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Republicans Sort Their Priorities For The New Congress

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 9:56am

The GOP will take over both chambers of Congress on January 6th, with issues like the Keystone XL pipeline, Obamacare and immigration reform likely to take priority.

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Looking To 2015, Economists See 5 Reasons To Celebrate

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 8:54am

Economists' forecasts for 2015 have gotten even more optimistic as oil prices have declined. Most now say inflation will remain low as hiring strengthens. That should lead to more consumer spending.

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Transcript: President Obama's Full NPR Interview

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 4:02am

Steve Inskeep's wide-ranging interview with President Obama covers recent executive actions on Cuba and immigration, race relations in the U.S., health care and extending democracy in the Middle East.

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Obama Finds Reset Button With 2 Years To Go: Is It Too Late?

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 4:01am

The president knows he was once regarded as having limitless promise, and realizes as well how disappointed many of his acolytes have been.

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Despite Election Defeat, Obama Sees Room To Push His Agenda

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 4:00am

President Obama begins his administration's final phase the way he began several others: recovering from disaster, in this case the loss of the Senate. He's striving to show he won't be a lame duck.

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Tennessee's Medicaid Deal Dodges A Partisan Fight

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 8:29am

An agreement between the Tennessee Hospital Association and Republican Gov. Bill Haslam expands Medicaid without tax dollars, an agreement that could be a blueprint for other states.

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To Deal With Hostile Congress, Obama Can Look To History

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 6:37am

President Obama will face opposition in 2015 in both the House and Senate. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to historian Michael Beschloss about how Obama will or will not work with the 114th Congress.

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In The Nation's Capital, A Signature Soup Stays On The Menu

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

For 110 years, Senate bean soup has been offered every day but one in the U.S. Senate cafeteria. But few staffers have actually tasted the traditional soup of the "world's greatest deliberative body."

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Hollywood's Acceptance Of White Privilege Revealed By Sony Hack

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 8:03am

While some leaked Sony emails seemed racist, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says they hint at a wider issue: an acceptance of practices, habits and perceptions that limit diversity in Hollywood.

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Want To Solve The World's Most Heated Disagreements? Bring Your Wallet

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 7:23am

Research found that a little cash goes a long way toward making people more thoughtful about what motivates their longtime foes, be it Israelis and Palestinians or Republicans and Democrats.

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Most Federal Workers Get Day After Christmas Off

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 4:11am

Thanks to an executive order signed by President Obama, most federal workers are also off on Friday. The cost for the extra day off is $660 million.

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A Split View On Obamacare's Past And Future

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 2:33am

The Affordable Care Act created insurance subsidies that are under legal challenge. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in 2015 and could rule against a key provision of the law.

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Obama Hits The Links With Malaysia's Prime Minister

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 12:42am

What do two world leaders do when they find themselves on the same Hawaiian island on Christmas Eve? If you're President Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Razak, you meet on the golf course.

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What To Expect In The 2016 Presidential Announcement Season

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 3:25pm

With Jeb Bush signaling he's likely to run for president in 2016, it's another sign that the presidential announcement season is underway. Here's a look at who has jumped in the race early and what to expect in the coming months.

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Nevada Congressman's Loss Exposed Raw Nerve In Democratic Caucus

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 3:25pm

One of the most unexpected Democratic losers on Election Day was Rep. Steven Horsford from Nevada. His defeat is about politics, but also about race.

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With New Congress, Will Obama Work Differently?

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 3:25pm

The GOP-led Congress President Obama will have to deal with for the last two years of his presidency is a stark contrast to the Democratic-led one he came in with. Does that mean Obama will change his approach to dealing with Capitol Hill?

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Meet The Senator Tasked With Keeping Rebellious Republicans In Line

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 6:48pm

John Cornyn of Texas, the incoming majority whip, promises that despite internal rifts the caucus will be "a well-oiled machine." Colleagues and outsiders say he's a good pick for the job.

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New York's Rep. Michael Grimm Expected To Plead Guilty To Tax Charge

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 10:41am

It's been quite a year for Rep. Grimm, who in January threatened to throw a TV reporter off a balcony. The tax evasion charge stems from a restaurant he owns.

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Videos Of Ray Rice, Eric Garner Among Biggest Media Moments Of 2014

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 6:03am

Some of the most interesting things on TV in 2014 weren't actually made for TV. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans lists the moments in television, viral video and social media that changed us all this year.

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Head Of Armed Services Committee Will Get McCain A Bigger Bullhorn

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 4:05am

When Congress returns to work in January, Sen. John McCain of Arizona is set to lead the committee, which deals with everything from the Pentagon budget to the U.S. war against the Islamic state.

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