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NPR Story
3:21 am
Mon July 7, 2014

CBS Lost Appetite For Government Watchdog Stories, Attkisson Says

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:14 am

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When investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson left CBS this year, she did not go quietly. She contends, the network refused to run stories that might damage President Obama. And her claims have become a flashpoint in arguments over ideological bias in the media. NPR's David Folkenflik has more.

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U.S.
1:18 am
Mon July 7, 2014

A Presidential Contest ... For Obama's Library

This undated file photo released by Obama for America shows Barack Obama teaching at the University of Chicago Law School in Chicago, where he was a faculty member for more than a decade. The university is contending for his presidential library.
AP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:14 am

There are 13 presidential Libraries in the United States run by the National Archives, and when President Obama leaves office, the construction of the 14th library won't be far behind.

A nonprofit foundation created to fund and build the Obama presidential library is already beginning to mull proposals from contenders who'd like to be home to the facility.

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Governing
5:55 am
Sun July 6, 2014

New IRS Chief John Koskinen: 'I Enjoy A Crisis'

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 3:25 pm

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Latin America
5:43 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Texas Gov. Testifies On Crisis In Child Immigration

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 11:08 am

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Politics
5:43 am
Sat July 5, 2014

How New FCC Rules On Political Ads Impact N.C. Senate Race

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 7:24 am

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Remembrances
2:00 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Richard Mellon Scaife, Champion Of Conservative Causes, Dies At 82

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 4:27 pm

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We're going to remember now an influential figure and financier of the American conservative movement. Richard Mellon Scaife has died. He was a Pittsburgh newspaper publisher and philanthropist. He used his billions to bankroll numerous right-wing causes. NPR's Hansi Lo Wang has more.

HANSI LO WANG, BYLINE: The name Richard Mellon Scaife may not ring a bell for many political conservatives today.

RICHARD VIGUERIE: Richard Scaife, through his generosity, through his media outlets, was very much below the radar.

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Commentary
2:00 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Week In Politics: Hobby Lobby, Jobs Numbers And Immigration Protests

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 4:27 pm

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Ramesh Ponnuru of The National Review, discuss the Supreme Court's decision on contraception, June jobs numbers and immigration protests in the California city of Murrieta.

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It's All Politics
8:46 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Calif. Town Thrusts Heated Immigration Debate Into National Spotlight

Human-rights activist Enrique Morones, at podium, speaks during a rally in support of immigrants on Wednesday in San Diego. A group of about 70 people rallied in support of migrant children and families Wednesday, a day after U.S. Homeland Security buses carrying the migrants were routed away from American flag-waving protesters in Murrieta, Calif., and transported to a facility in San Diego.
Gregory Bull AP

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 11:49 am

As the saying goes, all politics is local. And that couldn't have been clearer this week in and around Murrieta, Calif., a sleepy conservative enclave 60 miles north of San Diego.

Local leaders here made a loud stand against the planned movement of immigrant detainees to their city from overcrowded U.S. Border Patrol stations in Texas — and in the process rather purposefully thrust their city into the national political spotlight.

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It's All Politics
2:48 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Red State Democrats Tread Lightly On Hobby Lobby Ruling

When it comes to the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn must navigate between her state's conservative electorate and her national party.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 9:28 am

For the typical Democrat running in 2014, frequent condemnation of the Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby decision is a no-brainer as a rallying cry to raise money and energize voters — especially women.

Monday's ruling allows family-owned and other closely held companies to opt out of the federal health law's contraception mandate if they have religious objections.

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Politics
2:09 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Lawmakers' Step Back Toward Disclosure Driven By Optics

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 4:26 pm

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The House Ethics Committee is undoing a recent change it made to lawmakers' annual financial disclosure forms. The committee had deleted a line asking what free trips members have taken in the previous year. These trips are usually paid for by companies or private interest groups. Members justified the change this week, saying that the information was redundant. But they've now decided to reverse course and put the question back. Joining us from the Capitol to explain this is NPR's Laura Sullivan. And Laura, what started this controversy?

