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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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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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Politics
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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Politics
2:37 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

President Obama Praises Tentative Iranian Nuclear Deal

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

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Politics
2:37 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Nigerian President-Elect Calls Himself A 'Converted Democract'

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

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Africa
2:37 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Female Parliamentarians Urge Washington To Return Attention To Libya

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

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It's All Politics
2:16 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

How Congress Is Reacting To The Iran Framework

"Let Diplomacy Work" was spelled out near the Capitol by liberal, anti-war group MoveOn.org earlier this week.
Larry French Getty Images

As President Obama touted a nuclear framework with Iran Thursday, he emphasized that he wants Congress to get on board.

"This is not simply a deal between my administration and Iran," Obama said. "This is a deal between Iran, the United States of America and the major powers in the world."

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It's All Politics
11:24 am
Thu April 2, 2015

The Menendez Paradox: Facing Charges After Testifying Against Corruption

Sen. Robert Menendez on his way to the Senate floor for a series of votes last week.
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Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 8:50 pm

Sen. Bob Menendez, who came up in the sharp-edged politics of Hudson County, N.J., has been under varying levels of ethics scrutiny in seven of his nine-plus years as a senator.

He'd never been indicted — until yesterday.

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It's All Politics
11:08 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Could Chris Christie Appoint Himself To The U.S. Senate? Yes, He Can

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: "I would rather die than be in the United States Senate."
Julio Cortez AP

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 3:20 pm

Thought exercise: What if the indictment of Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez ... could once again potentially place an appointment of a U.S. senator in the hands of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie?

To trigger this scenario, Menendez, who was indicted Wednesday on corruption charges, would first have to step down or be convicted. Menendez has given no indication he's going anywhere. Then again, stranger things have happened.

Consider why Christie might want to think about appointing himself IF a Senate seat were to be vacated:

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It's All Politics
4:03 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Fact Check: Hillary Clinton, Those Emails And The Law

Hillary Clinton: "I took the unprecedented step of asking that the State Department make all my work-related emails public for everyone to see."
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 6:40 am

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee — not just a rank-and-file House member — alleged Tuesday that Hillary Clinton likely broke the law with her use of private emails as secretary of state.

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Politics
3:11 am
Thu April 2, 2015

What's Changed Since The First Religious Liberty Law Was Passed In 1993?

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 7:01 pm

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3:01 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Menendez 'Outraged' By His Indictment On Corruption Charges

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 3:10 pm

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A powerful senator from New Jersey has been indicted on federal corruption charges - eight counts bribery - after accepting gifts from a Florida doctor in exchange for favors. NPR's Ailsa Chang has the story.

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3:01 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Southern Baptist Minister: Religious Liberty Law Permits Denial Of Some Services

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 12:58 pm

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Let's ask what Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act really means.

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Health
3:12 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Arizona Requires Doctors To Say Abortion Pill Is Reversible

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 6:10 pm

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Arizona will now require doctors to tell women who use the so-called abortion pill that the procedure can be reversed. We asked NPR health correspondent Rob Stein whether that's true. Here's his report.

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Politics
3:12 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Margaret Hamburg Ends Six-Year Run As FDA Commissioner

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 6:00 pm

Margaret Hamburg ended her run this week as one of the longest serving Food and Drug Administration commissioners in recent decades. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with her about her accomplishments and challenges while in office.

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Politics
3:12 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Iranian Nuclear Talks Enter Overtime As Debate Continues On Key Issues

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 6:00 pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger about differences in the American and Iranian approaches to the talks. While the U.S. is focused on numbers and limits, the Iranians are trying to show its people it hasn't bowed to U.S. demands.

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Law
3:12 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Sen. Robert Menendez Indicted On Corruption Charges

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 6:00 pm

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A grand jury has indicted Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey on federal corruption charges. Menendez made a brief statement to reporters after the indictment was announced.

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Politics
3:12 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law Differs From Other States

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 6:00 pm

Nineteen other states have religious freedom laws, and there's even a federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Garrett Epps, professor of law at the University of Baltimore, who wrote about what separates Indiana's legislation from the others for The Atlantic.

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Politics
3:12 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Arkansas Governor Asks Legislators To Revisit 'Religious Freedom' Bill

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 6:00 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson told state lawmakers Wednesday they should either amend or recall a bill that's dubbed a "religious freedom" measure. The governor changed his stance after the business community and gay rights activists complained about the measure.

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Environment
3:12 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

California Governor Announces First Ever Mandatory Water Restrictions

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 6:00 pm

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Politics
3:12 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Republicans Face Backlash Over Indiana, Arkansas 'Religious Freedom' Laws

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 6:10 pm

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The Two-Way
2:25 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Justice Department Won't Charge IRS' Lois Lerner With Criminal Contempt

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 3:23 pm

Updated at 4:33 p.m. ET

The Justice Department will not pursue criminal contempt charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner, who was at the center of a political storm over the agency's alleged targeting of conservative groups. The announcement came from Ronald Machen, the outgoing U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, to House Speaker John Boehner. (The letter is embedded at the bottom of this story.)

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It's All Politics
8:28 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Indiana Law: Sorting Fact From Fiction From Politics

Opponents of Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act rallied against the legislation at the Indiana State House on Saturday.
Doug McSchooler AP

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 2:05 pm

The culture wars are always percolating beneath the surface in presidential politics — until something or someone pushes them to the surface.

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