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Remembering The Texans Who Made Attack Ads Nastier

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 3:16pm

Texas Republican Harold Simmons, who died last weekend, was known for throwing millions of dollars into fiercely aggressive attack ads against Democrats. His death, along with that of Texas conservative Bob Perry earlier this year, signals the fading of the first wave of mega-donors in modern American politics.

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Top Global Stories To Watch In 2014

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:53am

Tell Me More chats with a global roundtable, about stories to watch this year in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR's East Africa correspondent Gregory Warner who is in Kenya; Fernando Espeulas of Univision; and Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Doha Center.

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Colorado's Pot Law Fires Up This Week

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:53am

Retail sales of recreational marijuana are now legal in Colorado. Host Michel Martin looks at the highs, and possible lows of the new law with Dana Coffield of The Denver Post, and The Sacramento Bee's Peter Hecht, author of Weed Land.

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Apologies Needed For Beyonce's Song?

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:52am

Critics are slamming Beyonce for using an audio clip from the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in her new song "XO." Was she being insensitive, or artistic? Host Michel Martin hears from the beauty shop ladies: journalists Bridget Johnson and Keli Goff, and Maria Teresa Kumar of Voto Latino.

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As Promised, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Files For Re-Election

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 9:55am

He admitted in November to having smoked crack, and Ford has been stripped of most duties. But he insists he's the best mayor Canada's largest city has ever had. The election is set for Oct. 27. The mayor's campaign slogan: "Ford More Years."

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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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