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Business
2:09 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Export-Import Controversy Gives Rise To A Tale Of Two Washingtons

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 4:26 pm

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From NPR News this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

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And I'm Melissa Block. A debate has been raging in Washington, D.C. over the future of an obscure federal agency - the Export-Import Bank. And all the way across the country in the other Washington - Washington state - businesses, labor unions and politicians say the bank's demise would have severe consequences. Ashley Gross of member station KPLU in Seattle reports.

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U.S.
11:50 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Federal Highway Program Could Run Out Of Money Next Month

The White House has warned that without more money for the federal Highway Trust Fund, which helps states pay for road and infrastructure projects, construction delays will put thousands out of work.
Seth Perlman AP

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 1:35 pm

Congress has yet another problem it can't solve.

For years, the main federal transportation program has been spending more money than it takes in. This year, the Congressional Budget Office estimates the Transportation Department will disburse $45 billion while collecting only $33 billion for its Highway Trust Fund.

As a result, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx warned states on Tuesday that they will start seeing cuts of 28 percent in federal funding for roads and bridges next month unless Congress comes up with some extra money.

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Barbershop
11:41 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Is Robin Thicke Just A 'Creepy Crooner'? The 'Shop' Guys Weigh In

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It's All Politics
10:35 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Will Texas GOP Candidate's Actions On Chemicals Prove Toxic?

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 12:24 pm

Texas Republican Greg Abbott, who's been cruising toward easy victory in the governor's race against Democrat Wendy Davis, is making some campaign news this week — and not the good kind.

His actions and comments have brought his relationship to the state's chemical industry under scrutiny.

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The Two-Way
7:54 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Saudi Arabia Reportedly Moves 30,000 Troops To Iraqi Border

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Jeddah last month. Saudi Arabia has reportedly moved 30,000 troops to its border with Iraq.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 5:20 am

Amid reports that Saudi Arabia has deployed some 30,000 troops to its border with Iraq, President Obama has called King Abdullah to discuss the developments in the region.

Reuters quotes Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television as saying the kingdom has deployed forces to its border after Iraqi troops abandoned their positions amid a Sunni-led insurgency.

According to Reuters:

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Around the Nation
3:20 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Why Are Kids From Central America Risking Solo Travel To The U.S.?

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 9:14 am

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Business
1:09 am
Thu July 3, 2014

An Uncertain Future For The U.S. Terrorism Insurance Program

If the government scales back its terrorism insurance program, the cost of doing business in America's downtowns could rise significantly.
Gary Hershorn/Insider Images EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 10:16 am

If terrorists were to attack a U.S. city again, who would pay for catastrophic damage? In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York, Congress provided the answer: the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act.

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Politics
4:14 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

For Interior Secretary, Getting Outdoors Is In The Job Description

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell takes a tour of the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Townsend, Ga., last week with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge manager Kimberly Hayes.
Stephen B. Morton AP

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 5:57 pm

It's rare to find Sally Jewell in her Washington, D.C., office.

A little more than a year into her job as Interior Department secretary, she spends much of her time out in the field. It's unavoidable for someone who heads the federal agency that oversees some 400 national parks and nearly 300 million acres of federal lands.

"It's in the job description," she says. "It's also a fun part of the job."

Of late, Jewell has been in the forefront of the administration's efforts to raise awareness of the threat of climate change.

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Intelligence Squared U.S.
3:58 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Is Unlimited Spending On Political Speech A Protected Right?

Burt Neuborne and Zephyr Teachout convinced audience members that the right to unlimited spending on political speech is not guaranteed by the Constitution.
Intelligence Squared U.S.

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 6:05 pm

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In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment protected the right of corporations and unions to spend money on political speech. That decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, didn't affect how much money organizations could donate to political campaigns — but it removed limits on how much they could spend themselves.

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Politics
12:50 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

As Supreme Court Term Ends, Journalist Examines Its Decisions

The Supreme Court term ended Monday. The New York Times correspondent and lawyer Adam Liptak talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about what the decisions reveal about the nine justices.

