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Senate To Vote On Bill To Authorize Arming Syrian Rebels

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:06am

The House voted Wednesday to authorize the training and equipping of Syrian rebels to fight militants in the group called Islamic State also known as ISIS. The vote didn't split down party lines.

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Wis. Court Reinstates Voter ID Law, Causes Chaos Before Election

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:06am

Last week, a federal appeals court reinstated the photo identification requirement. It had been blocked in a lawsuit brought by voter advocacy groups.

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Ads Get Creative, Even Seductive, To Attract Voters

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:06am

Voting might not be the sexiest thing in the world, but at least one ad campaign encouraging people to register is pretty provocative.

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House Passes Bill That Authorizes Arming Syrian Rebels

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:20pm

Even though it was backed by both party leaders, the vote split politicians within their own ranks. The final tally on the narrow military measure was 273 to 156.

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Obama Renews Pledge To Keep Combat Forces Out Of Iraq, Syria

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 3:27pm

President Obama's remarks came as Congress votes to approve more military trainers in the region to aide the fight against the group that calls itself the Islamic State.

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A New Campaign Ad Sport: Billionaire Bashing

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 3:08pm

It's open season on the wealthy political donors. Democratic campaign ads tie Republican candidates to the Koch brothers, while GOP ads paint sinister images of George Soros and Tom Steyer.

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Iran's Foreign Minister: U.S. 'Not Serious' About Defeating Islamic State

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:47pm

In an interview with NPR, Mohammad Javad Zarif says the U.S. has been hesitant and contradictory in its approach to defeating the Islamist insurgency.

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House Could Vote $500 Million To Arm, Train Syrian Rebels

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 6:32am

The possible vote to authorize the Obama administration's plan to arm and train moderate fighters comes as the president meets with military officials at U.S. Central Command.

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Congress Gets Thrust Into Election-Year Debate Over ISIS Plan

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:02am

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether to train and arm Syrian rebels fighting against the self-described Islamic State militant group.

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Sen. Kaine's Bill Would Limit Obama's Options Against ISIS

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:02am

Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine is introducing legislation that would authorize use of military force against the Islamic State including language that strictly limits the deployment of U.S. ground forces.

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Congressional Panels Chastise NHTSA Over GM Ignition Problems

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:02am

Committees are looking at the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration after questions arose about how it handles recalls, including General Motors' recall over faulty ignition switches.

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Rep. Gowdy To Lead New Benghazi Committee In First Public Hearing

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 4:12pm

House lawmakers will give the Sept. 11 attacks in Libya two years ago a fresh look. Wednesday's hearing will be the first public one since Gowdy (R-S.C.) became chair of a special Benghazi committee.

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Obama Gives New Details On America's Effort To Fight Ebola

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 3:05pm

The Obama administration's plan reportedly includes having the Department of Defense shift $500 million in funding to fight the Ebola epidemic

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Dempsey Says If Needed He Would Recommend Ground Forces In Iraq

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:46am

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told a Senate panel he supports the president's plan to combat Islamic State militants but that if it proved necessary, he would recommend U.S. ground forces.

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Like It Or Not, Scotland's Drama May Hit Your Wallet

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:37am

Some economists say this Thursday's vote on Scotland's independence could have wide-ranging economic impacts. They fear a breakaway from the U.K. could trigger another global financial upheaval.

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How To Measure Success Against The New Monster In The Middle East?

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 5:49am

But most Americans are far from clear as to what this "ISIL" monster is, other than a few shadowy, portentous figures on disturbing videotapes.

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Obama To Announce Large Ramp Up Of Ebola Fight

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:32am

The U.S. military plans to establish a medical base in Liberia to help stop the Ebola epidemic. It will build 1,700 new treatment beds and train up to 500 health care workers every week.

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Tommy Boggs, Influential Lobbyist, Dies At 73

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:47pm

Boggs changed the lobbying profession by recognizing how power in Washington was becoming more diffuse.

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Hillary Clinton Keeps Iowa Crowd Guessing About Her Presidential Plans

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:52am

Clinton, who says she hasn't yet decided on a 2016 presidential run, was in Iowa Sunday for the first time since she lost the 2008 caucuses to Barack Obama. She attended Sen. Tom Harkin's steak fry.

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Clintons Return To Iowa To Rally Democratic Hopefuls

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 4:08pm

The Clintons are back in Iowa at an event that is the place to see and be seen for ambitious Democrats. NPR's Arun Rath talks with national political correspondent Don Gonyea.

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