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Despite An Economy On The Rise, American Paychecks Remain Stuck

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 2:53pm

NPR's "Day 1" series looks at major issues the next president will face in office. One issue is that Americans still aren't seeing big raises, even though the job market is slowly recovering.

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Just How Big Is The Asia Trade Deal Obama Wants? It's A Beast

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 8:03am

The 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership President Obama wants to get done account for almost 36 percent of world's economy, which would be by far the largest U.S. trade pact.

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With New Look And More Energy, Rick Perry Tries To Move Past 'Oops'

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:03am

Do the glasses make the man? Four years ago, then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential run was derailed by one word — oops. He admits now he wasn't healthy then, and he's trying to make up for it.

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Canada Cuts Down On Red Tape. Could It Work In The U.S.?

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:03am

Canada says it's the first country with a law that eliminates one regulation for every new measure that's adopted. The One-for-One Rule is designed to ease the burden on businesses.

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Oklahoma Lawmakers Pass Measure Preventing Local Fracking Bans

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:03am

Oklahoma's governor is deciding whether to sign a bill that prevents communities from banning fracking and other oil and gas activity. Lawmakers were spooked by a voter-approved fracking ban in Texas.

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Former Texas Gov. Perry Prepares To Announce Presidential Bid

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:03am

Haunted by memories of his debate debacle four years ago, Rick Perry says he's healthier and better prepared this time. Last week, the Republican was in Iowa drumming up support for another campaign.

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Obama Administration Forced To Defend Strategy Against ISIS In Iraq

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 4:03am

On this Memorial Day, the Obama administration finds itself defending its foreign policy strategy in Iraq where the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has captured the city of Ramadi.

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Senate Blocks Measures To Extend NSA Data Collection

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 6:54am

The Senate worked late into the night but was not able to figure out what to do about expiring provisions in the Patriot Act that authorize the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records.

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Senate Blocks Bill To End Government Collection Of Phone Records

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 2:35am

The Senate worked late into the night but failed to agree on extending government surveillance programs under the USA Patriot Act before adjourning for the Memorial Day holiday.

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Senate Blocks Patriot Act Extension

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 12:15am

The Senate struggled to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, rejecting both a House-passed bill and a short-term extension of the USA Patriot Act.

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Fast-Track Trade Authority, A Step Toward Asia Deal, Passes Full Senate

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 8:11pm

The bill still must clear the House. The measure would clear the way for President Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is unpopular with labor groups and some Democrats.

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Politics Rewind: The First Cut Is The Deepest

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 3:50pm

GOP presidential debate rules will exclude many candidates or relegate them to a second-tier debate, but nobody wants to be playing in the NIT while the big dogs are in the NCAA tournament.

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Week In Politics: U.S. Policy On Islamic State, 2016 Presidential Race

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 3:22pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Ramesh Ponnuru of the National Review about U.S. policy on the self-declared Islamic State and the 2016 presidential race.

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State Department Releases First Set Of Clinton Emails

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 3:22pm

The State Department released the first batch of emails from when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state on Friday. They relate to Benghazi, Libya, and have already been reviewed by a Congressional panel looking into the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate there.

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Obama Faces Criticism For Light Footprint Strategy Against Islamic State

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 3:16pm

President Obama says the U.S. is not losing the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq, but his strategy has come under criticism after the fall of Ramadi.

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Here's Where Hillary Clinton Gave Her Controversial Foundation Speeches

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 1:49pm

Her speeches were delivered largely at universities and on Wall Street, which has already made them sources of controversy for the 2016 presidential candidate.

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Irish Voters Decide Whether To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 6:15am

Polls show the "yes" vote is stronger in the conservative, predominately Catholic country. But public opinion surveys could be masking a "shy no vote," observers say.

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Congressional Stalemate Threatens To Kill Phone Data Program

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:01am

Congress continues to debate the USA Patriot Act. A key provision allowing the bulk collection of Americans' phone records expires at the end of the month.

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Millions Of Dollars In Speech Fees Support Clinton Foundation

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 9:10pm

Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton charge hundreds of thousands of dollars to talk to banks, universities and other groups, and give the proceeds to the family's philanthropic foundation.

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Bulk Collection Debate Highlights Need To Revise Patriot Act

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:05pm

NPR's Audie Cornish interviews Kim Zetter, a senior staff reporter at Wired magazine, who says the debate in Congress over the NSA's bulk collection program shows the Patriot Act needs to be revised.

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