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6:23 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Senate Blocks Measures To Extend NSA Data Collection

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 8:18 am

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1:41 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Senate Blocks Bill To End Government Collection Of Phone Records

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 5:40 am

The Senate worked late into the night Friday and early Saturday, but still failed to agree on extending government surveillance programs under the USA Patriot Act before the Memorial Day holiday.

Lawmakers blocked votes on both a House-passed bill and a short-term extension of the Patriot Act provisions that allow government surveillance programs.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says lawmakers will try again on May 31, the day before the provisions expire.

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The Two-Way
7:11 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Fast-Track Trade Authority, A Step Toward Asia Deal, Passes Full Senate

The Senate voted 62-37 late Friday to grant President Obama additional trade powers, which the president plans to use in pushing through an extensive new agreement with a group of Asian countries.

The administration's Trans-Pacific Partnership has been opposed by labor groups and some Senate Democrats because of concerns that the deal could cost some U.S. workers their jobs.

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It's All Politics
2:50 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Politics Rewind: The First Cut Is The Deepest

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., who was lagging in the polls in 2012 but ended up winning in Iowa, says debate criteria this time are too exclusive.
Jae C. Hong Associated Press

The perils of running behind in such a crowded field became painfully apparent to lagging GOP presidential hopefuls this week. Fox News announced that the first 2016 GOP debate on Aug. 6 in Cleveland would be limited to the top 10 candidates, based on an average of the last five national polls. As of now, it's very possible former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (the only woman in the field), 2012 runner-up Rick Santorum and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., could be among those excluded from the event, while someone with more name ID like reality TV star Donald Trump could make the cut.

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Commentary
2:43 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Week In Politics: U.S. Policy On Islamic State, 2016 Presidential Race

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 6:32 pm

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National Security
2:43 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

State Department Releases First Set Of Clinton Emails

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 6:32 pm

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National Security
2:43 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Obama Faces Criticism For Light Footprint Strategy Against Islamic State

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 6:32 pm

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It's All Politics
12:49 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Here's Where Hillary Clinton Gave Her Controversial Foundation Speeches

Hillary Clinton delivers the keynote address at the 18th annual David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum at Columbia University in New York on April 29.
Trevor Collens AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:51 am

The Clinton Foundation on Thursday night disclosed that it earned $12 million to $26 million for speeches given by Hillary, Bill and Chelsea Clinton. The speeches given by Hillary herself were largely at two types of organizations — universities and financial institutions — and have already created headaches for the candidate in the lead-up to the 2016 race.

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The Two-Way
5:39 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Irish Voters Decide Whether To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Nuns vote on a referendum to legalize same-sex marriage, at a polling station in County Dublin, Ireland, on Friday.
Peter Morrison AP

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 12:08 pm

Voters in Ireland are deciding whether the country will amend its constitution to make same-sex marriage legal.

The vote on Friday follows months of debate in the heavily Catholic country. Opinion polls suggest the referendum will pass and Ireland will become the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage in a national vote.

But, as NPR's Ari Shapiro points out, "Polls in this part of the world have been totally wrong in the past.

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Politics
3:01 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Congressional Stalemate Threatens To Kill Phone Data Program

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 5:32 am

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The Two-Way
8:11 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Millions Of Dollars In Speech Fees Support Clinton Foundation

Former President Bill Clinton speaks earlier this month at a conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, sponsored by the Clinton Foundation.
Abdeljalil Bounhar AP

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 5:17 am

Hillary, Bill and Chelsea Clinton brought in millions of dollars for their charitable foundation through paid speeches. They gave the honorarium to the organization. This is the latest release of information about the foundation's funding, as a result of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Last week, the campaign filed a financial disclosure showing that since January of 2014, Bill and Hillary Clinton made more than $25 million dollars in paid speeches. Thursday's release from the Clinton Foundation begins to complete the picture.

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Politics
3:41 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Freshman Representatives Reflect On First Few Months In Office

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 5:07 pm

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There's usually a bit of a honeymoon period when you begin a new job. You're excited, meeting new people, learning the ropes, the culture of your new workplace.

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Politics
3:35 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Senate Advances Bill To Give Obama 'Fast-Track' Trade Authority

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 5:07 pm

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Europe
3:35 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Macedonians, Ethnic Albanians Unite Over Effort to Oust Prime Minister

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 1:48 am

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Politics
3:35 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Irish Voters Prepare To Decide On Same-Sex Marriage

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 5:07 pm

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Law
3:35 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Veto Expected After Nebraska Lawmakers Vote To Abolish Death Penalty

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 1:27 pm

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National Security
3:35 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Bulk Collection Debate Highlights Need To Revise Patriot Act

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 5:07 pm

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It's All Politics
2:35 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

People Say They Want Compromise But Not Really

President Obama shakes Speaker John Boehner's hand before the start of a 2011 joint session of Congress.
Pool Getty Images

The new Congress is 100 days old, and already Americans disapprove. According to the latest data from the Pew Research Center, nearly 40 percent of Americans think the newest Congress has accomplished less than expected — that's around twice the share who thought the same of the new Democratic Congress in 2007 and three times what people thought of the GOP Congress in 1995.

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It's All Politics
12:26 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Gyrocopter Pilot On His 'Incredible' Flight Onto Capitol Lawn

Doug Hughes said he sees his future as working for "the cause of getting a Congress — not more liberal, not more conservative — but a Congress that is working for the people."
Peter Overby NPR

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 6:39 am

Florida postman Doug Hughes made headlines last month for landing his gyrocopter on the lawn in front of the Capitol building.

