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Intelligence Squared U.S.
10:30 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Debate: Has The President Exceeded His War Powers Authority?

Two teams face off in a debate over the extent of the president's war powers at the latest debate from Intelligence Squared U.S.
Samuel LaHoz Intelligence Squared U.S.

President Obama has launched a sustained, long-term military campaign against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. But did he have constitutional power to do so?

Article I of the Constitution gives some war powers to the Congress — namely, the power to declare war — while Article II gives the president the power of commander-in-chief. But the U.S. Congress has not declared war since World War II, even as the nation has engaged in numerous military actions across the globe in the intervening decades.

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It's All Politics
7:03 am
Tue April 7, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Sen. Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul examines a patient's eyes in his Bowling Green, Ky., office in 2010. Paul, an ophthalmologist, worked on his father's campaign while in medical school.
Joe Imel AP

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 11:43 am

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul announced his bid for the White House Tuesday on his website. The 52-year-old former ophthalmologist's libertarian roots sets him apart from the expansive field of Republican hopefuls, most notably in foreign policy and issues like defense spending.

His father Ron Paul, also a physician, gained notoriety in the late-1980s as a presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party, but there are signs the younger Paul is moving more mainstream Republican.

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The Two-Way
5:32 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul Announces 2016 Presidential Run

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., listens to a question at the Epoch Restaurant in Exeter, N.H., on March 21. Paul announced his presidential run today in Louisville, Ky.
Cheryl Senter AP

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 10:42 am

Updated at 12:30 p.m. ET

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., announced today that he will seek the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

"I have a message — a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words," he told supporters in Louisville, Ky. "We've come to take our country back."

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It's All Politics
5:03 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Can Libertarian Rand Paul Win A Republican Primary?

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. walks from the stage after speaking during the Conservative Political Action Conference in February.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 9:16 am

Rand Paul is not like other potential presidential candidates.

The Kentucky senator, who announced his candidacy for the White House on Tuesday morning, doesn't fit neatly into the molds of either party.

Socially liberal on issues of crime and punishment — especially when it comes to drug sentencing — against a federal ban on same-sex marriage, and no foreign policy hawk, he's not your prototypical Republican.

As a fiscal conservative and an opponent of abortion rights, though, he's certainly no Democrat either.

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Politics
4:28 am
Tue April 7, 2015

In NPR Interview, Obama Answers Critics Of Iran Nuclear Framework

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 5:36 am

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It's All Politics
3:15 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Obama To Scott Walker: 'Bone Up On Foreign Policy'

In an interview with NPR's Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep, President Obama said Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is advocating a "foolish approach" to Iran and that he should "bone up on foreign policy."
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 1:08 pm

This post was updated at 10:30 a.m. E.T.

Anyone who thinks President Obama will shy away from presidential politics in 2016, think again.

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Around the Nation
3:13 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Emanuel, Garcia Face-Off In Chicago's First Mayoral Runoff

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 12:04 pm

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Politics
3:13 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Rand Paul To Follow Father's Lead; Run For GOP Presidential Nomination

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 5:36 am

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The Two-Way
3:13 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Obama Compares Iran Deal To A House Under Contract, Awaiting Appraisal

NPR's Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep interviews President Obama at the White House on Monday.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 10:37 am

I've rarely seen President Obama speak in such definite terms on a thorny issue as he did yesterday about the nuclear agreement with Iran.

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Politics
3:03 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Transcript: President Obama's Full NPR Interview On Iran Nuclear Deal

NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep interviews President Obama on April 6 at the White House.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

NPR's interview with President Obama focuses on the pact the U.S. and allied nations recently negotiated with Iran. The framework requires the nation to reduce its nuclear capacity in exchange for the lifting of some international sanctions.

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Politics
3:34 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Framework Deal Raises Questions About Inspection Of Iranian Nuclear Sites

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 5:48 pm

NPR's Melissa Block interviews David Albright, a former nuclear inspector and founder of the Institute for Science and International Security, about what needs to be in a final agreement on Iran's nuclear program and how inspections would work.

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Around the Nation
2:36 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

In Ferguson, Some Voters Hope City Council Election Brings Change

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 5:48 pm

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The Two-Way
7:41 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Report: Jeb Bush Self-Identified As Hispanic On Voter Application In '09

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his wife, Columba, arrive at the Hispanic Leadership Network conference on April 18, 2013, in Coral Gables, Fla.
Wilfredo Lee AP

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 12:32 pm

Updated at 11:39 a.m.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his son Jeb Bush Jr. have responded to a news report that the likely Republican presidential candidate self-identified as Hispanic in a 2009 voter-registration application.

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Politics
4:23 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Next Stage For Iran Nuclear Talks Faces Multiple Challenges

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 5:43 am

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The Two-Way
12:55 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

Netanyahu: 'I'm Not Trying To Kill Any Deal' With Iran

A photo released by Government Press Office shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he delivers a statement on April 3 "strongly opposing" the framework deal.
Kobi Gideon AP

Originally published on Sun April 5, 2015 3:36 pm

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the U.S. to seek a better agreement with Iran over its nuclear weapons program, insisting that he's not trying to kill any deal, just "a bad deal."

