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Loretta Lynch To Get A Senate Vote: The Week In Politics

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 6:35am

Washington Desk editor Ron Elving joins NPR's Scott Simon to discuss the week in politics: Hillary Clinton's email troubles, the Secret Service accident, the Republican senators' letter to Iran, and more.

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Lego Says You Can't Build That — Because Of Politics

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 6:19pm

A proposed set celebrating women of the Supreme Court flunks the company's "Acceptable Project" guidelines, reflecting the view that the high court has become political.

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Who Is Tom Cotton, The Man Behind The Iran Letter?

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 5:28pm

How a freshman senator from Arkansas and military veteran, not seen as a likely future politician, was able to grab the spotlight with a letter to Iran — and got 46 other Republicans to sign on.

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Univision Incident Reignites Questions About Diversity In Latino Media

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 4:45pm

Fashion critic and host Rodner Figueroa has been let go for offensive comments about First Lady Michelle Obama. Critics see the incident as an example of racism in Spanish-language broadcasts.

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President Obama Visits Phoenix Hospital At Center Of VA Crisis

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 4:44pm

President Obama and Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald visit the veterans hospital in Phoenix Friday to announce a new outside advisory committee to help the VA with customer service.

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Tom Cotton: The Freshman Senator Behind The Iran Letter

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 4:04pm

Freshman Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, who has been in office barely two months, penned an open letter to Iranian leaders this week that 47 Republican senators signed.

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Israeli Politician Changed Her Mind On Palestinian Conflict

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 3:54pm

NPR's Steve Inskeep profiles the right-wing Israeli politician Anat Roth. Over the last 20 years, she has gone from campaigning for a Palestinian state in the West Bank to now advocating that Israel annex much of that land for itself.

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Federal Government, States Battle Over Safety Of Powdered Alcohol

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 3:54pm

Two-thirds of American adults say they drink alcohol, at least on occasion. Now, an Arizona man hopes to make it easier for people to imbibe. The federal government has given its blessing — for now — to powdered alcohol. But even before the product goes to market, some states have banned it. And at least one U.S. Senator has pledged to pursue a ban nationwide.

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The Rules Don't Apply To Hillary Clinton...Or Any Of The Other Un-Candidates

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 2:44pm

A unanimous ruling from the Federal Election Commission reaffirms that Hillary Clinton is, in fact, not a candidate for president — yet.

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Obama 'Embarrassed' for Republicans Who Wrote Iran Letter

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 1:14pm

In two interviews, President Barack Obama weighs in on controversies over the letter 47 Republicans wrote to the leaders of Iran and Hillary Clinton's use of a private email account.

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Utah's Governor Signs LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 4:12am

The bill was endorsed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The law includes protections in areas of housing and employment. It also contains some exemptions for religious groups.

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How The Iran Letter Is Playing In The 2016 Campaign

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 5:27pm

Republican presidential contenders are backing the letter 47 GOP senators wrote to Iran.

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Obama, Unions On Opposite Sides Of The (Fast) Track For Trade Deals

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 4:09pm

Labor groups, which have been allies of President Obama, are now stepping up their efforts to thwart White House plans for passing foreign trade deals on a "fast track" through Congress.

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A Craft Beer Tax Battle Is Brewing On Capitol Hill

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 3:51pm

Craft beer is a rapidly-growing industry and Washington lawmakers have noticed. Two proposed bills would lower the federal excise tax for small brewers.

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Hillary Clinton's Privacy Problem

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 3:36pm

"I've always believed in a zone of privacy," Clinton once said. Her use of a personal email account while secretary of state is just the latest example trying to defend that zone.

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Secret Service Scandals Continue After Agents Crash Car Into White House Barricade

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 3:34pm

Still recovering from a spate of scandals including a fence jumper who made it into the White House, the Secret Service now has a new issue to tackle. Two senior officers crashed a government car into a White House security barricade last week. They were allowed to go home, even though they had been drinking at a party that night.

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Utah LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill Includes Religious Exemptions

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 3:34pm

The governor of Utah is expected to sign an LGBT anti-discrimination bill into law Thursday, which includes protections related to housing and employment. It also has exemptions for religious groups.

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Sen. Mikulski To Spend Rest Of Her Term 'Sizzling With Advocacy'

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 4:04am

Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland recently announced she will not seek re-election in 2016. Renee Montagne talks to Mikulski about her long career and why she's retiring now.

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GOP, Cautious Of War Weariness, Takes Hard Line On Foreign Policy

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 4:04am

With troubling news from overseas dominating the American political debate, Republicans and their potential candidates for president are taking a tough stand on foreign policy.

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Congressional Approval For Military Fight Against ISIS Faces Uphill Battle

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 4:04am

President Obama has asked Congress to give him a new resolution authorizing military force so the U.S. can fight the self-described Islamic State, also known as ISIS, across the Middle East.

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