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National Security
2:05 am
Wed February 18, 2015

U.S. Communities Called On To Prevent Homegrown Terrorism

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 11:35 am

The Obama administration says it will take more than air strikes in Syria or friendly troops in Iraq to defeat the militant group that calls itself the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS or ISIL. The White House says it will also take community outreach in places like Boston and Minneapolis.

Preventing homegrown terrorism is the focus of meetings at the White House this week. President Obama will address the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism Wednesday afternoon.

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12:38 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Oregon Ushers One Governor Out, Another One In On Wednesday

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown speaks to the media outside of her office at the Oregon Capitol in Salem, Ore., last Friday. Brown will take over as governor after John Kitzhaber announced his resignation on Friday amid a growing ethics scandal involving his fiancee, a green-energy consultant accused of using her relationship with the governor to land contracts for her business.
Timothy J. Gonzalez AP

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 6:59 am

A governor will take the oath of office for the second time in as many months in Oregon on Wednesday. Secretary of State Kate Brown will become the second woman to serve as the state's chief executive. She replaces fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber who is resigning amid a criminal ethics investigation.

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The Two-Way
5:26 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Joe Biden Gets A Bit Too Close To New Secretary Of Defense's Wife

Vice President Joe Biden talks with Stephanie Carter, wife of incoming Defense Secretary Ash Carter, during Carter's swearing in ceremony on Tuesday.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 7:23 am

Vice President Joe Biden is making news for all the wrong reasons today. First, during a White House anti-extremism summit, Biden talked about the "very identifiable" Somali community that lives in his hometown of Wilmington, Del.

The AP reports:

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Around the Nation
2:07 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Judge's Decision Leaves Immigrants In Legal Limbo

Jesus, an unauthorized immigrant from Mexico, gets help with tax documents from Mun Yin Yeow, a staff member at Atlas: DIY, a nonprofit in Brooklyn, N.Y. He asked NPR not to use his last name because he fears deportation if his application for deportation relief is not approved.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 5:08 pm

A federal judge in South Texas said President Obama had overstepped his authority with his executive actions on immigration. Now, the new court ruling has left some unauthorized immigrants in legal limbo and slowed down months of preparation by immigration attorneys.

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Law
2:07 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Texas Judge Halts Obama's Executive Action On Immigration

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 5:08 pm

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It's All Politics
2:07 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

For Congressional Committees, It's All In The Name

The Senate Finance Committee has one of the more straightforward names on Capitol Hill. Others, like the education committee, have seen frequent name changes to reflect party priorities.
Tom Williams Roll Call/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 5:49 pm

Earlier this year, just a couple of weeks into the new Congress, David Stacy and his co-workers at the Human Rights Campaign found out about something they weren't expecting, something most of us wouldn't raise an eyebrow at.

Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn decided to change the name of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee he is now chairman of. The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights dropped the "civil rights" and "human rights." Now it's just the Constitution subcommittee.

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The Two-Way
10:07 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Ashton Carter Is Sworn In As Obama's 4th Defense Secretary

Vice President Biden swears in Ashton Carter, as the new Secretary of Defense's wife, Stephanie, holds the Bible for a ceremony in the White House Tuesday.
Shawn Thew EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 10:26 am

The cold and snow that walloped Washington overnight didn't stop Ashton Carter from reporting for work Tuesday. Carter was sworn in as the 25th U.S. Secretary of Defense after starting his day with meetings at the Pentagon.

Sworn in by Vice President Biden at the White House Tuesday, Carter formally replaces Chuck Hagel, becoming President Obama's fourth defense chief in the past six years.

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The Two-Way
5:59 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Federal Judge Blocks Obama's Executive Actions On Immigration

A federal judge has issued a temporary injunction to President Obama's executive orders on immigration. Earlier this month, Obama met with young immigrants, known as DREAMers, in the Oval Office.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 3:19 pm

This Post Was Last Updated At 5:15 p.m. ET.

