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Expect Taxes, Economy To Top Obama's State Of The Union

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 3:57pm

President Obama will deliver his sixth State of the Union address to Congress and the nation on Tuesday night. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with senior Washington editor Ron Elving about what to expect.

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Delegation Of Congressional Democrats Visits Cuba

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 2:26pm

The group of four senators and two congressional representatives will meet with members of the Cuban government in hopes of enhancing cooperation between the long-time adversaries.

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Republican Leaders Dismiss Obama's Tax Proposal As 'Not Serious'

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 11:23am

House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others have rebuffed the president's plan to cut taxes for middle income earners by raising them on the wealthiest Americans.

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Obama's Trouble Articulating The State Of The Economy

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 8:05am

It's easy to give a rousing State of the Union speech when the economy is doing well, but Obama has had a hard time hitting the right note in years when the country was hurting.

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State Of The Union Is Obama's Big Chance To Frame The Debate

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 6:40am

During his State of the Union address, President Obama will announce a plan to help the middle class and raise taxes on the wealthy. NPR's Mara Liasson previews the speech with NPR's Rachel Martin.

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An Early Lineup Emerges For 2016 Presidential Race

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 6:30am

The 2016 Republican presidential field is getting crowded. Is the Democratic field already filled by one? NPR's Scott Simon talks presidential politics with politics editor Ron Elving.

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Obama, Cameron Promise To Cooperate On Cybersecurity

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 3:26pm

President Obama hosted British Prime Minister David Cameron at the White House on Friday.

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Republican Lawmakers Retreat Great For Face Time, But Divisions Remain

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 3:26pm

House and Senate Republicans spoke of the opportunity to talk with members of the opposite chamber and hear their views. But they remain divided on issues like immigration.

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Head Of Medicare, Who Oversaw Obamacare Rollout, Will Step Down

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 9:11am

Marilyn Tavenner said she was stepping down in February. She joined the Obama administration in 2010 and oversaw the problematic rollout of President Obama's signature domestic program.

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Iowa's Sen. Ernst Grabs Spotlight That's Often Proven Too Hot

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 9:06am

As often as not, the opportunity to speak right after the president has been the kiss of death for aspiring politicians — especially for the GOP during the Obama years.

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Saudis Postpone 2nd Round Of Public Flogging For Jailed Blogger Raif Badawi

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 8:44am

A doctor who examined Badawi found his wounds from last Friday's public flogging hadn't healed and he would be unable to withstand another round. The punishment could be carried out next Friday.

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Obama Urges Congress To Make Paid Sick Leave Mandatory

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:10am

President Obama says employers should offer more generous leave policies, including paid sick leave for the 43 million American workers who don't have it. Obama is urging Congress to require that.

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Conservative Koch Brothers' Group Puts Congressional GOP On Notice

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 4:04pm

Americans for Prosperity set out its own agenda for congressional Republicans, including a call to build the Keystone XL pipeline and repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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White House Starts Chipping Away At U.S. Embargo On Cuba

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 3:46pm

The Obama administration is following through on its pledge to ease travel and trade restrictions on Cuba. The Treasury and Commerce Departments say the new rules they have just issued go into effect on Friday. Critics of the administration, though, are questioning the legality of the moves.

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New Texas Governor Adds To Tension Between State, City Governments

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 3:45pm

There's growing tension between the state government and big cities in Texas. Republicans in the statehouse are chaffing at moves by municipal governments in large cities and are crying foul.

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Senate Republicans Move To Block Further Transfers From Gitmo

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 3:41pm

As part of a renewed push by the Obama administration to empty the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the transfer of five more detainees to other countries was announced on Wednesday night. All five are citizens of Yemen, where the local branch of al-Qaida is claiming responsibility for last week's attacks in Paris. Senior Republican senators introduced legislation this week blocking such transfers. They say releasing the prisoners lets them return to the battlefield.

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Obama Shifts Federal Sick-Leave Rules, Urges Congress To Follow

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 3:21pm

Federal workers can take an advance of up to six weeks of sick leave under a new policy unveiled Thursday. The White House is urging Congress to make paid sick leave mandatory.

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How Orwell's 'Animal Farm' Led A Radical Muslim to Moderation

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 1:05pm

When Maajid Nawaz was 16, he joined a radical Islamist group. After four years in prison in Egypt, he decided to leave it. "I'm very, very lucky to have been able to get through it," he says.

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4 Guantanamo Detainees Transferred To Oman, 1 To Estonia

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 9:23am

The transfers, announced late Wednesday, bring to 122 the number of detainees who remain at Guantanamo Bay. The move comes amid GOP opposition, citing security, to freeing prisoners from the facility.

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Romney Comments Add To Speculation On GOP Presidential Race

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 4:12am

The latest person to seriously consider throwing his hat in the ring is Mitt Romney, who had said he would not run again. What does his apparent change of heart mean for the GOP nominating battle?

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