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3 Reasons Republicans Might Cheer A Pro-Gay-Marriage Ruling

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 5:18pm

The Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex-marriage bans Tuesday. And even though Republicans are the traditional-marriage party, they just could welcome a pro-same-sex marriage ruling.

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U.S., Japan Announce Updated Defense Guidelines

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 3:22pm

The updated 18-year-old guidelines reflect concern over China's growing influence and North Korea's nuclear capability. They also call for Japan to take a more active role in the Asia Pacific region.

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President Obama Relaxed Drone Rules For CIA Operations In Pakistan

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 3:22pm

In 2013, President Obama tightened rules for drone strikes in order to reduce civilian casualties. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Wall Street Journal correspondent Adam Entous who learned that the president secretly waived the new rules for CIA operations in Pakistan.

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Loretta Lynch Sworn In As U.S. Attorney General

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 10:31am

Lynch's nomination was confirmed last week by the U.S. Senate, five months after President Obama nominated her to succeed Eric Holder.

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Congress May Be Forced To Intervene Again On Mammogram Recommendations

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 4:09am

Six years ago, a task force caused a firestorm by saying women under 50 may not need routine mammograms. The controversy was so great, that Congress passed legislation overriding the recommendation.

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Same-Sex Marriage, In The Justices' Words

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 3:34am

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the question of same-sex marriage. In the meantime, though, we do know a good deal about the views of the justices already.

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Staten Island Candidates Avoid Talk Of Eric Garner Case

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 6:42am

In the New York Congressional district where an an unarmed black man died at the hands of police last year, neither candidate for a special congressional election is using the death to score points.

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8 Obama Jokes That Stood Out From The White House Correspondents Dinner

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 12:01am

Every year, the president sits down for dinner with Washington reporters and delivers a stand-up routine. From his "bucket list" to Hillary Clinton, here's what he came up with this year.

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Surgeon General Vivek Murthy On Gun Control, Vaccines And Science

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 6:33am

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was officially sworn in this week. His confirmation was held up for more than a year because of comments he made about gun violence. Murthy talks with NPR's Scott Simon.

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Pop-Up Podcast: Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 4:03am

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on same-sex marriage, NPR's legal and political correspondents break down the historic case.

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With Tears And Thanks, Attorney General Eric Holder Says Goodbye

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:03pm

In his final day on the job, Holder offered NPR some final reflections including recent criticism of weaponized drones and why he calls same-sex marriage the "civil rights struggle of our time."

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California Cities Struggle To Meet Water Conservation Targets

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 3:22pm

Early next month, California plans to finalize its emergency water conservation plan. Cities are under the gun to cut their water usage from anywhere between 15 and 40 percent.

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Week In Politics: Clinton Foundation, Drone Strikes

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 3:22pm

NPR's Melissa Block talks with E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times about the Clinton Foundation financial news and drone strikes.

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Young Trafficking Victim's Story On NPR Leads To Senator's Amendment

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 3:16pm

Hearing about a young woman's struggle to wipe away her conviction on prostitution charges inspired New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen to introduce legislation to help other victims.

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Read Their Lips: No New Taxes. Pledge Season Is Officially Open.

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 2:07pm

For more than a quarter century, Republicans have been asked to sign a pledge not to raise taxes. The first two presidential candidates this year have signed it, but there could be one big holdout.

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After 5-Month Delay, Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch For Attorney General

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:10am

After a long delay and a lot of partisan rancor, much of which had nothing to do with her, the Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch to be the next attorney general. She could be sworn in as early as Monday.

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Clinton Faces Bad Headlines And More Questions Of Scandal

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:03am

From questions surrounding the Clinton family foundation to a congressional investigation into Benghazi, Hillary Clinton's campaign is pushing back against allegations of scandal.

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As Governors Eye The White House, Home Takes A Back Seat

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:03am

Governing is messy, but slumping approval ratings for hopefuls like Scott Walker and Chris Christie likely won't have much impact on the presidential contest.

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Has The Senate Found It's More Fun To Be Functional?

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 2:54am

If this Senate is getting some traction, it's not yet a threat to anyone's legislative hall of fame. Much higher hurdles loom, including highway funding, spending bills and the debt ceiling.

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Has The Senate Found It's More Fun To Be Functional?

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 2:54am

If this Senate is getting some traction, it's not yet a threat to anyone's legislative hall of fame. Much higher hurdles loom, including highway funding, spending bills and the debt ceiling.

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