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3:17 am
Tue January 20, 2015

5 Years After Citizens United, Secret Money Floods Into U.S. Politics

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 1:42 pm

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Law
11:03 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Should Judicial Candidates Be Allowed To Solicit Campaign Money?

Judge Adrian Adams is helped with his robe by his daughters during a robing ceremony Friday in Gretna, La. Adams won a race for 24th Judicial District Court in November behind a campaign that raised a modest $22,350, including several four-figure donations from attorneys and law firms. Louisiana law, like Florida law, bars judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign contributions.
Brett Duke The Times-Picayune/Landov

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 6:56 am

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in a case testing whether states, in the name of preserving judicial impartiality, may bar judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign contributions.

There was a time when judicial elections were a pretty tame affair, with relatively little money spent, and candidates in most states limited in how they could campaign. Not anymore.

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Politics
2:38 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Obama Can Expect An Unfriendly Audience — But There's A History Here

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 5:32 pm

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Politics
4:17 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Obama Strategizes How To Be A Successful Lame Duck President

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 11:27 am

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And NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson has been reporting on the challenges of a president beginning his seventh year in office.

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Politics
3:28 am
Mon January 19, 2015

White House Rolls Out Tax Proposals Before State Of The Union Address

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 5:37 am

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Politics
3:01 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Private Sector Included In Plan To Finance Infrastructure Repairs

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 5:37 am

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Environment
2:22 am
Mon January 19, 2015

New Justice Department Environment Chief Takes Helm Of Gulf Spill Case

Cruden ranks the Gulf oil spill as one of the most significant environmental disasters of our time. It "deserves ... all of our energy to make sure nothing like this ever happens again," he says.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 5:37 am

John Cruden served with U.S. Special Forces in Vietnam, taking his law school aptitude test in Saigon and eventually becoming a government lawyer.

Earlier this month, he started a new job running the environment and natural resources division at the Justice Department. For Cruden, 68, the new role means coming home to a place where he worked as a career lawyer for about 20 years.

Cruden has been around long enough to have supervised the Exxon Valdeez spill case, a record-setter. That is, until the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

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The Two-Way
11:43 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Shots Fired Near Vice President's Delaware Home; Biden Wasn't There

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 10:05 am

An unidentified person or persons fired multiple gunshots from a vehicle near Vice President Joe Biden's home in Wilmington, Del., according to the U.S. Secret Service.

Residents in the area heard the shots and saw the vehicle speed away, according to Reuters.

The home is several hundred yards from the main road and authorities have been searching the area to see if anything was hit.

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Politics
2:59 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Expect Taxes, Economy To Top Obama's State Of The Union

Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 3:22 pm

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The Two-Way
1:26 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Delegation Of Congressional Democrats Visits Cuba

U.S. delegation leader Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) talks with reporters as he leaves the Hotel Saratoga, in Havana, Cuba, on Saturday.
Desmond Boylan AP

A U.S. Congressional delegation led by Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy is in Cuba to discuss greater cooperation after President Obama embarked on a historic thawing of relations between the two countries after a decades-long chill.

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The Two-Way
10:23 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Republican Leaders Dismiss Obama's Tax Proposal As 'Not Serious'

House Speaker John Boehner listens as President Obama speaks to media during a bipartisan, bicameral leadership meeting at the White House this week. Boehner and others have reacted dismissively to Obama's tax overhaul plan.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 10:23 am

Republicans are firing back at a White House proposal to push tax cuts for middle income families by raising the capital gains tax rate on couples making more than a half-million dollars a year.

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Politics
7:15 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Obama's Trouble Articulating The State Of The Economy

President Obama used the word "crisis" 11 times when he addressed a joint session of Congress in 2009. Since then, he's had a hard time hitting the right note when talking about the economy.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 5:05 am

When you're president of the United States, what you say about the economy matters, because it isn't just about numbers and widgets; It's about people's lives and hopes. The health of the economy is intertwined with the national psyche.

On Tuesday, when President Obama delivers his State of the Union address, he will talk about the economy, something that in the past he's struggled to describe in a way that resonated with the American people.

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Politics
5:41 am
Sun January 18, 2015

State Of The Union Is Obama's Big Chance To Frame The Debate

Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 10:57 am

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Politics
5:41 am
Sat January 17, 2015

An Early Lineup Emerges For 2016 Presidential Race

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 1:36 pm

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Politics
2:26 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Obama, Cameron Promise To Cooperate On Cybersecurity

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 4:32 pm

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Politics
2:26 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Republican Lawmakers Retreat Great For Face Time, But Divisions Remain

"We've all had an opportunity to get to know each other a little better," House Speaker John Boehner said of this week's Republican retreat in Hershey, Pa.
Juana Summers NPR

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 6:31 pm

Republican lawmakers of the House and Senate emerged from a rare joint retreat in Hershey, Pa., a town known best for its chocolate, with little to show for it.

Unlike last year's House retreat where lawmakers unveiled their principles for an overhaul of the nation's immigration overhauls, there was little grand takeaway.

