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Freshman Representatives Reflect On First Few Months In Office

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 3:30pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks to freshman members of the 114th Congress, Rep. Ruben Gallego and Rep. Mimi Walters, four months after their swearing in.

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Slavs, Albanians Unite Over Effort To Oust Macedonian Prime Minister

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 3:30pm

Macedonia escaped largely unscathed from the ethnic violence that defined the breakup of Yugoslavia. But the country's Slavs and Albanians live largely separate and unequal lives, until now.

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Irish Voters Prepare To Decide On Same-Sex Marriage

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 3:30pm

Ireland could make history Friday when voters decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage. It would be a striking change for a country where abortion is still outlawed and divorce was only legalized in the mid-1990s.

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Veto Expected After Nebraska Lawmakers Vote To Abolish Death Penalty

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 3:30pm

NPR's Audie Cornish interviews Bill Kelly, a reporter with NET, Nebraska's Public Broadcasting Network, about the Nebraska legislature's vote Wednesday to abolish the death penalty.

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When Is A Filibuster Not Really a Filibuster? When It Looks Like A Filibuster

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 1:00pm

Filibusters were once reserved for the gravest existential issues. Rand Paul's long hours Wednesday were about liberty, the Constitution, and the need to stand out in a field of presidential hopefuls.

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Gyrocopter Pilot On His 'Incredible' Flight Onto Capitol Lawn

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:45pm

Doug Hughes flew into Washington, D.C., on something resembling a hybrid bicycle and helicopter. He did it to protest money in politics, but he could face up to a decade in prison. He has no regrets.

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Obama Calls Loss Of Ramadi A 'Setback,' But Denies U.S. Is Losing To ISIS

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:21pm

The comments came in an interview with The Atlantic. The president also discussed the nuclear talks with Iran and his often-frosty relationship with Israel's political leadership.

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'Fast-Track' Trade Authority Wins Key Test Vote In Senate

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:31am

Lawmakers voted 62-38 to limit debate on a bill that would grant the authority to President Obama, marking a big step toward a new trade pact with 11 Asia-Pacific nations.

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Sen. Rand Paul Stages 'Filibuster' To Protest Patriot Act

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:52am

The Kentucky senator and presidential candidate opposes the collection of bulk telephone data and other surveillance measures that the government says are needed to combat terrorism.

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Senate Panel Considers New Constraints On Fed's Emergency Lending

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel about Congress, the Federal Reserve and banking regulations. Wessel is director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution.

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Sen. Rand Paul Ends 'Filibuster' Over NSA Surveillance Program

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

Rand Paul voiced his opposition to the Patriot Act, which authorizes bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the government. Paul says collecting the records is an assault on civil liberties.

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Netanyahu Cancels Palestinian-Only Bus Plan Just Before Scheduled Start

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:34pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Lahav Harkov, Knesset reporter for the Jerusalem Post, about the politics around a plan to require Palestinian laborers from the West Bank to ride Palestinian-only buses.

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Immigrant Family's Hope On Hold After Promises From The President

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 3:56pm

Six months ago, President Obama announced executive actions that would protect millions of immigrants who are undocumented from deportation. But those actions are on hold pending a lawsuit.

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Terminally Ill California Mom Speaks Out Against Assisted Suicide

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 3:40pm

Stephanie Packer's debilitating illnesses leave her in a lot of pain. But she is opposed to a California bill that would legalize physician-assisted suicide.

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Popular Health Exchange In Jeopardy After Surprise Republican Win

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 1:22pm

Kentucky has one of the best-run health exchanges in the country, Kynect. It's led to the second-biggest drop in uninsured nationwide. But if a GOP primary result holds up, its days could be numbered.

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Who Is Clinton Confidant Sidney Blumenthal?

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:53am

Emails from informal advisor Blumnethal to Hillary Clinton on U.S. policy in Libya have been subpoenaed by a House committee. He's no stranger to controversy, but Clinton said he's just an old friend.

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After Derailment, Congress Debates Lifting Amtrak's Damage Cap

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:06am

Democrats are moving to raise the liability cap on Amtrak accidents, which was set at $200 million 18 years ago. They say the cap prevents full compensation for last week's derailment in Philadelphia.

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Beau Biden, Vice President Joe Biden's Son, Hospitalized

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 6:26pm

The former Delaware attorney general is being treated at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. In 2013, he underwent surgery after being diagnosed with a brain lesion.

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Foundations To SEC: Force Corporations To Disclose Political Giving

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:51pm

Secret money in politics has been controversial since the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United. Now, about 70 charitable foundations are asking the SEC to end that secrecy.

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Nearly 70 Charities Call For An End To Secret Corporate Political Spending

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:51pm

The president of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund says 70 top philanthropic foundations are urging the Securities and Exchange Commission to enact a disclosure rule for corporate political spending.

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