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Conservative Victory Moves U.K. Closer To EU Exit

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 3:30pm

The dramatic Conservative Party victory in Thursday's British elections raises the question of whether the U.K. will vote to leave the European Union. Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to let British voters decide whether to stay in the EU.

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Justice Dept. Hopes Police Investigation Will Create A 'Stronger' Baltimore

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 3:15pm

Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that an investigation into the city's police department will focus on allegations of excessive force, unlawful searches and discriminatory policing.

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#NPRReads: Gambling In The Bible Belt

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 2:52pm

Also in this week's #NPRReads, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's elementary school teacher recalls the Boston bomber, a profile of Ohio's governor, Judaism in South Dakota and putting a face on the refugee crisis.

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Would More Trade Help The Job Market Run Faster Or Trip It Up?

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 2:33pm

Friday's jobs report showed tepid wage growth in April. Hours after its release, President Obama gave a speech arguing that a new trade deal would strengthen the labor market. Opponents disagree.

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Would Lower Shoe Tariffs Actually Encourage American Jobs?

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 1:52pm

Nike says lower tariffs in a proposed Asia-Pacific trade deal would allow it to support thousands of domestic jobs. But the potential relief is a fraction of current footwear tariffs.

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Senate OKs Congressional Oversight Of Iran Nuclear Deal

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 6:58am

The measure would allow Congress to review and potentially reject a nuclear deal with Iran. Steve Inskeep talks to Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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N.H. Gov. Hassan Unlikely To Back Decriminalizing Small Amount Of Pot

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 4:04am

New Hampshire is the only state in New England not to have decriminalized small amounts of marijuana, but a proposal before state lawmakers there could change that.

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What Eye Contact — And Dogs — Can Teach Us About Civility In Politics

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 4:00am

Don't look at me! In Minnesota, lawmakers are banned from making eye contact during debate. The idea is it leads to more civility. But does it? And what can animal science teach us about it?

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17 Months Before Election Day, One Campaign Aims For $100 Million

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 3:37am

The lofty target for the superPAC of not-quite-a-candidate Jeb Bush is one more sign of the cash gusher — and legal gray areas — opened up by recent campaign finance decisions.

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Baltimore Police Will Be Target Of Broad Justice Department Inquiry

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 9:34pm

Following the death of Freddie Gray, the city's mayor and Maryland's congressional delegations had asked the federal agency to look for possible discriminatory practices by local law enforcement.

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Polls Close In Tight British Election, Show Lead For Conservative Party

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 4:49pm

Most analysts are predicting a lead for the Conservatives in Thursday's U.K. general election. But the closeness of the election might leave Britain facing a period of coalition building.

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Congress Temporarily Renews Funding Program For Rural Schools

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 3:30pm

Rural counties and school districts can now breathe a sigh of relief. Federal money for schools to offset the loss of tax revenue from nontaxable federal lands expired last September. The fix was tucked into another bill, but it's only temporary.

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Appeals Court Rules NSA's Bulk Collection Program Is Illegal

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 3:30pm

The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records — which was revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden — is illegal. Last week the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would end bulk collection.

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New Public-Corruption Chief Vows To Not Shy Away

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 3:29pm

Raymond Hulser, the new chief of the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section, said his unit is committed to prosecuting "important and tough" cases cases and bringing them to trial.

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Senate Votes For Congressional Oversight Of Iran Nuclear Deal

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 2:06pm

The measure, which now goes to the House for consideration, enjoyed overwhelming bipartisan support, passing by a 98-1 vote.

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China, India Surpass Mexico As Leading Sources Of New Immigrants To U.S.

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 1:37pm

A surge from Asia, and a decline in new arrivals from Mexico, change the outlook for U.S. demographics.

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China, India Surpass Mexico As Leading Sources Of New Immigrants To US

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 1:37pm

Surge from Asia, and a decline in new arrivals from Mexico, change outlook for US demographics.

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#TBT: Fiorina's 'Demon Sheep' Went Down In Political Ad Infamy

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 1:19pm

Carly Fiorina's presidential launch this week was rather calm compared to her first bid for office five years ago, which gave us one of the most bizarre political ads of all time.

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Meet The Tea Party's New Favorite Candidate

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 5:03am

Tea Party Republicans are trying to make a comeback and have found one candidate to get behind for the Senate in 2016 — Florida's Ron DeSantis, a former JAG Corps lawyer and Yale baseball captain.

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A Long Way From Wax Cylinders, Library Of Congress Slowly Joins The Digital Age

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 4:01am

Through the library's website, you listen to the recording of a former slave and millions of other items. But critics say the library needs to move more aggressively to adjust to the digital age.

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