Two days before the first of President Obama's executive actions on immigration were to take effect, the new rules have been put on hold by a federal judge's ruling in South Texas. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen said the president overstepped his authority.

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Politics
3:04 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Pre-Election, Chicago Mayor Emanuel Loses African-American Support

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 5:58 am

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Politics
11:16 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Presidents Day Deal: Pass Our Quiz, Win Nothing

AP

Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 3:25 pm

Yes, it's Presidents Day, which originated in the 1880s to honor George Washington's birthday on Feb. 22. But because America likes its long weekends, Congress voted in 1968 to make sure that Washington's birthday should always be celebrated on a Monday. Lawmakers also threw in Abraham Lincoln's birthday, on Feb. 12, as part of the deal.

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NPR Story
2:56 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Honoring Presidents Day Reminds Us 2016 Isn't That Far Away

Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 5:57 am

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The Two-Way
8:44 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Boehner Blames Democrats For Scuffle Over Homeland Security Funding

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Thursday.
Molly Riley AP

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 11:06 am

House Speaker John Boehner says he's prepared to let the Department of Homeland Security run out of money to push the Republican majority's efforts to reverse President Obama's immigration initiative.

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Politics
5:32 am
Sun February 15, 2015

The White House Gets Witty In Video To Hawk Obamacare

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 10:49 am

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Today is the last day of the annual open enrollment period for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. And somebody at the White House is making a big play to get people to sign up.

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Politics
2:57 pm
Sat February 14, 2015

Obama Says He Doesn't Need Permission To Strike ISIS — So Why Is He Asking?

Originally published on Sat February 14, 2015 4:32 pm

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It's All Politics
8:15 am
Sat February 14, 2015

Around The U.S., Voting Technology Is All Over The Place

Election worker Bradley Kryst loads voting machines onto a truck at the Clark County election warehouse on Nov. 3, in North Las Vegas. As voting machine technology changes, state elections officials are trying to keep up.
John Locher AP

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 10:46 am

Remember all that new voting equipment purchased after the 2000 presidential election, when those discredited punch card machines were tossed out? Now, the newer machines are starting to wear out.

Election officials are trying to figure out what to do before there's another big voting disaster and vendors have lined up to help.

During their annual meeting in Washington, D.C., this week, state election officials previewed the latest voting equipment from one of the industry's big vendors, Election Systems and Software.

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Politics
5:32 am
Sat February 14, 2015

Embattled Oregon Governor Says He Will Resign

Originally published on Sat February 14, 2015 10:27 am

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Technology
4:29 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Obama Calls For Better Response To Cybersecurity Threats

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Politics
2:28 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

At Critical Juncture, GOP Honors Largest Class Of Black Lawmakers

Rep. Mia Love of Utah is one of three black Republicans in Congress — the largest class since Reconstruction.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 5:10 pm

The Republican National Committee held its third annual RNC Black Republican Trailblazers awards on Wednesday. The theme of this year's event was paying homage to the achievements of black Republicans past and present.

The program was held at The Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C., and marked the historic elections of Rep. Will Hurd of Texas, Utah's Rep. Mia Love, and Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina. Together, they make up the largest class of black Republicans in Congress since Reconstruction.

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Politics
2:22 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Ore. Governor Resigns Amid Ethics Investigation

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 4:29 pm

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Politics
2:22 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Latest Must-Go Presidential Campaign Stop: London

Britain's Finance Minister George Osborne greets New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie outside 11 Downing Street in London. Christie had a bumpy trip after he said parents should "have some measure of choice" when it comes to vaccinating their children.
Adrian Dennis AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 5:35 pm

The road to the White House begins with voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and in a handful of other states that hold primaries and caucuses early that winnow the field of candidates.

But those aren't the only stops on a would-be president's itinerary these days. There are also, increasingly, early trips outside the U.S. — to a city that's become a major draw for potential candidates: London.

Londoners welcome a chance for a sneak peek at possible presidents who are eager to be seen on the world stage.

