem.

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Red State Democrats Tread Lightly On Hobby Lobby Ruling

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 3:48pm

Some Democratic Senate hopefuls have to be more measured than others in their responses to the recent Supreme Court decision.

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Lawmakers' Step Back Toward Disclosure Driven By Optics

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 3:09pm

The House Ethics Committee is undoing a recent change to its annual financial disclosure form that deleted information about free trips members have taken. Members had explained the change as a way to streamline paperwork, particularly when more detailed information is available elsewhere. They decided the bad publicity wasn't worth the trouble.

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Export-Import Controversy Gives Rise To A Tale Of Two Washingtons

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 3:09pm

While a debate rages over the future of the Export-Import Bank in Washington, D.C., the bank's potential demise has drawn warnings from the other Washington — Washington state. Ashley Gross of KPLU reports that businesses, labor unions and politicians are raising alarm bells about potentially severe consequences.

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Federal Highway Program Could Run Out Of Money Next Month

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 12:50pm

The Highway Trust Fund has been short billions for years. Without more money, the White House says construction delays will put people out of work, but Congress can't agree on a fix.

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Is Robin Thicke Just A 'Creepy Crooner'? The 'Shop' Guys Weigh In

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 12:39pm

From fireworks to singer Robin Thicke's new album falling flat, the Barbershop guys weigh in the week's happenings.

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Will Texas GOP Candidate's Remarks On Chemicals Prove Toxic?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:35am

After a big explosion last year, Texans are worried about what's in nearby chemical plants. Attorney General Greg Abbott, who's running for governor, isn't making it easier for them to find out.

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Saudi Arabia Reportedly Moves 30,000 Troops To Iraqi Border

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 8:54am

The reported deployment comes amid reports that Iraqi forces have abandoned their positions in the region amid a Sunni-led insurgency.

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Why Are Kids From Central America Risking Solo Travel To The U.S.?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 4:18am

The White House has asked Congress for $2 billion to respond to the record number of children arriving at the U.S. border. The funds would be used for shelters and to process deportation proceedings.

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An Uncertain Future Of The U.S. Terrorism Insurance Program

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:09am

The federal program, which would pay for catastrophic damage if a U.S. city was attacked again, is up for renewal this year and some have begun to worry that it may be in trouble.

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Is Unlimited Spending On Political Speech A Protected Right?

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 4:58pm

Do individuals and organizations have a constitutional right to unlimited spending on their own political speech? Legal experts face off on the issue in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

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For Interior Secretary, Getting Outdoors Is In The Job Description

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 3:06pm

As CEO of an outdoor equipment retailer, Sally Jewell was used to taking risks. Now, as the secretary of the interior, she has found there's little appetite for it in government.

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As Supreme Court Term Ends, Journalist Examines Its Decisions

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 1:47pm

The Supreme Court term ended Monday. The New York Times correspondent and lawyer Adam Liptak talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about what the decisions reveal about the nine justices.

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