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For Chris Christie, Obama Connection Has Risks, Rewards

Could New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's presidential aspirations be damaged by his friendly relationship with President Obama?

Sen. Reid Threatens Nuclear Option To Confirm Nominees

Senate Republicans have continued blocking a number of President Obama's appointees to run his executive agencies. Majority Leader Harry Reid again has threatened a rules change to permit appointment confirmations with a simple majority vote.

Obama's Next Big Campaign: Selling Health Care To The Public

President Obama often tells audiences that he has waged his last campaign. But that's not exactly true. The White House is gearing up for a massive push this summer to get uninsured people to buy health care when sign-ups begin Oct. 1.

How Silicon Valley Glommed On To Politics

Robert Siegel talks to George Packer about his recent New Yorker article on Silicon Valley and its foray into the realm of politics.

McCain Meets With Rebels In Syria

Arizona Sen. John McCain spent his Memorial Day in Syria. McCain's spokesman says the Republican senator crossed into northern Syria from Turkey to meet with rebels in the country, ripped apart by the 2-year conflict turned civil war.

Ex-Obama Adviser On Plan To Limit Drones: Why Did We Wait?

President Obama gave a major speech Thursday intended to narrow the scope of the U.S. fight against terrorism. He addressed the administration's much-criticized drone program. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Adm. Dennis Blair, who was Obama's top intelligence adviser from 2009 to 2010, and a vocal critic of the administration's drone campaign.

Obama Administration Turns Attention Toward Africa

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Ethiopia for celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the pan-African body, now known as the African Union. Kerry's trip comes about a month before President Obama also heads to Africa. Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Gregory Warner.