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North Carolina Senate Race Shapes Up As Unpopularity Contest

1 hour 26 min ago

One of the most expensive Senate races this year is in North Carolina, where Democratic incumbent Kay Hagen is trying to keep her job. Her approval numbers are dismal, but so are those for her GOP opponent, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis.

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McDonnell Takes The Stand, Founding Defense On Marital Dysfunction

1 hour 26 min ago

In the corruption trial of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, McDonnell took the stand as a witness. Jeff E. Schapiro, politics columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, discusses the testimony with Robert Siegel.

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Lawyers, Ready Your Pens: November Elections Could Mean Recounts

1 hour 26 min ago

With the electorate as polarized as ever and the promise of plenty of close House and Senate elections this November, lawyers are already preparing for the recounts that are almost certain to follow.

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With Ferguson, Obama Forced To Confront Race Yet Again

August 20, 2014 - 3:36am

President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.

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Obama Suspends Summer Vacation To Debrief On Issues At Home And Abroad

August 18, 2014 - 4:16pm

President Obama returned to Washington to hold White House meetings on the latest developments in Iraq and in Ferguson, Mo.

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Former Vermont Sen. Jeffords, Who Once Tipped Senate Scale, Dies

August 18, 2014 - 3:32pm

James Jeffords' decision to leave the GOP and become an independent handed power to Democrats for 18 months. In his career of more than 30 years, Jeffords focused on education and the environment.

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4 More Things NBC Must Do To Save 'Meet The Press'

August 18, 2014 - 11:11am

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans offers four suggestions beyond replacing host David Gregory for revitalizing NBC's Sunday politics show, based on his own experience as a CNN guest host.

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An Unprecedented Transfer Of Power Marked Ford's Presidency

August 18, 2014 - 5:14am

In the wake of President Nixon's resignation, Gerald Ford assumed the presidency inheriting a nation divided over Watergate and distracted from pressing domestic and international events.

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Obama Breaks Up Vacation With Brief Return To Washington

August 18, 2014 - 1:42am

In a rare move for him, Obama took a break from his vacation to return to Washington for meetings on the U.S. military campaign in Iraq and tensions between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo.

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Sen. McCaskill On Ferguson: 'We're Going To Get All The Facts'

August 16, 2014 - 5:12pm

Tess Vigeland speaks with Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill about the week of violence and tension in Ferguson, discussing the way forward for the community.

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Perry Pushes Back Against Allegations He Overstepped His Authority

August 16, 2014 - 5:07pm

Tess Vigeland talks to Ben Philpott of member station KUT about the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry on charges of abuse of power. The governor spoke for the first time since the charges, saying he acted within his power.

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Gov. Perry: Indictment 'Amounts To Nothing'

August 16, 2014 - 3:15pm

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says the felony abuse-of-power charges against him are politically motivated, calling it a "farce of a prosecution."

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Germany Eavesdropped On Kerry, Clinton, Magazine Says

August 16, 2014 - 10:39am

Der Spiegel reports that the current and former U.S. secretary of state were the inadvertent targets of German surveillance.

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What's Behind Those Abuse-Of-Power Charges Against Perry?

August 16, 2014 - 9:56am

The indictment stems from the Texas governor's veto of funding for a public integrity office after the Democratic head of the office was arrested for drunk driving.

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Texas Governor Indicted On Abuse Of Power Charges

August 16, 2014 - 7:53am

A grand jury in Austin has indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on charges that he misused his veto power. Scott Simon talks with NPR's Wade Goodwyn.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry Indicted On Abuse-Of-Power Charges

August 15, 2014 - 7:15pm

An ethics complaint was opened last year after the governor vetoed funding for state public corruption prosecutors. Perry had said he would carry out the veto unless a district attorney resigned.

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Left And Right Unite In Criticizing Ferguson Police Response

August 15, 2014 - 4:48pm

A shift in police tactics helped ensure protests stayed peaceful in Ferguson, Mo. Critics on both sides of the aisle say the response earlier in the week was heavy-handed and contributed to violence.

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Week In Politics: Ferguson And Foreign Policy

August 15, 2014 - 4:09pm

Political commentators, Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the protests in Ferguson, Mo., and Hillary Clinton's take on President Obama's policy.

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In Hawaii, Storm-Battered Area Becomes A Kingmaker

August 15, 2014 - 11:18am

Sen. Brian Schatz leads Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic Senate primary by a slim 1,635 votes. Two remote precincts, damaged by Tropical Storm Iselle, could hold the decisive ballots.

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Comment Period For Offshore Drilling Ends Friday

August 15, 2014 - 5:00am

The federal government is developing its offshore oil and gas leasing plan for a 5-year period that begins in 2017. Right now most of the activity is in the Gulf of Mexico.

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