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Why Did Black Voters Flee The Republican Party In The 1960s?

8 hours 15 min ago

Fifty years ago, when the ultra-conservative wing of the GOP overthrew Republican moderates to choose Barry Goldwater as the party standard-bearer, black voters deserted the GOP in droves.

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What Will Become Of Obama's Request For Immigration Relief Funds?

July 13, 2014 - 9:51am

NPR's Arun Rath talks to political correspondent Mara Liasson about the chances of a political agreement over how to handle the migration of thousands of Central American children.

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Congress' Latest Death Match Involves A Bank You've Never Heard Of

July 13, 2014 - 5:19am

The business lobby is pushing hard for the survival of the Export-Import Bank, which has supported U.S. exports for 80 years. Some House GOP leaders, though, think it's time to kill the bank.

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What Could $100 Million Buy You — Besides Campaign Ads In Kentucky?

July 12, 2014 - 7:36am

Spending on the Kentucky Senate race might reach $100 million. So what else could that get you in the Bluegrass State? NPR's Tamara Keith finds out when she calls up some local business owners.

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Florida Ruling Is A Primer On Redistricting Chicanery

July 11, 2014 - 5:55pm

What makes the judge's opinion such fun reading for students of politics is the highlighting of how political operatives tried to avoid leaving fingerprints on the maps.

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House GOP Plows Forward With Plans To Sue Obama

July 11, 2014 - 5:35pm

While House Republicans move ahead with their lawsuit alleging executive branch overreach, Obama is using the challenge to score political points of his own.

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Newspaper Editor, Activist John Seigenthaler Dies At 86

July 11, 2014 - 4:38pm

He worked for The Tennessean and took leave to assist Robert F. Kennedy in the White House and during the senator's 1968 presidential campaign. He later helped shape USA Today.

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Week In Politics: Israel And Immigration

July 11, 2014 - 4:10pm

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the conflict in the Gaza Strip and President Obama's request of emergency immigration funds.

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Avoiding The Border: Is This Obama's Hurricane Katrina?

July 11, 2014 - 12:18pm

The president says he's working on addressing the surge of unauthorized border crossings into the U.S. But is his decision to not visit the border an epic mistake? The Barbershop guys weigh in.

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Germany Calls For 'Honest Foundation' In Relations With U.S.

July 11, 2014 - 8:47am

The remarks by Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier follow fresh allegations of U.S. spying on Germany as well as Berlin's request that the top U.S. intelligence official in the country leave.

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Administration Officials Defend Funding Request To Stem Border Crisis

July 11, 2014 - 5:00am

President Obama has asked for $3.7 billion to deal with the southern border crisis. There are predictions the number of unaccompanied children entering the U.S. could reach 90,000 by October.

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In Texas, Obama Sets Stage To Answer 'Do-Nothing' Congress

July 10, 2014 - 9:17pm

President Obama knows he's unlikely to get support from Texas' predominantly Republican congressional delegation, but being rebuffed will make it easier for him to shift blame to the GOP.

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Study: Statehouse Press Corps In Decline

July 10, 2014 - 7:40pm

A Pew report found that the number of full-time newspaper reporters covering state politics fell dramatically in the past decade, raising questions about their ability to closely monitor politicians.

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Obama's Request For Immigration Funds Meets Pushback On The Hill

July 10, 2014 - 5:19pm

President Obama has asked Congress for $3.7 billion to address the influx of immigrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Senate Appropriations Committee is holding a hearing about the request.

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Signs Emerge Of A Compromise On Obama's $3.7B Immmigration Request

July 10, 2014 - 4:45pm

The president wants the money to deal with the thousands of minors from Central America who have crossed into the U.S. Republicans said they want some policy changes; Democrats aren't opposed.

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In The High Drama Of Its 1964 Convention, GOP Hung A Right Turn

July 10, 2014 - 4:02pm

In advance of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Republican Convention, Robert Siegel speaks with The New York Times writer-at-large Sam Tanenhaus. They discuss the impact that the Civil Rights Act, passed earlier that year, had on the nomination of Barry Goldwater.

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In A Unanimously Passed Law, The Seeds Of An Immigration Controversy

July 10, 2014 - 4:02pm

The handling of unaccompanied minors crossing the border is governed by a law that was passed in 2008. For more, Robert Siegel speaks with David Abramowitz, who helped work on the law when it passed.

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Justice Dept. Declines To Step Into Dispute Between CIA And Senators

July 10, 2014 - 4:02pm

The Justice Department has declined to bring criminal charges against anyone at the CIA or the Senate Intelligence Committee, in a dispute over access to sensitive materials on enhanced interrogations. The power struggle relates to a long-running Senate probe over the mistreatment of detainees after Sept. 11.

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No Criminal Charges In Senate-CIA Spat, Justice Department Says

July 10, 2014 - 2:59pm

The decision brings a muted end to a power struggle that had undermined relations between the intelligence community and the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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In Central America, Attempts To Cross U.S. Border Like 'Feeding Frenzy'

July 10, 2014 - 12:39pm

Thousands of Central American children are crossing the border and ending up in detention facilities. Host Michel Martin learns more about why so many children are fleeing Central America.

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