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5 Takeways From The Equal-Pay Debate

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 4:06pm

While Republicans launched some effective counterattacks on the equal pay issue, keep in mind the White House is making a political case to voters — not a statistical argument to economists.

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This Week In Politics: Sebelius, Civil Rights And Immigration

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 3:00pm

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss Kathleen Sebelius' resignation, Jeb Bush's immigration comments and the civil rights anniversary.

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As Sebelius Steps Down, Obama Taps Budget Director To Replace Her

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 3:00pm

President Obama bid farewell Friday to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, whose lengthy tenure was marred by the botched rollout of the government's health insurance website. Obama wants his budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to replace Sebelius.

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5 Things To Know About The New Health Secretary

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 2:34pm

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Obama's nominee to replace retiring HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, has small-town roots and big-time government experience.

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Congress Votes To Bar Entry To Iran's U.N. Ambassador

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:35am

The ban, which passed the House late Thursday, is aimed at denying entry to Hamid Aboutalebi, who was among the students who seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979.

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'I Knew It Wouldn't Be Easy,' Outgoing Health Secretary Sebelius Says

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 9:52am

With Kathleen Sebelius leaving as health secretary, the president is turning to budget chief Sylvia Mathews Burwell to run the agency that oversees the Affordable Care Act — better known as Obamacare.

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VIDEO: Woman Throws Shoe At Hillary Clinton, No Harm Done

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 6:49am

The flying footwear missed the former secretary of state and potential 2016 presidential contender. She was giving a speech in Las Vegas. "Is that part of Cirque du Soleil?" Clinton joked.

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Obama, Bush Mark Passage Of 1964 Civil Rights Act

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 5:43am

Barack Obama and George W. Bush, two U.S. presidents with little in common in terms of policy, personal style and politics, each paid tribute to the legacy of President Lyndon Johnson.

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Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius To Step Down

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 4:12am

The move comes about 6 months after the disastrous roll out of the health insurance website. It was eventually fixed, but not before delivering a severe blow to the president's approval ratings.

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Obama And Al Sharpton: An Odd Couple Who Make Political Sense

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 6:38pm

For the cautious president and the free-wheeling reverend, there's a political symbiosis that comes from sharing the same stage.

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Sebelius, Leader Of Rocky Health Care Rollout, Resigns From HHS

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 6:09pm

Kathleen Sebelius has resigned from her position as secretary of health and human services. President Obama accepted her resignation, and he plans to nominate Sylvia Matthews Burwell to replace her.

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Judges Appear Divided In Case On Utah's Gay Marriage Ban

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 5:53pm

A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in the case prompted by last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.

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German Fears About U.S. Spying Could Hurt Trade Deal

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 4:38pm

In a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, Germans overwhelmingly said they prefer EU data privacy standards to those of the U.S.

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Ryan Budget Vote Produces 'Win' For Both Parties

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 4:09pm

Democrats made lots of speeches about the horrors of the GOP's Ryan budget. Republicans made lots of speeches about its wonders. The actual effect on public policy? None.

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Luci Baines Johnson: Vietnam War 'Lanced' LBJ's Gut Every Night

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:48pm

NPR's Don Gonyea spoke to LBJ's younger daughter about the personal costs of the presidency. "It was his cross to bear, and we felt it very much at home as well as in a public way," she says.

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Austin Hosts Presidents Past And Present To Honor Civil Rights

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:08pm

President Obama is in Austin, Texas, honoring the legacy of President Lyndon Johnson and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He's one of four U.S. presidents to appear at a civil rights summit this week.

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Budget Bomb-Throwing Resumes With Party Line Vote

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:08pm

The House voted Thursday to approve the budget introduced by Paul Ryan. It was passed on a party line vote. NPR's Tamara Keith joins the program to talk politics and policy.

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Wonk Week In Washington: When Briefings Are Better Than Blossoms

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:41am

Let the tourists stare at the cherry blossoms. This week, with its World Bank and IMF meetings, is for the true, serious wonks who just can't get enough of lecture halls and soggy hors d'oeuvres.

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