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Chief Of Staff Slams Netanyahu In Defending Two-State Solution

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 3:42pm

Speaking to a liberal Jewish group Monday, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough reiterated the administration's support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Canadian-Born Cruz Faces Potential Hurdle To Presidential Aspirations

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 3:42pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Sarah H. Duggin, a professor of law at Catholic University, about the U.S. Constitution's "natural born" citizenship requirement for someone to become president.

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Sen. Ted Cruz Becomes First Republican To Announce Presidential Candidacy

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 3:42pm

Texas Sen. Cruz became the first official candidate for president in the 2016 election Monday. In a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Cruz said, "God isn't done with America yet."

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Supreme Court Declines Challenge To Strict Wisconsin Voter ID Law

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 2:51pm

Ahead of the 2016 presidential election, a handful of challenges to state voter ID laws are making their way through the courts, including to strict laws in Texas and North Carolina.

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Ted Cruz Makes It Official

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 10:05am

The Texas senator is looking for a boost, as he trails other GOP presidential hopefuls. So he took the bold move of becoming the first to officially declare his candidacy.

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Is Ted Cruz Allowed To Run Since He Was Born In Canada?

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 10:03am

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz became the first major candidate to declare for president, but some question whether he's eligible since he was born in Canada. Legal scholars, though, believe he can.

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Media Dissect Sen. Ted Cruz's Presidential Prospects

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 7:46am

The Texas Republican's early focus will reportedly be fundraising and the caucuses. He faces what's likely to be a crowded Republican field for the 2016 presidential nomination.

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What You Need To Know About Ted Cruz

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 6:03am

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announced his presidential bid Monday on Twitter. If the early campaign trail is any indication of how 2016 will go, the staunch conservative will be exactly who he's always been.

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5 Reasons Cruz Announced His Candidacy Early

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 4:03am

Cruz has not been the buzz candidate so far in the GOP's 2016 discussions — nor the media's. In fact, he has seemed at times a bit of a faded rose, a skyrocket that had spent much of its sparkle.

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Is A Confederate Flag License Plate Free Speech?

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 3:08am

Texas issues specialty license plates at the behest of private groups or individuals. At issue before the Supreme Court Monday is whether the state can reject messages that are offensive to some.

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Hillary Clinton Is Ready To 'Stand Out' As A Female Candidate

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 3:03am

The former secretary of state is expected to announce her presidential candidacy soon. In recent weeks, she's given speeches to women's groups, pointing to a likely shift in tone from 2008 to 2016.

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Republican Thorn Ted Cruz Announces Run For President

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 11:13pm

With a midnight tweet, Ted Cruz became the first major candidate to announce he is running for president. But Cruz faces an uphill climb against better-funded and better-known candidates.

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Ted Cruz Reportedly Set To Announce Presidential Bid

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 6:59am

The firebrand Texas senator is expected to bypass an exploratory committee and launch directly into the campaign for the Republican party nomination.

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Benghazi Panel Asks Clinton To Hand Over Her Email Server

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 5:57pm

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the committee, wants the former secretary of state to make the server available to a neutral third party. Clinton used a private email account during her tenure.

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Fourth-Graders Get Rough Lesson In Politics

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 3:55pm

Melissa Block talks to Jim Cutting, a teacher at Lincoln Akerman School in New Hampshire, who led his fourth-graders' effort to turn a bill into a law, only to have it rejected right in front of them.

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Interior Department Issues New Federal Rules On 'Fracking'

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 3:55pm

The Obama administration introduced new rules Friday to regulate oil and gas "fracking" on federal lands.

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Week In Politics: U.S.-Israeli Relations, Congressional Budgets

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 3:55pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Ramesh Ponnuru of the National Review and Bloomberg View.

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It's All About The Benjamins And Jacksons — But What About The Women?

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 3:51pm

The bills in your wallet have one thing in common: they all feature photos of men. Now, a campaign hopes to replace Andrew Jackson's face on the 20 with someone like Susan B. Anthony or Rosa Parks.

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Relationship Between Obama And Netanyahu? It's Complicated

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 3:40pm

The White House says it needs to reassess its options in light of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign comments dismissing a two-state solution. It's not the only issue where he and President Obama clash; there's also Iran.

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Budget Reconciliation Explained Through Chutes And Ladders

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 2:41pm

The president's proposed budget sets the stage for Republicans to use a tool they've lacked until now: reconciliation. But they're not likely to win the game.

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