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3:12 am
Wed February 4, 2015

NSA's Bulk Collection Of Phone Data Continues, Intelligence Review Says

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

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NPR Story
3:12 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Senate Panel Holds Hearing For Ash Carter, Defense Nominee

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 4:13 pm

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Politics
4:28 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Science Of Vaccines Is Settled — But Politics Are More Complicated

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 9:02 am

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The Two-Way
3:47 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

House Votes To Repeal Affordable Care Act

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, pauses at a news conference before announcing that the House planned to vote Tuesday to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, following a GOP strategy session at Republican National Committee headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington. While the repeal passed 239-186, it's likely to fail in the Senate or be vetoed by the president.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 3:51 pm

The House voted 239-186 today to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the latest effort by the Republican-controlled chamber to scrap the law.

The measure also would direct panels to come up with a replacement for the healthcare law — though it doesn't provide a timeline on any new legislation or what provisions it may contain.

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Politics
3:46 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Has A Ted Cruz Problem

Sen. Ted Cruz speaks during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He is insisting the Department of Homeland Security not get any money unless Republicans get to undo the president's immigration policies.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 4:55 pm

A bill funding the Department of Homeland Security failed in the Senate Tuesday because it would block the president's executive action on deportations. The question now is, what will Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell try next?

The department runs out of money on Feb. 27. Texas senator and potential presidential candidate Ted Cruz insists DHS not get any money unless Republicans get to undo the president's immigration policies. That places McConnell in a dilemma — how does he placate Cruz and his allies while avoiding a shutdown of the agency?

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Latin America
2:37 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Marco Rubio Challenges Obama Administration's New Approach To Cuba

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 5:22 pm

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Politics
2:37 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

House Votes To Repeal ACA, Though Bill Unlikely To Pass Senate

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 4:28 pm

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Politics
11:35 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Life In The 'New' Washington: In Your Face! No, In YOUR Face!

President Obama delivers remarks during a meeting with people who wrote him letters explaining how they benefited from the Affordable Care Act in the White House on Tuesday.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 5:28 pm

President Obama entertained a group of Americans on Tuesday in the intimate Roosevelt Room at the White House, thanking them for their written testimonials to the benefits of his Affordable Care Act. A few hours later, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the ACA in its entirety.

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It's All Politics
8:44 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Milestone House Vote Would Take Health Care Away From Millions

Florida Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo takes the ceremonial oath of office with his family and House Speaker John Boehner (right). Curbelo represents a Miami-area district with substantial enrollment in the Affordable Care Act.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 4:12 pm

After dozens of votes attacking Obamacare in recent years, House Republicans' latest attempt Tuesday finally gets real.

Not in the sense that the full repeal bill will become law — it's not likely to pass the Senate and, in any event, faces a certain presidential veto even if it somehow does. What makes today a milestone is that, for the first time, House Republicans plan to vote on whether to actually take health coverage away from millions of Americans who now have it.

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Politics
4:13 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Budget Sent To Congress Values Middle-Class Economics

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 8:28 pm

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Around the Nation
3:17 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Wis. Budget Proposal Reignites Debate Over Private, Public Sector

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 10:27 am

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Politics
2:59 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Can Republicans Find Common Ground With Obama's Budget?

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 10:27 am

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All Tech Considered
1:55 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Would FCC Plan Harm Telecom Investment? Even Industry Opinion Is Mixed

Randall Stephenson, chairman and CEO of AT&T, introduces President Obama before the latter's remarks Dec. 3 at the quarterly meeting of the Business Roundtable, a group Stephenson chairs. Stephenson has said that increasing regulation of the broadband industry — as proposed by the president — would have a substantial chilling effect on its investment in infrastructure.
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Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 12:21 pm

This week figures to be a big one in the debate about how to regulate the Internet.

Yesterday the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission announced he'll try to overrule laws in two states that restrict community-owned broadband networks. Later this week, he's expected to propose exactly what President Obama asked for last year: reclassifying the Internet under regulations known in the parlance of telecom wonks as Title II.

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Politics
2:42 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Gov. Scott Walker Eyes 2016, But Can He Get Past Labor's Loathing?

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker spoke about taking on public employee unions, and the protests that followed, at a recent candidates forum in Iowa. He said what people may not know is that protesters — as many as 1,000 of them — showed up outside his home while his family was there. He says he also received death threats.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 4:30 pm

There is not a lot of love between the U.S. labor movement and those on the long list of potential 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls. But there is one name among the GOP prospects that labor truly despises — and fears. He is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who weakened unions in his own state and appears ready to make his battles with labor a centerpiece of a bid for the White House.

