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For TSA Officers, Congress' Inaction On Funding Could Hit Home

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 3:22am

If Congress doesn't fund the Department of Homeland Security this week, most DHS employees will likely be ordered to stay on the job — and make do without a paycheck until funding is restored.

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Malcolm X's Public Speaking Power

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 7:04pm

On the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X's assassination, commentator Gwen Thompkins wants his skill as a public speaker and debater to be remembered as a key part of his legacy.

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Pussy Riot Releases Its First Song In English

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 7:03am

The Russian band Pussy Riot is well known for protesting the Russian government. Now the group has released its first song in English. NPR's Scott Simon talks to band member Nadya Tolokonnikova.

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Looming Presidiental Race Divides National Governors Group

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 7:03am

The National Governors Association is in Washington for its winter meeting, and there is no lack of talk about the 2016 White House. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Ron Elving about the week in politics.

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To Libertarians, Rand Paul Is 'Libertarian-Ish'

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 7:03am

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said he's likely to announce whether he'll run in 2016 in the next two months. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Nick Gillespie of Reason.com about the libertarian landscape.

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Governors Meeting Allows 2016 Hopefuls To Grab The Spotlight

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 3:46pm

This weekend's National Governors Association meeting in Washington, D.C., offers an opportunity for ambitious governors to grab the spotlight and preen for 2016.

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Canadian Lawmaker Uses 'Tight Underwear' Excuse To Explain Absence

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 9:17am

Blaming his absence during a vote on too-small underwear that makes him uncomfortable, a member of Canada's House of Commons earns applause from his colleagues.

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White House Worries Extremists Are Winning The Propaganda War

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 4:04am

The Obama administration's effort to counter violent extremism includes trying to find a way to fight the messages of sectarian strife coming from groups like the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

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What Would Jeb Do On Iraq? He Won't Say

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 3:02pm

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he loves his father and older brother, but would be his "own man" in matters of foreign policy.

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By The Numbers: White House Takes On Violent Extremism

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 2:04pm

Domestic and world leaders gather this week to discuss terror threats. Here's a look by the numbers.

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2014 Midterm Election Was The Most Expensive One Yet

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:46pm

The $3.77 billion appeared to come from a smaller cadre of donors than in the 2010 midterms, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

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Why Congress Doesn't Really Worry About What Most Americans Think

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 9:01am

Polls show Americans are largely in favor of authorizing further actions against the Islamic State. Yet there is one group of Americans that is having far more trouble deciding how it feels: Congress.

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Gallup Ranks Red And Blue States

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 4:12am

Gallup has released its list of the most Democratic and most Republican states in the nation. We'll look at which states made the list and why.

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U.S. Communities Called On To Prevent Home-Grown Terrorism

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 3:01am

Preventing home-grown terrorism is the focus of meetings at the White House this week. Experts say more than 20,000 foreign fighters have traveled to Syria to sign up with the so-called Islamic State.

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Oregon Ushers One Governor Out; Another One In On Wednesday

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:36am

Secretary of State Kate Brown will become the second woman to serve as Oregon's governor. She replaces fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber who is resigning amid a criminal ethics investigation.

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Joe Biden Gets A Bit Too Close To New Secretary Of Defense's Wife

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 6:19pm

After swearing in Ash Carter as defense secretary, Vice President Biden pulled Stephanie Carter close and then whispered something in her ear. It was, um, awkward.

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Judge's Decision Leaves Immigrants In Legal Limbo

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 3:06pm

A federal judge in Texas has blocked the start of President Obama's controversial executive action on immigration. Now some unauthorized immigrants are waiting to see what happens to new programs designed to temporarily protect them from deportation.

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Texas Judge Halts Obama's Executive Action On Immigration

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 3:06pm

Despite a setback in court, the White House insists President Obama's executive action on immigration is on firm legal footing. The legal fight could have political ramifications.

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For Congressional Committees, It's All In The Name

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 2:34pm

A Senate Judiciary subcommittee dropped "human rights" and "civil rights" from its name last month, sparking some controversy. But does the congressional name game even matter?

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Ashton Carter Is Sworn In As Obama's 4th Defense Secretary

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 10:53am

The cold and snow that walloped Washington didn't stop Ashton Carter from reporting for work at the Pentagon Tuesday. Carter was sworn in as the 25th U.S. Secretary of Defense on Tuesday.

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