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Japan's Abe Pushes The Pacific Trade Deal Onto Center Stage

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 4:01pm

The Japanese prime minister used his time in the spotlight in Washington to promote the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying it would create both prosperity and peace. Democrats remain skeptical.

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Supreme Court Gay Marriage Remarks Show Outdated Definition Of Parents

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 3:58pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Joanna L. Grossman, professor of family law at Hofstra University, who says the arguments on gay marriage shed light on outdated ideas about family formation.

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Baltimore City Council President: 'I Don't Condone' Rioting, Looting

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 3:23pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks to Bernard C. "Jack" Young, Baltimore City Council president, about his response to the violence this week and what the city can do to address underlying issues.

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2016 Race Collides With Baltimore Unrest

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:53pm

Hillary Clinton told an audience in New York the criminal justice system is "out of balance" and Rand Paul attributed the violence to "the lack of a sort of moral code in our society."

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Watch: The Same-Sex-Marriage Arguments In 4 Minutes

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 9:50am

Want to catch up on the same-sex-marriage arguments before the Supreme Court? NPR's Nina Totenberg and Tom Goldstein of SCOTUS Blog are here to help.

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What Do Millennials Want?

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 9:13am

A new poll finds a majority of young Americans don't feel politically engaged and nearly half lack confidence in the justice system.

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Baltimore Mayor Under Intense Scrutiny Following Street Violence

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 4:03am

Some people think Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has been too detached from the city's poorest residents — despite her background as a public defender.

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GOP Measure Would Make It Harder For Obama To Empty Guantanamo

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 4:03am

One of President Obama's first promises in office was to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba. Congress, however, is trying to shut down the effort to empty the camp of all its inmates.

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After Botched Executions, Supreme Court Weighs Lethal Drug Cocktail

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 4:00am

Manufacturers have refused to provide one of three drugs used for lethal injection, so Oklahoma switched to another drug. But critics say midazolam doesn't work well to render prisoners unconscious.

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Florida's Legislature Quits Early, At Impasse Over Medicaid Expansion

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 2:54am

Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Scott sued the federal government Tuesday, accusing it of coercing Florida to accept the expansion, or lose funding for other health programs for the poor.

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Obama Confident In Asia Trade Pact, But Track Record For Deals Is Spotty

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 2:52am

Following a South Korean trade pact in 2012, the U.S. deficit with that country widened by 80 percent. But some argue that if the U.S. doesn't create trade rules, there won't be any.

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Justices Deeply Divided Over Same-Sex Marriage Arguments

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 6:13pm

Justice Kennedy, seen as the determinative vote in the same-sex marriage cases before the Supreme Court, was very tough on gay marriage advocates.

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Union Head Presses Candidates, Clinton, On Trade

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 4:56pm

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, said presidential candidates can't "hedge their bets" when it comes to trade. But that's exactly what Hillary Clinton has done so far.

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Vatican Hosts Climate Change Conference Ahead Of Papal Encyclical

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 3:27pm

Pope Francis wants world leaders to work together to enact laws that will slow or stop emissions that fuel climate change. He is expected to deliver a papal encyclical in June highlighting environmental degradation and the effect of climate change on the poor. The Vatican held a one-day conference on climate change Tuesday.

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'No Excuse' For Violence In Baltimore, Obama Says

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 3:27pm

President Obama called the perpetrators of the violence "criminals" during a joint news conference with the Japanese prime minister Tuesday. He said their actions obscured peaceful protests.

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Panned When It First Came Out, The Clinton Logo Is Saying Something Now

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 10:29am

The Democratic presidential candidate's campaign logo was snickered at. But it's shown versatility, morphing to include backgrounds of Iowa, New Hampshire and, on Tuesday, to support gay marriage.

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Did You Know It's Legal In Most States To Discriminate Against LGBT People?

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 10:26am

The Supreme Court debates same-sex marriage Tuesday. But in many states, a person can marry someone of the same gender and still be fired for being gay.

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Record Number Of Amicus Briefs Filed In Same-Sex-Marriage Cases

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 4:00am

This week's same-sex-marriage cases at the Supreme Court brought in a record number of friend-of-the–court briefs. But truth be told, the justices do not read all of these briefs.

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Fact Check: Is The Clinton Foundation 'The Most Transparent'?

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 5:30pm

Since Hillary Clinton launched her presidential run, her family's foundation has been scrutinized. The Clintons responded, calling it the most transparent organization of its kind. But is that true?

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3 Reasons Republicans Might Cheer A Pro-Gay-Marriage Ruling

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 5:18pm

The Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex-marriage bans Tuesday. And even though Republicans are the traditional-marriage party, they just could welcome a pro-same-sex marriage ruling.

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