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6:17 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Obama Administration Forced To Defend Strategy Against ISIS In Iraq

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 7:08 am

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Politics
6:54 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Senate Blocks Measures To Extend NSA Data Collection

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 8:48 pm

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The Two-Way
2:35 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Senate Blocks Bill To End Government Collection Of Phone Records

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 6:40 am

The Senate worked late into the night Friday and early Saturday, but still failed to agree on extending government surveillance programs under the USA Patriot Act before the Memorial Day holiday.

Lawmakers blocked votes on both a House-passed bill and a short-term extension of the Patriot Act provisions that allow government surveillance programs.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says lawmakers will try again on May 31, the day before the provisions expire.

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The Two-Way
8:11 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Fast-Track Trade Authority, A Step Toward Asia Deal, Passes Full Senate

The Senate voted 62-37 late Friday to grant President Obama additional trade powers, which the president plans to use in pushing through an extensive new agreement with a group of Asian countries.

The administration's Trans-Pacific Partnership has been opposed by labor groups and some Senate Democrats because of concerns that the deal could cost some U.S. workers their jobs.

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It's All Politics
3:50 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Politics Rewind: The First Cut Is The Deepest

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., who was lagging in the polls in 2012 but ended up winning in Iowa, says debate criteria this time are too exclusive.
Jae C. Hong Associated Press

The perils of running behind in such a crowded field became painfully apparent to lagging GOP presidential hopefuls this week. Fox News announced that the first 2016 GOP debate on Aug. 6 in Cleveland would be limited to the top 10 candidates, based on an average of the last five national polls. As of now, it's very possible former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (the only woman in the field), 2012 runner-up Rick Santorum and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., could be among those excluded from the event, while someone with more name ID like reality TV star Donald Trump could make the cut.

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Commentary
3:43 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Week In Politics: U.S. Policy On Islamic State, 2016 Presidential Race

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 7:32 pm

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National Security
3:43 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

State Department Releases First Set Of Clinton Emails

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 7:32 pm

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National Security
3:16 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Obama Faces Criticism For Light Footprint Strategy Against Islamic State

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 7:32 pm

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The Two-Way
6:15 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Irish Voters Decide Whether To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Nuns vote on a referendum to legalize same-sex marriage, at a polling station in County Dublin, Ireland, on Friday.
Peter Morrison AP

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 1:08 pm

Voters in Ireland are deciding whether the country will amend its constitution to make same-sex marriage legal.

The vote on Friday follows months of debate in the heavily Catholic country. Opinion polls suggest the referendum will pass and Ireland will become the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage in a national vote.

But, as NPR's Ari Shapiro points out, "Polls in this part of the world have been totally wrong in the past.

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Politics
4:09 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Congressional Stalemate Threatens To Kill Phone Data Program

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 6:32 am

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9:11 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Millions Of Dollars In Speech Fees Support Clinton Foundation

Former President Bill Clinton speaks earlier this month at a conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, sponsored by the Clinton Foundation.
Abdeljalil Bounhar AP

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 6:17 am

Hillary, Bill and Chelsea Clinton brought in millions of dollars for their charitable foundation through paid speeches. They gave the honorarium to the organization. This is the latest release of information about the foundation's funding, as a result of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Last week, the campaign filed a financial disclosure showing that since January of 2014, Bill and Hillary Clinton made more than $25 million dollars in paid speeches. Thursday's release from the Clinton Foundation begins to complete the picture.

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Politics
5:13 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Senate Advances Bill To Give Obama 'Fast-Track' Trade Authority

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 6:07 pm

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Politics
5:13 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Freshman Representatives Reflect On First Few Months In Office

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 6:07 pm

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There's usually a bit of a honeymoon period when you begin a new job. You're excited, meeting new people, learning the ropes, the culture of your new workplace.

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National Security
4:05 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Bulk Collection Debate Highlights Need To Revise Patriot Act

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 6:07 pm

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Europe
4:04 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Macedonians, Ethnic Albanians Unite Over Effort to Oust Prime Minister

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 2:48 am

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