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It's All Politics
2:40 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Rubio's Path To The Nomination, And 3 Obstacles In His Way

Marco Rubio celebrates onstage with his family in 2010 after winning his U.S. Senate seat in Florida when he was just 39 years old. Now, he's expected to embark on a run for president.
Alan Diaz AP

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 5:09 am

Marco Rubio, the charismatic, Hispanic, young (and even younger-looking) freshman senator from Florida is launching his campaign for the White House Monday in Miami.

Rubio, 43, will be entering a growing field of candidates. Right now, he's considered a second-tier candidate, polling behind Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the man Rubio has called a mentor.

That could change once he gets in. Rubio's advisers believe he has a path to the nomination, with assets few other candidates can match.

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World
1:52 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Britain Backs Away From World Stage In Lead-Up To Elections

British Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech on April 12, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. Britain goes to the polls in a general election on May 7. But campaign slogans and speeches — from Cameron and his rivals — won't carry many references to international affairs.
WPA Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 6:00 am

In war and in diplomacy, Great Britain has always been a global leader. Next to the United States, it had the largest footprint in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last decade.

But now, something has changed. The United Kingdom is pulling back from the world stage.

Take recent meetings of European leaders, for example. This may be the most unstable time in Europe since the end of the Cold War, as Russia has seized Crimea and is supporting a war in Eastern Ukraine.

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It's All Politics
8:29 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

Clinton Announces Presidential Campaign, Hops In A Van To Iowa

A replica of "The Mystery Machine" van used in the Scooby Doo cartoon series parked at the L.A. Festival of Books in 2012. Hillary Clinton is traveling to Iowa in a van she calls her "Scooby" van.
Doug Kline flickr/Creative Commons

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 2:01 pm

At around the same time that Hillary Clinton's campaign team in Brooklyn, N.Y., was hitting "send" on the emails and tweets that officially launched Clinton's presidential campaign, the former first lady was hitting the road — in a van.

Clinton was scheduled to be in Iowa on Tuesday, but instead of flying, she decided she wanted to pack up a van — which she refers to as the "Scooby" van because of its resemblance to the van from the Scooby Doo cartoon — and chat with people along the way.

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Politics
3:25 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

Presidential Announcements Offer Insight Into How Candidates Run

Originally published on Sun April 12, 2015 4:43 pm

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Hillary Clinton formally announced her run for the White House today online.

(SOUNDBITE OF VIDEO, "GETTING STARTED")

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Right now, I'm applying for jobs.

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The Two-Way
1:44 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

It's Official: Hillary Clinton Announces Presidential Run

Hillary Clinton announces her candidacy.
Hillary Clinton campaign

Originally published on Sun April 12, 2015 2:26 pm

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced today that she is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination for the 2016 election.

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It's All Politics
1:34 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

Hillary Clinton, Polarizing Or Misunderstood, Jumps Into Race For President

Hillary Clinton has described herself as the most famous person you don't really know. And as she launches into her second presidential campaign, she'll be reintroducing herself to voters who largely think they have her figured out.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 2:14 pm

Hillary Clinton officially launched the campaign everyone has been expecting for months — years, really. She's running for president and to finally break open that glass ceiling she famously said her last campaign put "18 million cracks" in.

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Politics
5:25 am
Sun April 12, 2015

Clinton To Roll Out Her Campaign On The Small Stage

Originally published on Sun April 12, 2015 9:01 am

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Politics
5:25 am
Sun April 12, 2015

Obama, Castro Meet In 'Spirit Of Openness'

President Barack Obama smiles as he looks over towards Cuban President Raul Castro during their meeting at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama on Saturday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Sun April 12, 2015 9:01 am

President Obama says when it comes to Cuba, "the United States will not be imprisoned by the past."

Obama met for about an hour on Saturday with Cuban President Raul Castro. It was the first face-to-face meeting between the two countries' leaders in more than half a century.

When the sit-down finally happened — after months of behind-the-scenes negotiation — even the leaders seemed surprised.

