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After Derailment, Congress Debates Lifting Amtrak's Damage Cap

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:06am

Democrats are moving to raise the liability cap on Amtrak accidents, which was set at $200 million 18 years ago. They say the cap prevents full compensation for last week's derailment in Philadelphia.

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Beau Biden, Vice President Joe Biden's Son, Hospitalized

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 6:26pm

The former Delaware attorney general is being treated at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. In 2013, he underwent surgery after being diagnosed with a brain lesion.

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Foundations To SEC: Force Corporations To Disclose Political Giving

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:51pm

Secret money in politics has been controversial since the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United. Now, about 70 charitable foundations are asking the SEC to end that secrecy.

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Nearly 70 Charities Call For An End To Secret Corporate Political Spending

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:51pm

The president of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund says 70 top philanthropic foundations are urging the Securities and Exchange Commission to enact a disclosure rule for corporate political spending.

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After A Month, The 7 Questions Hillary Clinton Answered From The Media

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:26pm

Clinton ended a nearly month-long avoidance of press questions, and addressed the release of her e-mails, foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation, the state of Iraq and more.

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State Department To Release Hillary Clinton Emails By January 2016

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 3:28pm

Campaigning in Iowa Tuesday, former Secretary of State Clinton said the timing of the release is beyond her control. It was the first time she answered questions from the press in several weeks.

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FEMA To Require States To Assess Climate Change Risk In Disaster Plans

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 3:28pm

Several U.S. senators are accusing the Federal Emergency Management Agency of injecting "unnecessary, ideological-based red tape" into the disaster preparedness process. The agency is requiring states to deal with climate change in their disaster plans as a condition for federal disaster mitigation grants.

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Fall Of Ramadi Sparks New Criticism Over U.S. Strategy In Iraq

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 3:28pm

The fall of Ramadi, Iraq, to self-declared Islamic State militants has highlighted possible shortcomings in the U.S. strategy to fight the Islamic State.

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As States Ready Disaster Plans, Feds Urge Them To Consider Climate Change

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 3:28pm

Several U.S. senators are accusing the Federal Emergency Management Agency of injecting "unnecessary, ideological-based red tape" into the disaster-preparedness process.

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60 Percent: Record Number Of Americans Support Same-Sex Marriage In Poll

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 3:08pm

It's a far cry from 1996, the first year in which Gallup posed the question to Americans. Back then, 68 percent of respondents said same-sex marriages should not be valid.

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Amtrak Train Derailment Highlights Delays Installing Safety Controls

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:05am

The delay in installing the automated control system that may have prevented last week's Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia is being blamed on not enough funding and complex design issues.

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Supporters Aim To Protect Adult Adoptees From Deportation

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:05am

When a child is adopted by a U.S. citizen, they become a U.S. citizen. But that process didn't become automatic until 2000, and adoptees that had aged into adulthood were excluded.

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Highway Trust Fund Is 'Broke,' Ex-Transportation Secretary LaHood Says

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:05am

Lawmakers face a deadline to fund federal highway and mass transit repair. One option is to increase a gas tax. Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood talks to Steve Inskeep about his ideas.

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Nevada GOP Aggressively Tries To Break Democrats' Lock On Latino Voters

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:05am

Latino voters in swing states like Nevada could decide the outcome of the 2016 race for president. Democrats have historically had a lock on their vote. But Republicans think they can change that.

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Lawmakers Divided Over McConnell's Desire To Extend Surveillance Plan

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:05am

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to extend the provision of the Patriot Act that authorizes the NSA's bulk collection of phone records before it expires. Others want the program reined in.

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Community Policing Doesn't Sit Well With Everyone, Former Prosecutor Says

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 4:15pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Eugene O'Donnell, a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a former NYPD officer and prosecutor, who says not everyone agrees on how police should work.

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Here's What People Are Saying About The Waco Shootout And Race

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:54pm

People are contrasting media and police reaction to the Texas shootout with their reaction to the recent protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo.

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Obama To Regulate Police Use Of Some Military-Style Hardware

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:24pm

President Obama visited Camden, N.J., Monday to discuss recommendations from his task force on 21st century policing. The White House is setting new limits on police use of military hardware.

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Michigan Lawmakers, Industry Executives Debate Film Incentive Program

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:24pm

In 2008, Michigan passed the most generous film tax rebate program in the country. The goal was to create a booming film industry, but some studies showed the program costed the taxpayers too much.

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White House Says Fall Of Ramadi, Iraq, Is A 'Setback'

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:24pm

The Obama administration downplays the self-proclaimed Islamic State takeover of the important Iraqi city of Ramadi as Iraq emerges again as a major American political issue.

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