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What To Watch For This Primary Election Season

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Primaries for the 2014 election season are about to kick off. NPR's Jacki Lyden checks in with NPR political editor Charles Mahtesian about the challenges to GOP incumbents from Tea Party candidates.

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5 Years On, Tea Party Patriots 'Making A Difference,' Co-Founder Says

Sunday, March 02, 2014

The Tea Party Patriots, one of the nation's largest Tea Party groups, celebrated its fifth anniversary this past week. NPR's Jacki Lyden speaks with the president and co-founder, Jenny Beth Martin.

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FDA To Increase Access To Generic Morning-After Pills

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Last July, when the FDA approved unrestricted sale of Plan B One-Step, it also granted the drug's maker three years of protection from generic competition. Now the agency has reconsidered.

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In Drafting A Presidential Budget, Cost May Outweigh Benefit

Sunday, March 02, 2014

The president's budget no longer dictates policy as it once did, but the annual exercise in political theater continues — often receiving more criticism than praise. So what's the value in having it?

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Pakistani Taliban Promise Cease-Fire To Resume Peace Talks

Saturday, March 01, 2014

The offer comes after the break down of talks between Islamabad and the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.

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WNYC News

This Week in Politics: Is Christie Getting his Mojo Back?

Saturday, March 01, 2014

This Week in Politics: Christie's up, and De Blasio gets his first major bill passed.

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Hillary Clinton's Political Acumen And Other Tidbits From New Docs

Friday, February 28, 2014

The new documents from the Clinton Presidential Library shed little new light on the former first lady, but they did provide a flashbacks to the political climate of the period.

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Obama Warns Russia Against Using Force In Ukraine

Friday, February 28, 2014

"Any violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing," President Obama said, urging Russia not to intervene and calling for an end to the recent violence.

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Another Bush Takes Aim At Texas Office And Family Dynasty

Friday, February 28, 2014

George P. Bush is the son of a governor, and grandson and nephew of presidents. On Tuesday, he's running for an elective office in Texas — and there's already talk he has his eye on higher office.

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All Things Considered

Behind The Curtain At The Clinton White House

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Clinton Presidential Library is releasing thousands formerly secret documents that date back to the Clinton presidency. They offer close look at the operations of the Clinton White House.

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All Things Considered

Dingell Dynasty Could Continue In Michigan

Friday, February 28, 2014

In Michigan, Debbie Dingell is announcing that she will run for Congress in the district represented by her husband since 1959. John Dingell recently announced his own retirement.

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All Things Considered

Week In Politics: Ukraine, Ariz. Veto And Obama's Task Force

Friday, February 28, 2014

Our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss Ukraine, the president's new task force and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's veto.

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All Things Considered

'Invisible' Same-Sex Couples Push For Civil Unions In Greece

Friday, February 28, 2014

The LGBT community says Greece is a macho country where being gay means being anti-Greek. Greece currently holds the EU presidency, and activists are using that to spotlight their struggle.

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The Takeaway

How Would You Amend the Constitution?

Friday, February 28, 2014

We've got 27 amendments so far, including the right to free speech and the right to bear arms. Should we add a 28th? What would it look like? Kerry Sautner, vice president of visitor experience and education the National Constitution Center, explains what it takes to get an amendment ratified, and what a 28th Amendment might look like.

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Rep. Keith Ellison Wonders Why 'People Care' About His Muslim Faith

Friday, February 28, 2014

Rep. Keith Ellison didn't expect all the controversy he caused after becoming the first Muslim elected to Congress. He talks about his faith journey in his new book My Country 'Tis of Thee.

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Venezuela Protests Proof President Maduro Lacks Chavez Charisma

Friday, February 28, 2014

Violent protests have filled the streets in Venezuela for the past two weeks. Tell Me More gets the latest from freelance journalist Andrew Rosati in Caracas.

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Should The NFL Police The N-Word?

Friday, February 28, 2014

The National Football League is considering a 15-yard penalty for players using the N-word on the field. The Barbershop guys weigh in on that and other news of week.

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Will President's Initiative Be A 'Game-Changer' For Young Men Of Color?

Friday, February 28, 2014

"My Brother's Keeper" is a new White House initiative designed to help young men of color succeed. Law professor Paul Butler and youth advocate Malik Washington discuss the president's new plan.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Venezuela Protests Chavismo

Friday, February 28, 2014

Context for the current protests in Venezuela, including why they are happening, the media blackout, Cuba's influence on the country and if the protests might bring about some kind of change.

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The Takeaway

Is Policy or Mentorship Needed for Young Men of Color?

Friday, February 28, 2014

Yesterday President Barack Obama announced a new initiative designed to help young men of color. The program, called "My Brother's Keeper," is aimed at cultivating the kind of mentoring that the president believes helped him and will help other young men of color. Lester Spence is a professor of political science and Africana studies at Johns Hopkins University. He says that he appreciates the gesture, but believes the president should be pushing policy to help young men of color—not mentorship.

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