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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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Two Ways President Obama Could Act On Immigration

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 3:16pm

The Obama administration is considering executive action on immigration, and it could come within weeks.

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To Resolve Feud Over Fracking, Colo. Democrats Turn To Plan C

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 3:14pm

Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper has declared a compromise to avert a fight over oil and gas drilling. It's meant to solve fracking-related disputes, but it also serves Democrats' political interests.

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As U.S. Strikes Targets In Iraq, A Sense Of Deja Vu

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 4:12pm

On Thursday, President Obama became the fourth U.S. president in a row to initiate military strikes in Iraq. NPR's Arun Rath reflects on 23 years of on and off airstrikes in the country.

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Obama: Iraq Must Have Legitimate Government To Combat Insurgency

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 10:25am

Speaking at the White House, the president says the humanitarian and military problems in the country are "a long-term project."

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Perry And Cruz Do The Presidential Candidacy Dance

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 8:36am

At RedState's convention Friday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tried to capture the attention of GOP voters, but they two-stepped around the question of whether they will run in 2016.

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Pondering Watergate's Impact On Nixon Anniversary

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 6:49am

Forty years ago Saturday, President Nixon resigned from office. Leonard Downie Jr. was an editor at the Washington Post at the time, and reflects on the investigative reporting by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein that led to Nixon's downfall.

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A Top Immigration Judge Calls For Shift On 'Fast-Tracking'

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 5:47pm

A call to stop fast-tracking deportation hearings of unaccompanied minors comes from an unusual source: a judge who says the current practice could lead to many appeals.

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With No Plan From Congress, Homeland Security Improvises

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 3:50pm

More than $400 million is being moved from other programs to keep Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection from running out of money.

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Tea Party Losing Every Senate Battle And Winning The War

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 2:55pm

Meaningful as this rightward shift has been for the GOP and the Senate, the insurgent elements would have preferred to actually knock off a few of their targets.

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