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National Security
4:09 pm
Sat April 11, 2015

New START Nuke Deal With Russia May Be Aging — But It's Not Over

President Obama speaks beside Russian President Dmitry Medvedev after signing New START documents in 2010. Now five years old, that treaty has taken on renewed relevance in light of the framework nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran.
Joe Klamar AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 11, 2015 7:04 pm

The tentative deal limiting Iran's nuclear program has gotten a lot of attention since it came together on April 2. It's shaping up to be a major test of the Obama administration's ability to finesse both negotiations abroad and politics on the home front. But this won't be the first time.

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The Two-Way
6:21 am
Sat April 11, 2015

Obama, Castro Sit For Historic Meeting At Americas Summit

Cuban President Raul Castro and President Obama shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama, on Saturday. It was the first substantive talk between leaders of the two countries in more than five decades.
Pool Scott Horsley

Originally published on Sat April 11, 2015 4:07 pm

Updated at 4:55 p.m. ET

President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro today moved an important step closer to normalizing relations between their nations after decades of Cold War rival animosity, sitting down for the first substantive meeting in more than 50 years between leaders of the two countries.

Obama and Castro shook hands and exchanged pleasantries for a second time at the Summit of the Americas being held in Panama City.

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Politics
6:17 am
Sat April 11, 2015

Obama, Castro Shake Hands Ahead Of Historic Meeting Saturday

President Obama talks with Cuban counterpart Raul Castro before Friday's inauguration of the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama City.
Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Sat April 11, 2015 8:54 am

It's the handshake some have waited more than 50 years for. And the handshake some hoped would never happen.

President Obama greeted Cuban President Raul Castro at a summit meeting in Panama Friday night. Their handshake helped crystalize the diplomatic thaw that began in December, when Obama declared an end to decades of official hostility.

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Politics
5:43 am
Sat April 11, 2015

With Paul, Cruz and Clinton On The Verge, 2016 Election Takes Shape

Originally published on Sat April 11, 2015 8:54 am

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It's All Politics
3:03 am
Sat April 11, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton in June 1969 at the Rodham family home. She was featured in a Life magazine story called "The Class of '69."
Lee Balterman The LIFE Premium Collection/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 11:44 am

Many Americans have a pre-formed opinion of Hillary Clinton, who is expected to announce her candidacy for president this weekend. Call it a blessing — or, simply, an inevitable effect — of being in the public eye for so long. But Clinton has long implied that the public perception of her is all wrong.

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Politics
3:04 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Week In Politics: Hillary Clinton's Upcoming Announcement, Rand Paul's Remarks

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 5:30 pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with political commentators, E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times about Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio's upcoming announcements for a presidential run and Rand Paul's controversial remarks this week.

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World
3:04 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

'Great Wall Of Sand': China Builds Islands In Contested Waters

A March 16 satellite image from the CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative shows one of China's artificial islands in the South China Sea.
CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 6:13 pm

It's called Mischief Reef, appropriately enough, and China is hard at work there, building islands, dredging sand and piling it on top of partly-submerged coral reefs.

The idea is for China to stake an even bigger claim to hotly-contested territory in the South China Sea, which is an area also claimed by the Philippines and Vietnam.

President Obama expressed concern Thursday about China "using its sheer size and muscle to force countries into subordinate positions."

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Politics
3:04 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Hillary Clinton To Announce Candidacy For 2016 Presidential Election

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 5:30 pm

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World
3:04 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Removing Cuba From U.S. Terrorism List Would Be Mostly 'Symbolic'

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 5:30 pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks about the history of how Cuba ended up on the state-sponsored terrorism list with William LeoGrande, professor of government at American University and co-author of the book Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana.

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World
3:04 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

President Obama, Raul Castro To Share Face Time At Americas Summit

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 5:30 pm

The leaders of all 35 nations in the Western Hemisphere gather for the first time ever this week at the Summit of the Americas. It will be the first to include Cuba, and the first meeting of President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro, since the U.S. and Cuba decided to normalize relations.

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It's All Politics
8:45 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Hillary Clinton Expected To Go Small With Big Announcement

Don't expect a big rally with thousands of cheering supporters to launch Hillary Clinton's campaign. For her second run at the presidency, she's out to prove she is taking nothing for granted.
Yana Paskova Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 2:16 pm

The long will-she-or-won't-she charade is nearly over. A source with knowledge of Hillary Clinton's campaign plans tells NPR's Mara Liasson she will announce on Sunday that she's running for president.

