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The Two-Way
12:16 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Reports: Obama Will Approve Immigrant Work Permits For Millions

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 2:13 pm

Following on a pledge to use his office's discretionary powers to adjust the U.S. approach to immigration, President Obama reportedly plans to remove the threat of deportation for up to 5 million people who entered the U.S. illegally.

The administration's shift in approach was reported by The New York Times, which cited "administration officials who have direct knowledge of the plan."

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The Two-Way
5:37 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Congress Will Vote On Keystone XL Pipeline, With An Eye On Louisiana

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Senate energy committee, spoke Wednesday about getting congressional approval for the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline. With her is Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a member of the committee.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 9:19 am

Two bills that would authorize building the controversial Keystone XL pipeline will soon come to a vote in Congress, as their sponsors — Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La. — head toward a runoff election next month to decide who will win the Senate race.

NPR's Debbie Elliott reports:

"On the Senate floor, Landrieu called for action on the Canada-to-Texas pipeline project, saying, 'I believe with a push we could actually get the votes that we need to pass the Keystone pipeline.'

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Politics
5:09 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Record Numbers Of Women, Minorities Make Up Incoming Congress

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 5:54 am

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Politics
4:14 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Immigration Divides Washington; Permanent Resolution Unlikely

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 5:54 am

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Politics
3:18 am
Thu November 13, 2014

After 4 Years As House Speaker, Boehner Looks Stronger Than Ever

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 3:38 pm

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Economy
3:48 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

As U.S. Leads Growth, It Wants Others To Step Up

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says the global economy is relying too heavily on just the United States for growth.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 4:41 pm

The global economy rolls along more smoothly when it's not riding a unicycle. It needs additional wheels for momentum and stability.

That is, in effect, what Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is telling leaders of other advanced nations.

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Politics
3:44 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Mitch McConnell's Mission: Making The Senate Work Again

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky walks to his office to meet with new GOP senators-elect at the Capitol on Wednesday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 3:46 pm

At 72, after 30 years in the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell has finally realized his life's ambition.

He never wanted to be president — he just wanted to be Senate majority leader. And when he ascends to that perch come January, McConnell will finally have a chance to shape the chamber he says he deeply loves. McConnell declared his first priority will be to make what's been called a paralyzed Senate function again. But the politician who became the face of obstruction over the past four years will have to persuade Democrats to cooperate.

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Politics
2:42 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Congress' Newest Members Come To Washington

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Law
2:42 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

At The Supreme Court, Tracing A Fine Line Between Politics And Race

State Reps. Barry Moore, Joe Hubbard, Rod Scott and Merika Coleman study a map of the proposed redistricting plan in May 2012 following a meeting of the Legislative Committee on Reapportionment at the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery, Ala.
Dave Martin AP

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 11:38 am

The election may be over, but at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, the justices grappled with an Alabama case that may have a big impact on the next one.

The case tests what kinds of gerrymandering are and are not acceptable under the Constitution. In the past, the court has said that if the primary motive for drawing legislative lines is to limit a race's influence, that's unconstitutional — but if it's to create a partisan advantage, that's OK.

The trouble is, it's often hard to tell the difference.

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The Two-Way
11:45 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Obamacare Architect Apologizes For Remarks On The Law's Passage

In this May 12, 2009, photo, Jonathan Gruber, professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, participates in a Capitol Hill hearing on the overhaul of the heath care system in Washington.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 5:56 am

One of the main architects of the Affordable Care Act is being criticized for comments made last year in which he said the "stupidity of the American voter" was critical in getting the law to pass.

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The Two-Way
7:13 am
Wed November 12, 2014

In Alaska's Senate Race, Republican Sullivan Upsets Incumbent

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 4:56 pm

Dan Sullivan, a Republican whose campaign was supported by both Mitt Romney and Sen. Ted Cruz, has beaten Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Begich to win the race for U.S. Senate in Alaska, according to The Associated Press.

That expands the GOP's Senate majority to 53 seats.

The late call in Alaska's race is due to a close margin on Election Day and the time required to collect all the ballots from the state's far-flung polling places. The tally saw Sullivan's initial lead of more than 8,000 votes shrink some — but not enough to give Begich the win.

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Politics
3:20 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Anti-Poverty Groups Prepare For Battles With New Congress

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 6:09 am

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Politics
3:15 am
Wed November 12, 2014

U.S. Rep. Alma Adams To Be Sworn Into Office

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 10:50 am

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NPR Story
2:59 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Bush 41 And 43 Share Common Enemy: Saddam Hussein

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 6:09 am

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NPR Story
2:59 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Lame-Duck Congress Gets Back To Work After Midterm Elections

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 7:40 am

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Law
10:03 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Supreme Court Case Seeks Source Of Alabama Gerrymandering

The question before the Supreme Court Wednesday is: Did Alabama's Republican-dominated Legislature rely predominantly on race or on partisanship when it was redrawing its districts?
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 7:10 am

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday takes up the thorny question of what kind of gerrymandering is acceptable, and what kind is not. The court is being asked to decide whether a 2010 state legislative redistricting in Alabama overloaded some districts with black Democrats on the basis of race or party.

