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Proposed Payday Industry Regulations Must Strike Delicate Balance

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 4:21pm

The federal government is moving to reign in the payday loan industry, which critics say traps consumers in a damaging cycle of debt. A look at the possible effects of proposed regulations.

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Indiana Governor: Lawmakers To 'Clarify' Anti-Gay Law

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 7:36am

Mike Pence, who signed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act last week, says he didn't anticipate the level of hostility the law has engendered.

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Clinton Seeks A 'New Relationship' With The Press

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 6:24am

Some of Hillary Clinton's most vocal critics are from those in the media. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to correspondent Mara Liasson about Clinton's evolving relationship with the press.

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Week In Politics: Sen. Harry Reid's Retirement, Cruz's Appeal To Far-Right

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 3:37pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times about Harry Reid's retirement announcement and Ted Cruz's appeal to the far-right.

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Nigerian President Faces Tough Reelection Campaign

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 3:37pm

Nigerians head to the polls Saturday to vote for their new president. The incumbent Goodluck Jonathan faces former military leader, Muhammadu Buhari, who says he's tough on security and corruption.

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In YouTube Video, Sen. Harry Reid Announces Retirement From Senate

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 3:37pm

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid will not seek a sixth term next year and will retire after three decades in the chamber. He endorsed Sen. Charles Schumer to replace him as Democratic leader.

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How Senate Democrats Will Choose Their Next Leader

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 1:35pm

Closed-door leadership elections are held on a given day, but really take place over years of interaction and commerce among caucus members. Ideology and issues are not the paramount concern.

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With Reid Out, Republicans See An Opportunity

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 1:18pm

Democrats argue the top Senate leader's retirement might be a good thing. But it's going to set off a scramble to replace him in one of the most hotly contested races in 2016.

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6 Things You Might Not Have Known About Harry Reid

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 1:12pm

The senator from Nevada was raised in a home built of scavenged railroad ties and with a toughness that has carried him through his life and political career.

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What Reid Endorsing Schumer As Top Democrat Means

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:11pm

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid is not seeking re-election in 2016, but he is leaving no room for a leadership fight. He's throwing his support to his top lieutenant and message maestro.

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Reid Backs N.Y.'s Schumer To Succeed Him As Senate Democratic Leader

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:08pm

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid made the endorsement on Nevada Public Radio after saying earlier today that he won't seek re-election in 2016.

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Sen. Harry Reid Says He Won't Seek Re-Election

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 6:59am

The Democratic leader in the Senate announced his decision in a video. "My friend Sen. [Mitch] McConnell, don't be too elated," he said. "I'm going to be here for 22 months."

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WATCH: Obama, A 'Wire' Superfan, Talks To Show's Creator David Simon

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 6:38am

The president called the show "one of the greatest, not just television shows, but pieces of art in the last couple of decades." Their conversation was about the effects of the war on drugs.

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Senate Follows House In Passing GOP Budget To Balance Budget

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:06am

Working into Friday's pre-dawn hours, senators approved the blueprint by a near party-line 52-46 vote, endorsing a measure that closely follows one the House passed Wednesday.

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Air War In Yemen May Come At The Expense of Coalition Against ISIS

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:02am

Most of the members of the coalition conducting air strikes in Yemen, are also members of the U.S.-led coalition in Syria that's been waging an air campaign against the self-styled Islamic State.

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Senators Endure Vote-A-Rama With Coping Mechanisms

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:02am

As they do every time the Senate takes up a budget resolution, senators spend hours voting on proposals they want to add to the document, which isn't technically a budget but a vision statement.

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Amazingly, Congress Actually Got Something Done

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 5:15pm

The leaders and members must, in a word, compromise. And on this occasion, Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did just that, with skill and savvy.

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Indiana's Governor Signs 'Religious Freedom' Bill

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:28pm

Among other things, the controversial new law would allow owners of businesses in the state to deny services to same-sex couples.

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After Spending Scandals, Rep. Aaron Schock Says Goodbye

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:13pm

Even in his final floor speech, Rep. Aaron Schock seemed to leave the door open for a future, comparing himself to former President Abraham Lincoln.

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Skinny Jeans, Expanded Waistlines, And A Washington 'Fix'

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:50am

Congress has acted 17 times to prevent a cut in Medicare doctors' payments. But the so-called "Doc Fix" has always been like that pair of jeans you keep in your closet, hoping someday they'll fit.

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