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  • Senate's Highway Trust Fund Bill Sets Up Conflict With The House

    30 July 2014, 4:59 am by: Brian Naylor

    A short-term fix for the nearly empty Highway Trust Fund is a step closer to President Obama's desk. Congress has been talking about the long-term problems with the construction account, but the two chambers have not agreed on a long-term solution.
  • 'Hard Choices' Tour Put Spotlight On Clinton's Strengths, Weaknesses

    30 July 2014, 4:59 am by: Mara Liasson

    Hillary Clinton's book tour is over, and so is the debate over whether she'll make a 2016 presidential bid. Still, her official decision is months away — time she needs to polish her talking points.
  • The New SuperPAC That Spends Big So That Others Spend Less

    29 July 2014, 4:47 pm by: Jacob Goldstein

    A new SuperPAC aims to reduce the influence of big money in politics — and it's starting by raising millions of dollars, in part from wealthy donors.
  • Former Va. Gov. McDonnell's Trial Opens With Claims Of 'Poisoned' Marriage

    29 July 2014, 4:09 pm

    The public corruption trial is now underway for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. In dramatic opening arguments, lawyers described the McDonnells' marriage as a shambles. For more on the trial's start, Ari Shapiro turns to Jeff…
  • The Great Blue Hope: Michelle Nunn Tries The Improbable In Ga.

    29 July 2014, 4:09 pm by: Greg Allen

    Georgia hasn't elected a Democrat to statewide office for over a decade, but Senate candidate Michelle Nunn is the most viable hope the party's had in a long time.
  • Forget Tea Pot Dome: Harding's Love Letters Make For A New Steamy Scandal

    29 July 2014, 4:09 pm by: Don Gonyea

    The Library of Congress has released the rather racy love letters that former President Warren G. Harding sent to his mistress, Carrie Fulton Phillips.
  • Leahy Aims To Patch Loopholes With A Revamp Of NSA's Data Collection

    29 July 2014, 4:09 pm by: David Welna

    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy is introducing a bill to overhaul the way the National Security Agency collects telephone data under the Patriot Act.
  • Jury Awards Former Gov. Ventura Nearly $2 Million In Defamation Case

    29 July 2014, 3:11 pm by: Alan Greenblatt

    Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura said his reputation had been damaged by an account of a fight in a book. In a split verdict, a federal jury agreed with him.
  • A Compromise Deal On Overhauling The VA, But Will It Pass?

    29 July 2014, 4:55 am by: David Welna

    House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise, $17 billion agreement to improve medical care for veterans. The deal comes in the final week before Congress leaves town for a monthlong recess.
  • After 5 Weeks Of Haggling, Congress Inks Bipartisan VA Bill

    28 July 2014, 4:25 pm by: Quil Lawrence

    Congress has reached a bipartisan deal to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, after nearly two months of tense negotiations.
  • The Week In Politics: Progress On Upgrading VA Health System

    28 July 2014, 4:57 am by: Ron Elving

    Congress has a number of big pieces of legislation to deal with before leaving on its annual summer recess. The Highway Trust Fund, border security and the VA are all on the to-do list.
  • When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution

    28 July 2014, 4:57 am by: Nina Totenberg

    The Supreme Court has been granting more rights to corporations, including some regarded as those solely for individuals. But Nina Totenberg finds the company-to-person shift has a long history.
  • Time Running Short For Congress To Agree On Border Bill

    27 July 2014, 8:11 am by: David Welna

    Congress has just one work week left before its planned August recess, but it has yet to strike a deal on a funding bill dealing with the border crisis.
  • Congress Leaves Town Next Week, But Will Anyone Notice?

    26 July 2014, 8:34 am

    Next week is Congress's last before summer recess, which is often when a flurry of bills are pushed through Congress. This year, not so much, NPR's Ron Elving tells NPR's Scott Simon.
  • Former CIA Officials Denied Chance To Preview 'Torture' Report

    26 July 2014, 3:36 am by: The Associated Press

    The report, along with a CIA rebuttal, is the most detailed accounting of a set of controversial interrogation, rendition and detention practices the CIA carried out after the Sept. 11 attacks.

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