In an interview with NPR, Hughes said he "made every effort to send word ahead" about the flight, but also knew he would be taken into custody. He made the flight anyway, he said, to "get a message to the American people — not that there's a problem with Congress but that there are solutions to the problem."

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Politics
12:08 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

When Is A Filibuster Not Really a Filibuster? When It Looks Like A Filibuster

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul's 10 1/2 hours on the Senate floor were about liberty, the Constitution and the need to stand out in a field of presidential hopefuls.
Andrew Harnik AP

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 2:49 pm

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a Republican, held the floor of the Senate for 10 1/2 hours Wednesday afternoon and evening, airing his objections to the NSA bulk collection of telephone records in the U.S.

Many of the accounts of this lengthy performance referred to it as a filibuster, or a near-filibuster, or some kind of filibuster or other.

It was none of the above.

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The Two-Way
11:21 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Obama Calls Loss Of Ramadi A 'Setback,' But Denies U.S. Is Losing To ISIS

President Obama tells The Atlantic that the loss of Ramadi to the self-declared Islamic State is a "setback," but he denies the U.S. is losing to the group.
Kathy Willens AP

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 3:26 pm

President Obama says that while the loss of Ramadi to the self-declared Islamic State is a "setback," he doesn't think the U.S. is losing to the militant group.

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The Two-Way
4:52 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul Stages 'Filibuster' To Protest Patriot Act

In an image from Senate video, presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul speaks on the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday afternoon at the start of an almost 11-hour speech opposing renewal of the Patriot Act.
AP

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 11:04 am

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Protesting the soon-to-expire Patriot Act, presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul held the floor of the Senate for nearly 11 hours late Wednesday in a filibuster-like speech railing against the law and the government's continued surveillance of Americans' phone records.

"I don't think we're any safer looking at every American's records," Paul said.

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Politics
4:32 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul Ends 'Filibuster' Over NSA Surveillance Program

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 4:08 pm

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On the Senate floor yesterday, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul started talking. He spoke for 10 hours about his opposition to NSA surveillance of Americans' phone records.

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It's All Politics
6:47 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Postman Who Gyrocoptered Onto Capitol Lawn Faces Two Felonies

A gyrocopter rests April 15 on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Doug Hughes, a 61-year-old postal worker from Ruskin, Fla., landed the lightweight helicopter on the Capitol lawn to promote campaign finance reform. He's scheduled to enter pleas to multiple charges Thursday.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 10:39 am

Doug Hughes, the Florida postman who gyrocoptered through Washington's anti-terrorism warning system to land on the Capitol lawn, now faces two felonies, four misdemeanors and up to 9 1/2 years in prison for his efforts.

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Middle East
3:34 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Netanyahu Cancels Palestinian-Only Bus Plan Just Before Scheduled Start

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 5:17 pm

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It's All Politics
3:34 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Immigrant Family's Hope On Hold After Promises From The President

Karla Rodriguez and her family: Evelia Beltran (from left), Aileen Orozco, Cesar Orozco, Karla Rodriguez, Evelyn Orozco, Brandon Orozco and Brenda Orozco.
Courtesy of Karla Rodriguez

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 6:40 pm

Six months ago, when President Obama announced sweeping and polarizing executive actions on immigration, immigrant families all over the country were watching his rare prime-time address.

But those actions have now fallen out of the headlines and the highest-profile changes are on hold.

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Shots - Health News
2:47 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Terminally Ill California Mom Speaks Out Against Assisted Suicide

Stephanie and Brian Packer make lunch with their children, Brian, 11, Savannah, 5, Scarlett, 10, and Jacob, 8.
Stephanie O'Neill/KPCC

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 3:32 pm

Stephanie Packer was 29 when she found out she had a terminal lung disease.

That's the same age as Brittany Maynard, who last year was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Last fall, Maynard, of Northern California, opted to end her life with the help of a doctor in Oregon, where physician-assisted suicide is legal.

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It's All Politics
1:16 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

How The Minimum-Wage Debate Moved From Capitol Hill To City Halls

Fast-food workers, health care workers and their supporters shout slogans at a Dec. 4, 2014, rally and march to demand a minimum-wage increase to $15 per hour in Los Angeles.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 2:50 pm

Once upon a time, minimum-wage debates were mostly the province of Congress and statehouses. These days, you're more likely than ever to hear these debates in your city hall. The trend continued this week, when the Los Angeles City Council voted to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 per hour.

The second-largest city in America could soon join Seattle and San Francisco in the club of cities that have agreed to gradually raise their wages above $15 per hour. And these cities are part of a larger, recent wave of cities and counties setting their own minimum wages.

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It's All Politics
12:26 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Popular Health Exchange In Jeopardy After Surprise Republican Win

People line up outside the Kynect store at the Fayette Mall, in Lexington, Ky., in February to apply for health insurance through the state exchange.
Adam Beam AP

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 1:22 pm

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It's All Politics
11:42 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Who Is Clinton Confidant Sidney Blumenthal?

Blumenthal was one of just four witnesses deposed by the U.S. Senate when it tried (and acquitted) Clinton on the impeachment charges early in 1999.
AP

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 11:57 am

Before there was George, there was Sid.

George Stephanopoulos is, of course, the ABC news anchor whose $75,000 in donations to the Clinton foundation have reminded the world of his longtime ties to Bill Clinton, for whom he worked from 1991 to 1997.

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