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Congress Clashes Over Release Of CIA Torture Report

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 1:46am

Senate Democrats plan to release a long-withheld torture report this week, but the State Department wants more delay because of feared repercussions — both at home and overseas.

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Congress Clashes Over Release Of CIA Torture Report

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 1:45am

Senate Democrats plan to release a long-withheld torture report this week, but the State Department wants more delay because of feared repercussions — both at home and overseas.

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Mary Landrieu Loses Senate Seat In La. Runoff

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 3:54pm

Democrat Mary Landrieu was the lone Democrat from the deep south in the Senate. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Emory University professor Andra Gillespie about the changing political landscape of the South.

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In Troubled Times, Does 'The Black Church' Still Matter?

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 6:37am

As the nation endures a season of racial tension, NPR's Michel Martin talks about the mission of the black church and whether it remains relevant in the social justice movement.

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GOP Unseats Landrieu In Louisiana

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 6:37am

Republicans have reason to party in New Orleans this weekend. The GOP picked up a ninth Senate seat in Louisiana's runoff election Saturday — and by a wide margin.

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Lame Duck Congress Waddles Up Against A Deadline

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 6:37am

As Congress wraps up for the year, it still must pass a federal budget, address immigration and release a torture report. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to NPR's Mara Liasson about Congress's agenda.

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Bill Cassidy Defeats Mary Landrieu In La. Senate Runoff

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 9:01pm

The Republican congressman pushed out the incumbent senator, boosting the GOP majority in the Senate.

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Obama Appointees Could Become Targets For GOP Ire

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 6:47am

Two nominees to President Obama's cabinet await Senate confirmation hearings. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with senior Washington editor Ron Elving about their prospects.

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Ashton Carter Nominated For Secretary Of Defense

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 3:20pm

Unlike outgoing Secretary Hagel, Carter is no former soldier — he's a theoretical physicist but knows the inner workings of the Pentagon well. Leading Senate Republicans say he'll be easily confirmed.

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Immigration Awkwardness Could Cloud Obama's Meeting With Governors

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 3:14pm

President Obama is expected to talk about the economy with several governors-elect at the White House, even as one of them spearheads a legal challenge against his executive actions on immigration.

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2014: The Year When The Job Market Finally Turned The Corner

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 2:38pm

Seven years after the Great Recession began, the U.S. job market finally is growing at a robust pace. In November, employers added 321,000 workers, raised wages and extended the average workweek.

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Obama Taps Ashton Carter As Defense Secretary Nominee

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 9:30am

Carter, a former No. 2 at the Pentagon, would succeed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. If confirmed, he will be President Obama's fourth defense secretary.

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New Jersey Legislature Clears Gov. Chris Christie In Bridge Scheme

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 6:04am

The report, however, found that two former aides acted with "perceived impunity" when they ordered the shutdown of some lanes of the George Washington Bridge last year.

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Obama Expected To Select Ashton Carter As Defense Secretary

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 4:01am

On Friday, President Obama is expected to announce his pick to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Signs suggest that it will be Ashton Carter, who has served in many senior jobs at the Pentagon.

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Saturday's Runoff Will Decide If Sen. Landrieu Still Represents Louisiana

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 4:01am

Democrat Mary Landrieu is in the last day of a bitter campaign to try to keep her Senate seat. Voters will choose between Landrieu, who has served three terms, and Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy.

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'New Republic,' In Major Change, Cuts Publishing Schedule; Top Editor Out

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 4:29pm

Editor Franklin Foer and longtime literary editor Leon Wieseltier are both leaving. The magazine will drop to 20 issues a year from 10 and move its headquarters from Washington, D.C., to New York.

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For Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Aiding Children With Disabilities Is Personal

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 3:27pm

While Thursday's House vote on immigration reminds us that Congress remains divided, one bill enjoyed bipartisan support this week.

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Louisiana's Edwin Edwards May Be On His Last Political Stand

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 3:07pm

The 87-year-old former Democratic governor and convicted felon is in a congressional runoff with Republican Garrett Graves and voters will decide between the two on Saturday.

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House Passes Symbolic Vote Cancelling Obama's Immigration Action

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 3:07pm

The House passed a measure that declares President Obama's immigration actions null and void. It's largely symbolic, but could be a first step in further Republican efforts to try to roll back Obama's moves.

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16 Things Michele Bachmann Will Miss About Congress

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 6:12am

The Minnesota Republican is not running for a fifth House term. She wrote in BuzzFeed that she'll miss, among other things, smoke-filled rooms and Seersucker Thursdays.

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