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After 4 Years As House Speaker, Boehner Looks Stronger Than Ever

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 4:08am

While John Boehner has held the speaker's gavel, it often looked like members of his caucus were in control. With a gain of more than a dozen GOP seats, Boehner might have some more maneuvering room.

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House, Senate To Vote On Keystone After Landrieu Calls For Vote

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 1:48am

Legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline got new life after Senate Democrats abandoned efforts to block the measure in hopes of helping endangered Sen. Mary Landrieu keep her seat in Louisiana.

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After Solyndra Loss, U.S. Energy Loan Program Turning A Profit

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:03pm

The federal government lost hundreds of millions of dollars when solar panel maker Solyndra and car company Fisker went bankrupt. Now the loan program has made up for early losses and is in the black.

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Mitch McConnell's Mission: Making The Senate Work Again

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 4:44pm

Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell has wanted to be Senate majority leader since grade school. Now, as he starts his sixth term in office, he'll finally get his wish.

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As U.S. Leads Growth, It Wants Others To Step Up

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 4:01pm

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has a message for the leaders of other advanced economies: You have to shape up! The global economy is relying too heavily on just the United States for growth.

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Congress' Newest Members Come To Washington

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:42pm

The newly elected members of Congress arrived in Washington today to begin orientation for their new jobs.

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At The Supreme Court, Tracing A Fine Line Between Politics And Race

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:42pm

On Wednesday, the Justices took up a redistricting case from Alabama that explores the question of which kinds of political gerrymandering are acceptable and which are not.

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Obamacare Architect Apologizes For Remarks On The Law's Passage

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 12:45pm

In a video, economist Jonathan Gruber says "the stupidity of the American voter" was key to the law's passage. He has apologized, but critics say his remarks are an admission of intentional deceit.

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In Alaska's Senate Race, Republican Sullivan Upsets Incumbent

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 8:13am

The late call in Alaska's vote is due to a close margin on Election Day and the time required to collect all the ballots from the state's far-flung polling places.

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Bush 41 And 43 Share Common Enemy: Saddam Hussein

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:59am

Former President George W. Bush discusses with NPR's David Greene how both he and his father, former President George H.W. Bush, waged war against Saddam Hussein, and the state of Iraq today.

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Lame-Duck Congress Gets Back To Work After Midterm Elections

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:59am

On the to-do list is a spending bill to continue government funding past Dec. 11, and a tax bill to preserve some long-standing breaks. First up, are leadership elections.

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Anti-Poverty Groups Prepare For Battles With New Congress

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:59am

They've been fighting to maintain government spending for social services during a tough economy. In January, they'll face an all-Republican Congress, and the likelihood of steeper cuts has increased.

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U.S. Rep. Alma Adams To Be Sworn Into Office

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:59am

Democrat Alma Adams represents North Carolina's 12th congressional district. Steve Inskeep talks to her about her new position, she had served in North Carolina's General Assembly for 20 years.

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Supreme Court Case Seeks Source Of Alabama Gerrymandering

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 11:03pm

The Court is being asked to decide whether a 2010 state legislative redistricting in Alabama overloaded some districts with black Democrats on the basis of race or party.

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Affordable Care Act Has Many Political And Legal Challenges Ahead

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 3:16pm

The federal health exchange website is live this week for window shopping and people will begin to purchase new health insurance there on Saturday. But the Affordable Care Act still has many political and legal challenges ahead.

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GOP Majority Also Brings New Leadership On Key Committees

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 3:16pm

With every new Congress, power ebbs and flows for certain states. Some, like Michigan, will see a significant loss of congressional clout. Other states, like Texas, could see a surge of power.

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Rand Paul's Kentucky Problem

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 8:36am

The Republican senator, a top 2016 presidential prospect, is up against a state law that prevents him from running for re-election and president simultaneously.

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Politics And A Food Fight Are Stalling A Major U.S.-Asia Trade Deal

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 6:03am

Supporters of expanded trade with Asian nations hoped this week would bring completion of a major deal, but U.S. and Japanese negotiators — and Obama and congressional Republicans — still don't agree.

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