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It's All Politics
10:12 am
Fri February 13, 2015

God, Grits And American Dreams: It's Presidential Candidate Book Season

Marco Rubio's second book is titled American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 6:09 am

It's that time again. Every four years, politicians fan out to Iowa and New Hampshire and other early primary states in search of ... book sales. It seems like you can't hardly run for president anymore without publishing a book to go along with your campaign. Sen. Marco Rubio was in Iowa Friday to hawk copies of his new work. Other potential GOP candidates also have new tomes out.

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Politics
9:39 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Why Convention Sites Don't Make Very Good Swing State Strategy

If the Democrats do win Pennsylvania, it won't be because they had their convention in Philadelphia, which is already a mother lode of Democratic votes. And if the Republicans wind up winning Ohio, it won't be because they won over a lot of precincts in Cleveland, which is a similarly rich trove of Democratic support in elections at all levels.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 2:04 pm

Put it in the category of things we know for sure that just ain't so.

No sooner did the Democratic National Committee announce it had chosen Philadelphia, Pa., as its 2016 convention site than a lot of us political analyst types popped out the conventional wisdom about "appealing to a swing state in the general election."

It sounds good and it makes sense, as far as it goes. It just doesn't go very far.

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It's All Politics
8:38 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Former Campaign Manager Pleads Guilty To SuperPAC Spending

This case is the Justice Department's first prosecution based on the coordination provisions of campaign finance law. They've been on the books, in different forms, for decades.
J. David Ake AP

A veteran political consultant has pleaded guilty to violating the little-enforced coordination provisions of campaign finance law, which bar a candidate's campaign and an outside group from working together on messages and expenditures.

The case involves the unsuccessful House bid of Republican Chris Perkins in 2012. He was challenging Democratic incumbent Gerry Connolly in the suburbs of Northern Virginia.

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Code Switch
5:03 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Study: Black Girls Are Being Pushed Out of School

According to a new study from African-American Policy Forum, black girls and teens are disproportionately impacted by zero-tolerance policies in schools.
Terry Vine Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 3:05 pm

News surrounding a confrontation in a Baltimore school is raising new questions about the role race plays in discipline for black girls. Baltimore television station WBAL has been reporting on an October incident that led to three students at the city's Vanguard Middle School being injured, and later arrested and suspended, after an altercation with a school security officer.

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Politics
3:09 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Political Necessity Forces GOP Into Middle-Class Income Debate

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 6:12 am

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Business
4:26 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Obama's Plan To Tax Overseas Earnings Draws Scrutiny

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 10:01 am

American companies have about $2 trillion in overseas accounts — money they could be using to hire workers and pay dividends in the United States. But they're reluctant to do so, in part because of the way the U.S. tax system works.

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Environment
3:19 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Keystone XL Pipeline Would Transport 'Dirty Energy'

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 11:54 am

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The years' long debate over the Keystone XL pipeline arrived at an important moment yesterday. Congress gave final approval for the project after a vote in the House.

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3:09 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Pressure Mounts On Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber To Resign

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 11:26 pm

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The Two-Way
3:20 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

House Sends Keystone XL Pipeline Measure To Obama Despite Veto Threat

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., left, clasps hands with Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., sponsor of the Senate's Keystone XL pipeline bill version, on Wednesday as lawmakers gather to urge President Obama to sign the legislation approving expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline. The House passed the Senate's version of the bill Wednesday afternoon.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 5:55 pm

Updated at 5:44 p.m.

The House, in a 270-152 vote today, approved the Keystone XL pipeline project and sent the measure to President Obama who has said he will veto it.

NPR's Juana Summers tells our Newscast unit this isn't likely to be the last standoff between the GOP-controlled Congress and the White House on energy issues. They are also likely to clash on the president's climate rules aimed at cutting carbon pollution.

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Politics
2:35 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

President Obama Asks Congress For Approval Of Military Force Against ISIS

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 4:27 pm

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