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Minimum Wage: Policy And Politics

Kojo looks at what competing proposals for minimum wage increases in Washington and Maryland mean for workers, businesses and the regional economy.

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Pennsylvania Governor Talks Up Plan To Expand Medicaid His Way

After initially declining federal funding to expand Medicaid, Gov. Tom Corbett has changed course slightly. He is pursuing an approach for Pennsylvania that would make use of federal funds, but there are some caveats.
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Week In Politics: Spying, ACA Rollout And The Va. Governor's Race

Melissa Block talks with regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution and David Brooks with The New York Times. They discuss the political fallout from NSA spying on European leaders, as well as the Affordable Care Act's flawed rollout, and the latest in the Virginia governor's race.
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Fla. Special Election Will Reflect Shutdown's Impact

The death of Florida congressman Bill Young is likely to lead to the first congressional election in a competitive district following the government shutdown and debt ceiling fight. An election date has not yet been set by Gov. Rick Scott, but could be in March.
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Republican Tarnished Brand Needs New Sheen Ahead Of Midterms

This month's partial shutdown of the government and threat to default on U.S. obligations drove a wedge into to Republican Party and damaged the GOP's prospects for 2014 elections as polls show historic levels of voter disapproval.
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Is It Ever Too Early To Launch A 2016 Presidential Bid?

Iowa Republicans hold their annual dinner Friday commemorating the life and career of Ronald Reagan, with Texas Senator Ted Cruz as the featured speaker. Cruz is widely viewed as a presidential contender in 2016.
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Aftershocks Of The Edward Snowden Case

Kojo chats with one of the activists who recently met face-to-face with Edward Snowden in Russia.

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'Ready For Hillary' SuperPAC Gains Backing From Soros

It may not officially have a candidate to back quite yet, but Ready for Hillary has been revving up for months. On Thursday, it earned the support of billionaire investor George Soros, who joined the superPAC that's backing a Hillary Clinton presidential run in 2016.
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Administration: A Month Needed To Fix Obamacare Enrollment Site

The administration official put in charge of fixing the HealthCare.gov site says it will be running "smoothly" by the end of November.
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Why Hiking The Age For Medicare Eligibility Wouldn't Save Much

The annual Medicare bill is expected to hit $1.1 trillion in 2023. As Medicare spending grows, contributing to the federal deficit, some policymakers have suggested that raising the age of eligibility to 67 could help the budget should be an option.

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