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Newark Mayor Ras Baraka: From Poetry To Power

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 6:46am

He was a poet and a community activist. Now, as mayor of Newark, N.J., Ras Baraka faces the challenges of struggling schools, municipal corruption and mistrust between citizens and police.

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Newark's New Mayor Proves His Crime-Fighting Powers Early

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 6:46am

Since his election, Newark, N.J., Mayor Ras Baraka has tried some unusual tactics to battle crime. He says that's just a small step in a very long effort to make Newark a safer place to live.

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Former Republican Sen. Edward Brooke Dies At 95

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 4:10pm

Brooke was the first African-American to be popularly elected to the U.S. Senate, serving in the chamber for 13 years. He was a major champion of fair housing laws.

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Author: Mitch McConnell's Focus On Winning Is 'Single-Minded'

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 6:58am

The new Senate majority leader will soon take office. NPR's Eric Westervelt asks Alec MacGillis, author of The Cynic: The Political Education of Mitch McConnell, what his leadership might look like.

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Congress Could Find Energy Compromise With Hydropower

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 3:18pm

With the Republicans in the majority in both the House and Senate in Washington, there will be changes in energy policy in the next few years. Republicans are pledging to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and to delay or derail the Obama administration's clean air proposals.

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Week In Politics: Jeb Bush, Remembering Mario Cuomo

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 3:18pm

Robert Siegel talks to regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor for The National Review.

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Some Not-So-Conventional Wisdom About The Next Congress

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 2:54pm

Will Republicans have to prove they can govern and will Democrats be totally irrelevant? Will the president's veto pen get a workout? Here's a second look at some wisdom about the next Congress.

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Obama Authorizes New Sanctions On North Korea Over Sony Hack

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 1:27pm

The executive order targets three North Korean entities and accuses the Pyongyang regime of "destructive, coercive cyber-related actions."

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Was Cuomo Destined To Be President Or Just Political Poet Laureate?

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 12:30pm

It may never be clear whether the late New York governor passed on the 1988 and 1992 presidential cycles — his natural turn at bat — for reasons related to politics or his personality.

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Mario Cuomo, Former 3-Term New York Governor, Dies At 82

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 4:02am

Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo died on Thursday, just hours after his son Andrew was sworn in for his own second term as governor of the state. In 1992, Cuomo choose not to run for president.

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2014 Yielded Bumper Crop Of Judicial Confirmations

Thu, 01/01/2015 - 3:03pm

The number of judicial vacancies is now at its lowest point since Obama took office. All told, the president has seen more than 300 judges confirmed, including a record number of women and minorities.

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WATCH: Full Video Of President Obama's Interview With NPR

Thu, 01/01/2015 - 11:26am

The interview was wide-ranging and nuanced. Obama touched on topics ranging from Iran to his view of race relations in the country to the new political reality of a Legislature controlled by the GOP.

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Sen. Marco Rubio Hopes For A Congress 'Whose Work Is Relevant' To Americans

Thu, 01/01/2015 - 3:02am

The Republican party begins 2015 in control of both chambers of Congress. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., talks with Steve Inskeep about the party's priorities and the possibility of a presidential bid.

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6 Reasons Steve Scalise Will Survive His Speech Scandal

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 3:26pm

The House majority whip's protestations of innocence about EURO and its views have strained credulity, both in Washington and in Louisiana. But it's not nearly enough to bring him down.

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Sen. Rubio Says He Could Run For President Even If Jeb Bush Does

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 2:07pm

The Florida Republican tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that while he had not made a final decision on a run, "we're closer to a decision than we were a month ago."

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Waiting For A Break: Obama on 'Strategic Patience' In Foreign Policy

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 4:00am

"I believe in diplomacy, I believe in dialogue, I believe in engagement," the president says of Iran and other regimes perceived as U.S. enemies. But he says restoring relations is a gradual process.

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Boehner's Upcoming Congress Already Has Personnel Challenges

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 3:20pm

The 114th Congress has yet to convene but already members of the new majority have personnel issues to confront.

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First Black Republican Congresswoman Wants To Be Known For More

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 3:20pm

Earlier this fall, voters in Utah elected the first black Republican woman to the House of Representatives. Mia Love is a Haitian American who previously served as the mayor of Saratoga Springs, near Provo, Utah.

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2014 Brought Lasting Action On Climate Change Policy

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 3:03pm

The EPA moved ahead with far-reaching polices to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. And the president struck a landmark deal with China to curb its carbon output as well.

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Rep. Scalise: Speech At White Supremacist Gathering 'A Mistake I Regret'

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 7:01am

The House majority whip said the group was one of many he spoke to in 2002 in efforts to build support for legislation. But, he said, he opposed the group's "racial and religious" views.

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