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2:59 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Ukraine Is Just 1 Foreign Policy Challenge On Obama's Agenda

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 5:38 am

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And let's get the view from here in Washington now. Now NPR senior editor and correspondent Ron Elving is with me in the studio. Ron, good morning.

RON ELVING, BYLINE: Good to be here with you, David.

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Author Interviews
2:55 pm
Sun February 8, 2015

Obama's 'Body Man' Looks Back On His Presidential Education

Barack Obama hands a gift from a supporter to his assistant Reggie Love during his 2008 campaign for presidency.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 11:54 am

Reggie Love was Barack Obama's body man during his first campaign for president and into his time in office. It was a demanding job: part personal assistant, part aide, part whatever the boss needs you to do, whenever he needs it.

Love, the author of the new memoir Power Forward: My Presidential Education, tells NPR's Arun Rath that he remembers the first time he met then-Senator Obama. He had traveled to Washington for a job interview.

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The Two-Way
11:20 am
Sun February 8, 2015

Colombian Rebels Invite Miss Universe To Join Peace Talks

Miss Colombia Paulina Vega poses during the Miss Universe pageant in Miami, on Jan. 25. Vega has been invited to participate in peace talks between her country's government and Marxist rebels.
Wilfredo Lee AP

Future beauty pageant contestants might want to be careful with all that loose talk about "world peace," unless they're willing to put up: after Miss Universe Paulina Vega expressed a desire to help end her native Colombia's 50-year civil war, she received an invitation from FARC rebels to join truce talks.

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It's All Politics
8:56 am
Sun February 8, 2015

McConnell's Call For 'Regular Order' May Not Mean What It Used To

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky returns to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 29, 2015.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Sun February 8, 2015 9:41 am

"Regular order" is a phrase you'd normally hear only from Congress nerds, but it's increasingly common in conversations about the Senate this year.

When Mitch McConnell became Senate majority leader, he promised he'd restore what he called regular order in that chamber. But Democrats have been accusing him of violating regular order ever since.

When you listen to senators talk about regular order, it sounds like this fabulous, amazing thing. For Republican John McCain of Arizona, regular order is about getting stuff done.

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Politics
6:01 am
Sun February 8, 2015

Potential Candidates Suffer From Measles: The Week In Politics

Originally published on Sun February 8, 2015 9:41 am

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Commentary
3:49 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Week In Politics: Prayer Breakfast, Ukraine, Measles

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 12:24 pm

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For more on that, we turn to our regular Friday political commentators, E J Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution. Hey there, E J.

E J DIONNE, BYLINE: Good to be with you.

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Education
2:09 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

UNCF CEO: Obama's Community College Plan A 'Blunt Instrument'

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 12:24 pm

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President Obama went to a red state today to push his plan to cover community college tuition for some students. He touted that proposal at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana.

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The Two-Way
1:57 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Polarization Vortex: Obama, Bush Approval Shows Widest Partisan Gap

President Obama and former President George W. Bush in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, in 2013.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 3:24 pm

Many Republicans claim that President Obama is among the most polarizing presidents in modern history. If the results of a new Gallup survey measuring his approval rating are any indication, they might be right.

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The Salt
10:07 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Outrage Over Government's Animal Experiments Leads To USDA Review

Cattle raised at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Neb. A New York Times investigation of animal suffering at the federal research center has prompted a USDA review.
Nati Harnik AP

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 12:43 pm

Revelations about animal suffering at a federal animal research facility have sure gotten the attention of lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

They've also prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the facility through its Agricultural Research Service, to name its first ever animal welfare ombudsman — as well as review and update its animal welfare strategy.

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The Two-Way
8:25 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Kansas Will Cut Education Funding To Help Close Budget Gap

Gov. Sam Brownback delivers his State of the State address at the Kansas statehouse in Topeka last month. Brownback has announced cuts in education to plug the state's budget woes.
Orlin Wagner AP

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 10:00 am

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he will cut funding for public schools and universities in a bid to keep the state solvent through June after aggressive tax cuts left gaping budget shortfalls.

