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Week In Politics: Violence In Gaza And Paul Ryan's Anti-Poverty Plan

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:15pm

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss U.S. policy options in the Gaza Strip and Rep. Paul Ryan's anti-poverty plan.

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Central American Leaders Stop By White House To Talk Border Crisis

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:15pm

Central American presidents met with President Obama, discussing the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border. So far, Obama has not seen eye to eye with Congress on possible solutions.

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In A Luxury Apartment, Is A Separate 'Poor Door' Segregation?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:28am

New York City officials approved a plan for a separate entrance for low-income residents in a luxury building. Is the decision smart economics or discrimination? The Barbershop guys weigh in.

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The GOP's New Plan To Tackle Poverty: Helpful Or Hurtful?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:24am

Republican Congressman Paul Ryan has a new plan to address poverty. Host Michel Martin talks with commentators Corey Ealons and Ron Christie about it and other political stories of the week.

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Conservative Rep. DesJarlais Faces Primary Challenge In Tennessee

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

One of the most conservative members of Congress, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, is defending his seat against state Sen. Jim Tracy, who is making the most of the incumbent's personal scandals.

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Montana Senator Comes Under Fire For Plagiarism Allegations

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:56pm

Sen. John Walsh of Montana was appointed to his seat, and he's preparing to face voters for the first time. The Democrat's bid will be complicated by plagiarism allegations.

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Paul Ryan Unveils His Anti-Poverty Plan, A Rebuke To LBJ Programs

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 3:12pm

Rep. Paul Ryan is rolling out a plan that he says will fight poverty more effectively than the programs launched by former President Johnson's War on Poverty, but progressives are skeptical.

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Montana Sen. Walsh Says PTSD May Have Played A Role In His Plagiarism

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 8:28am

Sen. John Walsh lifted at least a quarter of his United States Army War College master's thesis, according to a report in The New York Times. Walsh was appointed to the Senate in February.

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A Strange Political Dustup Clouds Kansas Governor's Future

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:05am

An open revolt among moderate Kansas Republicans has clouded Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election hopes and focused national attention on the tax-cutting experiment at the heart of his "red-state model."

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Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:04pm

The latest version of the DISCLOSE Act, which would force donor disclosure on outside organizations that engage in election politics, is facing now-familiar opposition from Republican lawmakers.

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Campaign Finance Transparency Bill Gets Chilly Reception In Senate

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 5:56pm

The legislation would require any politically active group that spends more than $10,000 to list its donors.

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Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:06pm

Republicans say a sting in which false identities were used to sign up for health care has revealed a major problem. Democrats question the premise that people would try to steal insurance.

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Glenn Beck Takes His Campaign Against Common Core To The Big Screen

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:08pm

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck hosted a live, interactive "night of action" against the Common Core State Standards. He has long fought against the learning benchmarks in reading and math now being used in 43 states. Events such as these, and the Common Core itself, could continue to play a role in the 2014 midterm campaigns.

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Faced With Undocumented Minors, Iowa Is Wrenched By Stark Divide

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:08pm

The governor of Iowa says that unaccompanied minors from Central America should not find shelter in his state. But the mayor of Des Moines and many religious leaders are at odds with the governor.

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To Cope With Immigration Influx, Competing Plans Emerge From Congress

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:08pm

Both the House and Senate have unveiled legislation to deal with the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Both are proposing to spend less than the Obama administration's request for $3.7 billion, but Republicans are also proposing that a relevant 2008 law must be changed.

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Rubio Interview Sparks Heated Comments On Immigration, Economy

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:45am

Steve Inskeep talks to Amy Walter of Cook Political Report about the social media response to his two-part interview with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

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Congress And Biden Aim For Job Training That Actually Leads to Jobs

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:45am

Vice President Joe Biden has been traveling the country to learn about the best ways to train workers. He announced the results Tuesday as the president signed a workforce training bill into law.

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Long GOP Primary Season Gives Democrats Time To Fill Campaign Coffers

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:45am

If Democrats lose control of the Senate this fall, it likely won't be for lack of campaign money. The prominent female candidates in particular have healthy campaign accounts.

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California Nurses Union Braces For Contract Battle

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:45am

The largest union of nurses in California starts contract negotiations Thursday with Kaiser Permanente's hospitals. Talks went smoothly four years ago, but this round will likely be more contentious.

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Former CEO David Perdue Wins Georgia's GOP Senate Runoff

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:46pm

Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston, setting up a matchup against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn that will help determine which party controls the Senate

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