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Billionaire Philanthropist, GOP Donor Harold Simmons Dies

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 9:57am

He was a top donor to the Republican Party, but his philanthropy crossed political lines. The Dallas Morning News reports that Simmons died Saturday in Dallas. He was 82.

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GOP Crafts New Rules To Shorten 2016 Primary Season

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 9:31am

With a February start and a June convention, the party hopes to regain some control over the chaotic presidential nominating process. Among the proposed changes: a June convention.

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GOP Crafts New Rules To Shorten 2016 Primary Season

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 9:31am

With a February start and a June convention, the party hopes to regain some control over the chaotic presidential nominating process. Among the proposed changes: A June convention.

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Assessing Bloomberg's Legacy Is A Complex Task

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 6:04am

On Tuesday, Michael Bloomberg ends his three terms as mayor of New York City. His 12 years in office were ground breaking, locally and globally.

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If The NAFTA Vote Were Held Today, How Would It Fare?

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 3:43am

A year before his Democratic Party would lose control of the House for the first time in generations, President Clinton pushed the North American Free Trade Agreement through Congress. The vote in the House was 234-200, and most of the votes in favor came from Republicans. Most of the lawmakers who approved that deal are gone, but 80 remain. Twenty years later, would they vote the same way?

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A Look Back At A Rather Rotten Year In U.S. Politics

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 3:51pm

2013 was a terrible year for politics and politicians of all stripes. Matt Miller of The Washington Post and the public radio program Left, Right, & Center joins NPR's Arun Rath for a wrap-up.

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Abortion Rights Groups Say It's Time To Stop Playing Defense

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 11:03am

Activists across the nation want to counter the onslaught of regulations that limit abortions and regulate clinics with new laws that protect access to abortion.

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John Kerry's Ambitious First Year

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 6:40am

The secretary of state set big goals this year, from restarting the Mideast peace process to ending the civil war in Syria and curbing Iran's nuclear program. NPR's Jennifer Ludden talks with David Ignatius of The Washington Post about how much progress Kerry has made this year.

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Family Leave Laws Enacted In 10 Cities And States In 2013

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 6:40am

NPR's Jennifer Ludden speaks with Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs for the National Partnership for Women and Families, about efforts to make family leave mandatory.

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Up Next For Joe Biden, A Busy Year — And A Choice

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 8:23am

As Vice President Joe Biden enters his sixth year as President Obama's second-in-command, there comes the natural question: What's next? A long-time senator, Biden has run for president before, and is making some moves that suggest he may do so one last time.

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The Ups And Downs Of The GOP Year

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 6:54am

The last few days of 2013 have been some of the best of the year for the Republican Party, which came out on top in congressional races in a poll this week. NPR's political editor Ron Elving joins Linda Wertheimer for a look back at the GOP's rollercoaster political year, from the partial government shutdown to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

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Other Presidents Had Tough Second Terms, Too

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 6:54am

President Obama stopped short of admitting he's had a pretty tough year in his final press conference of 2013. Historian Robert Dallek joins NPR's Linda Wertheimer for a look back at the year, and to put Obama's trying times in context with other presidents who had difficult second terms.

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With Congress Gone, D.C. Takes On Effortless Beauty

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 6:54am

Washington, D.C., clears out in the last weeks of December, as members of Congress and their staffs head back to their home districts for the holidays. NPR's Linda Wertheimer enjoys walking the quiet streets, and uses that time to reflect on the past year in politics.

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