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Fast-Track Trade Authority, A Step Toward Asia Deal, Passes Full Senate

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 8:11pm

The bill still must clear the House. The measure would clear the way for President Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is unpopular with labor groups and some Democrats.

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Politics Rewind: The First Cut Is The Deepest

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 3:50pm

GOP presidential debate rules will exclude many candidates or relegate them to a second-tier debate, but nobody wants to be playing in the NIT while the big dogs are in the NCAA tournament.

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Week In Politics: U.S. Policy On Islamic State, 2016 Presidential Race

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 3:22pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Ramesh Ponnuru of the National Review about U.S. policy on the self-declared Islamic State and the 2016 presidential race.

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State Department Releases First Set Of Clinton Emails

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 3:22pm

The State Department released the first batch of emails from when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state on Friday. They relate to Benghazi, Libya, and have already been reviewed by a Congressional panel looking into the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate there.

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Obama Faces Criticism For Light Footprint Strategy Against Islamic State

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 3:16pm

President Obama says the U.S. is not losing the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq, but his strategy has come under criticism after the fall of Ramadi.

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Here's Where Hillary Clinton Gave Her Controversial Foundation Speeches

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 1:49pm

Her speeches were delivered largely at universities and on Wall Street, which has already made them sources of controversy for the 2016 presidential candidate.

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Irish Voters Decide Whether To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 6:15am

Polls show the "yes" vote is stronger in the conservative, predominately Catholic country. But public opinion surveys could be masking a "shy no vote," observers say.

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Congressional Stalemate Threatens To Kill Phone Data Program

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:01am

Congress continues to debate the USA Patriot Act. A key provision allowing the bulk collection of Americans' phone records expires at the end of the month.

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Millions Of Dollars In Speech Fees Support Clinton Foundation

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 9:10pm

Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton charge hundreds of thousands of dollars to talk to banks, universities and other groups, and give the proceeds to the family's philanthropic foundation.

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Bulk Collection Debate Highlights Need To Revise Patriot Act

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:05pm

NPR's Audie Cornish interviews Kim Zetter, a senior staff reporter at Wired magazine, who says the debate in Congress over the NSA's bulk collection program shows the Patriot Act needs to be revised.

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Senate Advances Bill To Give Obama 'Fast-Track' Trade Authority

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 3:30pm

The Senate is trying to wrap up its business before leaving Washington, D.C., for a week-long recess. That includes considering a bill to give President Obama expanded authority on trade.

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Freshman Representatives Reflect On First Few Months In Office

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 3:30pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks to freshman members of the 114th Congress, Rep. Ruben Gallego and Rep. Mimi Walters, four months after their swearing in.

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Slavs, Albanians Unite Over Effort To Oust Macedonian Prime Minister

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 3:30pm

Macedonia escaped largely unscathed from the ethnic violence that defined the breakup of Yugoslavia. But the country's Slavs and Albanians live largely separate and unequal lives, until now.

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Irish Voters Prepare To Decide On Same-Sex Marriage

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 3:30pm

Ireland could make history Friday when voters decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage. It would be a striking change for a country where abortion is still outlawed and divorce was only legalized in the mid-1990s.

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Veto Expected After Nebraska Lawmakers Vote To Abolish Death Penalty

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 3:30pm

NPR's Audie Cornish interviews Bill Kelly, a reporter with NET, Nebraska's Public Broadcasting Network, about the Nebraska legislature's vote Wednesday to abolish the death penalty.

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When Is A Filibuster Not Really a Filibuster? When It Looks Like A Filibuster

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 1:00pm

Filibusters were once reserved for the gravest existential issues. Rand Paul's long hours Wednesday were about liberty, the Constitution, and the need to stand out in a field of presidential hopefuls.

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Gyrocopter Pilot On His 'Incredible' Flight Onto Capitol Lawn

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:45pm

Doug Hughes flew into Washington, D.C., on something resembling a hybrid bicycle and helicopter. He did it to protest money in politics, but he could face up to a decade in prison. He has no regrets.

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Obama Calls Loss Of Ramadi A 'Setback,' But Denies U.S. Is Losing To ISIS

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:21pm

The comments came in an interview with The Atlantic. The president also discussed the nuclear talks with Iran and his often-frosty relationship with Israel's political leadership.

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'Fast-Track' Trade Authority Wins Key Test Vote In Senate

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:31am

Lawmakers voted 62-38 to limit debate on a bill that would grant the authority to President Obama, marking a big step toward a new trade pact with 11 Asia-Pacific nations.

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Sen. Rand Paul Stages 'Filibuster' To Protest Patriot Act

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:52am

The Kentucky senator and presidential candidate opposes the collection of bulk telephone data and other surveillance measures that the government says are needed to combat terrorism.

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