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3:53 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Returning To Vietnam Years After Fleeing War, A Man Finally Feels At Home

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 7:19 pm

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National Security
3:53 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

House Judiciary Committee Passes Bill To Limit NSA Spying

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 7:19 pm

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It's All Politics
2:53 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Can't Get A Job Because Of A Criminal Record? A Lawsuit Is Trying To Change That

Tyrone Peake says he's been fired from three jobs because a crime he committed more than 30 years ago is still on his record.
Carrie Johnson NPR

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 7:19 pm

Outside an apartment building on Broad Street, along the county line in Philadelphia, birds outnumber the rush-hour traffic.

"It's nice and quiet compared to other neighborhoods which I lived in," said Tyrone Peake, 52.

In 1981, when he was just 18, Peake was arrested with a friend for trying to steal a car to take a girl home after a long weekend.

"No, we never got the car," Peake said. "We broke the ignition column and then the cops came."

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Code Switch
2:49 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Is It An 'Uprising' Or A 'Riot'? Depends On Who's Watching

What do you see in this image? An "uprising" or a "riot"?
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 10:08 am

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It's All Politics
11:41 am
Thu April 30, 2015

#TBT: Hoping For Presidency, Former Senator Throws Rock In Water

Former U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel speaks during a September 2007 Democratic presidential debate as then-Sen. Hillary Clinton listens.
Darren McCollester Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 2:33 pm

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NPR Story
4:16 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Bipartisan Measure Would Protect Juveniles In The Justice System

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 1:19 pm

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It's All Politics
8:15 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders celebrates his victory in the race for U.S. Congress in Burlington, Vt., in 1990.
Rob Swanson AP

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 12:11 pm

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced his run for president Wednesday night in an interview with The Associated Press.

Sanders is the longest-serving independent member of Congress in U.S. history and a self-described "Democratic Socialist." The 73-year-old is considered a long shot but if elected, he would be the oldest person and first Jewish person to serve as commander-in-chief.

Here are five things you should know:

He was active in the Civil Rights movement

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It's All Politics
8:04 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Seeking Presidency, 'Socialist' Sanders Looks To Elevate Less-Talked About Issues

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a rally demanding presidential action to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Sanders will run to Hillary Clinton's left, trying to elevate economic issues.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 11:49 am

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is running for president, he said Wednesday night. He will be challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, and the self-described "Democratic Socialist" will keep the pressure on Clinton to move to the left.

Sanders has lamented for a long time what he thinks has been woefully missing from the national conversation.

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It's All Politics
6:13 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

It's Sotomayor V. Roberts In Supreme Court Death Penalty Drama

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor grilled lawyers arguing the constitutionality of new lethal-injection cocktails.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Lethal injection was the grim subject before the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday. Specifically at issue: whether the drug combinations currently used to execute convicted murderers in some states are unconstitutionally cruel.

The issue comes to the court after three botched executions over the past year.

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It's All Politics
5:58 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Court: Corporations May Be People, But 'Judges Are Not Politicians'

David Barrows, of Washington, D.C., waves a flag with corporate logos and fake money during a rally against money in politics outside the Supreme Court in 2013.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 8:11 pm

If there's one thing that today's Supreme Court doesn't like, it's governmental overreach in regulating political money.

But if there's something the court likes even less, it's the increasing prominence of money in electing America's judges. That's how five justices came to uphold a rule in Florida that prevents judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign cash.

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Law
4:16 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Supreme Court Gay Marriage Remarks Show Outdated Definition Of Parents

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 6:05 pm

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Business
4:01 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Japan's Abe Pushes The Pacific Trade Deal Onto Center Stage

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a joint press conference at the White House with President Obama on Tuesday. Abe is urging U.S. lawmakers to approve a trans-Pacific trade deal.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

President Obama's plan for creating a Pacific Rim trade zone has been hovering in the wings, waiting for the right moment to demand attention.

On Wednesday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pushed it out on to center stage during a dramatic joint meeting of the U.S. House and Senate. He urged Congress to approve the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP.

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Politics
3:23 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Baltimore City Council President: 'I Don't Condone' Rioting, Looting

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 6:05 pm

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It's All Politics
12:53 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

2016 Race Collides With Baltimore Unrest

Clinton spoke at the David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum at Columbia University Wednesday.
Kevin Hagen Getty Images

With the fires out and much of the glass cleaned up in Baltimore, the "soul searching" as President Obama called it, has begun. For those hoping to become the next president of the United States, weighing in presents both an opportunity and a challenge.

Hillary Clinton told an audience in New York Wednesday, the criminal justice system is "out of balance."

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It's All Politics
9:58 am
Wed April 29, 2015

What Do Millennials Want?

Young women celebrate election results in 2012.
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Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 11:08 am

We know all the stereotypes about millennials and politics: They aren't engaged, don't vote and are distrustful of Washington. But we also see another side to the generation — they care about issues like criminal justice, the economy and same-sex marriage.

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