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Obama's Trouble Articulating The State Of The Economy

January 18, 2015 - 9:05am

It's easy to give a rousing State of the Union speech when the economy is doing well, but Obama has had a hard time hitting the right note in years when the country was hurting.

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State Of The Union Is Obama's Big Chance To Frame The Debate

January 18, 2015 - 7:40am

During his State of the Union address, President Obama will announce a plan to help the middle class and raise taxes on the wealthy. NPR's Mara Liasson previews the speech with NPR's Rachel Martin.

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An Early Lineup Emerges For 2016 Presidential Race

January 17, 2015 - 7:30am

The 2016 Republican presidential field is getting crowded. Is the Democratic field already filled by one candidate? NPR's Scott Simon talks presidential politics with politics editor Ron Elving.

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Republican Retreat Meant To Bridge Divide Between House, Senate

January 16, 2015 - 4:26pm

House and Senate Republicans are wrapping up a two-day joint retreat to plot out their legislative strategy for the 114th Congress, the first all-GOP-controlled one since President Obama took office.

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Obama, Cameron Promise To Cooperate On Cybersecurity

January 16, 2015 - 4:26pm

President Obama hosted British Prime Minister David Cameron at the White House on Friday.

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Republican Lawmakers Retreat Great For Face Time, But Divisions Remain

January 16, 2015 - 4:26pm

House and Senate Republicans spoke of the opportunity to talk with members of the opposite chamber and hear their views. But they remain divided on issues like immigration.

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Head Of Medicare, Who Oversaw Obamacare Rollout, Will Step Down

January 16, 2015 - 10:11am

Marilyn Tavenner said she was stepping down in February. She joined the Obama administration in 2010 and oversaw the problematic rollout of President Obama's signature domestic program.

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Iowa's Sen. Ernst Grabs Spotlight That's Often Proven Too Hot

January 16, 2015 - 10:06am

As often as not, the opportunity to speak right after the president has been the kiss of death for aspiring politicians — especially for the GOP during the Obama years.

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Saudis Postpone 2nd Round Of Public Flogging For Jailed Blogger Raif Badawi

January 16, 2015 - 9:44am

A doctor who examined Badawi found his wounds from last Friday's public flogging hadn't healed and he would be unable to withstand another round. The punishment could be carried out next Friday.

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Obama Urges Congress To Make Paid Sick Leave Mandatory

January 16, 2015 - 5:10am

President Obama says employers should offer more generous leave policies, including paid sick leave for the 43 million American workers who don't have it. Obama is urging Congress to require that.

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