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A Look At What's Inside Obama's Budget Proposal

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 3:15pm

President Obama's budget proposes more government spending and more taxes on the wealthy. How will Republicans respond?

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Journalist Jorge Ramos Takes On Obama, Republicans

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 2:03pm

Often called the Walter Cronkite of Latino America, Univision anchor Jorge Ramos could play a big role in the 2016 presidential elections.

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Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Rand Paul Jump Into Vaccine Debate

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 1:48pm

Amid a measles outbreak, both Republicans said parents need a choice when it comes to some vaccines. The governor's office quickly clarified that when it comes to measles, "kids should be vaccinated."

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Obama's Budget Proposal Lifts 2013 Caps, Adds Billions In Spending

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 5:00am

The president's $3.99 trillion proposal, released Monday, calls for more spending on domestic programs, infrastructure and defense — and includes tax hikes the new Congress is unlikely to approve.

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Critics Point Out Weakness Of Visa Waiver Program

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 4:02am

Some worry that foreign fighters in Syria could attempt to enter the U.S. They cite the Visa Waiver Program which allows foreign visitors from Europe and elsewhere to enter the U.S. without visas.

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Obama To Send $4 Trillion Budget To Congress

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 4:02am

To preview President Obama's $4 trillion budget, David Greene talks to Shaun Donovan, Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

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Obama Addresses Vaccinations, Other Issues In NBC Interview

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 12:49am

President Obama encouraged parents to vaccinate their children and said the U.S. is doing everything it can to rescue a young woman held by the Islamic State, speaking in a wide-ranging interview.

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For Colorado's Undocumented, The Wait At The DMV Just Got Longer

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 4:05pm

Last year, the state became the 10th to offer driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants. This year, Colorado Republicans made it virtually impossible for those immigrants to get a slot at the DMV.

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Democrat Seeks Limits On Operations Against ISIS

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 6:32am

Rep. Adam Schiff of California plans to introduce a bill that would authorize military operations against ISIS. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Rep. Schiff about the new legislation.

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What Romney's Retreat Means For GOP Hopefuls

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 6:35am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with senior Washington editor Ron Elving about the narrowing Republican presidential field for 2016 and what we've seen so far in the first month of the new Congress.

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Republican Gov. Rick Snyder Turns To Voters To Approve Tax Increase

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:09pm

Some states are experiencing major budget deficits and several Republican governors are opting to increase taxes to make up for the shortfall. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder talks to Robert Siegel

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Week In Politics: Romney, Koch Brothers, Budget

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:39pm

Melissa Block talks to regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss Mitt Romney's decision to not run for president in 2016, the Koch brothers' plan to spend nearly $900 million dollars on campaigns and next week's budget proposal.

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Romney Ends Flirtation With 2016 Presidential Run

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:39pm

After flirting with a third run for president, Mitt Romney now says he won't run in 2016. What does that mean for the rest of the GOP field?

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Mitt Romney Won't Run For President In 2016

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 9:58am

"I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee," Romney said in a statement to supporters, according to multiple news reports.

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Former Democratic Sen. Jim Webb Explores Presidential Bid

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:07am

In considering whether to launch a presidential campaign, former Senator Jim Webb of Virginia tells Steve Inskeep his big challenge would be raising money to promote his ideas.

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4 Reasons Why It's Veto Season At The White House

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:03am

In his first six years in office, President Obama issued just two vetoes, the fewest of any president going all the way back to James Garfield. But that's about to change.

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Guantanamo Bay A Sticking Point Between U.S., Cuba Since 1903

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:59pm

Guantanamo Bay is home to the United States' oldest overseas base. Melissa Block talks to Vanderbilt History Professor Paul Kramer.

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McCain Calls Protesters 'Low-Life Scum' At Senate Hearing

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:49pm

The anti-war demonstrators were shouting at former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who was attending a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on global security challenges.

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Senate Prepares To OK Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Despite Obama Veto Threat

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:21pm

Sixty senators support the measure, but it doesn't appear to have enough backing to override a presidential veto. A vote could come as early as today. The House approved a similar measure this month.

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Obama's Budget Would Undo Broad Cuts Made In 2013

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 5:03am

The across-the-board spending cuts made in 2013, known as the sequester, reduced defense and domestic budgets by hundreds of millions each. Republicans are expected to fiercely defend that plan.

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