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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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4 Lessons From Liz Cheney's Ill-Fated Senate Run

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 4:02pm

Even before family health issues arose, Cheney's campaign appeared to face dim prospects in the Wyoming GOP primary against Sen. Mike Enzi. One lesson from her now-ended bid: A famous political name only gets you so far.

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Senate Returns To Votes On Jobless Benefits, Janet Yellen Nomination

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 2:57pm

The Senate returned from its two-week holiday break on Monday. They are expected to vote on extending jobless benefits and to confirm the nomination of Janet Yellen as chair of the Federal Reserve Board.

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Stories To Watch In 2014

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 11:36am

Host Michel Martin and guests talk about stories to watch out for in 2014. She hears from Jason Johnson, political science professor at Hiram College, Julio Ricardo Varela of the blog Latino Rebels, and Brendan Costello, co-host of radio's The Largest Minority.

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Reframing The Immigration Conversation For 2014

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 11:32am

As Congress returns from winter break, Speaker of the House John Boehner has called comprehensive immigration reform a priority. Host Michel Martin talks with immigration policy advocates Mark Krikorian and Ali Noorani about the political prospects for reform this year.

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In One Man's Story, Two Sides Of The Immigration Debate

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 11:28am

Mexico native Osiris Hoil overstayed his visa when he came to the U.S. Today, he employs more than 100 people at his restaurant chain District Taco. He's also a U.S. citizen now. Should immigration laws make it easier for people like Hoil to become citizens? Host Michel Martin hears from advocates on both sides of the immigration debate.

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Immigrant Turned Entrepreneur: 'Taco Stand Was My School'

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 11:27am

Behind the heated debate over national immigration policy are millions of personal stories of struggle and triumph. Mexican native Osiris Hoil began his life in the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant, and became a successful entrepreneur. He talks with host Michel Martin about his journey.

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Reports: Liz Cheney Drops Senate Bid; Family 'Health Issues'

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 6:00am

The former vice president's daughter split Republicans in Wyoming with her challenge to a fellow conservative, Sen. Mike Enzi. She also sparked a public family feud with her opposition to same-sex marriage.

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The Campaign For Jobless Benefits Begins In Congress

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 10:58am

Senate Democrats will ring in the New Year with a vote on a three-month extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed. Benefits for those jobless for more than six months expired on Dec. 28. Prospects for a revival of benefits are uncertain at best in the Senate, and the measure faces even bigger hurdles in the House.

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How The Media Comes To Consensus

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 7:08am

Certain issues brook no dissent. But how do media outlets decide if and when a strong enough consensus has emerged to safely dismiss other viewpoints?

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Debt Ceiling, Immigration Confrontations Loom In Congress

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 6:44am

There's much on the congressional agenda beyond Monday's Senate vote on jobless benefits. The debt ceiling and immigration reform are sure to be big issues, and President Obama will lay out his priorities in his State of the Union later in January. NPR's political correspondent Mara Liasson talks with Rachel Martin about what to expect from congress in the new year.

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With Benefits Cut, Unemployed Take Stock Of Dwindling Options

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 1:59pm

Emergency unemployment insurance expired Dec. 28 for an estimated 1.3 million Americans. That includes more than 220,000 Californians. They responded with everything from returning Christmas presents for cash to packing up and leaving the state. Congress could still renew these emergency benefits, as they have multiple times since 2008.

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Former First Lady Barbara Bush Released From Hospital

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 11:39am

She was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Monday for treatment of pneumonia. Bush, 88, responded well and is now at home, a family spokesman says.

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House GOP Puts Another 'Target' On Obamacare

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 4:08pm

House Republicans plan to start the year with a vote on legislation to better safeguard the personal data that Healthcare.gov collects. Democrats see it as yet another attempt to undermine the health law, but see political risk in voting against more security for sensitive consumer data.

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Obama Administration Moves To Alter Gun-Buying Rules

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:06pm

Federal agencies are proposing new rules for handling gun buyers' background checks, in changes the White House says will "keep guns out of potentially dangerous hands." The changes include a clarification of rules barring firearm possession due to mental health problems.

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Week In Politics: de Blasio Sworn In, Benghazi Comes Back And Brooks On Pot

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 2:44pm

Audie Cornish speaks with regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times for the latest in political news. They discuss newly minted New York City mayor Bill de Blasio's promise to deliver on his populist campaign agenda, the political implications of the latest revelations in last year's attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, and David Brooks' op-ed on pot-smoking.

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Congress Works To Flesh Out Budget Deal Before Jan. 15 Deadline

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 2:44pm

It's been more than a month since leaders of the House and Senate budget committee worked out a broad agreement for federal spending, and their staffs are still working furiously to flesh out the outline before the deadline of January 15. So for many on Capitol Hill, there's been no holiday break.

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