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McConnell's Call For 'Regular Order' May Not Mean What It Used To

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 9:56am

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to restore "regular order" to the Senate, making it more bipartisan and productive. Five weeks into the new session, the dream remains elusive.

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Potential Candidates Suffer From Measles: The Week In Politics

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 6:34am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with political correspondent Mara Liasson about the politics of vaccines, the budget, and what three Obama officials are leaving the White House means for the administration.

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Week In Politics: Prayer Breakfast, Ukraine, Measles

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 3:09pm

E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times discuss President Obama's prayer breakfast, politicians weighing in on arming Ukraine and measles immunizations.

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UNCF CEO: Obama's Community College Plan A 'Blunt Instrument'

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 3:09pm

Robert Siegel speaks with UNCF (formerly the United Negro College Fund) CEO Dr. Michael Lomax about President Obama's recent announcement to make community college free for all Americans.

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Polarization Vortex: Obama, Bush Approval Shows Widest Partisan Gap

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 2:57pm

The ratings for the two most recent presidents had the biggest split between Republicans and Democrats.

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Outrage Over Government's Animal Experiments Leads To USDA Review

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 11:07am

Lawmakers also introduced a bill to strengthen laws protecting farm animals used in research. Both moves come out of a New York Times investigation of animal suffering at a federal research center.

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Kansas Will Cut Education Funding To Help Close Budget Gap

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 9:25am

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, whose aggressive tax cutting measures helped trigger the financial crisis, said the schools' funding levels are unsustainable.

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Why Should We Treat Violence Like A Contagious Disease?

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 7:44am

While looking at the problem of gun violence, Dr. Gary Slutkin wondered — what if it could be treated like a communicable disease? His program, Cure Violence, aims to do just that, with real results.

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What's The Antidote To Political Apathy?

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 7:44am

Activist Dave Meslin says even though we're apathetic about local politics, we're hardly sloths.

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Senate Hearing Learns Of No Clear Plan To Close Guantanamo

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 4:02am

More than 100 detainees remain locked up at the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. President Obama wants Guantanamo closed, but no solution is yet in sight to close it.

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Out Of The Shadows, TV Star Shines A Light On Immigration

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 2:57am

Actress Diane Guerrero now stars on shows Jane the Virgin and Orange is the New Black. But when she was a teenager, her parents were deported. She tells Michel Martin how it shaped her life.

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In 'Red Notice,' Success Draws Treachery, Tragedy In Putin's Russia

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 5:19pm

Robert Siegal talks to Bill Browder, an American financier who was expelled from post-Soviet Russia, and saw an attempt to claim his company devolve into a deadly bureaucratic and legal farce.

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What's Inside The 28 Most Controversial Pages In Washington?

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 4:33pm

Robert Siegel talks with former Sen. Bob Kerrey about the call for the release of withheld pages from the Congressional Joint Inquiry into intelligence activities leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Obama Condemns 'Horrific Acts' In The Name Of Religion

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 1:06pm

The president said that God never justifies the killing of innocent people. He also referred to the Dalai Lama, who attended the National Prayer Breakfast for the first time, as his "good friend."

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Pope Francis To Address Congress During U.S. Trip, Boehner Says

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 11:29am

House Speaker John Boehner says Francis will address lawmakers on Sept. 24 during his first papal visit to the United States.

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5 Things The Vaccine Debacle Reveal About The 2016 Presidential Field

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 9:05am

There are some some deep political lessons in how the 2016 hopefuls fumbled the political hot potato.

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FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg To Step Down

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 7:39am

The head of the Food and Drug Administration has been on the job for six years and presided over such controversial decisions as relaxing age restrictions on the Plan B contraceptive.

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Jeb Bush Tests Political Waters In Detroit

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 4:04am

In his first major speech of the year, Jeb Bush seemed very much a candidate road testing a message that will be the centerpiece of a bid for the White House.

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Supporters Say Imprisoned Nun Is Being Held In 'Unfair' Conditions

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 3:03am

Megan Rice, an 85-year-old Catholic nun and anti-nuclear activist, is at a crowded facility in Brooklyn. Her friends warn of deplorable conditions there including a lack of health care.

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Stuck In Traffic? It's Likely To Be Worse In 30 Years, Report Says

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 3:03am

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx talks about the challenges facing America's transportation system, and why he says the country needs to invest much more in it.

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