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Troubling Oklahoma Execution Sparks Death Penalty Debate

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 10:33am

A botched execution in Oklahoma is raising new questions about the death penalty around the country. Karen Kasler of Ohio's Statehouse News Bureau and The Dallas Morning News' Wayne Slater explain.

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Seattle Proposal Would Raise City's Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 4:05am

Seattle politicians are likely to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour this year — the highest big-city wage in the nation. But some of the city's business owners are leery of the $15 mark.

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Senate Republicans Block Bill To Raise Federal Minimum Wage

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 4:05am

One of the Democrats top election themes this year was stopped cold in the Senate on Wednesday. Republicans successfully blocked Democrats from even taking up a bill to raise the minimum wage.

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Minimum Wage Raise: Blocked For Now, May Live Again In Campaigns

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 3:44pm

A bill to increase the federal minimum wage was blocked in the Senate on Wednesday, as Democrats failed to muster the 60 votes necessary to bypass a filibuster.

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Against 'Dark Money,' A Star Witness Speaks In Congress

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 3:00pm

Congress held its first hearing on "dark money," the donations to tax-exempt political groups that can keep donors' names secret. The star witness at the Senate committee was former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, a vocal critic of the rulings that opened the door for the secret spending.

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First Lady Not First Priority For Graduates

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 11:13am

Host Michel Martin reflects on the recent controversy over first lady Michelle Obama's upcoming speech to high school graduates in Kansas.

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White House Warns Highway Trust Fund Is Low On Funds

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 4:05am

The Obama administration has sent to Congress a four-year $302 billion infrastructure bill. It proposes closing corporate loopholes to make up for lost revenues from the gas tax.

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