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Senate Takes First Formal Step Toward Immigration Reform

The Senate formally took up the question of immigration on Wednesday, with an at-times testy hearing about how to deal with the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country. Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee insisted nothing should be done until border security is increased even further.

Obama's Call To Raise Minimum Wage Not Likely To Go Anywhere

Job market policy analysts look at the President's proposals to create jobs in his state of the union address.

How Rubio Spins The Bottle Could Matter Most. Just Ask Bill Clinton

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, like deft politicians before him, has managed with humor and a morning television prop (a water bottle, of course) to spin an awkward visual gone viral into gold — or at least political pyrite.

Obama's Call For Higher Minimum Wage Could Have Ripple Effect

President Obama is urging Congress to boost the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour. But other workers who make more than the minimum, currently at $7.25 an hour, could see their pay go up too as employers adjust their pay scales.

Unpacking State of the Union Night Addresses

NPR's Political Junkie Ken Rudin discusses Tuesday night's big speeches — President Obama's State of the Union; Sen. Marco Rubio's GOP response and GOP Sen. Rand Paul's Tea Party take — with Paul Glastris, editor-in-chief of The Washington Monthly and Peter Robinson of the Hoover Institution.