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Mitch McConnell Begins Dream Job As Senate Majority Leader

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

The Kentucky Republican never really thought about running for president while growing up. Instead, he dreamed of being Senate majority leader. That dream came true on Tuesday.

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Republican Majority Makes Boehner's Job Easier — And Harder

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 4:39pm

Republicans formally took full control of Congress for the first time during Barack Obama's presidency on Tuesday. Republicans took over the Senate and added to their majority in the House.

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Freshman Representatives Start First Day In Congress

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 3:37pm

Robert Siegel talks to Republican Congresswoman Mimi Walters of California and Democratic Congressman Ruben Gallego of Arizona about starting their first term in Congress.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Gets Another Chance With New Congress

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 3:37pm

With the new Congress sworn in and the GOP in charge, votes to advance the Keystone XL Pipeline are the first order of business.

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Obama And Mexican President Talk Cuba, Immigration

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 3:37pm

Two big issues between President Obama and his Mexican counterpart: Obama's recent controversial executive actions on immigration and Cuba.

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Rewatching 'The Wire': Classic Crime Drama Seems Written For Today

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 2:02pm

As HBO releases the high-definition version of The Wire, NPR's Eric Deggans says that binge-watching the show feels more like reading today's headlines — especially on issues of race and class.

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Obama Will Veto Keystone XL Legislation, White House Says

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 1:34pm

The House, which has a Republican majority, is expected to vote on the controversial pipeline this week. The GOP-dominated Senate is considering a similar measure, which has bipartisan support.

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John Boehner Is Re-Elected House Speaker

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 1:05pm

The Ohio Republican received 216 votes. At least two dozen fellow Republicans voted against him.

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Medicaid's Western Push Hits Montana

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 11:43am

After sitting out the first full year of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, lawmakers in Montana are now talking about a limited expansion.

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Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell Awaits Sentencing

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 4:19am

McDonnell and his wife, former first lady Maureen, were convicted in September on several charges of corruption while he was in office.

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Senate Slow To Schedule Hearings For Attorney General Nominee

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 4:00am

Confirmation hearings for nominee Loretta Lynch will offer the new Republican majority a chance to register protests about White House action on immigration and other controversial issues.

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Speaker Election Reveals Split Among Some House Republicans

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 4:00am

John Boehner is set to start his third 2-year term as speaker. His election is nearly a foregone conclusion, although a number of his Republican colleagues are likely to vote against him on the floor.

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3 States Counter Obama's Proposal For Medicaid Expansion

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 4:00am

States have a year to get full funding for Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. The governors of Utah, Wyoming and Montana are trying to get the money but their legislators may derail the efforts.

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Republican Majorities Should Give Boehner More Breathing Room

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 3:22pm

We've heard a lot about how the new Republican majorities in Congress are historic in size. But just how big are they by historical standards and what difference does the size of the majority make?

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Housing In 2015: Four Reasons For Optimism (And One For Worry)

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 9:58am

Increased hiring and high rents could make this a banner year for homebuying. But a looming decision by the Federal Reserve could scare off potential buyers and disrupt the housing recovery.

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Former GOP Sen. Edward Brooke Dies At 95

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 4:02am

Former U.S. Senator Edward Brooke died on Saturday. He was 95. When he took office in 1966, Brooke became the first popularly elected African American in the Senate.

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Republican Leaders Vow New Congress Will Get Things Done

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 4:01am

It's the first time since the 2006 election that both chambers will be controlled by Republicans. They pledge an end to gridlock, but they still have to work with the same Democratic president.

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Newark Mayor Ras Baraka: From Poetry To Power

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 6:46am

He was a poet and a community activist. Now, as mayor of Newark, N.J., Ras Baraka faces the challenges of struggling schools, municipal corruption and mistrust between citizens and police.

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Newark's New Mayor Proves His Crime-Fighting Powers Early

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 6:46am

Since his election, Newark, N.J., Mayor Ras Baraka has tried some unusual tactics to battle crime. He says that's just a small step in a very long effort to make Newark a safer place to live.

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Former Republican Sen. Edward Brooke Dies At 95

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 4:10pm

Brooke was the first African-American to be popularly elected to the U.S. Senate, serving in the chamber for 13 years. He was a major champion of fair housing laws.

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