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Union Head Presses Candidates, Clinton, On Trade

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 4:56pm

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, said presidential candidates can't "hedge their bets" when it comes to trade. But that's exactly what Hillary Clinton has done so far.

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Vatican Hosts Climate Change Conference Ahead Of Papal Encyclical

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 3:27pm

Pope Francis wants world leaders to work together to enact laws that will slow or stop emissions that fuel climate change. He is expected to deliver a papal encyclical in June highlighting environmental degradation and the effect of climate change on the poor. The Vatican held a one-day conference on climate change Tuesday.

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'No Excuse' For Violence In Baltimore, Obama Says

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 3:27pm

President Obama called the perpetrators of the violence "criminals" during a joint news conference with the Japanese prime minister Tuesday. He said their actions obscured peaceful protests.

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Panned When It First Came Out, The Clinton Logo Is Saying Something Now

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 10:29am

The Democratic presidential candidate's campaign logo was snickered at. But it's shown versatility, morphing to include backgrounds of Iowa, New Hampshire and, on Tuesday, to support gay marriage.

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Did You Know It's Legal In Most States To Discriminate Against LGBT People?

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 10:26am

The Supreme Court debates same-sex marriage Tuesday. But in many states, a person can marry someone of the same gender and still be fired for being gay.

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Record Number Of Amicus Briefs Filed In Same-Sex-Marriage Cases

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 4:00am

This week's same-sex-marriage cases at the Supreme Court brought in a record number of friend-of-the–court briefs. But truth be told, the justices do not read all of these briefs.

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Fact Check: Is The Clinton Foundation 'The Most Transparent'?

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 5:30pm

Since Hillary Clinton launched her presidential run, her family's foundation has been scrutinized. The Clintons responded, calling it the most transparent organization of its kind. But is that true?

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3 Reasons Republicans Might Cheer A Pro-Gay-Marriage Ruling

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 5:18pm

The Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex-marriage bans Tuesday. And even though Republicans are the traditional-marriage party, they just could welcome a pro-same-sex marriage ruling.

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U.S., Japan Announce Updated Defense Guidelines

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 3:22pm

The updated 18-year-old guidelines reflect concern over China's growing influence and North Korea's nuclear capability. They also call for Japan to take a more active role in the Asia Pacific region.

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President Obama Relaxed Drone Rules For CIA Operations In Pakistan

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 3:22pm

In 2013, President Obama tightened rules for drone strikes in order to reduce civilian casualties. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Wall Street Journal correspondent Adam Entous who learned that the president secretly waived the new rules for CIA operations in Pakistan.

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Loretta Lynch Sworn In As U.S. Attorney General

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 10:31am

Lynch's nomination was confirmed last week by the U.S. Senate, five months after President Obama nominated her to succeed Eric Holder.

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Congress May Be Forced To Intervene Again On Mammogram Recommendations

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 4:09am

Six years ago, a task force caused a firestorm by saying women under 50 may not need routine mammograms. The controversy was so great, that Congress passed legislation overriding the recommendation.

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Same-Sex Marriage, In The Justices' Words

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 3:34am

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the question of same-sex marriage. In the meantime, though, we do know a good deal about the views of the justices already.

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Staten Island Candidates Avoid Talk Of Eric Garner Case

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 6:42am

In the New York Congressional district where an an unarmed black man died at the hands of police last year, neither candidate for a special congressional election is using the death to score points.

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8 Obama Jokes That Stood Out From The White House Correspondents Dinner

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 12:01am

Every year, the president sits down for dinner with Washington reporters and delivers a stand-up routine. From his "bucket list" to Hillary Clinton, here's what he came up with this year.

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Surgeon General Vivek Murthy On Gun Control, Vaccines And Science

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 6:33am

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was officially sworn in this week. His confirmation was held up for more than a year because of comments he made about gun violence. Murthy talks with NPR's Scott Simon.

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Pop-Up Podcast: Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 4:03am

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on same-sex marriage, NPR's legal and political correspondents break down the historic case.

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With Tears And Thanks, Attorney General Eric Holder Says Goodbye

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:03pm

In his final day on the job, Holder offered NPR some final reflections including recent criticism of weaponized drones and why he calls same-sex marriage the "civil rights struggle of our time."

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California Cities Struggle To Meet Water Conservation Targets

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 3:22pm

Early next month, California plans to finalize its emergency water conservation plan. Cities are under the gun to cut their water usage from anywhere between 15 and 40 percent.

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Week In Politics: Clinton Foundation, Drone Strikes

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 3:22pm

NPR's Melissa Block talks with E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times about the Clinton Foundation financial news and drone strikes.

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