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D.C.'s Marijuana Vote Faces Congressional Review

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 3:59am

Voters in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday approved the legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Some residents say decriminalizing pot will lead to more illegal activity in their neighborhood. The decision of District's voters is subject to congressional review.

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Presidents Claim Partial Responsibility For Midterm Drubbings

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 3:59am

On Wednesday, President Obama addressed the nation regarding his party's defeat on Election Day. Obama isn't the first president to acknowledge he shares in responsibility for the loss.

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Obama, McConnell Look For Common Ground

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 3:59am

President Obama congratulated Republican Senator Mitch McConnell on becoming the likely Senate majority leader. Obama and McConnell promised to look for ways to work together, despite differences.

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Republicans Gain Seats In State Legislatures, Governors Mansions

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 3:59am

The GOP takeover of the U.S. Senate was the big headline. But it also increased the number of state legislative chambers it controls, and added 3 new governorships, bringing that total to 33.

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Congressional Republicans Consider Energy Agenda

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 3:59am

Republicans will control both houses of Congress, giving energy firms allies on Capitol Hill. Among the issues lawmakers may take up: the Keystone XL pipeline and lifting the ban on crude exports.

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On What Issues Can Obama And The Republican Leadership Agree?

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 3:59am

President Obama and presumed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell talked about finding common ground, the day after Republicans won control of the Senate and picked up seats in the House.

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McConnell Faces Challenges From GOP Conservatives, Obama's Veto Pen

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 3:59am

Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell is in line to go from the Senate's minority leader to majority leader. He will have a majority smaller than the one Democrat Harry Reid has enjoyed.

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Midterm Results Indicate Shift In Democrat's Voting Coalition

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 3:59am

Steve Inskeep talks to demographic specialists about election results. They include: the Pew Research Center's Mark Hugo Lopez, Andra Gillespie of Emory University and Abby Kiesa of Tufts University.

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Election Day Was Harsh For Senate's Southern Democrats

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 3:59am

The Democratic Party's last hope rests with Mary Landrieu, who is locked in a runoff with GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy. She survived rematches in 1996 and again in 2008.

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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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The Man Behind The 'Morning Edition' Theme Music. Also, Lyrics!

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 2:25am

Composer BJ Leiderman talks about writing the show's theme music and sings some of the lyrics that accompany that catchy tune.

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In South Carolina, A Program That Makes Apprenticeships Work

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 2:24am

Apprenticeship programs have been in decline, but South Carolina is bucking the trend. Nearly 11,000 apprentices have been trained there since 2007 in fields ranging from manufacturing to nursing.

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New Generation Of Catalonian Separatists Looks To Future, Not Past

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 2:24am

The call for Catalan independence was long led by those who suffered under Spanish dictator Francisco Franco. Younger Catalans are now championing the cause.

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America's T. Rex Gets A Makeover

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 2:23am

Discovered in Montana in 1988, the Wankel T. Rex is prize find — a nearly complete skeleton, now bound for display at the Smithsonian, in Washington, D.C. But first, those old bones need some work.

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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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Sen. Klobuchar Assesses Voters' Message

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 7:34am

Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota talks to Steve Inskeep about Tuesday's election results, and where Senate Democrats go from here now that Republicans have won control of the body.

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Male Egyptian Bus Driver Told He Is Pregnant

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 6:36am

The driver was ordered to submit a urine sample. A TV channel says he turned in his wife's urine instead. The upside: his wife's urine sample was clean. The downside: he didn't know she was pregnant.

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Designer Creates A Way For Babies To Snap Selfies

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 6:27am

A Dutch designer has developed a toy that posts those selfies to social media. The babies just touch the toy hanging above the crib. Many criticize it as creating a social media addiction from birth.

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Rep. Schweikert Weighs In On Republican Victories

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

Republicans have picked up the seats they need to control the U.S. Senate. They even added to their margin in the U.S. House. Steve Inskeep talks to Representative David Schweikert, a Republican from Arizona, about Republican priorities in Congress.

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Voters Decide Minimum Wage, Marijuana Ballot Measures

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

Across the country, many voter initiatives were on the ballots. Minimum wage questions were on ballots in five states. In addition, three states and the District of Columbia voted on marijuana issues.

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