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Senate Panel Considers Nominee To Head Safety Commission

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:54am

Elliot Kaye is President Obama's nominee to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission. He made a name for himself pushing safety changes to youth football.

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White House Learns Complications Of Pay Equity Debate

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:46pm

It's no surprise that Democrats are pushing the equal pay issue: It's a political winner among women. But the economics behind the current inequity and the challenges of righting it are complicated.

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An Angry Hearing On The Hill For 'Cockamamie' Twitter-like Network

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 3:13pm

During a hearing Tuesday, Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy vented anger about a USAID program to fund a failed, Twitter-like network in Cuba.

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Holder Plays Asparagus Card Against GOP Antagonist

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 2:56pm

When a Texas Republican congressman criticized Eric Holder Tuesday, the attorney general hit him with a dose of snark.

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The Politics Of Equal Pay: It's More Than A Women's Issue

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 2:26pm

The pay equity issue, which President Obama and Democrats are using as a central campaign theme, could also gain traction with male voters.

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San Francisco's Chinatown Hurt By Yee Scandal

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:00am

State Sen. Leland Yee, who's been indicted in a FBI probe, doesn't represent Chinatown. But the scandal fits neatly into a caricature of Chinatown, says Sue Lee of the Chinese Historical Society.

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Next Chapter Unfolds In San Francisco Political Scandal

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:00am

Democratic state Senator Leland Yee is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday to hear the eight felony charges filed against him. Steve Inskeep talks to veteran San Francisco writer Tim Redmond.

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Obama's Executive Orders Take On Unequal Pay For Women

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:00am

President Obama signs two executive orders Tuesday morning, designed to encourage federal contractors to pay men and women equally. The move could bring more Democratic-leaning women to the polls.

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La. Congressman Asks For Forgiveness After Compromising Video

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:47am

A newspaper in West Monroe, La., published a video of freshman U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister kissing a woman who wasn't his wife.

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Senate OKs Jobless Bill; House Prospects Slimmer

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:38am

The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. Republican supporters appealed to Speaker Boehner to permit election-year action in the House too.

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Study: States Did Better Job Running Elections In 2012

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:03pm

Most states improved improved their election performance between 2008 and 2012, with overall wait times at polling stations decreasing in many places.

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Former Senate Rivals Team Up To Combat Campus Sexual Assault

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 4:27pm

Sens. Claire McCaskill and Kirsten Gillibrand are calling for increased funding to bulk up the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.

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Openly-Gay Candidate May Help Mass. GOP End Losing Streak

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 4:12am

Massachusetts Republicans have lost the last 92 U.S. House races in a row. It's the worst GOP losing streak in the country. But, Republicans think they've found their savior in Richard Tisei.

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India Begins World's Largest Election

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 3:09am

The country's 814 million electorate will vote in stages over the next five weeks to choose representatives to its 543-seat lower house of parliament. Results are expected on May 16.

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Welcome To Voting Rights Boot Camp

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 2:24am

In the aftermath of a Supreme Court ruling last year, advocates worry that jurisdictions are quietly making changes to disenfranchise minorities. A training program is designed to counter that.

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Obama Is Poised To Sign Executive Order On Equal Pay And Contractors

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 3:20pm

Seeking to advance the cause of equal pay for women, President Obama plans to sign am executive order Tuesday barring federal contractors from retaliating against employees who compare salaries.

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With Enrollee Goal Met, Obamacare Still Faces Political Trial

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 11:24am

The Affordable Care Act's poll numbers may rise now that seven million more Americans have a stake in its survival. Yet even a small number of people can still make trouble for the law.

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