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Should Local Police Get The Military's Extra Armored Trucks?

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 3:35pm

The Pentagon has been transferring mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to local police. Built to protect U.S. forces from roadside bomb blasts at war, these huge vehicles aren't always welcome.

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The Politics Of Calling In Sick

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 6:01am

A growing grass-roots movement aims to establish paid sick leave in the U.S., enjoying some success at the city and state level. The issue is already playing big in 2014 political races.

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Sen. Menendez Wants Ukraine Supplied With Defensive Weapons

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 3:58am

David Greene talks to Sen. Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, about the situation in Ukraine. The New Jersey Democrat has just returned from a trip to Ukraine.

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Obama Fires Opening Salvo In Fall Congressional Campaign

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 3:58am

At a Labor Day picnic in Milwaukee, the president accused the GOP of blocking economic initiatives. He urged the sympathetic union audience to turn their frustration into political action in November.

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Eric Cantor Joins Wall Street Investment Bank

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 1:30am

Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is joining the boutique investment bank Moelis & Company. The Virginia Republican was unexpectedily defeated in a June primary.

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Guns Boom In 2014 Campaign Ads

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 3:07pm

Ads with candidates shooting guns are proliferating this year, and it can all be traced back to Sen. Joe Manchin's famed 2010 spot titled "Dead Aim."

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151 Years Later, Pickett's Charge Hero Gets Medal of Honor

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 8:53am

Wisconsin native Lt. Alonzo Cushing's award caps a nearly three-decade campaign to get the Civil War battle honor through Congress.

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It Might Sound Stupid, But Maybe It Isn't The Economy This Time

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 8:21am

An oft-repeated bit of campaign advice held that, "It's the economy, stupid." But maybe in this mid-term election cycle, that's not quite right.

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A Political Family, Funding And Running On Both Sides Of The Aisle

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 2:15am

The wealthy Ricketts family includes conservatives and a liberal, activists and a candidate. Between them, they raise and spend a lot of political money — and exemplify how the system has changed.

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Guantanamo Defense Lawyer Resigns, Says U.S. Case Is 'Stacked'

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 4:25pm

One of the lawyers for self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed resigned from the Army last week. He tells NPR the government is putting on a "show trial."

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Obama Faces Hard Decisions On Syria, Immigration

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 6:46am

Immigration remains one of the most challenging issues for President Obama. Political correspondent Mara Liasson discusses the political cost of the choices before him with NPR's Linda Wertheimer.

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Rick Perry's Legal Trouble: The Line Between Influence And Coercion

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 11:19am

The Texas governor is charged with abuse of office and coercing a public official, but he claims he was just doing what governors do: Vetoing a budget item.

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Federal Judge Blocks Texas Restriction On Abortion Clinics

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 9:22pm

Requiring every center that performs abortions to meet all the standards of a surgical center is excessively restrictive, said the federal district court judge who blocked that state rule Friday.

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McConnell's Campaign Manager Resigns To Avoid Being 'Distraction'

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 7:27pm

There's an investigation into a payoff scheme before the 2012 presidential caucuses in Iowa. Jesse Benton says suggestions of his involvement are inaccurate and politically motivated.

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Legal Questions Loom As Obama Weighs Military Action In Syria

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:42pm

The Obama administration is considering whether to broaden its air campaign against the extremist group the Islamic State by striking targets in Syria.

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Climate Policy Takes The Stage In Fla. Governor's Race

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:07pm

Rick Scott, Florida's GOP governor, has come under criticism for his record on the environment. Now, he's rolling out his own proposals for safeguarding the state's water and wildlife preserves.

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Week In Politics: Ukraine And The Islamic State

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:07pm

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the latest in Ukraine and the actions of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

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Texas Voter ID Law Goes To Trial

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:46pm

A federal court will hear a challenge to the Texas voter ID law next week. It's an important and closely watched voting rights case that could end up in the Supreme Court.

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The Most Bizarre Bits To Come Out Of The Trial Of Virginia's Ex-Governor

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:02pm

At issue are serious allegations of corruption, but the trial has also unveiled some unfortunate details of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's personal life.

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Rep. Ryan Calls For 'Culture Of Inclusion' To Tackle Poverty

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:33am

Congressman and former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan discusses his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.

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