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The U.S. Has A Surgeon General, For The First Time In 17 Months

A job that's been open in President Obama's administration since July of 2013 was finally filled Monday, as the Senate voted to confirm Vivek Murthy as America's new surgeon general.

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Virginia Lawmakers Cautious About Ethics — And Eggs — After McDonnell Conviction

Virginia state lawmakers are taking a new view of their day-to-day activities — including breakfast — now that former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell has been convicted of corruption.

Senate Set To Vote On Surgeon General Nominee

After months of delay, the Senate is poised to approve President Obama's choice to be the next surgeon general, Vivek Murthy. NPR's Mara Liasson tells us about Murthy and the controversy.

Tennessee Governor Moves To Expand Medicaid Coverage

Following the lead of two other Republican governors, Tennessee's Gov. Bill Haslam is moving to expand Medicaid in his state, using federal funds from the Affordable Care Act.

Is Ted Cruz Running For President ... In 2008?

Even in an age of galloping ambition, the Texan rides ahead of the pack. Obama liked to quote Martin Luther King's line about "the fierce urgency of now"; Cruz seeks to embody it at every turn.

'Warning Shot': Sen. Warren On Fighting Banks, And Her Political Future

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, took a passionate stand against a provision in the spending bill that rolls back a major part of the Dodd-Frank financial regulation legislation.

Cheney On Harsh Interrogation: 'I'd Do It Again In A Minute'

The former vice president doubled down on his defense of the Bush administration's use of such techniques, calling the Senate's recent report "seriously flawed."
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Law Protecting Tenants Rights In Virginia May Get Tweak

Virginia tenants often fail to complain about their living conditions for fear of retaliation from landlords. A bill set to be introduced next year would give judges more leeway to help.


Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

The Senate voted late Saturday to pass a bill that will fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to NPR's Mara Liasson about the rare Saturday session.

Two Views Of The CIA's 'Enhanced' Interrogations

The Senate Intelligence Committee released a report Tuesday on the interrogation techniques used by the CIA after 9/11. The report has elicited a number of sharply differing perspectives.