Green GOP Group Caught Between 'Rock And A Hard Place'
By Frank James

April 22, 2014

On Earth Day 2014, it wasn't easy being an environmental organization in the Republican Party. The big donors who write checks aren't much interested in the environment.

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One Month From Mudslide, Wash. Governor Takes Stock Of Damage
By NPR Staff

April 22, 2014

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee offers an update on the deadly mudslides near the town of Oso in March. President Obama is visiting Oso on Tuesday.


Longtime D.C. Lawyer Is White House's Next Top Counsel
By Carrie Johnson

April 22, 2014

The White House named Neil Eggleston its new top lawyer. He'll have to muster his legal and political skills to deal with a divided Congress and multiple investigations of the Obama's administration.

Out Of Clout: Some States Brace For Washington Power Outage
By Alan Greenblatt

April 22, 2014

A handful of states are about to lose decades of clout and seniority in Congress. Which one will be hardest hit of all? Michigan.

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In TV Ad, GOP Senate Candidate Mocks 'War On Women' Rhetoric
By Brakkton Booker

April 22, 2014

Terri Lynn Land, a Republican running for Senate in Michigan, says she knows more about being a woman than the male Democratic congressman who's attacking her.

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Louisiana Lawmaker Pulls Bill To Make Bible State's Official Book
By Scott Neuman

April 22, 2014

The lawmaker who sponsored the bill to make the Holy Bible the state's official book said it had become a distraction and that there were "much more important" priorities.

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What Exactly Is 'High-Quality' Preschool?
By Claudio Sanchez

April 22, 2014

Many educators tout the benefits of preschool, but there's no clear standard for what qualifies as a quality program. Researchers say that when it comes to pre-K, Tulsa, Okla., gets it right.

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Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge To Ohio Ban On Campaign Lies
By Katie Barlow

April 22, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday testing whether states can make it a crime to lie about candidates during an election campaign.

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Georgia Bill Loosens Restrictions On Guns In Public Places
By Susanna Capelouto

April 22, 2014

Allowing guns into government buildings that have no security is part of a bill waiting the governor's approval. Municipalities worry their budgets will grow as they forced to hire security.

High Court To Consider Political Lies, Future Of Broadcasting
By Nina Totenberg

April 22, 2014

The Supreme Court on Tuesday hears arguments in two high-profile cases that could affect video sharing on the Internet, and the telling of untruths in the political marketplace.


'Ready For Hillary': Clinton's Campaign-In-Waiting
By Mara Liasson

April 22, 2014

A shadow campaign is underway, raising small donations by selling T-shirts and baby onesies and holding fundraisers, all just waiting for Clinton to say that, yes, she is running for president.

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Rand Paul Bids To Loosen Democratic Hold On African-American Vote
By Liz Halloran

April 21, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a top 2016 GOP presidential prospect, is stirring curiosity among black leaders for his outreach efforts and activism in reforming mandatory sentencing laws.

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Obama Seeks Wider Authority To Release Drug Offenders
By Liz Halloran

April 21, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the administration expects to broaden criteria under which federal prisoners convicted of drug offenses can apply for pardons or reduced sentences.

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President Obama Will Skip China, But Asia Trip Sends A Message
April 21, 2014

President Obama visits several Asian countries this week. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with business journalists Sudeep Reddy and Roben Farzad about what the trip could mean for the U.S. economy.


Obama Trip To Focus On Relations With Asia
By Scott Horsley

April 21, 2014

President Obama is about to leave on a week's visit to 4 Asian countries. It's the latest effort to refocus U.S. foreign policy on Asia. Like earlier efforts, it's struggling to ward off distractions.

In Asian-Majority District, House Race Divides Calif. Voters
By Hansi Lo Wang

April 21, 2014

The U.S. mainland's only Asian-majority congressional district sits in California's Silicon Valley, where two Indian-American candidates are trying to oust Japanese-American Congressman Mike Honda.

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Obama Adds Malaysia To His Asia Itinerary
April 19, 2014

Obama travels to Malaysia next week, where the government is under fire for the handling of a missing airliner. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to Joshua Kurlantzick of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Are Democrats Trying To Energize The Base With The Race Card?
By Frank James

April 18, 2014

Top Democrats have said recently that some GOP opposition to President Obama and his agenda is based on race. It's an explosive message that might drive Democratic voters to the polls.

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In Virginia, Politicians Fish For Support At Old-Fashioned Event
By Brakkton Booker

April 18, 2014

Even as technology and social media transform politics, some traditions still live on — like the annual Shad Planking festival in Wakefield. It's a must-attend event on Virginia's political calendar.

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Obama: Your Question, Ms. Keith?
By Tamara Keith

April 18, 2014

I had been NPR's White House correspondent for four months. On Thursday, I asked my first question at a presidential press conference. This is how it happened.

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