But don't expect a big rally with thousands of cheering supporters. For her second run at the presidency, the former secretary of state and first lady is going small. Think Starbucks doing small batch coffee roasts.

One of the biggest names in American politics is out to prove she's taking nothing for granted.

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The Two-Way
7:58 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Hillary Clinton To Announce Presidential Bid On Sunday

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce her bid for the White House on Sunday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 1:48 pm

Updated at 11 a.m. ET

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will officially announce her intention to seek the 2016 Democratic nomination for president on Sunday afternoon, ending years of speculation over her plans to pursue the Oval Office, NPR has learned.

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NPR Story
3:07 am
Fri April 10, 2015

GOP Presidential Hopeful Rand Paul Clashes With Media

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 1:04 pm

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Politics
3:26 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

U.S. Intervention In The Caribbean Comes On China's Heels

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 8:16 pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Margaret Myers, director of the China and Latin America program at the Inter-American Dialogue, about China's involvement in the Caribbean. Over the past few years, the Chinese have financed infrastructure projects like new roads and cricket stadiums.

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Politics
2:30 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Cuban Dissidents, Castro Supporters Throw Fists At Americas Summit

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 8:16 pm

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2:30 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

In Jamaica, Obama Announces Plan To Diversify Caribbean Energy

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 8:16 pm

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It's All Politics
2:03 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

3 Times Rand Paul Got 'Testy' This Week

Rand Paul, seen here in New Hampshire on Wednesday, told CNN he needs to "get better at holding my tongue and holding my temper."
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Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 9:57 am

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Around the Nation
3:10 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Bill To Limit Vaccine Exemptions Moves A Step Closer In California

People who oppose repealing the personal belief exemption gathered outside California's Capitol in Sacramento on Wednesday.
Pauline Bartolone/Capital Public Radio

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 12:58 pm

A California bill that would allow students to opt out of mandatory school vaccinations only if they have a medical condition that justifies an exemption is one step closer to becoming law, though it still has a long way to go. The bill was introduced in the California Senate in response to a measles outbreak at Disneyland in late December that's now linked to almost 150 infections.

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It's All Politics
2:07 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Obama To Address Caribbean's 'Economic Achilles' Heel' — Energy

Night in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Analysts warn a sudden energy shortage in the Caribbean could create security problems not far from U.S. shores and even trigger mass migration. But thanks to its domestic energy boom, the U.S. has a rare opportunity to get out in front of the crisis and possibly build some goodwill of its own.
Hector Retamal AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 3:16 pm

President Obama is in Jamaica on Thursday, meeting with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and more than a dozen other leaders from throughout the Caribbean. It's the first stop on a three-day tour that also includes a hemispheric summit meeting in Panama. Topping Thursday's agenda is a looming energy crunch in the Caribbean, and a chance for the U.S. to seize the initiative there from leftist leaders in Venezuela.

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It's All Politics
1:32 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Suicides By Missouri Politicians Raise Questions About State Ethics

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich committed suicide following political attacks during his campaign for governor. His press secretary, Spence Jackson, committed suicide just one month later.
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 12:53 pm

In Missouri, two political suicides have stunned the Republican Party. In February, state Auditor Tom Schweich, a leading candidate for the party's nomination for governor, shot himself. Then just last month, his press secretary, Spence Jackson, took his own life. The tragedies have sparked fresh scrutiny of Missouri's increasingly bruising political system.

Schweich launched his campaign for governor with a scathing broadside against the state's Republican Party establishment.

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News
3:01 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

More Body Cameras Are On The Way For North Charleston Police

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 4:23 pm

State Rep. Wendell Gilliard, D-S.C., discusses the fatal shooting of Walter Scott by a police officer in North Charleston, S.C., after Scott was stopped after a traffic stop. Gilliard also explains his proposed legislation, which would mandate that police officers wear body cameras while on duty.

It's All Politics
2:44 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Tom Cotton: Military Action Against Iran Would Take Only 'Several Days'

Sen. Tom Cotton, who orchestrated a letter to Iran's leaders disapproving of any potential deal with their country, called the president's underlying assumptions in making a deal "wishful thinking."
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 2:14 pm

This story was updated April 9 at 4 p.m. ET.

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