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'Kissing Congressman' Video Puts Scandal In Unusual Focus

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:27pm

A video of married Rep. Vance McAllister in a passionate embrace with a co-worker has put his job in peril. In a prudent move, he decided against pursuing an FBI investigation into who leaked it.

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With Proposed Mega-Merger On The Hill, Spotlight's On Consumers

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:07pm

Comcast and Time Warner executives ran into stiff opposition as they pitched their proposed merger to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The deal would give the combined company a large share of both pay TV and broadband internet service markets. In both cases, lawmakers wanted to know how consumers would be affected.

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Pursuing IRS Controversy, House GOP Pivots Toward Crossroads

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:07pm

House Republicans want former IRS official Lois Lerner prosecuted for allegedly revealing information about one of their most powerful outside groups, Crossroads GPS.

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Red State Returns Spotlight To Women, Backbone Of Texas GOP

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:07pm

This year, the Texas GOP finds itself on the defensive in the campaign for women's votes. As KUT's Ben Phillpott reports, there's a new group to help solve the issue: Red State Women.

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Crossroads GPS At Heart Of GOP's Lois Lerner Probe

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:02pm

House Republicans cite the former IRS official's attempt to single out Karl Rove's non-profit — the one that spent $165 million attacking Democrats and helping Republicans.

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Senate Panel Considers Nominee To Head Safety Commission

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:54am

Elliot Kaye is President Obama's nominee to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission. He made a name for himself pushing safety changes to youth football.

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White House Learns Complications Of Pay Equity Debate

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:46pm

It's no surprise that Democrats are pushing the equal pay issue: It's a political winner among women. But the economics behind the current inequity and the challenges of righting it are complicated.

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An Angry Hearing On The Hill For 'Cockamamie' Twitter-like Network

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 3:13pm

During a hearing Tuesday, Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy vented anger about a USAID program to fund a failed, Twitter-like network in Cuba.

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Holder Plays Asparagus Card Against GOP Antagonist

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 2:56pm

When a Texas Republican congressman criticized Eric Holder Tuesday, the attorney general hit him with a dose of snark.

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The Politics Of Equal Pay: It's More Than A Women's Issue

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 2:26pm

The pay equity issue, which President Obama and Democrats are using as a central campaign theme, could also gain traction with male voters.

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San Francisco's Chinatown Hurt By Yee Scandal

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:00am

State Sen. Leland Yee, who's been indicted in a FBI probe, doesn't represent Chinatown. But the scandal fits neatly into a caricature of Chinatown, says Sue Lee of the Chinese Historical Society.

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Next Chapter Unfolds In San Francisco Political Scandal

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:00am

Democratic state Senator Leland Yee is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday to hear the eight felony charges filed against him. Steve Inskeep talks to veteran San Francisco writer Tim Redmond.

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Obama's Executive Orders Take On Unequal Pay For Women

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:00am

President Obama signs two executive orders Tuesday morning, designed to encourage federal contractors to pay men and women equally. The move could bring more Democratic-leaning women to the polls.

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La. Congressman Asks For Forgiveness After Compromising Video

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:47am

A newspaper in West Monroe, La., published a video of freshman U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister kissing a woman who wasn't his wife.

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Senate OKs Jobless Bill; House Prospects Slimmer

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:38am

The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. Republican supporters appealed to Speaker Boehner to permit election-year action in the House too.

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Study: States Did Better Job Running Elections In 2012

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:03pm

Most states improved improved their election performance between 2008 and 2012, with overall wait times at polling stations decreasing in many places.

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