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TED Radio Hour
6:44 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Why Should We Treat Violence Like A Contagious Disease?

Dr. Gary Slutkin says we should think of violence as a contagious disease.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 2:50 pm

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Seven Deadly Sins

About Gary Slutkin's TED Talk

While looking at the problem of gun violence, Dr. Gary Slutkin wondered — what if it could be treated like a communicable disease? His program, Cure Violence, aims to do just that, with real results.

About Gary Slutkin

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TED Radio Hour
6:44 am
Fri February 6, 2015

What's The Antidote To Political Apathy?

Activist Dave Meslin says even though we're apathetic about local politics, we're hardly sloths.
Riyad Mustapha TEDxToronto

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 8:01 am

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Seven Deadly Sins

About Dave Meslin's TED Talk

Activist Dave Meslin says even though we're apathetic about local politics, we're hardly sloths.

About Dave Meslin

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NPR Story
3:02 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Senate Hearing Learns Of No Clear Plan To Close Guantanamo

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 9:25 am

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Michel Martin, Going There
1:57 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Out Of The Shadows, TV Star Shines A Light On Immigration

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 11:52 am

On Capitol Hill, the immigration debate is a political story. But for millions of people across the country, it is something deeper. "This is not a political issue; it is a human issue," says Diane Guerrero. "Me and my parents were a family, and now we're not. We're separated."

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Parallels
4:23 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

In 'Red Notice,' Success Draws Treachery, Tragedy In Putin's Russia

Bill Browder crosses Red Square in 2004, at the height of Hermitage Capital Management's success.
James Hill Courtesy of the Browder Family Archives

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 9:48 am

William Browder's new book, Red Notice, is named for the type of warrant the Russian government has sought from Interpol in hopes of capturing him.

The hedge fund manager made huge profits with Hermitage Capital Management, a company he started in Russia in 1996. That, he says, drew the attention and machinations of a corrupt group of Russian officials.

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National Security
3:54 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

What's Inside The 28 Most Controversial Pages In Washington?

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 4:23 pm

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The Two-Way
12:30 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Obama Condemns 'Horrific Acts' In The Name Of Religion

President Obama bows his head towards the Dalai Lama as he was recognized during the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, on Thursday.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 2:56 pm

Updated at 4:55 p.m. ET

President Obama, speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast today, condemned the twisting of religion to justify killing innocent people, saying that it always goes against the will of God. He also praised the Dalai Lama, who was in attendance, calling him a good friend.

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The Two-Way
10:41 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Pope Francis To Address Congress During U.S. Trip, Boehner Says

Pope Francis is cheered by the faithful as he arrives for the weekly general audience at the Vatican on Wednesday.
AP

Pope Francis will be the first pontiff to address a joint meeting of Congress, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday.

Francis will address lawmakers on Sept. 24, Boehner said, as part of his first papal visit to the United States.

"We're humbled that the Holy Father has accepted our invitation and certainly look forward to receiving his message on behalf of the American people," the Ohio Republican told reporters.

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It's All Politics
8:05 am
Thu February 5, 2015

5 Things The Vaccine Debacle Reveals About The 2016 Presidential Field

Sen. Rand Paul tweeted this photo, writing "Ironic: Today I am getting my booster vaccine. Wonder how the liberal media will misreport this?"
Twitter

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 5:19 pm

As the measles outbreak continues to spread, political leaders with an eye on the White House in 2016 spent much of the week jumping into, and then trying to bail themselves out of, the vaccine debate.

Some brushed the issue off as an unnecessary media circus, but it's worth taking a look at its deeper political meaning. Here are five things the vaccine politics kerfuffle of 2015 tells us about the emerging field of presidential candidates for 2016.

