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Why The Benghazi Committee Is A Rare Win-Win-Win For Congress

Friday, May 09, 2014

The committee helps House Speaker John Boehner, the Tea Party wing that distrusts Boehner — and maybe even Democrats.

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U.S. Spinmeisters Gear Up For Big Election ... Britain's Election

Friday, May 09, 2014

Britain has a national election next year, and both leading parties have hired U.S. campaign advisers who played prominent roles in President Obama's victories.

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Latest Partisan Flashpoint: GOP Benghazi Fundraising

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Raising money after tragedy isn't new. But the latest dust-up comes as both parties try to energize their grass-roots supporters with control of Capitol Hill in the balance.

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Democrats Play Wait-And-See On Benghazi Panel

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Despite a call from some to boycott the GOP's newest Benghazi probe, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats aren't going that far — yet.

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Boehner Mocks GOP Colleagues For Immigration Fears

Friday, April 25, 2014

Back home in his Ohio district, Speaker John Boehner had fun at the expense of fellow House Republicans who are reluctant — or afraid — to tackle an immigration overhaul.

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Out Of Clout: Some States Brace For Washington Power Outage

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A handful of states are about to lose decades of clout and seniority in Congress. Which one will be hardest hit of all?

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Are Democrats Trying To Energize The Base With The Race Card?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Top Democrats have said recently that some GOP opposition to President Obama and his agenda is based on race. It's an explosive message that might drive Democratic voters to the polls.

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Obama: Your Question, Ms. Keith?

Friday, April 18, 2014

I had been NPR's White House correspondent for four months. On Thursday, I asked my first question at a presidential press conference. This is how it happened.

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Obama's Tax Rate Rose — And He Can't Blame Anyone But Himself

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

President Obama, like many wealthy Americans, is paying more of his income to the IRS. He and the first lady paid $98,169 in taxes for 2013 on income of $481,098.

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Former Senate Rivals Team Up To Combat Campus Sexual Assault

Monday, April 07, 2014

Sens. Claire McCaskill and Kirsten Gillibrand are calling for increased funding to bulk up the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.

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Who's Who In Senate-CIA Report Showdown

Thursday, April 03, 2014

A Senate panel voted Thursday to declassify parts of a controversial report on the CIA's use of interrogation activities. Here's a look at some of the key Senate players and their motivations.

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A Younger, Wealthier Capital City Turns A Political Page

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Democrats in Washington, D.C., rejected scandal-plagued Mayor Vincent Gray's re-election bid, turning instead to a challenger three decades his junior and with appeal to the rapidly gentrifying city.

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The Ryan Budget, Coming To A Campaign Near You

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's latest plan is likely to play a familiar role — as fodder for both parties' congressional campaigns this fall.

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Conservative Media Watchdog: Univision, Telemundo Favor Liberals

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The Media Research Center says its survey shows that news stories on the nation's Spanish-language television networks are dominated by partisans on the left — and conservatives should be concerned.

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The Pope And The President: Common Ground But A Clear Divide

Thursday, March 27, 2014

President Obama, once the world leader whose vow of "hope" and "change" excited millions, seemed eclipsed in that department Thursday by Pope Francis.

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The Political Winner From The Proposed NSA Changes? Rand Paul

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Kentucky Republican's stance against NSA data-gathering has made him a champion for those worried about federal government surveillance — among them, young voters.

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Health Law's 4th Birthday Divides Democrats, Unites GOP On Message

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Affordable Care Act's fourth anniversary saw Democrats with two distinct messaging approaches: full-throated praise of the law from some and a more low key, even absent message from others.

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With New Inquiry, Harry Reid Raises Stakes In Senate-CIA Clash

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The majority leader informed the CIA director that the Senate's chief law enforcement officer would be conducting a "forensic examination" to get answers in the unprecedented dispute.

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Obama's Foreign Policy: More Second-Term Misses Than Hits

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Second-term presidents who find themselves limited by congressional constraints often see foreign policy as an arena for success. But it seems to be giving President Obama more fits than achievements.

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GOP's Health Law Alternative Could Be Messy As Obamacare

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Republicans' proposals for an alternative to the Affordable Care Act, judging from the few details available, could threaten some of the health law's most popular features.

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