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It's All Politics
8:43 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Iowa's Sen. Ernst Grabs Spotlight That's Often Proven Too Hot

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, will deliver the GOP response to the president's State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

On the one hand, having the just-elected senator from Iowa, Joni Ernst, deliver the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address next week makes perfect sense.

On the other hand, you have to wonder why anyone would want the job. As often as not, the opportunity to speak right after the president does has been the kiss of death for aspiring politicians — especially in the GOP during the Obama years.

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The Two-Way
8:26 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Head Of Medicare, Who Oversaw Obamacare Rollout, Will Step Down

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 9:15 am

Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who oversaw the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, will step down.

Tavenner announced her departure on Friday in a message to staff.

"I have great pride and joy knowing all that we have accomplished together since I came on board five years ago in February of 2010," Tavenner said.

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The Two-Way
7:44 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Saudis Postpone 2nd Round Of Public Flogging For Jailed Blogger Raif Badawi

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 2:52 pm

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who was due Friday to receive the second of 20 rounds of 50 lashes, is getting a temporary reprieve. A doctor who examined Badawi found his wounds from last Friday's public flogging in Jiddah hadn't healed and determined the blogger would be unable to withstand another round. The doctor recommended the punishment be postponed by a week.

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Politics
4:19 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Obama Urges Congress To Make Paid Sick Leave Mandatory

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 5:59 am

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Leaders and thinkers in both major parties are starting a political bidding war. It's a competition to tackle inequality.

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Democrats often label the problem income inequality.

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Around the Nation
6:15 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

New Texas Governor Adds To Tension Between State, City Governments

Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott acknowledges the crowd Nov. 4 after his victory speech in Austin.
David J. Phillip AP

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 7:01 am

Incoming Texas Gov. Greg Abbott created a stir last week during a speech to the conservative and influential think tank the Texas Public Policy Foundation, where he accused Texas cities of contributing to the "California-ization" of Texas.

"The truth is, Texas is being California-ized with bag bans, fracking bans, tree-cutting bans," Abbott said. "We're forming a patchwork quilt of bans and rules and regulations that is eroding the Texas model."

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It's All Politics
3:25 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Conservative Koch Brothers' Group Puts Congressional GOP On Notice

Congressional Republicans have "been given a second chance by the American people," AFP President Tim Phillips said. "And we're going to hold them accountable. We're determined about that."
Phelan M. Ebenhack AP

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 8:12 am

Americans for Prosperity, the most prominent arm of the Koch brothers' organization, put Republican lawmakers on notice Thursday, setting out a conservative agenda for Congress. AFP leaders say it will be pushed by the group's grass-roots supporters in 34 states.

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Latin America
2:46 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

White House Starts Chipping Away At U.S. Embargo On Cuba

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 4:33 pm

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U.S.
2:46 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Senate Republicans Move To Block Further Transfers From Gitmo

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 4:33 pm

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The Two-Way
2:28 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Obama Shifts Federal Sick-Leave Rules, Urges Congress To Follow

President Obama discussed the need for paid sick leave with women at Charmington's Cafe in Baltimore Thursday. With him are Vika Jordan (from left), Amanda Rothschild and Mary Stein.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 2:57 pm

Federal workers with a pressing need can take an advance of up to six weeks of sick leave under a new policy unveiled by President Obama on Thursday. The White House is urging Congress to make paid sick leave mandatory in the U.S.

The president signed a memorandum today instructing federal agencies to advance up to six weeks of paid sick leave to workers who need the time to care for a new child, a family member or for similar uses.

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World
12:06 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

How Orwell's 'Animal Farm' Led A Radical Muslim To Moderation

At age 16, Maajid Nawaz joined the Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir. But after four years in prison, he decided to leave the group. He co-founded the think tank Quilliam, which is dedicated to countering extremist beliefs, and he's now running for Parliament in England.
Courtesy of the Quilliam Foundation

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 5:00 pm

When Maajid Nawaz was growing up in Essex, England, in the 1990s, the son of Pakistani parents, he first found his voice of rebellion through American hip-hop.

"It gave me a feeling that my identity could matter — and did matter — growing up as a British Pakistani who was facing racism from whiter society," Nawaz tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross, "but also confusion about where my family was from and not really fitting into either culture."

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The Two-Way
8:31 am
Thu January 15, 2015

4 Guantanamo Detainees Transferred To Oman, 1 To Estonia

In this June 27, 2006, file photo U.S. military guards walk within Camp Delta at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. The U.S. announced the transfer of four detainees from Guantanamo to Oman; one will go to Estonia.
Brennan Linsley AP

The U.S. has transferred five detainees from Guantanamo Bay — four to Oman and one to Estonia, the Defense Department says. The transfers bring to 122 the number of detainees who remain at the military prison.

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Politics
4:16 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Romney Comments Add To Speculation On GOP Presidential Race

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 6:07 am

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Politics
3:24 am
Thu January 15, 2015

House Rule On Social Security Funding Causes Controversy

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 1:24 pm

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3:21 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Republicans In Congress To Talk Strategy At 2-Day Retreat

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 1:07 pm

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Now that Republicans control both chambers of Congress, the pressure is on to convey a clear message and to get things done. GOP lawmakers have decided to spend a couple days in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It's known as the sweetest place on Earth.

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