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Health Insurance Premiums Will Go Up In 2016, But By How Much?

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 2:27am

Most people buying Obamacare plans next year are likely to face a small increase in the price of monthly premiums, early numbers suggest. A few plans are asking for steep price hikes, but that's rare.

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Dreams From My Mother: Clinton To Look To Mom In Campaign Kickoff

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 6:03pm

The Democrat will also trace her own personal history as she tries to appeal to the Obama coalition of voters in her campaign launch on Saturday.

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U.S. Export-Import Bank Targeted By Conservatives

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 5:27pm

The agency that helps finance U.S. companies overseas has long been a favorite of big business. But now some members of Congress, who see it as a symbol of corporate welfare, want to see it expire.

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Parties Say They Trust Hastert Judge's Impartiality

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:54pm

Judge Thomas Durkin had donated money to Hastert's reelection campaigns and worked with people involved in the case. He offered to let another judge take over but both sides want him to stay.

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Political Consultant To Be Sentenced For Violating Campaign Finance Law

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:35pm

A political consultant is to be sentenced Friday for the arcane felony of coordinating activities between a congressional campaign and a super PAC. He could get four to 10 years in prison.

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Scottish First Minister: 'Independent Scotland Would Be A Powerful Voice'

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:11pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish first minister, who is visiting the U.S. for the first time since she took the top spot in Scottish leadership.

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Bros Before What? Lindsey Graham Would Be Third Bachelor Elected President

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 3:33pm

Sen. Mark Kirk had an embarrassing hot mic moment Thursday with a less-than-flattering characterization of bachelor Sen. Lindsey Graham.

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#TBT A Brief History Of (Political) Seersucker

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 1:58pm

Washington seems to have finally warmed up to the cool, puckered summer fabric that has a storied history in the nation's capital.

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Journalist Explores How Conservative Allies Paved Way For Walker's Candidacy

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 12:03pm

Patrick Healy writes that Gov. Scott Walker is a product of a loose network of conservative donors, think tanks and talk radio hosts who spent years preparing the road for his likely presidential run.

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Experiencing The 'Realities Of Being A Police Officer'

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:00am

A group that raises money for police officers subjected to investigation or lawsuits is using a simulator program to help outsiders understand the challenges of the job.

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New U.S. Poet Laureate Hopes To Invite All Communities To Express Themselves

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 4:47pm

NPR's Audie Cornish interviews Juan Felipe Herrera, the new U.S. poet laureate. He discusses his upbringing in California as the son of migrant workers.

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Freedom With Fries? Texas Official Wants Deep Fryers Back In Schools

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 3:44pm

The agricultural commissioner wants to roll back a decade-old ban on soda machines and deep fryers in schools. He says it's not about giving kids a treat but about giving school districts the choice.

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Pakistani Journalists Divided Over Whether Government Perks Cloud Their Autonomy

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 3:44pm

Pakistan's journalists have a proud history of standing up to power at great personal sacrifice. Yet most are also happy to accept massively discounted plots of prime real estate from the government.

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Obama Orders 450 Troops To Help Iraq Fight Self-Declared Islamic State

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 3:44pm

The United States will send an additional 450 troops to Iraq to act as trainers. The move comes not as a change in policy, but to speed up training and equipping of Sunni soldiers in Anbar province.

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As White House Time Winds Down, Michelle Obama Speaks Openly About Race

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 3:44pm

In a speech to the 2015 graduates of King College Prep High School in Chicago, Michelle Obama talked candidly about race and how it marked her life. Mrs. Obama has become more outspoken on the issue.

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Bernie Sanders: 'We Are The Underdog'

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 3:39pm

The presidential candidate, who has emerged as the leading critic to Hillary Clinton, sat down with WAMU's Diane Rehm to talk about his campaign, policies and his chances.

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Jeb Bush And Florida's "Scarlet Letter Law," Explained

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 2:56pm

While Jeb Bush was governor, Florida had a law requiring some women to list their sexual encounters in the newspaper. What's the controversy all about, and what did Bush have to do with it, exactly?

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Some Insured Patients Still Skipping Care Because Of High Costs

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 1:55pm

Research shows that, even with health insurance, many people put off expensive surgery, medicine and tests because they can't afford the high deductibles or copays. A few states hope to change that.

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After Nearly 30 Years, Librarian Of Congress Is Calling It Quits

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 12:41pm

James Billington helped usher the world's largest library into the digital age. The Library of Congress says he will step down on Jan. 1, 2016.

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Obama Authorizes Deploying Up To 450 More Troops To Iraq

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 6:02am

The troops would beef up the effort to train more Iraqi forces to fight the Islamic State. Some 3,000 American troops are already in Iraq to provide security or to train and advise Iraqi forces.

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