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Obama Appoints Too Many Big Donors To Ambassadorships, Critics Say

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:05am

A couple of big Obama campaign donors were confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday. But this year, there have been some bad performances in confirmation hearings that raise questions about the practice.

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Sports Commissioners Absent From Senate Hearing On Domestic Abuse

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:05am

With domestic violence by sports figures in the news, members of the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on the issue. But not one commissioner — from the NFL, MLB, NBA or NHL — showed up.

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House OKs Measure Stopping Social Security Payments To Former Nazis

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 4:51pm

A loophole in the law meant suspected Nazis who were forced out of the country continued to receive benefits. The House vote was unanimous. The Senate votes on a similar measure in the coming weeks.

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Should We Rue Rob Portman's Decision Not To Run For President?

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 3:22pm

Why oh why, the question goes, aren't there more candidates like...you know, that guy everybody likes...what's his name...Rob Portman?

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Republicans Rally To Counter Obama's Immigration Action

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 3:17pm

President Obama's decision to shield millions of people in the country illegally from deportation got its first look on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, with Department of Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson testifying before a House committee.

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GOP Hopes To Use Spending Bill As Leverage Against Immigration Action

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 3:17pm

Congress hopes to be done for the holidays by the end of next week — which also happens to be the deadline for a new spending bill. The government will run out of money Dec. 11 if nothing is passed.

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Study: Campaign Cash Brings Tax Benefits On Capitol Hill

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 11:24am

A new analysis finds that corporations that deploy lobbyists and make contributions experience lower and more consistent tax rates over the long term.

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President Hopes To Draw Attention, And Funding, To Ebola Research

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 3:59am

Obama on Tuesday visits the National Institutes of Health, site of some promising anti-Ebola research, where he'll renew his call for Congress to approve $6 billion in funding to fight the disease.

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Following Ferguson, Obama Urges Changes To Boost Community Policing

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 3:59am

Following a day of meetings on police practices with his Cabinet, elected leaders, police officials and community leaders, The president asked Congress to fund 50,000 body cameras for police officers.

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Obamacare 'Glitch' Puts Subsidies Out Of Reach For Many Families

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 2:54am

The health care law gives subsidies to those whose employers' insurance isn't affordable, but that's based on the cost of worker-only coverage. Adding family to a plan can send prices out of reach.

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Republicans Debate: Fight The President Now, Or Fight Him Later?

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 3:05am

Congress returns from recess Monday, tasked with funding the government past Dec. 11. Some in the GOP want to tie it to halting Obama's immigration plan, while others aim to avoid a damaging shutdown.

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Week In Politics: Hagel's Resignation, Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 3:51pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of the New York Times about the grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson and the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

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Pentagon Expected To Release More Detainees From Guantanamo

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 3:04am

Since the midterm elections, there has been a new batch of transfers from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and more releases are in the works. But a new GOP Congress could stall the drive to empty Guantanamo.

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EPA's Proposed Rules Add To Obama's Collision Course With GOP

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 3:42am

The Environmental Protect Agency has drafted regulations on Ozone pollution. The latest move exposes divisions between the Obama administration and leading Republican lawmakers over the environment.

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Search For Political Common Ground Is Difficult, Research Shows

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 3:42am

New research into the nature of intractable political conflicts might shed some light on how to address the perennial arguments that break out across Thanksgiving tables.

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Judge Rules Fewer Political Groups Can Keep Their Donors Secret

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 10:57pm

The ruling targets the funders of campaign issue ads that encourage viewers to choose a specific candidate. The FEC now must decide whether it will appeal the ruling or require more disclosure.

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Veto Threat Puts Tax Break Package Back At Square One

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 2:41pm

President Obama and many congressional Democrats object to making tax breaks for businesses permanent while allowing larger credits for the poor and middle class to lapse

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EPA Proposes New Rules To Curb Ozone Levels

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 9:12am

The rules would lower the threshold for ozone from 75 parts per billion to between 65 ppb to 70 ppb. They are likely to be opposed by industry groups as well as Republicans.

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Obama: 'No Sympathy' For Those Destroying Ferguson

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 6:01pm

Saying he understands the frustrations of people who feel they're not treated fairly under the law, President Obama also said, "I have no sympathy at all for destroying your own communities."

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Federal Ferguson Investigation Will Remain Independent, Holder Insists

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 9:02am

The federal probe is examining whether Darren Wilson intentionally violated Michael Brown's civil rights. Justice Department veterans say proving he violated federal criminal law will be difficult.

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