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In Politics, Hog Castration Cuts Through The Ad Clutter

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 7:17pm

When you see an ad like those for Joni Ernst, Senate candidate and ex-hog castrator, you're viewing a message meant to grab voters emotionally because that works better than repetition.

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Week In Politics: Obama In Brussels And A Bridge Scandal Report

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 3:00pm

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss President Obama's speech in Brussels and his meeting with Pope Francis.

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Obama Aims To Soothe Strained Relations In Saudi Arabia

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 3:00pm

President Obama met Friday with the king of Saudi Arabia. There's considerable friction in the U.S.-Saudi relationship at the moment, with key differences over Syria and Iran.

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Afghanistan Getting New Leader, But Don't Expect Karzai To Disappear

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 10:54am

Afghanistan could pick a leader to replace Hamid Karzai next week, but Taliban members are ramping up attacks. Al Jazeera's Abderrahim Foukara talks about the elections and the future of Afghanistan.

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House Intelligence Chair Mike Rogers Won't Seek Re-Election

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 7:44am

The Republican congressman from Michigan is going to launch a talk show on the Cumulus radio network. He's been one of the GOP's leading voices on issues related to national security.

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The Pope And The President: Common Ground But A Clear Divide

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 6:01pm

President Obama, once the world leader whose vow of "hope" and "change" excited millions, seemed eclipsed in that department Thursday by Pope Francis.

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Women And Wealth: Local To Global Money Lessons

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 5:31pm

In the weeks leading up to Tax Day on April 15, NPR will explore the topic of women and wealth. The stories and conversations will cover working, investing and sharing lessons about money.

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As Obamacare Deadline Nears, Louisiana Gets Special Attention

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 5:10pm

With enrollment numbers lagging, residents getting bombarded with anti-ACA ads and a close Senate race serving as a backdrop, the state was the focus of a White House conference call Thursday.

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Voting Rights Fight Takes New Direction

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 3:47pm

Voting rights activists say they're seeing a change in the debate this year — fewer new restrictions and, in some places, a hint of bipartisanship.

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Internal Report Clears Christie Of Bridgegate, But Dems Don't Buy It

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 3:00pm

Gov. Chris Christie's administration has released the results of an internal investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closures. The report clears Christie of wrongdoing, but New Jersey Democrats question its validity.

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With $1B In Aid For Ukraine, Congress Puts Money Where Its Mouth Is

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 3:00pm

Congress has approved a billion-dollar aid package for Ukraine. Both chambers voted in favor, two days after Senate Democrats removed a provision to overhaul the International Monetary Fund.

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Congress Approves Ukraine Aid, Sanctions On Russia

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:20pm

The House and Senate have passed versions of a bill to grant $1 billion in loan guarantees to Kiev and impose economic penalties on Moscow for Russia's annexation of Crimea.

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Review Done For Gov. Christie's Office Absolves Him In Bridge Scandal

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:06am

A law firm says its investigation found no evidence that the Republican governor knew beforehand about lane closures that may have been aimed at hurting a Democratic mayor.

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Obama Lays Out His Plan To Have Telecoms Store Call Data

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:07am

The president is asking Congress to work with him on a plan to have communications companies hold "metadata." He wants government investigators to have access to the information with court approval.

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'I'm A Great Admirer,' Obama Tells Pope Francis

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 5:45am

The president and pope met for the first time Thursday at the Vatican. While they share views on some issues, the church has some problems with the president's health care program.

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Senator Warns Of A Student Loan Bubble

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 1:56am

Students are taking on record levels of debt to pay for college. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, says it's a drag on the economy and is calling for changes to the federal student loan system.

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Charlotte Mayor Resigns; Accused Of Taking Bribes

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:33am

Patrick Cannon had been in office less than six months. He resigned Wednesday, just hours after he was arrested and accused of taking more than $48,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents.

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For Senate Candidates, It's Gaffe Season

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 6:47pm

If a politician from Iowa is going to commit a gaffe, it's probably best if it doesn't involve farmers. And in Kentucky, stay away from college basketball-related blunders.

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Showing Signs Of Age, Capitol Dome Gets A Face-Lift

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 3:00pm

The best-known symbol of the nation's capital is literally cracking up: The cast-iron dome crowning the U.S. Capitol has more than 1,300 cracks below its layers of lead paint.

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Polygamy May Seem Like A Man's Dream, But Kenyan Women Are Not Happy

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:45am

Kenyan lawmakers recently passed a bill that legalizes polygamy without a wife's consent. Member of Parliament Annah Nyokabi Gathecha explains why she walked out of the voting session.

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