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Conservatives Disagree With Obama's Social Spending Proposals

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:59am

Steve Inskeep talks with David Frum, senior editor at The Atlantic, about what, if anything, Republicans can work with in President Obama's State of the Union address.

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Obama Defends His Aggressive Agenda In Boise, Idaho

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:59am

In his State of the Union address, President Obama talked about middle-class tax cuts, free community college and paid sick leave. The next day, he headed to Boise to drum up support for his ideas.

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GOP-Led House Drops 20-Week Abortion Limit, Will Advance Funding Ban

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 9:15pm

Some Republican lawmakers, many of them women, felt the language of the limit was too restrictive — allowing abortions in case of rapes, but only if the attacks were reported to the police.

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Shouts Of Protest At Supreme Court On 'Citizens United' Anniversary

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:48pm

The day's session had just begun when protesters in the back of the chamber began yelling things like, "One person, one vote" and "We are the 99 percent."

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The Battle Over Open-Internet Rules Shifts To Congress

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:06pm

President Obama is urging the Federal Communications Commission to protect the principle of net neutrality. But Republicans presented their own set of rules at a subcommittee hearing Wednesday.

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Meet The YouTube Stars Who Will Interview The President

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:40pm

On Thursday, President Obama will sit down for a round of unconventional interviews with some unconventional questioners.

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Republican SOTU Responses: Immigration No, But Inmigración Sí

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:29pm

Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst and Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo go their separate ways on the most divisive topic their party faces.

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Rep. Van Hollen: Obama's Focused On Helping Middle Class

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:46pm

Robert Siegel talks to Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen of Maryland about President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday.

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Middle Class Economics Dominate Obama's State Of The Union

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:25pm

President Obama wants to expand an existing tax credit for child care and create a new one for families with two working spouses. He also wants to make two years of community college free and expand access to retirement savings programs.

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Historic Diplomatic Talks Begin In Cuba

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:25pm

The most high-level U.S. delegation to visit Cuba in 35 years is in Havana for two days of talks. The meetings follow the historic thaw in relations announced simultaneously last month by President Obama and President Raul Castro. The focus of the talks will be migration and the nuts and bolts of restoring diplomatic ties.

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Sen. Jeff Flake: Republicans Can Work With President On Trade

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:25pm

Robert Siegel talks to Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona for his reaction to the State of the Union.

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Obama Draws Battle Lines In State Of The Union Address

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:25pm

In his State of the Union address, President Obama said he still believed in a United America — one that wasn't divided into red and blue camps. But the reaction to his speech, from both camps, was anything but united.

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Boehner Invites Israel's Netanyahu To Address Congress On Iran

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:33pm

The White House, which was not informed of the invitation, called it a departure from diplomatic protocol. House Speaker John Boehner said, "Congress can make this decision on its own."

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Rep. Cole: Obama Used Tax Issue For Partisan Advantage

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 6:42am

David Greene talks to Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma about his reaction to President Obama's State of the Union speech.

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I'm Over The Moon Obama Brought Up Broadband, Sen. Heitkamp Says

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 6:36am

Renee Montagne talks to Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota about President Obama's State of the Union address.

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Obama's Speech Included Historic Words

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:50am

According to observers, it was the first time a president used the words: lesbian, transgender and bisexual in a State of the Union speech. Obama made another first when he mentioned Instagram.

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Obama Makes The Case For Middle Class Economics

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:42am

In his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, the president said the economic recovery was taking hold and it was time to ensure more Americans were sharing in the benefits.

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Obama State Of The Union Seeks To 'Turn The Page' To A Brighter Chapter

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:27am

Republicans find Obama galling, in part, because he seems so blithe in defying them. To them, the historical page that is being turned at this moment is the one with Obama's face on it.

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To Drive Economy Toward Equality, Obama Requests More Spending

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:03am

His State of the Union address celebrated a year that brought the U.S. jobs and growth, and called on Congress to expand child care and free education. Critics say it's pure politics that won't pass.

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Scandium Middle Man Is A Rare Guy Selling A Rare Element

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:02am

Our Planet Money team has a story about a man who realized at the time, that he was the only person in the world with his job. It was a job selling something, almost no one wanted.

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