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In An Era Of Gridlock, Does Controlling The Senate Really Matter?

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 3:58pm

As the midterm elections near, Republicans are increasingly confident they will control both houses of Congress. But even if they do, the clashes will likely continue.

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Rep. Jackie Speier: 'Imperative' To Have A Coalition In Taking On ISIS

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 3:27pm

Robert Siegel talks with California Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier about Tuesday's briefing by the House Armed Services Committee on the administration's strategy regarding ISIS. Speier was one of the House members who signed a letter this summer calling on President Obama to consult Congress before taking military action in Syria. She has also supported the use of airstrikes and drones to restore stability in Iraq.

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Cantor Brings Congressional Connections To Wall Street Job

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 3:27pm

When House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost to a primary challenger in June, it was one of the biggest political upsets in years. But Cantor quickly found work with a New York investment bank, which said it was hiring him to provide "strategic guidance."

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Lawmakers Want Vote On Obama's ISIS Response

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 3:27pm

Congressional leaders met with President Obama on Tuesday, ahead of his speech on the Islamic State terrorist group.

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5 Questions About The 2 Weeks Congress Plans To Work This Fall

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:24am

It's not fair to call this a "do nothing" Congress. It's just that the House and Senate each have very different "to do" lists.

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4 Things To Know About Obama's Islamic State Strategy

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 7:13am

The president today is set to meet congressional leaders to discuss his strategy to combat the insurgency in Iraq and Syria. He's expected to address the nation on the subject on Wednesday.

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Senate Moves Forward In Bid To Limit Campaign Funds

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 4:06am

Americans generally agree that too much money is spent running for office. On Monday, the Senate took up a proposed constitutional amendment that could change that, but it's not likely to pass.

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Obama Wants Congress To Buy-In On His Plan Against ISIS

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 4:06am

The top 4 congressional leaders will be at the White House Tuesday to talk about the president's strategy against the group known as the Islamic State, or ISIS. Obama addresses the nation Wednesday.

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Following Ferguson, Senate Weighs Use Of Military-Grade Equipment

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 2:31am

After police in Ferguson, Mo. were seen using military-grade equipment, the Senate is holding a hearing on the militarization of local police and whether closer supervision is needed.

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Pryor Sticks To The Middle In Close Arkansas Senate Race

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 4:17pm

Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor is running one of the closest Senate races in the country. Arkansas has grown more Republican, but he hopes to win a third term on his reputation as a down-the-middle guy.

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Back In Session, Congress Faces Budget Bill, ISIS Threat

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 3:14pm

Congress was back in town on Monday for a two-week sprint before the midterm elections. On the schedule: pass a budget bill so the government doesn't shut down again, decide the fate of the agency that helps businesses finance U.S.-exported goods and figure out what to do about ISIS.

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Arab League Chief Urges 'Confrontation' With Islamic State Militants

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 8:08am

In apparent backing of the U.S., Nabil Elaraby tells the 22-member organization that it needs a "comprehensive confrontation" with the extremist group.

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U.S. Senate Race In Kansas Suddently Becomes Unpredictable

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 4:03am

Sen. Pat Roberts was expected to skate to re-election. Republicans now are panicked that he could lose to a free spending independent candidate, harming the GOP's chances of winning Senate control.

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Cuomo Gets More Of An Opponent Than He Bargained For

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 10:23am

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was expected to cruise to victory in next Tuesday's Democratic primary. But he faces a surprisingly vigorous challenge from the left.

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Obama To Speak Wednesday On U.S. Strategy Against Islamic State

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 9:54am

Citing a broad threat posed by the Islamic State, President Obama said Sunday that he will deliver a national address Wednesday to discuss the U.S. approach to the group.

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Congress Returns To A Plateful Of Foreign Problems

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 6:52am

Congress returns next week in the midst of a crisis in Ukraine and the rise of the Islamic State. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to Mara Liasson about Congress's role in shaping foreign policy strategy.

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Obama Will Put Off Executive Actions On Immigration

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 12:36pm

In June, President Obama said he would act on his own to reshape U.S. immigration policies at the summer's end. Since then, he's come under pressure from fellow Democrats.

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If It's Not About Sex, It Must Be About Money — Unless It's About Power

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 12:01pm

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell's conviction is a reminder that politicians are more likely to be nailed for petty chiseling than for fleecing the public treasury for billions in pork barrel projects.

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Week In Politics: NATO, Bob McDonnell And The Midterm Elections

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 3:08pm

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the future of NATO, the corruption convictions of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and the political races in Kansas and Alaska.

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Run-Up To Midterm Elections Overshadowed By Other News

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 4:02am

Don Gonyea talks to with NPR Senior Political Correspondent Mara Liaison and Robert Costa of The Washington Post about the issues and key races in this fall's midterm elections.

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