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Tennessee's Medicaid Deal Dodges A Partisan Fight

December 28, 2014 - 9:29am

An agreement between the Tennessee Hospital Association and Republican Gov. Bill Haslam expands Medicaid without tax dollars, an agreement that could be a blueprint for other states.

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To Deal With Hostile Congress, Obama Can Look To History

December 28, 2014 - 7:37am

President Obama will face opposition in 2015 in both the House and Senate. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to historian Michael Beschloss about how Obama will (or will not) work with the 114th Congress.

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In The Nation's Capital, A Signature Soup Stays On The Menu

December 26, 2014 - 4:26pm

For 110 years, Senate bean soup has been offered every day but one in the U.S. Senate cafeteria. But few staffers have actually tasted the traditional soup of the "world's greatest deliberative body."

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Sony Hack Reveals Hollywood's Acceptance Of White Privilege

December 26, 2014 - 9:03am

While some leaked Sony emails seemed racist, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says they hint at a wider issue: an acceptance of practices, habits and perceptions that limit diversity in Hollywood.

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Want To Solve The World's Most Heated Disagreements? Bring Your Wallet

December 26, 2014 - 8:23am

Research found that a little cash goes a long way toward making people more thoughtful about what motivates their longtime foes, be it Israelis and Palestinians or Republicans and Democrats.

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Most Federal Workers Get Day After Christmas Off

December 26, 2014 - 5:11am

Thanks to an executive order signed by President Obama, most federal workers are also off on Friday. The cost for the extra day off is $660 million.

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A Split View On Obamacare's Past And Future

December 26, 2014 - 3:33am

The Affordable Care Act created insurance subsidies that are under legal challenge. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in 2015 and could rule against a key provision of the law.

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A Split View On Obamacare's Past And Future

December 26, 2014 - 3:33am

The Affordable Care Act created insurance subsidies that are under legal challenge. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in 2015 and could rule against a key provision of the law.

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Obama Hits The Links With Malaysia's Prime Minister

December 25, 2014 - 1:42am

What do two world leaders do when they find themselves on the same Hawaiian island on Christmas Eve? If you're President Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Razak, you meet on the golf course.

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Nevada Congressman's Loss Exposed Raw Nerve In Democratic Caucus

December 24, 2014 - 4:25pm

One of the most unexpected Democratic losers on Election Day was Rep. Steven Horsford from Nevada. His defeat is about politics, but also about race.

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What To Expect In The 2016 Presidential Announcement Season

December 24, 2014 - 4:25pm

With Jeb Bush signaling he's likely to run for president in 2016, it's another sign that the presidential announcement season is underway. Here's a look at who has jumped in the race early and what to expect in the coming months.

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With New Congress, Will Obama Work Differently?

December 24, 2014 - 4:25pm

The GOP-led Congress President Obama will have to deal with for the last two years of his presidency is a stark contrast to the Democratic-led one he came in with. Does that mean Obama will change his approach to dealing with Capitol Hill?

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Meet The Senator Tasked With Keeping Rebellious Republicans In Line

December 23, 2014 - 7:48pm

John Cornyn of Texas, the incoming majority whip, promises that despite internal rifts the caucus will be "a well-oiled machine." Colleagues and outsiders say he's a good pick for the job.

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New York's Rep. Michael Grimm Pleads Guilty To Tax Charge

December 23, 2014 - 11:41am

It's been quite a year for Rep. Grimm, who in January threatened to throw a TV reporter off a balcony. The tax evasion charge stems from a restaurant he owns.

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Videos Of Ray Rice, Eric Garner Among Biggest Media Moments Of 2014

December 23, 2014 - 7:03am

Some of the most interesting things on TV in 2014 weren't actually made for TV. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans lists the moments in television, viral video and social media that changed us all this year.

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As Head Of Armed Services Committee, McCain Gets A Bigger Bullhorn

December 23, 2014 - 5:05am

When Congress returns to work in January, Sen. John McCain of Arizona is set to lead the committee, which deals with everything from the Pentagon budget to the U.S. war against the Islamic state.

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Treasury Nomination Sparks Fight Among Democrats

December 22, 2014 - 5:05am

When Congress returns in 2015, it will consider the nomination of Antonio Weiss to be undersecretary of Treasury for domestic finance. The nomination is causing a fight within the Democratic Party.

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Obama To Pick Sally Yates To Be Deputy Attorney General, AP Reports

December 22, 2014 - 1:52am

President Obama is preparing to nominate the top federal prosecutor in Atlanta to the No. 2 position at the Justice Department, according to The Associated Press.

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GOP Sens. Rubio, Paul Square Off Over Cuba Policy Shift

December 21, 2014 - 12:18pm

Rubio, appearing on ABC's This Week, lashed out at Paul, who has expressed support for opening trade with the island nation after a decades-long embargo.

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Ready To Hit The Cuban Beach? Americans Still Have To Wait

December 21, 2014 - 9:36am

Travel to Cuba for business or education will be much easier as the U.S. eases restrictions, but until the embargo is completely lifted, going to Cuba simply for tourism still won't be allowed.

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