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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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Author: Mitch McConnell's Focus On Winning Is 'Single-Minded'

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 6:58am

The new Senate majority leader will soon take office. NPR's Eric Westervelt asks Alec MacGillis, author of The Cynic: The Political Education of Mitch McConnell, what his leadership might look like.

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Congress Could Find Energy Compromise With Hydropower

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 3:18pm

With the Republicans in the majority in both the House and Senate in Washington, there will be changes in energy policy in the next few years. Republicans are pledging to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and to delay or derail the Obama administration's clean air proposals.

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Week In Politics: Jeb Bush, Remembering Mario Cuomo

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 3:18pm

Robert Siegel talks to regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor for The National Review.

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Some Not-So-Conventional Wisdom About The Next Congress

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 2:54pm

Will Republicans have to prove they can govern and will Democrats be totally irrelevant? Will the president's veto pen get a workout? Here's a second look at some wisdom about the next Congress.

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Obama Authorizes New Sanctions On North Korea Over Sony Hack

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 1:27pm

The executive order targets three North Korean entities and accuses the Pyongyang regime of "destructive, coercive cyber-related actions."

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Was Cuomo Destined To Be President Or Just Political Poet Laureate?

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 12:30pm

It may never be clear whether the late New York governor passed on the 1988 and 1992 presidential cycles — his natural turn at bat — for reasons related to politics or his personality.

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Mario Cuomo, Former 3-Term New York Governor, Dies At 82

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 4:02am

Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo died on Thursday, just hours after his son Andrew was sworn in for his own second term as governor of the state. In 1992, Cuomo choose not to run for president.

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2014 Yielded Bumper Crop Of Judicial Confirmations

Thu, 01/01/2015 - 3:03pm

The number of judicial vacancies is now at its lowest point since Obama took office. All told, the president has seen more than 300 judges confirmed, including a record number of women and minorities.

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WATCH: Full Video Of President Obama's Interview With NPR

Thu, 01/01/2015 - 11:26am

The interview was wide-ranging and nuanced. Obama touched on topics ranging from Iran to his view of race relations in the country to the new political reality of a Legislature controlled by the GOP.

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Sen. Marco Rubio Hopes For A Congress 'Whose Work Is Relevant' To Americans

Thu, 01/01/2015 - 3:02am

The Republican party begins 2015 in control of both chambers of Congress. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., talks with Steve Inskeep about the party's priorities and the possibility of a presidential bid.

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6 Reasons Steve Scalise Will Survive His Speech Scandal

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 3:26pm

The House majority whip's protestations of innocence about EURO and its views have strained credulity, both in Washington and in Louisiana. But it's not nearly enough to bring him down.

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Sen. Rubio Says He Could Run For President Even If Jeb Bush Does

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 2:07pm

The Florida Republican tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that while he had not made a final decision on a run, "we're closer to a decision than we were a month ago."

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Waiting For A Break: Obama on 'Strategic Patience' In Foreign Policy

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 4:00am

"I believe in diplomacy, I believe in dialogue, I believe in engagement," the president says of Iran and other regimes perceived as U.S. enemies. But he says restoring relations is a gradual process.

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