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Legal Questions Raised About U.S. Military Operation In Syria

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 3:58am

Congress approved arming moderate rebels in Syria to battle Islamic State militants. Experts say that might violate international law banning the use of force against duly constituted governments.

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After Security Lapses, Congress Wants Review Of Secret Service

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 3:58am

One reason for the lapses could be low morale within the agency. And a big reason behind that may be the reorganization that placed the agency within the Department of Homeland Security.

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Gabby Giffords' Super PAC Fights For Her Old Ariz. House Seat

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 11:59am

Sympathy for former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in 2011, helped get her successor elected. Now she lobbies for tighter gun laws, and a tough ad from her PAC has stirred anger.

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How To Measure A Crowd, Without The Political Numbers

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 6:57am

The Number of the Week is: 80,000. That's the how many are protesting in Honk Kong, according to organizers. But data journalist Mona Chalabi says estimating crowd size isn't an exact science.

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Republican's May Lose Grip On Florida Panhandle House Seat

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 6:47am

One of the most competitive House races this year is in Florida's panhandle. Democrat Gwen Graham has made it a tight race in part by attacking Southerland as being out of step on women's issues.

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Secret Service's Hollywood Allure Fueled By Its Secrecy

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 6:55am

Before Secret Service agents found themselves the butt of late-night TV jokes, they were more used to being portrayed in big-budget Hollywood movies. We look at the service through Hollywood's lens.

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Understated Justice Department Lawyer Emerges As Key Player

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 6:44pm

Stuart Delery stayed out of the limelight even as he argued controversial cases. A recent promotion makes him the highest-ranking openly gay lawyer in the Justice Department.

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As Populations Shift, Democrats Hope To Paint The Sun Belt Blue

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 4:18pm

Democrats see an opportunity in the South's changing demographics. Particularly in states with growing Hispanic communities, lots of unregistered black voters and migration from other states.

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Obama Plays Off Positive Jobs Report But Voters May Not Buy It

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 3:14pm

The White House says the new jobs numbers are evidence its policies are working. It's a message President Obama is taking on the road, but it's unclear if it will move voters in the midterm elections.

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Obama's Approval Rating Dragged Down By Economic Disconnect

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 4:05am

President Obama gets low marks for his handling of the economy — and that creates an opening for Republicans heading into next month's midterm elections.

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NPR Poll: Senate Battleground Tilts Republican, But Still Anybody's Game

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 4:03am

A new NPR poll concentrates on the Senate battleground — the 12 states that will determine control of the senate next year. It found an electorate where nobody likes anybody.

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Fueled By Outside Money, Alaska Candidates Struggle To Connect At Home

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:39pm

Millions of dollars worth of ads have been dumped into the state's small media market. But out in the state, you find out those ads are getting on people's nerves.

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Democrats, Republicans Pitch Old Ideas In New Packaging

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:29pm

With a month before the midterm elections, President Obama is trying to frame the elections by touting the administration's success on the economy. Republicans have other ideas.

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As He Considers A Run For President, Rand Paul Tries to Rebrand Himself

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 1:20pm

The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza says the Republican's earlier views on foreign policy and his opposition to the Civil Rights Act may dog him, as well as the extreme libertarianism of his father, Ron Paul.

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Top Spending PAC Aims To Keep The Senate In Democratic Hands

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:02am

Senate Majority PAC, run by allies of Senate Majority Leader Reid, is the top-spending superPAC in the midterm election season. Its donors are essentially a compilation of the party's big-donor base.

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Obama Sidesteps Midterm Campaigning As Approval Ratings Slump

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 4:12pm

The president's job approval rating is somewhere in the low 40s. That means there are a lot of places where his presence would hurt more than it helps.

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The White House Could Be Made A Fortress, But Should It?

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 3:17pm

It turns out the Secret Service isn't too good at protecting the White House, and maybe one reason is that we don't want it to be.

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Sen. Warren: We Need Regulators Who 'Work For The American People'

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 4:03am

Elizabeth Warren tells NPR that newly released recordings of conversations by Federal Reserve officials show that the same kind of cozy relationships that led to the 2008 meltdown have continued.

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Transcript: Sen. Warren's Full NPR Interview On Financial Regulation

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 4:03am

Warren tells Morning Edition that audio tapes made by an investigator working for the New York Fed reenforce the perception of a disturbingly cozy relationship between regulators and banks.

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Secret Talks And Back Channels Pervaded U.S. Relationship With Cuba

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 4:03am

The new book Back Channel to Cuba, reveals how U.S. presidents, from Kennedy on, have held secret talks with Havana, even though the public stance was silence toward Cuba.

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