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The U.S. Has A Surgeon General, For The First Time In 17 Months

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 5:31pm

A job that's been open in President Obama's administration since July of 2013 was finally filled Monday, as the Senate voted to confirm Vivek Murthy as America's new surgeon general.

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Senate Set To Vote On Surgeon General Nominee

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:34pm

After months of delay, the Senate is poised to approve President Obama's choice to be the next surgeon general, Vivek Murthy. NPR's Mara Liasson tells us about Murthy and the controversy.

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Tennessee Governor Moves To Expand Medicaid Coverage

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:20pm

Following the lead of other Republican governors, Tennessee's Gov. Bill Haslam is moving to expand Medicaid in his state, using federal funds from the Affordable Care Act.

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Is Ted Cruz Running For President...In 2008?

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:23am

Even in an age of galloping ambition, the Texan rides ahead of the pack. Obama liked to quote Martin Luther King's line about "the fierce urgency of now," Cruz seeks to embody it at every turn.

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Sen. Warren Warns That Spending Bill Sets Dangerous Precedent

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:19am

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, took a passionate stand against a provision in the spending bill that rolls back a major part of the Dodd-Frank financial regulation legislation.

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"Warning Shot": Sen. Elizabeth Warren On Fighting The Banks, And Her Political Future

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:19am

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, took a passionate stand against a provision in the spending bill that rolls back a major part of the Dodd-Frank financial regulation legislation.

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Cheney On Enhanced Interrogation: 'I'd Do It Again In A Minute'

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 2:11pm

The former vice president doubled down on his defense of the Bush administration's use of such techniques, calling the Senate's recent report "seriously flawed."

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Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 6:46am

The Senate voted late Saturday to pass a bill that will fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to NPR's Mara Liasson about the rare Saturday session.

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Two Views Of The CIA's 'Enhanced' Interrogations

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 6:46am

The Senate Intelligence Committee released a report Tuesday on the interrogation techniques used by the CIA after 9/11. The report has elicited a number of sharply differing perspectives.

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Senate Struggles To Pass Trillion-Dollar Spending Bill

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 12:46pm

Senators meet in a rare Saturday session in hopes of resolving last-minute differences over the "cromnibus" measure before a midnight deadline.

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Government Funding Bill Rolls Back Trucker Rest Requirements

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 9:37am

One of the many policy riders tucked inside the trillion-dollar spending bill reverses a rule that long-haul truckers take two nights off for every 70 hours they drive. Safety groups are angry.

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Levin, Harkin, Coburn Among Senators Bidding Adieu

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 7:11am

The end of the 113th Congress means a lot of goodbyes for retiring members and for those who lost in November. That means, at least for a moment, partisanship took some time off on the Senate floor.

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Outrage On The Left And Right As Senate Delays Spending Vote

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 7:11am

The Senate is poised to pass the trillion-dollar spending bill that narrowly cleared the House this week. But anger about the measure from both parties has delayed the Senate.

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Activists Gather On Washington Mall To Protest Police Violence

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 7:11am

Civil rights leaders and other activists are marching in Washington, D.C., on Saturday to pressure Congress to take action in the wake of recent shooting deaths of blacks by police officers.

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Outgoing Rep. Mike Rogers Reflects On Congressional Career

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 3:53pm

Robert Siegel speaks with Mike J. Rogers, outgoing chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

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Dingell Admitted To Hospital, One Day After Casting Last Vote In House

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 3:48pm

The long-serving Democrat's office didn't give details on Rep. John Dingell's condition, other than to say he was under observation and "resting comfortably."

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Some Republicans Rethinking Party's Traditional Stands On Crime, Policing

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 3:26pm

After grand jury decisions in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, there's been a surprising reaction from Republicans as the party of law and order rethinks its traditional stands on crime and policing.

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Budget Bill Proves Perfect Flashpoint For Debate Among Democrats

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 3:26pm

Did the nail biter of a vote on the government funding bill expose rifts in the Democratic party that will cause the White House headaches next year?

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Even If Torture Doesn't Work In The Real World, TV Has Us Convinced It Does

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 2:07pm

Interrogation experts have tried to get shows like 24 to tone down the torture. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says that may not be as easy as it sounds.

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Is A Ban On 'Ballot Selfies' Overkill?

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 8:03am

A New Hampshire law designed to prevent voter fraud makes it a crime to post photos of completed ballots on the internet. A lawsuit argues that it has a chilling effect on political speech.

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