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Health Care
2:17 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Affordable Care Act Has Many Political And Legal Challenges Ahead

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 4:55 pm

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Politics
2:17 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

GOP Majority Also Brings New Leadership On Key Committees

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 4:24 pm

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It's All Politics
8:05 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Rand Paul's Kentucky Problem

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul may have to choose between keeping his Senate seat and running for the presidency.
Andrew Nelles AP

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 11:08 am

Everyone knows Sen. Mitch McConnell had a great election night in Kentucky last week. As for the state's other Republican senator, Rand Paul, that's a different matter.

That's because while McConnell was cruising to a big re-election win on his way to becoming Senate majority leader, things did not go so well for Paul. He was hoping Republicans, who already control the Kentucky Senate, would also take over the state House — a result that would grease the path for a state law allowing him to run for both re-election and the presidency at the same time.

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Business
5:03 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Politics And A Food Fight Are Stalling A Major U.S.-Asia Trade Deal

A Malaysian flag sits on a table among other flags during a news conference at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement talks in July 2012 in San Diego. Nearly two and a half years later, the deal remains incomplete.
Gregory Bull AP

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 8:30 am

Earlier this year, some trade supporters had predicted this week's APEC summit would bring a breakthrough on a comprehensive trade deal.

They had hoped that when the 21 global leaders met at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, Obama would be able to use a smaller side meeting to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal involving the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, as well as eight Asian and Latin American countries.

But the deal wasn't reached, and there's no telling when it will be.

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Author Interviews
1:33 am
Tue November 11, 2014

43 On 41: A President Traces The Life Of His Father

Former President George W. Bush (right) and his father, former President George H.W. Bush, wave as they leave a family wedding in Washington, D.C., in May 2006.
Normand Blouin-Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 7:16 am

Only twice in American history has a son followed his father into the presidency. The first was John Quincy Adams. The second, George W. Bush, has now written a biography of his father, George H.W. Bush. It's called 41: A Portrait of My Father.

The 43rd president of the United States traces the life of the 41st from his youth in New England through his entry into the Texas oil business, combat during World War II, party politics, diplomacy, the White House, retirement — and skydiving.

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Politics
2:44 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

What Makes Valerie Jarrett Different Than Other Presidential Advisors?

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 5:08 pm

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Technology
2:30 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Obama Backs Net Neutrality, Asks FCC To Regulate Internet

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 5:08 pm

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History
2:30 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Newly Released Tape Captures Reagan Apology To Margaret Thatcher

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 5:08 pm

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Now a rare presidential apology that we can all hear, 31 years later.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

MARGARET THATCHER: Hello, Margaret Thatcher here.

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The Salt
1:01 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

How 'Double Bucks' For Food Stamps Conquered Capitol Hill

These wooden tokens are handed out to shoppers who use SNAP benefits to purchase fresh produce at the Crossroads Farmers Market near Takoma Park, Md. Customers receive tokens worth twice the amount of money withdrawn from their SNAP benefits card — in other words, they get "double bucks."
Dan Charles NPR

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 10:52 am

The federal government is about to put $100 million behind a simple idea: doubling the value of SNAP benefits — what used to be called food stamps — when people use them to buy local fruits and vegetables.

This idea did not start on Capitol Hill. It began as a local innovation at a few farmers' markets. But it proved remarkably popular and spread across the country.

"It's so simple, but it has such profound effects both for SNAP recipients and for local farmers," says Mike Appell, a vegetable farmer who sells his produce at a market in Tulsa, Okla.

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The Two-Way
4:23 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Will Jeb Bush Run For President? His Brother Says Maybe

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush pauses while speaking during a voting rally for state Republican candidates in Castle Rock, Colo., on Oct. 29.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 8:23 am

Former President George W. Bush is back in the spotlight. He's releasing a new book this week, called 41: A Portrait of My Father. And he's also speaking more openly about whether his brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, might one day run for president himself.

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Asia
3:01 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Obama Leaves Election Results Behind, Travels To Asia

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 6:34 am

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The Two-Way
6:18 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

Phil Crane, Former Illinois Congressman, Dies At 84

Philip Crane, a former Illinois congressman who spent 35 years in the House of Representatives, has died of lung cancer at the age of 84.

Crane, a conservative Republican and anti-tax crusader, was a history professor before he became a politician. He entered Congress in 1969, and he "was the longest-serving House Republican when he was defeated in 2004 by Democrat and then-political newcomer Melissa Bean," writes The Associated Press. The wire service continues:

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The Two-Way
4:33 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

Obama Says He'll Use Executive Orders For Immigration Reform

In this Nov. 7 photo, President Barack Obama meets with Congressional leaders in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House in Washington. From left are House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
Evan Vucci AP

President Obama said once again that he won't wait on Congress to start making changes to America's immigration system. In an appearance Sunday on CBS' Face The Nation, Obama stood by his recent statements that he'll use executive action to enact changes before the end of the year, but told host Bob Schieffer that he still wants Congress to act on the issue, too.

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Politics
3:09 pm
Sat November 8, 2014

Who Won Over Women In The Midterms?

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 4:33 pm

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Both Democrats and Republicans relied on women to turn out and vote in this week's midterm election. And there were quite a few female candidates running, as well. NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson is here with all the highlights. Hi, Mara.

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