Politics
8:04 am
Wed July 2, 2014

It's The End Of The World As We Know It, So Give Us Money

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 11:12 am

Judging from email inboxes Monday night, the political apocalypse loomed.

Democrats were about to be overrun by GOP hordes. An army of liberal special interests and Hollywood cronies were on the verge of overtaking Republicans.

How to explain the dire, all-is-lost pronouncements? FEC deadline day.

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It's All Politics
5:02 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Another Day, Another Reason For Voters To Loathe Congress

The House Ethics Committee dismayed government watchdogs by reducing disclosure requirements for privately paid trips taken by members of Congress.
Matthias Schrader AP

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 5:25 pm

Congressional approval ratings are at rock bottom. Why would members pull a stunt likely to make them even more unpopular than they already are?

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Politics
2:25 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

On The Waterfront, Obama Contends Bridge Repair Coffers Beg Refilling

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 5:37 pm

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Politics
2:10 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Lawmakers Pitch A Gas Tax Hike To Replenish Dwindling Highway Funds

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 5:37 pm

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Let's take a closer look now at what's happening to the Highway Trust Fund. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx warned state officials in a letter today that unless the fund is patched quickly, the federal government will start limiting payouts to states on August 1. The average state will lose nearly 30 percent of its federal road money and that could mean a lot less asphalt. NPR's Scott Horsley reports on one idea for fixing the trust fund and the roadblocks in front of it.

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Politics
3:21 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Birth Control Ruling Is A Setback For White House

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 12:24 pm

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And I'm David Greene. Good morning. The Obama Administration is now looking for another way to promote broader access to birth control. This comes after yesterday's Supreme Court decision that closely held corporations don't have to include contraceptive coverage in employee health insurance, that is if the company's owners have a religious objection. Here's NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley.

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It's All Politics
5:41 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Obama's No-Win Immigration Predicament

President Obama, accompanied by Vice President Biden in the White House Rose Garden, lashed out at House Republicans for stalling immigration legislation.
Charles Dharapak AP

President Obama's tough predicament on immigration is only getting worse.

He certainly didn't want to be dealing with an influx of unaccompanied minors illegally entering the U.S. across the Southern border, overwhelming the Homeland Security Department's ability to deal with them during a critical midterm election year.

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Politics
3:03 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Obama Vows To Flex Executive Authority On Immigration Policy

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 5:01 pm

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From NPR news, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

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And I'm Robert Siegel. President Obama came out to the White House Rose Garden today to plead, once again, for Congress to act on the bipartisan immigration bill the Senate passed a year ago. Since then, it's been stalled in the House.

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National Security
2:17 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Obama Taps Former Procter & Gamble Chief To Helm VA

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 5:01 pm

President Obama has picked Robert McDonald, the former CEO of Procter & Gamble, to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. If confirmed by the Senate, McDonald will face a difficult task. The VA is is embroiled in a controversy over falsified and lengthy wait times for veterans.

The Two-Way
1:44 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Obama Says He Will Use Executive Action To Address Immigration System

President Obama said he will move some immigration enforcement assets from the interior of the country to the border, part of his effort to fix the immigration system.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 2:08 pm

President Obama says he is going to use executive action to deal with what he says is a broken immigration system.

"While I will continue to push Republicans to drop excuses and act," Obama said, "Americans cannot wait forever for them to act."

Obama made the announcement at the White House Rose Garden on Monday. He said he will begin "a new effort to fix the immigration system on my own, without Congress."

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Law
3:06 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Supreme Court To Rule On Hobby Lobby Contraception Case

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:32 am

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DAVID GREENE, BYLINE: Here in Washington, the U.S. Supreme Court wraps up its term today. And once again, we are waiting for a major decision on the Affordable Care Act. The High Court is set to rule on whether the health insurance that for-profit employers offer to their workers has to include birth control even if the employer has a religious objection. Our colleague Steve Inskeep spoke to NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley about the case.

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