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California Governor Announces First Ever Mandatory Water Restrictions

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 3:32pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced mandatory water restrictions Wednesday. The move coincides with new figures that show snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains is at a historic low.

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Republicans Face Backlash Over Indiana, Arkansas Religious Freedom Laws

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 3:32pm

The Republican Party is facing backlash over religious freedom laws passed this week in Indiana and Arkansas. The governor of Arkansas asked legislators Wednesday to reconsider its bill.

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Arizona Requires Doctors To Say Abortion Pill Is Reversible

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 3:32pm

Arizona is requiring doctors to tell women using the "abortion pill" that it can be reversed. NPR takes a look at whether that's true.

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Margaret Hamburg Ends Six-Year Run As FDA Commissioner

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 3:32pm

Margaret Hamburg ended her run this week as one of the longest serving Food and Drug Administration commissioners in recent decades.

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Iranian Nuclear Talks Enter Overtime As Debate Continues On Key Issues

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 3:32pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger about differences in the American and Iranian approaches to the talks.

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Justice Department Won't Charge IRS' Lois Lerner With Criminal Contempt

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 3:25pm

At issue is whether the former IRS official waived her Fifth Amendment rights when she made an opening statement proclaiming her innocence over the agency's targeting of conservative groups.

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Indiana Law: Sorting Fact From Fiction From Politics

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 8:36am

The culture wars are always percolating beneath the surface in presidential politics. And as is often the case in controversies, the facts have become muddled and conflated.

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson Weighs State's Religious Freedom Bill

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 8:30am

Lawmakers passed the bill Tuesday. A similar Indiana law sparked a backlash. Critics say it allows businesses to refuse services to gays and lesbians. Supporters say it bolsters religious freedom.

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Obama's Diplomatic Gamble On Iran Adding Instability In Middle East

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 4:41pm

Limited though it may be, analysts say the administration's negotiation with Iran has shaken traditional allies and left both friends and enemies uncertain about what it will do next in the region.

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Analysts Divided Over Obama's Diplomatic Gamble On Iran

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 4:41pm

Even before he won the White House in 2008, President Obama discussed redefining the U.S. relationship with Iran.

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Supreme Court Deals Medicaid Blow To Doctors And Health Companies

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 4:38pm

The court ruled Tuesday that private Medicaid providers cannot sue to force states to raise reimbursement rates in the face of rising medical costs.

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Activists Stop Paying Their Student Loans

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 4:36pm

Students who say their for-profit college degrees are worthless took their "debt strike" to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today.

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Watchdog Groups File Complaints Against Likely Candidates

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:55pm

Two liberal groups say some politicians have crossed the legal line that defines a candidacy in campaign finance law, even though they haven't declared anything yet.

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Iranian Nuclear Talks Continue Past Deadline

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:46pm

Six world powers and Iran will extend their deadline by a day to form a preliminary nuclear agreement.

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Opposition Candidate Defeats Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:46pm

Former military leader Mohammadu Buhari has become the first opposition candidate to win a Nigerian presidential election.

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Students From Troubled For-Profit Colleges Refuse To Pay Back Loans

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:46pm

A group of students met with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Tuesday to send a message: They won't pay back the loans they incurred attending troubled for-profit colleges.

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Indiana Governor Reaffirms Support For Criticized Religious Freedom Law

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:46pm

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence addressed the continuing controversy surrounding his state's religious freedom law Tuesday.

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U.S. Announces Target To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:44pm

The White House proposal will be submitted at the next big climate meeting in Paris this December. It marks the beginning of a worldwide plan for countries to combat climate change.

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What The 2016 Hopefuls Are Saying About Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 2:10pm

"This is simply allowing people of faith space to be able to express their beliefs," said Jeb Bush. Hillary Clinton tweeted: "Sad this new Indiana law can happen in America today."

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Alabama Judge Says Raising Money To Be Elected Is 'Tawdry'

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:15pm

Mixing judges with campaign contributions can lead to conflicts of interest. Fresh Air talks to retired Judge Sue Bell Cobb and the Center for American Progress' Billy Corriher.

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