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Politics
4:13 am
Tue August 5, 2014

African Leaders: No One Country Can Stop Elephant Poaching

Satao was a 45-year-old Kenyan elephant with tusks so long they brushed the ground. Poachers killed him in June with a poisoned arrow. African leaders gathered in Washington said there needs to be better cooperation on the continent to prevent poaching.
Tsavo Trust

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 3:08 pm

The killing, by poisoned arrow, of a 45-year-old elephant named Satao this June hit Kenya particularly hard. Not just because Satao had lived so long, with tusks so grand they brushed the grass where he walked.

But also because Satao was under almost 24-hour watch by Kenyan game rangers to protect him from poachers. However, the game rangers were unable to follow Satao when he roamed into an area of dense brush at the boundary of the park, an area where poachers are known to hide.

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Shots - Health News
2:44 am
Tue August 5, 2014

A Hospital Reboots Medicaid To Give Better Care For Less Money

Carmen Smith, 44, shows son Roland, 6, her new perfume. The Cleveland resident says getting on Medicaid has made it much easier to manage her diabetes.
Sarah Jane Tribble WCPN

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 9:47 am

Carmen Smith remembers the day about a year ago when she gained Medicaid coverage.

"It was like Christmas Day, it was like getting a gift from Santa Claus!" she says. "People don't realize how important and how special it is to have insurance to be able to go see a doctor on a regular basis when you have an illness like mine."

Smith, 44, has Type 2 diabetes. Before qualifying for Medicaid coverage, she was what policy experts call a "frequent flier." She had used the emergency room at MetroHealth, the public hospital in Cleveland, five times in one year.

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The Two-Way
5:01 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Mississippi Senate Race, Held Weeks Ago, Subject To Fresh Challenge

McDaniel supporters protested a speech by Sen. Thad Cochran at the Neshoba County Fair last week
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 6:35 pm

Chris McDaniel, who lost his bid to unseat Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran in the GOP primary, is taking his case to the state party.

McDaniel announced at a news conference Monday that he has found enough evidence of improper or questionable votes that the party should void the results of the June 24 runoff.

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It's All Politics
4:22 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Border Action Spurs Rick Perry From Also-Ran To 2016 Contender

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to local party activists on July 19, in Algona, Iowa. Though his 2012 presidential bid crashed, Perry is now drawing mention as a 2016 contender.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Texas Gov. Rick Perry got some good news last week. In a FOX News poll, Perry moved from an also-ran in the contest for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination to a tie for first place with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

This is undoubtedly a reaction to Perry's decision 10 days ago to send 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the border in response to the deluge of Central American children that have been showing up there.

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Remembrances
3:18 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Jim Brady, Press Secretary Turned Gun Control Activist, Dies At 73

Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 6:09 pm

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The Two-Way
1:10 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

James Brady, Gun Control Campaigner And Presidential Spokesman, Dies

Brady visited the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in 2011, on the 30th anniversary of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 6:39 pm

James Brady, a former White House press secretary and gun control advocate, died Monday, his family announced. He was 73.

Brady served as spokesman for President Ronald Reagan. He was struck in the head by a bullet intended for the president during an assassination attempt in 1981.

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NPR Story
4:06 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Kentucky's Big Senate Contest Highlight Of Political Picnic

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 11:13 am

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It's All Politics
2:29 am
Mon August 4, 2014

As Ballot Deadline Looms, A Muddied Debate Over Colo. Fracking

Just off Interstate Highway 25, Drill Rig 1548 of Encana Natural Gas stands near homes in the town of Frederick in Weld County, Colorado.
milehightraveler iStockPhoto

Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 10:13 am

"Hello. Are you registered to vote in Colorado?"

It's a refrain many in the state have grown to loathe this summer — heard outside their favorite grocery store or shopping mall as signature gatherers race toward an Aug. 4 deadline to put four energy-related measures on the November ballot.

With two of those measures backed by environmentalists, and the other two by industry-supported groups, all of the energy talk is leading to confusion among potential voters.

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It's All Politics
2:21 am
Mon August 4, 2014

A Tax Bill Killed By The Push And Pull Of Politics On The Hill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks to reporters after a Democratic caucus meeting at the Capitol last Tuesday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 11:12 am

A few months back, Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, brought a bill to the floor that basically offered tax incentives to businesses and individuals. Those incentives are called tax extenders.

They include big stuff and small stuff — tax breaks for wind farms, tax breaks for schoolteachers who buy their own supplies. Tax breaks for rum producers in Puerto Rico, people who make movies, race track owners, even some breaks for people who bike to work. In other words, something for every lawmaker to take home.

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Health Care
8:22 am
Sun August 3, 2014

Obama Moves To Overhaul VA With Compromise Measure

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 11:05 am

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Politics
8:22 am
Sun August 3, 2014

What The Week's Primaries Mean For Politics

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 11:05 am

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Shots - Health News
8:22 am
Sun August 3, 2014

Two Doctors Weigh Whether To Accept Obamacare Plans

Doctors say they need to accept patients with a variety of types of insurance in order for them to stay in businesses.
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Originally published on Sun August 3, 2014 2:22 pm

On a recent afternoon at his office in Hartford, Conn., Dr. Doug Gerard examines a patient complaining of joint pain. He checks her out, asks her a few questions about her symptoms and then orders a few tests before sending her on her way.

For a typical quick visit like this, Gerard could get reimbursed $100 or more from a private insurer. For the same visit, Medicare pays less — about $80. And now, with the new private plans under the Affordable Care Act, Gerard says he would get something in between, but closer to the lower Medicare rates.

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Politics
4:09 pm
Sat August 2, 2014

Congress In Recess After A Notably Unproductive Session

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 10:57 am

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It's All Politics
7:34 am
Sat August 2, 2014

As Congress Breaks, Inaction Remains Most Notable Action

Members of the House of Representatives leave after a procedural vote on Capitol Hill in Washington on Friday, as Republicans reshaped legislation to deal with the border crisis, a day after Congress was supposed to go into its August recess.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 10:48 am

Congress begins a five-week summer recess Saturday after a somewhat tumultuous exit.

The Republican-led House stuck around an extra day trying to overcome conservative opposition to an emergency spending bill dealing with the surge of under-age immigrants from Central America. While that chamber finally eked out a bill last night, it's likely going nowhere. The Senate had already left town after Republicans there blocked a similar funding effort.

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Simon Says
7:08 am
Sat August 2, 2014

M. Caldwell Butler, A True Bipartisan Politician

Rep. M. Caldwell Butler (right) listens to debate over the Nixon impeachment proceedings in the House Judiciary Committee in July 1974.
AP

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 10:24 am

M. Caldwell Butler died this week, at the age of 89, just a few days short of another anniversary of the event that etched his name into history.

Butler was a first-term representative from Virginia in 1974, serving on the House Judiciary Committee, which was spending a steamy summer under scorching TV lights to consider the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.

Butler was from a proud old Virginia family. He admired Chief Justice John Marshall, of whom he was a descendant, Robert E. Lee, and Richard M. Nixon.

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