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Mapping Out The End Days Of The Midterm Campaign

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 3:09pm

The end of August heralds the start to the final phase of the 2014 election season. As primaries wrap up and candidates ready themselves for November, NPR's Charlie Mahtesian lays out the political landscape.

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State Democrats Play Defense Ahead Of Midterm Elections

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 3:09pm

Across the nation, state legislators are gearing up for Election Day. And they're well aware that their fates could be tied to national political forces like the president's low approval rating.

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After Inspector General Report, Veterans Want More Than Promises

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 4:02am

The report said it couldn't be proven that anyone had died because of wait times at the medical center in Phoenix. On Tuesday, President Obama pledged to do better by vets and announced initiatives.

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VA's Inspector General Finds Faked Data At Hospitals Across U.S.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 4:13pm

President Obama addressed the annual convention of the American Legion in North Carolina with a raft of new proposals for vets.

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Obama Considers Widening Strikes Against Islamic State Militants

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 4:04pm

Domestic politics limits the options available to President Obama in his effort to contain the militant group Islamic State. Obama himself has imposed constraints on his own powers.

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Years After Their Own Protests, Eyes Of Anaheim Are On Ferguson

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 3:33pm

Two years ago in Anaheim, Calif., events unfolded not unlike those recently in Ferguson, Mo. In Anaheim then, two Latino men were shot by police, and civic anger turned into a few nights of sometimes-violent demonstrations. Now, Anaheim's police and government are trying to work more closely with the Latino community, and a vote in November could make some major changes.

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Michael Brown's Funeral Is Mixed With Tributes, Political Messages

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 3:59am

One subject mentioned by protestors and non protesting residents of Ferguson, Mo., was voting. The turn out for registered African American voters in the last municipal elections was 6 percent.

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Probe: No Proof VA Delays Caused Phoenix Veterans To Die

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 2:24am

Revelations that 40 veterans died while awaiting care at the Phoenix VA hospital rocked the agency, bringing to light scheduling problems and allegations of misconduct at other hospitals as well.

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Freedom Strategy Put To The Test At Democratic National Convention

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 3:06pm

Fifty years ago, Fannie Lou Hamer, a plantation worker turned civil rights activist, disrupted the Democratic National Convention to get delegates from the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party seated.

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Ukraine's President Dissolves Parliament, Calls For New Elections

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 2:55pm

Petro Poroshenko said fresh elections would be held Oct. 26. The move comes as his country continues to accuse Russia of backing separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.

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On The Fall Docket: Who Gets To Vote — And Who Gets To Decide?

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 2:28am

A federal court will hear arguments Monday on whether Kansas and Arizona can require proof of citizenship when people register to vote. It's the first of a wave of voting law cases this fall.

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In New Hampshire, An Unexpected Tight Race For Senate

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 2:27am

When talking competitive U.S. Senate races, New Hampshire isn't at the top of the list. But the contest between Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and likely opponent Scott Brown has become surprisingly close.

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Digital Guru May Need More Power To Remake Government IT

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 3:57am

Mikey Dickerson is the administrator of the new U.S. Digital Service. But it's still to be seen whether the former Google engineer's team will have enough authority to make wholesale changes.

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Uber Greases The Wheel With Obama's Old Campaign Manager

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 9:56am

Uber is hiring David Plouffe, the mastermind of Obama's 2008 campaign, to power its own political strategy. What can a tech-savvy political animal offer a ride-sharing service?

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Obama's Reaction To Ferguson Raises Questions About President's Role

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 4:25pm

As the situation quiets down in Ferguson, Mo., some political observers are asking why it took President Obama so long to publicly weigh in on events there.

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Obama's Reaction To Ferguson Raises Questions About President's Role

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 4:25pm

As the situation quiets down in Ferguson, Mo., some political observers are asking why it took President Obama so long to publicly weigh in on events there.

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For Obama, August Is The Cruelest Month

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 4:16pm

It's been another rough August for President Obama. He's wrapping up a summer vacation marred by events in Ferguson, Mo., and the murder of an American journalist in the Middle East.

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Week In Politics: James Foley And Ferguson

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 3:06pm

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Reihan Salam of The National Review, discuss the killing of American journalist James Foley and the ongoing conflict in Ferguson, Mo.

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Outside Group Mirrors Successful Strategies Of Political Parties

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 3:56am

A U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs in Iowa, and the GOP has opened 11 field offices statewide. But there's also a new team working the state, the Virginia-based group Americans for Prosperity.

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GAO: Bergdahl Exchange Violated Law

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:57pm

Congressional investigators say the Pentagon broke the law when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years, for five Taliban leaders.

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