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Week In Politics: Executive Action, Keystone Pipeline

Audie Cornish talks with E.J Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times about issues that popped up during the first week in Washington since the midterms.

Political Diversity Pioneers Win Medal Of Freedom

Among the honorees: three leaders who spent decades opening doors for people of color in government and law and giving a voice to communities that often felt excluded from the national conversation.

When Legislative Leaders Fail In Other Countries, They Lose Their Jobs

Not here — Democrats in the House and Senate plan to stick with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Is it time to bring the parliamentary system's "vote of confidence" mechanism to Congress?

State Health Insurance Exchanges Hope To Woo Urban Minorities

With Obamacare signups resuming this week, California and Connecticut have deployed new strategies to reach people who resisted signing up last year. Step one: Avoid previous cultural gaffes.
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Federal Contractors Go On Strike For Better Wages, Collective Bargaining

Hundreds of workers want President Obama to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors to $15 an hour.

The Color Of Politics: How Did Red And Blue States Come To Be?

The United States split into red states and blue as we know them just a few presidential elections ago. Some dislike the broad brush.

Is The Election Over Yet?

Election Day has come and gone, but in some midterm races there's still no winner just yet.

Back In Washington, Louisiana's Senate Campaigns Continue

Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, candidates in the state's runoff election for Senate, are each pushing a bill to allow construction of the Keystone pipeline.

Obama Plans To Use Executive Action To Reshape Immigration

Obama has said he will take executive action on immigration by the end of the year; now, as NPR's Tamara Keith tells Audie Cornish, there are reports he could act as soon as the end of next week.

McConnell Elected To Lead Senate GOP; Boehner, Reid Return To Party Posts

Senate Democrats and Republicans, as well as the House GOP caucus, held closed-door elections today to select their leaders. NPR's Ailsa Chang and Juana Summers explain what this means and why it matters.