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4:52 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Critics Say Obama's Immigration Plan Creates Path To Citizenship

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 1:47 pm

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Politics
5:36 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

House Committees Find No Wrongdoing In 2012 Benghazi Attack

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 9:15 am

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Politics
5:09 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

After Obama's Action, Immigration Agency Awaits 'A Real Challenge'

A guide for applying to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that began in 2012. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says it will begin accepting applications for the expanded DACA program in 90 days.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 9:15 am

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is the first stop for people applying for a green card, citizenship or refugee status. The agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security, will be on the front line of President Obama's executive action last week, which could give legal status to an estimated 4 million undocumented people.

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Gun Control-Maryland
4:15 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

21 States Push To Overturn Md. Gun-Control Law

Twenty-one states are asking a federal appeals court to overturn provisions of Maryland's gun-control law that ban 45 assault weapons and limit gun magazines to 10 rounds.
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Twenty-one states are asking a federal appeals court to overturn provisions of Maryland's gun-control law that ban 45 assault weapons and limit gun magazines to 10 rounds.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey led the coalition in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, last week.

The brief says the law violates the Second Amendment right to keep firearms in homes for self-protection.

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Politics
3:37 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Hagel Struggled To Stay On The Same Page As The White House

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 9:15 am

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Politics
3:37 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Hagel's Successor May Face A Tough Nomination Process

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 9:15 am

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For more on the challenge of getting a new defense secretary confirmed in a Republican-led the Senate, we turn to NPR national security correspondent David Welna.

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U.S.
12:02 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Hagel Steps Down After Discord On Syria, Iraq

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down. President Obama made the announcement in an East Room appearance minutes ago.

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U.S.
9:29 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Secretary Of Defense Hagel To Resign

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 12:02 pm

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NPR Story
4:16 am
Mon November 24, 2014

D.C.'s 'Mayor For Life' Ends His Reign: Marion Barry Dies At 78

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 12:02 pm

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All Tech Considered
4:16 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Action On Immigration Meets Silence, Skepticism In Silicon Valley

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 12:02 pm

Tech companies lobbies all the time — for tax reform, patent reform. But usually, it's in the form of big checks and quiet back room meetings.

Immigration was different — the issue where business leaders decided to ally with Latino community groups and labor unions. And now that President Obama has issued an executive action, the tech sector is sorting out its next steps.

Love Song Goes Quiet

For a while, it seemed, Silicon Valley and Washington DC were singing each other a love song.

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Politics & Government
12:38 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Governor Bentley possibly hinting at tax hikes?

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Robert Bentley said he wants to be upfront with voters. The state is facing a budget crisis and fixing it the right way will require changes that some people probably won't like. "It's going to require more revenue. Is everyone going to be happy? No, they're not" Bentley said. The governor said taxes are a last resort, but he believed the state would reexamine current tax deductions. That includes a tax break that only Alabama and a few other states give.

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Politics
11:02 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Families Feel Sidelined As U.S. Reviews Hostage Policy

Journalist James Foley was killed by the so-called Islamic State in August of this year. His mother, Diane Foley, says the U.S. government never reached out to tell her that her son was dead.
Marko Drobnjakovic AP

First, there was James Foley. Then Steven Sotloff. Finally, Abdul Rahman Kassig, also known as Peter Kassig. All three were American hostages, brutally murdered by the so-called Islamic State.

This past week the White House confirmed that it's conducting a review of its hostage policy, but in a press conference, White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the United States will not change its policy on ransoms: America does not pay them.

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Politics
6:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Marion Barry, D.C. Former Mayor, Dies At 78

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 10:56 am

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Politics
6:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Immigrants Scramble To Figure Their Status Under Obama's Plan

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 12:26 pm

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Law
4:49 am
Sun November 23, 2014

As Gay Marriages Rise, Now Comes The Case For Same-Sex Divorce

Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham got married in California, but lives in Mississippi. Now she wants her home state to recognize her same-sex marriage so she can get divorced.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 12:26 pm

In 2008, Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham traveled with her then-partner from their home in Mississippi to San Francisco, a few months after gay marriage became legal in California. They'd been together for about a year and a half before they decided to get married.

After the ceremony, they went back to Mississippi, where they lived together. Then a year later, they decided to split up. The state of Mississippi doesn't recognize same-sex marriage, however, so they couldn't get a divorce there.

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