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151 Years Later, Pickett's Charge Hero Gets Medal of Honor

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 8:53am

Wisconsin native Lt. Alonzo Cushing's award caps a nearly three-decade campaign to get the Civil War battle honor through Congress.

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It Might Sound Stupid, But Maybe It Isn't The Economy This Time

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 8:21am

An oft-repeated bit of campaign advice held that, "It's the economy, stupid." But maybe in this mid-term election cycle, that's not quite right.

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A Political Family, Funding And Running On Both Sides Of The Aisle

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 2:15am

The wealthy Ricketts family includes conservatives and a liberal, activists and a candidate. Between them, they raise and spend a lot of political money — and exemplify how the system has changed.

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Guantanamo Defense Lawyer Resigns, Says U.S. Case Is 'Stacked'

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 4:25pm

One of the lawyers for self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed resigned from the Army last week. He tells NPR the government is putting on a "show trial."

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Obama Faces Hard Decisions On Syria, Immigration

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 6:46am

Immigration remains one of the most challenging issues for President Obama. Political correspondent Mara Liasson discusses the political cost of the choices before him with NPR's Linda Wertheimer.

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Rick Perry's Legal Trouble: The Line Between Influence And Coercion

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 11:19am

The Texas governor is charged with abuse of office and coercing a public official, but he claims he was just doing what governors do: Vetoing a budget item.

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Federal Judge Blocks Texas Restriction On Abortion Clinics

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 9:22pm

Requiring every center that performs abortions to meet all the standards of a surgical center is excessively restrictive, said the federal district court judge who blocked that state rule Friday.

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McConnell's Campaign Manager Resigns To Avoid Being 'Distraction'

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 7:27pm

There's an investigation into a payoff scheme before the 2012 presidential caucuses in Iowa. Jesse Benton says suggestions of his involvement are inaccurate and politically motivated.

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Legal Questions Loom As Obama Weighs Military Action In Syria

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:42pm

The Obama administration is considering whether to broaden its air campaign against the extremist group the Islamic State by striking targets in Syria.

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Climate Policy Takes The Stage In Fla. Governor's Race

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:07pm

Rick Scott, Florida's GOP governor, has come under criticism for his record on the environment. Now, he's rolling out his own proposals for safeguarding the state's water and wildlife preserves.

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Week In Politics: Ukraine And The Islamic State

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:07pm

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the latest in Ukraine and the actions of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

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Texas Voter ID Law Goes To Trial

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:46pm

A federal court will hear a challenge to the Texas voter ID law next week. It's an important and closely watched voting rights case that could end up in the Supreme Court.

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The Most Bizarre Bits To Come Out Of The Trial Of Virginia's Ex-Governor

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:02pm

At issue are serious allegations of corruption, but the trial has also unveiled some unfortunate details of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's personal life.

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Rep. Ryan Calls For 'Culture Of Inclusion' To Tackle Poverty

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:33am

Congressman and former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan discusses his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.

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Michel Martin Goes #BeyondFerguson

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:58pm

NPR and St. Louis Public Radio are in Ferguson, Mo., today for a community conversation about race and law enforcement. Follow here or join us on Twitter at 7 p.m. ET to discuss #BeyondFerguson.

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Obama Weighs Possible Immigration Orders — And Their Political Ripples

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:11pm

President Obama is preparing to issue new executive orders on immigration. The White House is considering a wide range of actions, one of which could provide temporary work permits for people who are in the country illegally but still meet certain criteria.

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Survey: Americans Are Grumpy About The Economy

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:01am

A new survey by Rutgers University found two out of three Americans felt no improvement in the last year. And only about one in four expect things to get better in the year to come.

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Colo. Democrats Bet On Immigration To Boost Udall's Re-Election Bid

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:01am

Sen. Mark Udall's campaign has been hitting Republican Rep. Cory Gardner hard on the issue, and the state's Latino community is once again thought to be the constituency that could decide the race.

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Rep. Ryan Cautions Obama Not To Issue Immigration Executive Order

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:01am

Steve Inskeep talks to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan about the prospects for an immigration bill. On Friday, Morning Edition will talk to Ryan about his ideas for fighting poverty.

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Former Border Protection Insider Alleges Corruption, Distortion In Agency

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 2:47am

James Tomsheck was pushed out of his job as internal affairs chief for Customs and Border Protection in June. He warns the agency has become a paramilitary organization with little accountability.

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