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3:11 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Guantanamo Bay A Sticking Point Between U.S., Cuba Since 1903

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 8:07 am

Guantanamo Bay is home to the United States' oldest overseas base. And since it was established in 1903, the base has been a bone of contention in U.S. and Cuban relations. Melissa Block talks to Vanderbilt History professor Paul Kramer.

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The Two-Way
11:56 am
Thu January 29, 2015

McCain Calls Protesters 'Low-Life Scum' At Senate Hearing

Protesters interrupt the start of a Senate Armed Services hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday, as former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger prepares to testify.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 12:46 pm

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., lashed out at anti-war demonstrators protesting the presence of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at a Senate hearing, calling them "low-life scum."

Kissinger, 91, and other former secretaries of state in both Republican and Democratic administrations, were at the Senate Armed Services Committee, which McCain chairs, for a hearing on global security challenges.

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The Two-Way
11:21 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Senate OKs Keystone XL Pipeline, Setting Up Fight With Obama

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., prepares to speak to the media Thursday before the Senate voted to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA /Landov

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 3:10 pm

Updated at 5:04 p.m. ET

The Senate in a bipartisan 62-to-36 vote approved Thursday the Keystone XL pipeline project, setting up a faceoff with the White House, which has threatened a presidential veto.

Nine Democrats joined 53 Republicans to pass the measure, which now must be reconciled with a version passed last month by the House. The Senate vote is also not enough to override a presidential veto.

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Politics
4:48 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Attorney General Nomination Expected To Advance To Full Senate

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 2:49 pm

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4:24 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Obama's Budget Would Undo Broad, Automatic Cuts Made In 2013

President Obama speaks to the media after the automatic budget cuts associated with the sequester took effect in March 2013.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 7:07 am

When President Obama meets with House Democrats tonight during their retreat in Philadelphia, officials say he'll lay out the details of his budget proposal, which will include reversal of large cuts to federal spending instituted in 2013.

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NPR Story
3:03 am
Thu January 29, 2015

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Debate At Koch Brothers Forum

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 5:50 am

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Let's hear some early themes of the presidential campaign. Three possible Republican contenders appeared last weekend at a forum. It was organized by the billionaire Koch brothers and moderated by ABC's Jonathan Karl.

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Shots - Health News
2:12 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Insurance Choices Dwindle In Rural California As Blue Shield Pulls Back

Lori Lomas, an insurance agent with Feather Financial in Quincy, Calif., has noticed that her clients in San Francisco have many more health carrier options than her mountain neighbors.
Pauline Bartolone for KXJZ

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 8:32 am

After the insurance exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act first went live in late 2013, Lori Lomas started combing the website of Covered California on a hunt for good deals for her clients. Lomas is an agent at Feather Financial, in the Sierra Nevada town of Quincy, Calif.; she's been selling health policies in rural communities for more than 20 years.

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The Two-Way
4:47 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

AG Nominee Lynch Says She Differs From Obama On Marijuana

Loretta Lynch, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, leaves for a lunch break during a daylong Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on her nomination to be U.S. attorney general.
Pete Marovich UPI/Landov

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 7:55 am

During her first day of confirmation hearings for attorney general, nominee Loretta Lynch gave answers that seemed in line with President Obama. But then she was asked about marijuana, and whether she supports legalizing it.

"Senator, I do not," Lynch told Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., when he asked whether she supports making pot legal.

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U.S.
4:20 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Beefed-Up Border Security Proposal Unsettles Texas Business Leaders

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 11:18 pm

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Politics
2:25 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Attorney General Nominee Faces Senate Judiciary Committee

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 4:20 pm

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Politics
4:09 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Grassley Leads Senate Judiciary Panel As Loretta Lynch Hearings Begin

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks during the Freedom Summit on Jan. 24, in Des Moines, Iowa.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 1:57 pm

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa takes the reins Wednesday at the first major confirmation hearing of the new Congress. Loretta Lynch, the federal prosecutor who's nominated to become attorney general, is in for an hours-long grilling before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. And taking the stage with her will be Grassley – who is the first non-lawyer ever to chair the committee.

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Politics
3:17 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Obama Moves To Cement His Environmental Legacy

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 1:33 pm

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It's a good moment to remember something President Obama told us in December. The president said he'd reached a moment that was quote, "liberating."

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3:14 am
Wed January 28, 2015

White House Won't Seek To End 529 College Tax Break

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 5:03 pm

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4:56 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Obama Administration Won't Seek To End 529 College Tax Break

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 1:41 pm

Reversing what had been an unpopular approach, the White House says it is dropping the idea of ending a tax break for 529 college savings plans. Critics had called the proposal a tax hike. All 50 states and the District of Columbia sponsor 529 plans.

