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Showing Signs Of Age, Capitol Dome Gets A Face-Lift

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 3:00pm

The best-known symbol of the nation's capital is literally cracking up: The cast-iron dome crowning the U.S. Capitol has more than 1,300 cracks below its layers of lead paint.

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Polygamy May Seem Like A Man's Dream, But Kenyan Women Are Not Happy

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:45am

Kenyan lawmakers recently passed a bill that legalizes polygamy without a wife's consent. Member of Parliament Annah Nyokabi Gathecha explains why she walked out of the voting session.

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In Ohio, Gov. Kasich Rises From Forsaken to Favorite

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 5:56am

At one time, John Kasich was the nation's least popular governor. Now, with the state economy improving, his challenger is struggling to convince voters to turn him out.

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How To Meet Your Congressman

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 2:30am

Arranging face-time with members of Congress and their staffs is such a challenge that businesses in Washington exist to do nothing other than try to schedule meetings.

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Say Goodbye To The Taxpayer-Funded Political Convention

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 2:15am

With little fanfare, President Obama is expected to sign a bill that marks the first legislative step toward undoing the Watergate-era presidential public financing program.

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The Political Winner From The Proposed NSA Changes? Rand Paul

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 5:50pm

The Kentucky Republican's stance against NSA data-gathering has made him a champion for those worried about federal government surveillance — among them, young voters.

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Biden Visits N.H. To Talk About Jobs ... But Not His Own

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 3:50pm

The vice president traveled to the state with the nation's first presidential primary Tuesday. He swears it was to check out New Hampshire's workforce development programs.

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Senate Slugfest Highlights Hawaii's Changing Political Landscape

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 3:27pm

The contentious Democratic primary for the seat once held by the late, long-time Sen. Daniel Inouye is attracting national money and attention.

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David Samson: The Christie Aide Who Has Survived The Scandal

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 3:00pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fired two of his aides when the "Bridgegate" scandal broke. He's standing by another ally, though: David Samson, a Port Authority appointee linked to several scandals.

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The Writing's On The Wall For Cursive — Unless Lawmakers Can Save It

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 3:00pm

The Common Core State Standards have ended lessons in cursive writing, but lawmakers in some states are trying to change that. Blake Farmer of WPLN reports on an effort in Tennessee to revive cursive.

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For Advocates And Telephone Companies, NSA Changes Are Welcome News

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 3:00pm

A House committee and the White House are proposing to move the NSA's phone records program to the hands of phone companies. Privacy advocates and phone companies both support these proposals.

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Out Of White House And Congress, Two Proposals To Change NSA Practices

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 3:00pm

House Republicans are proposing a limit on the National Security Agency's phone records program. President Obama also repeated support for having phone companies keep the records, rather than the NSA.

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Why The Democrats' Koch Brothers Fixation?

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 6:09pm

Democrats are painting Republican senatorial candidates as stalking horses for the billionaire Koch brothers. Republicans say Democrats are desperate.

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Indiana Cuts The Core Without Telling Teachers What Comes Next

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 3:00pm

Indiana became the first state to adopt, then repeal, the Common Core State Standards. As Elle Moxley of WFIU reports, the repeal has left some teachers scratching their heads.

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Has Obama Done Enough In Response To Russia's Takeover Of Crimea?

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:53am

President Obama's European trip is so far dominated by Russia's annexation of Crimea. Former Obama administration staffer Corey Ealons and former Pentagon advisor Mario Loyola weigh in.

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Democrats Count On The Fine Art Of Field Operations

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 2:22am

The president's party is counting on sophisticated field operations to stave off defeat in November. But in the year's first test, a Fla. special election, the effort fell short.

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After Winter's Chill, Economists Predict A Warming Trend

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 11:02pm

A cold, snowy winter in most of the country hurt economic growth, but forecasters see conditions improving for the rest of the year.

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Michelle Obama Convenes 'First Wives Club' In China

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 7:00am

Michelle Obama is making an official visit to China — but it's not supposed to be political. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with writer Evan Osnos in Beijing about the geo-politics of her vacation.

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Same-Sex Marriages Back On Hold In Michigan

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 4:16pm

A federal appeals court issued a temporary stay Saturday on an earlier ruling that had lifted the ban on same-sex marriages in the state.

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Why Are We Hauling Pennsylvania Coal All The Way To Germany?

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 4:16am

Each year, the U.S. loads thousands of tons of coal onto a barge and sends it across the Atlantic. It doesn't make a lot of sense, but no one is trying to end the practice.

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