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Politics
2:29 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

A Look At What's Inside Obama's Budget Proposal

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 4:30 pm

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Politics
2:29 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Like Groundhog Day, There's A Routine To White House Budget Debut

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 9:42 pm

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Code Switch
1:27 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Journalist Jorge Ramos Takes On Obama, Republicans

President Obama participates in a town hall hosted by Univision with news anchor Jorge Ramos in 2011.
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Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 6:51 am

My parents, who immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico, weren't so sure when I told them I wanted to be a journalist when I grew up. "How about being a car mechanic?" they suggested gently. That is, until I informed them I was interviewing for an internship at Univision in Miami, where Jorge Ramos worked.

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The Two-Way
12:48 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Rand Paul Jump Into Vaccine Debate

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie waves to reporters as he leaves Downing Street in London on Monday.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 1:24 pm

Updated at 10:40 p.m. ET:

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., another potential presidential nominee, told radio host Laura Ingraham on Monday that he thought most vaccinations should be voluntary, The Washington Post reports.

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Politics
5:38 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Obama To Send Nearly $4 Trillion Budget To Congress

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 6:28 am

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The Two-Way
4:00 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Obama's Budget Proposal Lifts 2013 Caps, Adds Billions In Spending

President Obama, shown speaking at the University Of Kansas on Jan. 22, defends his budget as an exercise in "middle-class economics." But forecasters at the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center say the 60 percent of Americans at the middle of the income ladder will more or less break even, while most benefits will go to low-income families.
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Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 10:14 am

Updated at 12:03 p.m. ET

President Obama says he wants to work with Congress to "replace mindless austerity with smart investments that strengthen America," in remarks that came hours after the release of his $3.99 trillion budget proposal, which is already drawing criticism from Republicans.

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Politics
3:02 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Critics Worry Visa Waivers Could Allow Foreign Fighters To Slip In

A security officer checks a passport at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.
Paul Beaty AP

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 11:56 am

Under the Visa Waiver Program, residents of Europe and other U.S. allies can enter the U.S. without a visa. In return, Americans don't need visas to travel to those countries. The program has been in effect since 1986, aimed at encouraging tourism and business travel.

But now it's being eyed as a possible security weakness. There are an estimated 3,000 fighters in Syria from Europe, many of whom received training from jihadi groups. And some members of Congress are worried those foreign fighters may try to slip into the U.S. and carry out attacks here.

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Politics
3:24 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

For Colorado's Undocumented, The Wait At The DMV Just Got Longer

Aleida Ramirez must wait longer for an appointment to renew her expired driver's license because Colorado Republicans have blocked funding for licensing undocumented immigrants.
Megan Verlee Colorado Public Radio

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 11:23 am

Aleida Ramirez is proud of her old driver's license. It's faded and battered, held together by tape in two places, and it expired two years ago.

But Ramirez wouldn't think of throwing it out.

"Because it's my treasure," Ramirez says. "I mean, this is the only proof that I've been living in this state. This is the only proof that I have that I've been working hard, that I want to be here."

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Politics
5:38 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Democrat Seeks To Authorize Operations Against ISIS

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 9:39 am

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Politics
5:37 am
Sat January 31, 2015

What Romney's Retreat Means For GOP Hopefuls

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 8:03 pm

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Politics
3:17 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Romney Ends Flirtation With 2016 Presidential Run

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 4:29 pm

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3:14 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder Turns To Voters To Approve Tax Increase

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Opinion
3:14 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Week In Politics: Romney, Koch Brothers, Budget

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That's quite a lineup. Well, a third Mitt Romney White House run is not to be. Let's bring in our Friday political commentators E J Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, of The New York Times. Welcome back.

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The Two-Way
9:18 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Mitt Romney Won't Run For President In 2016

Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who has made two previous bids for the presidency, says he will not run in 2016.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 3:05 pm

Updated at 11:58 a.m.

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney isn't running for president in 2016, he told supporters in a statement.

"After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee," he said in the statement and in a conference call with supporters.

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NPR Story
3:07 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Former Democratic Sen. Jim Webb Explores Presidential Bid

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 11:48 am

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The other day, we stood at the door of one of the many politicians thinking of running for president. Former Senator Jim Webb led us into his office in Arlington, Va., just across the river from Washington.

JIM WEBB: Hey, how are you?

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It's All Politics
2:26 am
Fri January 30, 2015

4 Reasons Why It's Veto Season At The White House

President Obama has said he will veto the Keystone XL pipeline project, which passed in the Senate on Wednesday. Historically, political scientists say, 90 percent of veto threats are issued behind the scenes, but Obama has issued nine veto threats so far — in public.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 5:37 pm

President Obama is about to get his first veto opportunity of the new Congress. A bill that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline project will be on his desk soon. He has promised to veto it, and that's unusual. In his first six years in office, Obama issued just two vetoes — the fewest of any president going all the way back to James Garfield, and Garfield only served 199 days in office!

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