Money in 529 accounts is meant to grow along with future college students, and then be distributed to pay for education expenses without being taxed.

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It's All Politics
4:28 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Koch Brothers Put Price Tag On 2016: $889 Million

Americans for Prosperity Foundation Chairman David Koch speaks in Orlando, Fla., in August 2013.
Phelan M. Ebenhack AP

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 5:33 pm

The political network led by industrialists Charles and David Koch plans to spend $889 million for the 2016 elections. In modern politics, it's more than just a ton of money.

It's about as much as the entire national Republican Party spent in the last presidential election cycle, four years ago. And as Sheila Krumholz — director of the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks politicians and donors — pointed out in an interview, it's double what the Koch brothers and their network spent in 2012.

Krumholz summed it up: "It is staggering."

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Politics
2:10 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Koch Brothers Rival GOP With Plans To Spend $900 Million In 2016

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 2:04 pm

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Asia
2:10 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Obama Makes Guest Appearance On Modi's Radio Show

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 4:30 pm

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Around the Nation
4:15 am
Tue January 27, 2015

How Much Oil And Gas Is At Stake In ANWR?

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:27 am

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How much oil and gas is really at stake at ANWR? Well, nobody's really sure. NPR's Martin Kaste reports this decades-old political fight is based on rough estimates of what's really in the ground.

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Politics
4:14 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Murkowski Critical Of Proposal For Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 11:38 am

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3:02 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Obama Takes Heat For Proposing To End College Savings Break

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 3:59 pm

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It's All Politics
3:05 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

The CBO's Good News, Bad News Economic Report

Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas W. Elmendorf holds a briefing for reporters on the CBO's updated budget and economic outlook on Monday on Capitol Hill.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 5:58 pm

The federal deficit is on track to its lowest level as a percentage of the economy since 2007, and the economy is stronger than expected.

That's the good news from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's new economic outlook released Monday. "Economic activity will expand at a solid pace in 2015 and over the next few years — reducing the amount of underused resources, or 'slack,' in the economy," the report said.

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Politics
2:10 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

GOP Says Obama Must Act First On New ISIS Resolution

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 10:14 am

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Politics
2:10 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

India Rolls Out Red Carpet — And Camels — For Obama's Second Visit

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 10:14 am

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It's All Politics
2:07 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

At Koch Summit, A Freewheeling Debate Among GOP Hopefuls

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., center, meets with members of the Londonderry Fish and Game Club in Litchfield, N.H., on Jan. 14. Paul was one of three GOP presidential hopefuls who attended Sunday's semiannual gathering of David and Charles Koch's donor network in California.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 5:52 pm

Three Republican presidential hopefuls declined Sunday night to insult some of the party's biggest donors.

Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas, asked by debate moderator Jonathan Karl of ABC News if billionaires now have too much influence in both major parties, agreed that it wasn't a problem — if not exactly for the same reasons.

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It's All Politics
11:46 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Abortion Vote Shows How Much Democrats' World Has Changed

Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., announces he will vote to pass the health care reform bill after President Obama agreed to sign an executive order reaffirming the ban on the use of federal funds to provide abortions, March 21, 2010.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 6:25 am

This week, Congress returns with House leaders vowing to revisit the anti-abortion bill they pulled off the floor last week. The ban on abortions after 20 weeks was withdrawn when it appeared there weren't enough Republican votes to pass it.

Why did it need quite so many Republican votes? Because the GOP can no longer count on a contingent of Democrats to help out on abortion-related votes.

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Politics
4:21 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Possible GOP Presidential Candidates Woo Iowa

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 1:22 pm

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3:04 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Hagel: Stress Of 'Nonstop War' Forcing Out Good Soldiers

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
Ariel Zambelich NPR

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 1:41 pm

Outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, speaking to NPR's Morning Edition, says he's concerned about retaining qualified U.S. military service members amid the "stress and strain" of more than 13 years of continuous warfare in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Politics
3:24 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Will We See Veto Battles On Capitol Hill?

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 4:38 pm

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From the NPR studios in Culver City, California, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Arun Rath. President Obama's State of the Union address this week was lousy with the V word.

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It's All Politics
7:33 am
Sun January 25, 2015

A GOP Weekend, Courtesy Of The Koch Network And Citizens United

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, leaves the stage after speaking at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 12:59 pm

Republican presidential hopefuls are turning out this weekend for two big events, but just one of them, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, plans to be at both.

Cruz is among seven possible contenders who spoke Saturday at the Iowa Freedom Summit, co-sponsored by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, and the group Citizens United. Sunday night, Cruz is scheduled to join two possible primary rivals, Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., at a semi-annual conference of the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce.

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Politics
3:20 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

Republicans Gather To Galvanize, Share Ideas At 'Freedom Summit'

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 6:57 pm

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This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.

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