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Australia Allegedly Paid Smugglers To Reverse Boat Of Indonesian Migrants

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:07pm

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Hugh de Kretser, director of the Melbourne-based Human Rights Law Center, about allegations that the government paid smugglers to take the boat back to Indonesia.

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Changing Demographics Influenced Shift In Southern Political Landscape

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:07pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Bruce Oppenheimer, a professor at Vanderbilt University, about the changing demographics and politics of the South after the Charleston, S.C., shooting.

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Senate Passes Fast-Track Trade Legislation 60-38

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 3:50pm

The vote is a victory for President Obama, giving him final approval of legislation that enhances his power to negotiate trade deals.

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Federal Employees Criticize Government Response To Massive Data Breach

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 3:28pm

Federal workers are furious after the huge data breach of sensitive information. Some complain letters are going to the wrong name or address, compounding their anger over government incompetence.

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Mother Of Son Who Was Held Hostage: 'I Was Very Moved By The President'

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 3:28pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Nancy Curtis about the changes to U.S. policy on American hostages. Curtis' son, Theo Padnos, was held hostage in Syria for two years until he was released last August.

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Obama Announces Change In U.S. Policy On American Hostages

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 3:28pm

President Obama announced Wednesday changes to U.S. government policy regarding Americans taken hostage overseas. Among the changes, families of hostages will no longer be subject to criminal prosecution if they decide to pay ransom to hostage takers.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Announces Presidential Run

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 2:08pm

Jindal joins a crowded Republican field, and polls show him trailing the other presidential hopefuls.

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This Quirky New Hampshire Law Might Keep Bernie Sanders Off The Ballot

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 11:47am

Since the Vermont independent isn't a registered Democrat — and has never run as a Democrat before — there are questions as to whether he can run in the state where his poll numbers are surging.

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U.S. Clarifies Hostage Policy, Saying It Won't Prosecute Families Over Ransom

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 11:22am

The Obama administration says the U.S. will continue to try to prevent hostage situations — and the Justice Department says it "does not intend to add to families' pain" if they pay ransoms.

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Hillary Clinton's 3-Word Gaffe: 'All Lives Matter'

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 11:08am

Speaking about her mother at a church on Tuesday, Clinton said what had kept her mother going was "kindness along the way from someone who believed she mattered. All lives matter."

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5 Things You Should Know About Bobby Jindal

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 6:03am

Once seen as a rising star in the GOP, the 44-year-old Indian-American has seen his presidential hopes dim even before he gets in, as he's expected to do.

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Clinton Makes A Stop In Missouri; Discusses Race Near Riot-Torn Ferguson

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:09am

Hillary Clinton is leaning into the conversation on race following the S.C. church shootings by going to Florissant, Mo., which borders Ferguson. As a presidential candidate the move brings some risk.

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Senate Votes To Push Forward White House Trade Plans

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 3:29pm

The Senate cleared a big hurdle Tuesday in an elaborate plan crafted by Republican leaders to get President Obama what he wants on trade, despite significant opposition from Democrats. The plan is based on promises and hinges on trust, so it could still fall apart.

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S.C. Lawmakers Vote To Consider Removing Confederate Flag

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 3:29pm

The South Carolina House has approved a measure that allows them to consider removing the Confederate flag from the State House grounds. Legislators convened a session Tuesday to pass a state budget.

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Mississippi Residents Debate Confederate Flag's Place On State Flag

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 3:29pm

The debate over Confederate flags is moving quickly Tuesday. Hundreds rallied in South Carolina calling to take down the Confederate flag that flies in front of the State House. Virginia's governor announced Tuesday he's begun the process to remove the flag from Virginia license plates. In Mississippi, where the old Confederate battle flag is part of the state flag, there was debate Tuesday about its future.

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Senate Votes To Advance The White House Trade Agenda

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 12:41pm

The 60-37 vote clears away procedural hurdles for legislation that would allow the president to negotiate trade pacts and then put them on a so-called fast track through Congress.

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Obama Administration To Shift Ransom-For-Hostages Rules

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 12:08pm

While the Obama administration maintains it will not negotiate with terrorists, it will allow families to negotiate on their own for release of their children taken hostage.

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Republicans Don't Have A Plan Yet To Replace Obamacare Subsidies

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 11:23am

If the Supreme Court finds health care subsidies unconstitutional, conservatives will boast a win over Obamacare. But Republicans face a challenge — many of their constituents are getting subsidies.

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Airlines Vs. Airports: A Dogfight Over Fees Imposed On Fliers

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 10:36am

Airports want Congress to raise passenger fees to pay for improvements, but airlines say the move would hit passengers in the pocketbook and might discourage people from flying.

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S.C. Governor Calls For Removal Of State Capitol's Confederate Flag

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 4:02am

Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday called for the Confederate flag to be removed from the state capitol, following the shooting last week at the historic black church in Charleston. Nine people died.

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