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Clay Aiken's Political Reality: Results Mixed For Stars Like Him

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 1:42pm

The former American Idol runner-up set the political class chattering Friday with rumors that he may run for Congress. He's one in a line of reality stars who have aimed for public office.

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7 Political Dates To Watch In 2014

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 12:22pm

The year ahead offers much more political catnip than 2013. Aside from a full roster of House, Senate and gubernatorial races, 2014 is shaping up as another critical period for the Affordable Care Act.

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7 Political Dates To Watch In 2014

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 12:22pm

The year ahead offers much more political catnip than 2013. Aside from a full roster of House, Senate and gubernatorial races, 2014 is shaping up as another critical period for the Affordable Care Act.

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Nuns' Objection To Health Care Law Is Unwarranted, Justice Dept. Says

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 9:39am

Religious organizations have objected to the new health care law's requirement that employers include contraception coverage in the insurance plans they offer employees. But the Obama administration says one group of nuns is already exempt and has no standing to object.

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Partisan Evolution Gap? Politically Insignificant, GOP Says

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 4:55pm

A new Pew survey showing that belief in evolution has dropped among Republicans is fueling critics who argue the GOP is anti-science. But Republican strategists say it's not an issue that will matter at the polls.

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Defying GOP Leaders, Rep. Trey Radel Won't Resign After Rehab

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 4:20pm

The Florida congressman, who was arrested in November for cocaine possession, said he's returning to Congress. But the Republican hasn't said yet whether he'll seek another two years in Congress when his term expires this year.

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Remembering The Texans Who Made Attack Ads Nastier

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 3:16pm

Texas Republican Harold Simmons, who died last weekend, was known for throwing millions of dollars into fiercely aggressive attack ads against Democrats. His death, along with that of Texas conservative Bob Perry earlier this year, signals the fading of the first wave of mega-donors in modern American politics.

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Top Global Stories To Watch In 2014

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:53am

Tell Me More chats with a global roundtable, about stories to watch this year in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR's East Africa correspondent Gregory Warner who is in Kenya; Fernando Espeulas of Univision; and Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Doha Center.

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Colorado's Pot Law Fires Up This Week

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:53am

Retail sales of recreational marijuana are now legal in Colorado. Host Michel Martin looks at the highs, and possible lows of the new law with Dana Coffield of The Denver Post, and The Sacramento Bee's Peter Hecht, author of Weed Land.

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Apologies Needed For Beyonce's Song?

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:52am

Critics are slamming Beyonce for using an audio clip from the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in her new song "XO." Was she being insensitive, or artistic? Host Michel Martin hears from the beauty shop ladies: journalists Bridget Johnson and Keli Goff, and Maria Teresa Kumar of Voto Latino.

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As Promised, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Files For Re-Election

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 9:55am

He admitted in November to having smoked crack, and Ford has been stripped of most duties. But he insists he's the best mayor Canada's largest city has ever had. The election is set for Oct. 27. The mayor's campaign slogan: "Ford More Years."

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2014 Election Cycle Expected To Showcase Political Drama

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 4:17am

This year promises to bring plenty of political drama — and some high stakes races — with mid-term elections in full view. Billions of dollars will be spent in House, Senate and governors' contests. And some of the nation's most powerful politicians will scramble to hold onto their seats.

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