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Republican Sweep Highlights Climate Change Politics In Alaska

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 2:26am

GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is set to head the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. It can be easier for her oil-reliant state to adapt to the changing climate rather than address its causes.

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Chevron Spends Big, And Loses Big, In A City Council Race

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 8:06pm

Tuesday's elections weren't just bad news for Democrats. Oil giant Chevron got clobbered in a city election in Richmond, Calif., that was widely seen as a referendum on the company itself.

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How Did Berkeley Pass A Soda Tax? Bloomberg's Cash Didn't Hurt

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 4:50pm

The American Beverage Association poured tons of cash into the effort to defeat the penny-per-ounce sugary-drink tax. But the effort to pass the tax also got cash infusions from some big-name donors.

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Sen. John Thune: Majority Gives GOP A Chance To Take On Obamacare

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 4:00pm

Melissa Block talks with Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota about his party's plan now that they've won the Senate.

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Sen. Joe Manchin: In Midterms, 'We Lost The Middle ... The Moderates'

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 3:34pm

Robert Siegel speaks with Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia about the election results in his state.

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Reince Priebus: Republican Wins The Result Of Americans Making A Statement

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 3:29pm

Robert Siegel talks with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus about the GOP's big election night win and what it means for the Republican agenda.

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Business Leaders Hope Shifts In Congress Will Bring Tax Reform

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 3:20pm

Many business groups see an opportunity in the outcome of the election and plan to revive an agenda that's been dormant for years. From energy and trade to taxes and regulation, there is a lot on the table, but no guarantee anything will be passed anytime soon.

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Climate Change Activists Come Up Short In Midterm Elections

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 3:20pm

Tom Steyer, the hedge-fund billionaire, spent tens of millions of dollars in the midterms, mostly in seven senate and gubernatorial races. Most of his candidates lost, as will — presumably --one of his Steyer's key ambitions: major action on climate change.

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Midterm Elections May Have Had Record Low Turnout

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 3:20pm

A look at the turnout numbers for the midterm elections.

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What Will Congress Do With A Republican Majority?

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 3:20pm

President Obama is facing the last two years of his presidency with a Republican Senate. What does that mean his policies, his approach and the prospects for getting anything done?

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Latino Voters Will Be Critical For Dems In 2016

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 3:20pm

Immigration reform has risen to the top of the list of priorities for many Latino voters, who are now wondering what a Republican-controlled Congress means for the immigration reform debate.

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Republicans Pick Up Governor's Races In Otherwise Blue States

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 3:20pm

Republicans stunned in several governor's races, winning in a number of reliably Democratic states.

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Obama, GOP Speak Of Cooperation In New Congress

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 3:20pm

Republicans won a wave election on Tuesday night, taking control of the Senate and picking up seats in the House as well as key governor's races. Now they set about the task of governing.

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'Daily Show,' 'Colbert' Strain To Lampoon Democratic Losses

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 2:11pm

Both comedy shows aired live, election-themed episodes Tuesday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the broadcasts showed the limits of news-tinged satire on the political scene.

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Obama Cites 'A Moment For Reflection' In Election Results

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 1:55pm

Speaking one day after his party lost control of the Senate to the Republican Party, President Obama says he's not "mopey" over the trouncing Democrats endured, saying he's energized.

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McConnell Says 'Senate Needs To Be Fixed,' Discussing GOP Gains

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 1:01pm

One day after GOP candidates gave their party control of both chambers of Congress, Senate Majority Leader-elect Mitch McConnell holds a news conference.

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The Midterm Results, In Five Tables

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 11:45am

Results are not final in a number of congressional races.

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Colorado, Oregon Reject GMO Labeling

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 11:39am

Voters in Colorado and Oregon rejected measures to require labels on foods produced with genetic engineering. Meanwhile, voters in Maui, Hawaii, approved a moratorium on GMO crops.

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Thumbs-Up For Higher Minimum Wages, And For Marijuana Industry

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 10:59am

Voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota overwhelmingly approved minimum-wage hikes. Illinois voters approved a non-binding wage-hike referendum. Recreational pot was approved in Oregon.

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Colorado's Newest Senator, Cory Gardner, On His Agenda

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 10:57am

Colorado has a new Senator: Republican Cory Gardner, who defeated incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Udall. Gardner talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep about his priorities.

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