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Perry Pushes Back Against Allegations He Overstepped His Authority

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 4:07pm

Tess Vigeland talks to Ben Philpott of member station KUT about the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry on charges of abuse of power. The governor spoke for the first time since the charges, saying he acted within his power.

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Gov. Perry: Indictment 'Amounts To Nothing'

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 2:15pm

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says the felony abuse-of-power charges are politically motivated, calling it a "farce of a prosecution."

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Germany Eavesdropped On Kerry, Clinton, Magazine Says

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 9:39am

Der Spiegel reports that the current and former U.S. secretary of state were the inadvertent targets of German surveillance.

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What's Behind Those Abuse-Of-Power Charges Against Perry?

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 8:56am

The indictment stems from the Texas governor's veto of funding for a public integrity office after the Democratic head of the office was arrested for drunk driving.

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Texas Governor Indicted On Abuse Of Power Charges

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 6:53am

A grand jury in Austin has indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on charges that he misused his veto power. Scott Simon talks with NPR's Wade Goodwyn.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry Indicted On Abuse-Of-Power Charges

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 6:15pm

An ethics complaint was opened last year after the governor vetoed funding for state public corruption prosecutors. Perry had said he would carry out the veto unless a district attorney resigned.

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Left And Right Unite In Criticizing Ferguson Police Response

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 3:48pm

A shift in police tactics helped ensure protests stayed peaceful in Ferguson, Mo. Critics on both sides of the aisle say the response earlier in the week was heavy-handed and contributed to violence.

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Week In Politics: Ferguson And Foreign Policy

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 3:09pm

Political commentators, Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the protests in Ferguson, Mo., and Hillary Clinton's take on President Obama's policy.

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In Hawaii, Storm-Battered Area Becomes A Kingmaker

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 10:18am

Sen. Brian Schatz leads Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic Senate primary by a slim 1,635 votes. Two remote precincts, damaged by Tropical Storm Iselle, could hold the decisive ballots.

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Comment Period For Offshore Drilling Ends Friday

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 4:00am

The federal government is developing its offshore oil and gas leasing plan for a 5-year period that begins in 2017. Right now most of the activity is in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Attorney General Holder: Ferguson Scenes Cannot Continue

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 4:16pm

Eric Holder said federal investigators have already conducted interviews with eyewitnesses to the shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager in a St. Louis suburb.

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Obama: U.S. To End Aid Drops In Iraq, But Airstrikes To Continue

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 12:38pm

The president says thousands of Yazidis had been rescued from Sinjar mountain in northwestern Iraq, thanks to the targeting of Islamic insurgents who threatened them.

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Obama Expresses Concern Over Ferguson, Mo., Violence

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 12:18pm

The president said the Department of Justice is investigating the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen in the city, but said there's no excuse for violence against the police.

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Would You Share The President's Fries?

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 8:41am

When President Obama visited Kansas City for a speech about the economy, he had dinner with four people who had written him letters and wound up sharing his fries.

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Government Watchdogs Complain Of Closed Doors Set Up By White House

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 3:17pm

Inspectors general complain that they're being stiffed on the access they need to serve effectively. Four lawmakers are now demanding that the Obama administration comply with transparency requests.

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'This Is A Congress That's Really Doing Nothing,' Says NYT Reporter

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 1:32pm

Congressional reporter Jonathan Weisman gives his take on the 113th Congress, including how House Speaker John Boehner has little sway, and business in the Senate has virtually ground to a halt.

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Gay Marriages May Begin In Virginia Next Week, After Court Denies A Stay

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 1:14pm

The ruling came from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, which had taken up the case after a district court struck down Virginia's ban in February.

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More Details Surface On Missing IRS Hard Drive

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:57am

A more detailed account about what happened to Lois Lerner's computer is now available. But critics say there are still lots of unanswered questions.

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Referendum To Decide Fate Of Alaska's Oil Tax Cut

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 3:57am

Voters in Alaska will decide next week whether to repeal a major oil industry tax cut. With no sales or income tax, the state gets nearly all its revenue from taxing oil production.

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Obama Calls Nomination Of New Iraqi Prime Minister A 'Step Forward'

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 4:09pm

The president said the only long-term solution in Iraq would be for Iraqis to work together. Obama said he and Vice President Biden have called to congratulate Haider al-Abadi.

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