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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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In Berlin, Jeb Bush Calls On Russia To Respect Ukraine's Sovereignty

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 4:03am

Jeb Bush is expected to announce his 2016 presidential bid this week — though he has been acting a lot like a candidate for many months now. That includes a trip to Europe.

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Former House Speaker Hastert Pleads Not Guilty In Hush Money Case

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 4:03am

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is accused by federal prosecutors of illegally structuring bank withdrawals to evade reporting requirements, and then lying about it to the FBI.

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Obama Defends Health Care Law As Supreme Court Ruling Nears

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 4:30pm

President Obama defends the health care reform law as the Supreme Court prepares to issue a ruling in a case that could dismantle it. The law still remains controversial politically.

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Dennis Hastert Investigation 'Undoubtedly Began' With The Banks

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 4:30pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Jeffrey Toobin, a staff writer for The New Yorker, about the legal logic of the case against former House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

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After Bad Experience At VA Hospital, Congressman Works To Fix The System

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 4:24pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Seth Moulton, a former Marine and congressman who is trying to fix the Veterans Affairs health system.

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Bush Talks Tough Against Russia In First Foreign Address

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 4:19pm

The likely 2016 GOP presidential contender also pushed for increased U.S. trade relations in the region.

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Dennis Hastert Pleads Not Guilty In Federal Court

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 3:23pm

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert plead not guilty in federal court Tuesday on charges he violated banking laws and lied about it to the FBI.

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New Jersey's Top Court Rules In Favor Of Gov. Christie On Pensions

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 3:23pm

New Jersey's highest court ruled Tuesday that Gov. Chris Christie does not have to pay more money into the state's pension funds.

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Jeb Bush Visits Europe Ahead Of Presidential Campaign Announcement

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 3:23pm

Soon-to-be presidential candidate Jeb Bush is in Europe this week, burnishing his foreign policy credentials. At an economic conference in Berlin Tuesday, Bush said the U.S. and its allies need to be clear about the consequences if Russia fails to respect the sovereignty of its neighbors.

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No Winner In Sight As Forces Fighting In Syria Weaken

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 3:23pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Lina Khatib, director of the Carnegie Middle East Center, about the state of play in Syria.

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Advocates Push To Bring Solitary Confinement Out Of The Shadows

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 3:10pm

Some big states have been moving to limit the numbers of people they send to solitary but officials say it's necessary to maintain control and, in some cases, protect the prisoners themselves.

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Abortion Restriction Law Is Backed By Federal Court In Texas

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 1:52pm

A federal appeals court has backed key parts of Texas' controversial 2013 law that critics say would put some clinics at risk of closing.

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Here's How Inflation Has Eroded American Workers' Overtime Eligibility

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 11:06am

The Obama administration might soon make millions of workers newly eligible for overtime, but experts disagree over how the new rules should look.

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Dennis Hastert To Appear In A Chicago Courthouse For Arraignment

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 5:58am

Hastert was indicted by a federal grand jury in May over allegations of paying hush money and lying to the FBI. This would be his first public appearance since the charges became public.

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Latest Domestic Surveillance Issues Conjure Up Church Committee's Probe

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 4:04am

Overreach by U.S. intelligence agencies and calls for more oversight — may sound like recent headlines but it happened 4 decades ago. The response: a landmark Senate inquiry by the Church Committee.

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Some States Make Obamacare Backup Plans, As Supreme Court Decision Looms

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 2:47am

A Supreme Court ruling could threaten health insurance subsidies in about three dozen states. But many states aren't sharing contingency plans lest they be seen as supporting Obamacare.

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Jeb Bush Faces His Own Foreign Policy Test With Europe Trip

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 11:36pm

The likely 2016 candidate hopes to avoid the mistakes that have haunted his other presidential rivals while separating himself from his brother.

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Court Sides With President Over Congress In 'Jerusalem' Passport Dispute

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 5:38pm

In a 6-3 decision, the high court sided with the White House over Congress on the thorny foreign policy issue.

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Indian Prime Minister Gives Backhanded Compliment To Bangladeshi Counterpart

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 3:41pm

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi's praise for his Bangladeshi counterpart's tough stance on terrorism "despite being a woman" has sparked an avalanche of criticism and a Twitter hashtag.

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