Netanyahu, speaking on NBC's Meet the Press, argued that the current plan "leaves the preeminent terrorist state of our time with a vast nuclear infrastructure."

He lamented that "not one centrifuge is destroyed" under the agreement.

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Commentary
6:00 am
Sun April 5, 2015

Hard Hats And Loud Vests On The Prime Minister's Campaign Bus

Originally published on Sun April 5, 2015 9:19 am

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It's All Politics
3:04 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Tom Cotton Eats Birthday Cake Almost Every Day

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.: "Sometimes I just buy birthday cakes, and I eat them."
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Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 3:28 pm

Every day is a birthday for Tom Cotton.

Cotton has a reputation for being a very serious man. The military veteran, Harvard Law graduate and freshman U.S. senator gained wide attention for being able to rally 46 of his Republican colleagues in the Senate to join in writing a letter to Iran's leaders objecting to a nuclear deal.

So this is a side most would not expect.

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Commentary
2:53 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Week In Politics: Iran Nuclear Deal Announcement, 'Religious Freedom' Laws

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 4:42 pm

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It's All Politics
1:47 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Michelle Obama's 'Evolution Of Mom Dancing' Is Back With Part 2

The Tonight Show

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 3:56 pm

On The Tonight Show Thursday, Jimmy Fallon and first lady Michelle Obama dug out their cardigans to bring back their dance hit, "Evolution of Mom Dancing." Obama was on the show to promote the fifth anniversary of her "Let's Move" campaign against childhood obesity.

Here are some highlights from the interview:

1) Fallon's attempt at an Obama impression

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It's All Politics
1:47 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

This Guy Is Running For President, And So Are More Than 200 Others

"I'm doing something. You know, people can complain about the government all they want, but you see very few people actually attempting to do anything," Ryan Shepard said of running for president.
Sean McGinnis Scanlon Courtesy of Shepard 2016 Campaign

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

It's not hard to reach presidential candidate Ryan Shepard; he doesn't have a media relations office or a slick-tongued press secretary.

Shepard, 40, is a bartender at Roc Brewing Co. in Rochester, N.Y., while also working toward a bachelor's degree in creative writing at nearby SUNY Brockport. He plans to enroll in an master of fine arts writing program after he graduates.

He is also just as much a candidate for U.S. president as Ted Cruz, who was billed by many as the first and only candidate to file so far.

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The Two-Way
12:03 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

For U.S. Workers, The March Of Progress Slows Down

The big question hanging over the U.S. economy: Did job growth just take a rest during the harsh winter, or is it shifting to a much slower pace?
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 12:19 pm

Dear March,

We got your news that employers added just 126,000 jobs on your watch. Hate to say it, but you have disappointed everyone. No doubt you'll say you were under the weather — literally. Sure, it was cold, but still ... Let's hope April does better.

Sincerely,

America

On Friday, the Labor Department's report on weak jobs growth left economists scrambling to explain what went wrong in March.

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Politics
4:25 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Congressional Lawmakers Insist Iran Nuclear Deal Be Put To A Vote

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 5:46 pm

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It's All Politics
4:03 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Fights Over 'Religious Freedom' And Gay Rights Are Costing Republicans

Opponents of an Arkansas religious objection measure chant outside the Arkansas state Capitol on Wednesday.
Danny Johnston AP

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 9:54 am

Following a firestorm of criticism, Republican governors in Indiana and Arkansas signed revised versions of their states' Religious Freedom Restoration bills Thursday night. In Indiana the language was adjusted, and in Arkansas it was significantly scaled back to more closely align with the federal law.

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Law
3:21 am
Fri April 3, 2015

National Outrage Pushes Indiana To Tweak Religious Freedom Law

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 1:29 pm

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NPR Story
3:07 am
Fri April 3, 2015

U.S. Ends Freeze On Military Aid To Egypt

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 1:21 pm

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Around the Nation
3:07 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Indiana Church Opposed State's Earlier Religious Liberty Law

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 1:21 pm

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The national outcry against Indiana's religious freedom law included many people in Indiana; among them, people of faith. The groups who protested included a church led by our next guest.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Wisconsin Sen. Johnson Reacts To Tentative Iranian Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 5:27 pm

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And now for some reaction from Congress, I'm joined by Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. He serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Welcome to the program.

SENATOR RON JOHNSON: Good afternoon.

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It's All Politics
3:57 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Americans Support Iran Talks, But Doubt They'll Prevent A Weapon

President Obama about to walk out into the Rose Garden at the White House to announce the framework of a nuclear deal with Iran.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 5:03 pm

Every politician likes to tout what they believe the "American People" want.

As the debate over the Iran nuclear deal inevitably heads toward the meat grinder that is Congress, President Obama tried to preemptively frame that debate. And he claimed to have the "American people" on his side.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Sen. Menendez Case Revolves Around Friendship With Florida Eye Doctor

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 5:27 pm

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2:37 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

World Leaders Reach Tentative Deal In Iranian Nuclear Talks

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 4:23 am

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