1. Vaccination politics are a problem for Republicans — not Democrats.

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The Two-Way
6:39 am
Thu February 5, 2015

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg To Step Down

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg in a photo taken last May. Hamburg, who has been in the top FDA job for nearly six years, will reportedly step down.
J. David Ake AP

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 2:56 pm

Updated at 10:23 a.m. ET

FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg — who has been at the center of controversial decisions such as relaxing age restrictions on the Plan B contraceptive — has decided to step down after six years in the job.

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Politics
4:12 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Jeb Bush Delivers Big Speech In Detroit

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 4:47 pm

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Law
2:03 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Supporters Say Imprisoned Nun Is Being Held In 'Unfair' Conditions

Sister Megan Rice ahead of her 2013 trial in Washington, D.C. In 2012, she and fellow anti-nuclear activists successfully broke into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., to draw the world's attention to the danger of nuclear weapons.
Linda Davidson The Washington Post via Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 7:44 am

Megan Rice celebrated her 85th birthday last week — in a high-rise detention center in Brooklyn. The Catholic nun is serving nearly three years in prison for evading security and painting peace slogans on the walls of a nuclear facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Rice is far from the only religious figure to run into legal trouble. There's a long tradition of Catholic clergy protesting nuclear weapons, from the Berrigan brothers in the 1980s to the fictional nun Jane Ingalls, featured in the series Orange is the New Black.

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Around the Nation
2:03 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Stuck In Traffic? It's Likely To Be Worse In 30 Years, Report Says

Traffic clogs the 101 Freeway in Los Angeles.
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 11:27 am

Moving from crisis to crisis — for too long that's been America's strategy for dealing with the challenges of an aging transit infrastructure, from roads to bridges to ports. The result is a system that's crumbling and in desperate need of attention, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The massive study both looks at the current state of the country's transportation systems and forecasts the challenges that lie ahead.

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It's All Politics
3:43 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

In Detroit, Jeb Bush Makes A Campaign Must-Stop

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at an Economic Club of Detroit meeting on Wednesday. The Detroit event is the first in a series of stops that Bush's team is calling his "Right to Rise" tour. That's also the name of the political action committee he formed in December 2014 to allow him to explore a presidential run.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 5:04 pm

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush isn't officially a presidential candidate, but by delivering a speech to the Detroit Economic Club Wednesday he sure acted like one.

The elite, nonpartisan organization is a must-stop for serious candidates — it has hosted every eventual president since Richard Nixon. The list of presidential contenders who've taken to the podium there in recent decades is long. Last year, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was among the speakers.

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Politics
2:37 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Secretary Of Defense Nominee Appears Headed For Easy Confirmation

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 5:33 pm

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Politics
2:37 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Jeb Bush Continues To Test Campaign Waters In Detroit

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at the Detroit Economic Club Wednesday.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 12:45 pm

For his first major speech since confirming that he's exploring a presidential run, Jeb Bush chose an interesting location: Detroit.

Speaking to the city's Economic Club, an establishment institution in the Motor City for more than eight decades, he praised the city's emergence from bankruptcy.

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Law
2:06 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

How The Voting Debates Will Be Different In 2015

Citizens cast their ballots at the South Shore Park building in Milwaukee, Wis., on Election Day 2014.
Darren Hauck Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 6:13 am

State legislatures are back in session, under more Republican control now than at any other time in U.S. history. One issue they'll be debating a lot is voting — who gets to do it and how.

It's a hot topic, but this year's debate could be less contentious than it has been in the past. One reason is that lawmakers will be considering a lot of proposals to make voting easier and more efficient.

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Politics
4:02 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Obama Reluctant To Raise Federal Gas Tax

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 5:40 am

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Politics
4:01 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Red States Move To Expand Medicaid Under Obamacare

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 5:40 am

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Politics
3:59 am
Wed February 4, 2015

House Votes Again To Repeal Affordable Care Act

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 8:44 pm

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