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'Hot' Oregon Blueberry Fight Prompts Farm Bill Changes

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:15am

A dispute between Beaver State blueberry farmers and workers causes Congress to change an obscure provision in a 1938 labor law. Some fear it will delay pickers' paychecks.

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In Ann Arbor, Obama Gathers Support For Minimum Wage Hike

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:42am

The Senate could vote on a minimum wage bill as soon as next week. But it is hard to imagine the Republican-controlled House will take it up.

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Democrats: Benghazi Probes Are Wasteful, Politically Motivated

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:42am

Citing millions of dollars spent already, Democrats argue politics is not a good reason to spend millions more investigating the attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya more than a year ago.

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W.Va. Political Shift Changes Fundamentals Of Government

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:42am

Linda Wertheimer talks to Evan Osnos about his New Yorker piece in which he explores how the coal industry has become a political player in the state, and what that could mean for future regulation.

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Court's Decision Will Encourage Joint Fundraising Committees

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:42am

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down limits on how much a single individual can give in total to candidates and parties. The ruling could give wealthy donors even more influence in elections.

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High Court Strikes Down Overall Limits On Political Contributions

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:42am

The Supreme Court on Wednesday took out a major pillar of campaign finance limits. The justices ruled a donor may give the maximum amount to as many federal candidates or committees as they wish.

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NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular Than President

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 2:38am

After a horrendous October rollout, the ACA is viewed a little more favorably now. But the number of people who intensely oppose the law is 12 percentage points higher than those who strongly back it.

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Campaign Finance Ruling Winners: The Political Pros

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 5:36pm

In practical terms, the Supreme Court ruling could mean more money flowing to political operatives and party committees.

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A Younger, Wealthier Capital City Turns A Political Page

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 4:13pm

Democrats in Washington, D.C., rejected scandal-plagued Mayor Vincent Gray's re-election bid, turning instead to a challenger three decades his junior and with appeal to the rapidly gentrifying city.

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Dogged By Scandal, DC Incumbent Goes Down In Primary

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 3:03pm

The incumbent mayor of the nation's capital will not be re-elected. A federal investigation into Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign, along with allegations lodged just weeks before the election, helped propel his closest opponent to a surprise double-digit victory in the Democratic primary.

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Drawing On Family History, Julian Castro Hopes To Paint Texas Blue

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 3:03pm

The story of the changing demographics in Texas can, in many ways, be told through the family history of Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio. Mayor Castro discusses his story, as well as what Texas' expanding Hispanic population means for the state's political future.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Pillar Of Campaign Finance Limits

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 3:03pm

A divided Supreme Court eliminated the overall limits on a donor's contributions to federal candidates and campaigns, while leaving in place the limit on what a donor may give to one candidate.

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High Court's Campaign Finance Ruling Has Critics Dismayed

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 3:03pm

Adam Lioz, of the public policy organization Demos, says that Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling will further empower a small, elite group of political donors. He offers a critical perspective on the ruling.

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Congress Vs. CIA: The Struggle Over Transparency Nears A Flashpoint

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 3:03pm

A Senate committee vote expected this week marks the latest chapter in a bitter power struggle between Congress and the CIA over detention and interrogation practices.

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Cycling's Catching On In Texas, For A Very Texas Reason

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 3:03pm

Texans overwhelmingly choose cars and trucks for their commutes, but in cities like Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, policy leaders have incentives to support cycling. They say it's good for business.

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The Senate Versus The CIA: A Struggle At Flashpoint

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 1:23pm

A Senate committee vote, expected this week, marks the latest chapter in a bitter power struggle between Congress and the CIA over detention and interrogation practices.

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A State Fossil For S. Carolina Faces Mammoth Obstacle

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:14pm

The state senate is wrangling with amendments to insert language inspired by the book of Genesis into a bill to make the Columbian Mammoth the state's fossil.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Overall Limits On Political Contributions

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 9:59am

In a 5-4 decision, the court's conservative justices joined to eliminate the aggregate cap on contributions, but left in place a limit on donations to individual candidates.

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Ryan's Budget Plan Takes Midterm Elections Into Consideration

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 4:00am

Liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans both can find a lot to love in House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's latest budget proposal. In the Senate, there's no chance the plan will pass.

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Debate Over Repealing Health Care Law Is Over, Obama Says

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 4:00am

Six months after a disastrous rollout, more than 7 million people had signed up for health insurance on the federal and state exchanges when the deadline passed on Monday.

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