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After 5-Month Delay, Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch For Attorney General

Friday, April 24, 2015

After a long delay and a lot of partisan rancor, much of which had nothing to do with her, the Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch to be the next attorney general. She could be sworn in as early as Monday.

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Morning Edition

As Governors Eye The White House, Home Takes A Back Seat

Friday, April 24, 2015

Governing is messy, but slumping approval ratings for hopefuls like Scott Walker and Chris Christie likely won't have much impact on the presidential contest.

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Morning Edition

Clinton Faces Bad Headlines And More Questions Of Scandal

Friday, April 24, 2015

From questions surrounding the Clinton family foundation to a congressional investigation into Benghazi, Hillary Clinton's campaign is pushing back against allegations of scandal.

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Morning Edition

Has The Senate Found It's More Fun To Be Functional?

Friday, April 24, 2015

If this Senate is getting some traction, it's not yet a threat to anyone's legislative hall of fame. Much higher hurdles loom, including highway funding, spending bills and the debt ceiling.

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Slate Political Gabfest

The "Would You Attend a Gay Wedding?" Edition

Friday, April 24, 2015

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the burgeoning refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East, the uneasy courtship between the Koch Brothers and Gov. Scott Walker, and the upcoming Supreme Court arguments over same-sex marriage.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Smugglers at Sea, Questions of Consent, and Immigrants in a New World

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Takeaway looks at the migrant crisis in Mediterranean through a new lens, we discuss a sexual consent case involving a woman with Alzheimer's, and we remember the Armenian genocide.

On The Media

Narratives of Migration

Friday, April 24, 2015

The latest refugee deaths in the Mediterranean brings this year's death toll to an estimated 1,750. But popular response to the tragedy, especially in the UK, has been mixed. 

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Libyan Migrant Disaster

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Last week, a ship carrying more than 900 migrants capsized off the coast of Libya, killing nearly all aboard. The tragic incident has drawn international attention to the plight of African refugees, thousands of whom die every year attempting to cross the Mediterranean into Europe. Mattathias Schwartz and Jon Lee Anderson join Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the ongoing migrant crisis, its causes and its effects.

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Schoolbook

New York Grants Extension for Teacher Evaluation Phase-In

Thursday, April 23, 2015

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The chancellor of the New York Board of Regents steps in and postpones by a year Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to enact new teacher evaluations by this fall. 
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All Things Considered

Lawmakers Urge Boehner To Act On Obama's Use Of Force Request

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Two months after Congress held hearings on President Obama's proposal for an authorization of military force against the self-declared Islamic State, Congress has done precisely nothing.

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All Things Considered

American Al-Qaida Member Killed In Strike Was Star Of Propaganda Videos

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The White House said Thursday that anti-terror operations inadvertently killed two American members of al-Qaida, Adam Gadahn and Ahmed Farouq, in the Afghan-Pakistan border region.

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All Things Considered

5 Months Later, Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch As Attorney General

Thursday, April 23, 2015

President Obama nominated Loretta Lynch to be his attorney general last November. Five months later, the full Senate finally voted to confirm her nomination Thursday.

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All Things Considered

Clinton Foundation Linked To Russian Effort To Buy Uranium Company

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Jo Becker of The New York Times about Russia's foray into the U.S. uranium market and how the Clinton Foundation may have facilitated and benefited from it.

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All Things Considered

Obama Takes Full Responsibility For Death Of Hostages In U.S. Strike

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The White House disclosed that two hostages, including an American citizen, were killed during a U.S. counterterrorism operation against al-Qaida. It said that two al-Qaida leaders were also killed.

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#TBT: With Year To Go In White House, First Lady Runs For Senate

Thursday, April 23, 2015

It was almost unthinkable at the time, but Hillary Clinton wouldn't be where she is today without taking the bold chance on running for a U.S. Senate seat in a state where she never lived.

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Rubio Takes Up Koch Brothers Charge On Export-Import Bank

Thursday, April 23, 2015

"We're not some sort of developing country," Rubio said Thursday, opposing reauthorization of the agency that helps finance American companies overseas. "We're a developed financial sector."

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Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch For Attorney General

Thursday, April 23, 2015

In one of the most protracted cabinet-level confirmation processes, 10 Republicans joined the chamber's Democrats in a 56 to 43 vote to approve the long-delayed nomination to replace Eric Holder.

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Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch As Attorney General

Thursday, April 23, 2015

After a five-month delay, Lynch will be the first black woman to lead the Justice Department. Now she has to build a relationship with the same Congress that stalled her confirmation.

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The Takeaway

Britain's Political Powerhouse: Nicola Sturgeon

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Nicola Sturgeon, labeled the most powerful woman in the U.K., may tip the balance of power in the U.K. elections on May 7, 2015.

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The Takeaway

White House: American, Italian Hostages Killed in CIA Drone Strike

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dr. Warren Weinstein, an American held by Al Qaeda since 2011, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian national who had been an Al Qaeda hostage since 2012, died in January.

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