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Republican Pushback Turning D.C. Into Battleground For LGBT And Reproductive Rights

D.C. is once again in the crosshairs of conservatives, but this time it isn't over pot policy or gun laws.

Budget Reconciliation Explained Through Chutes And Ladders

The president's proposed budget sets the stage for Republicans to use a tool they've lacked until now: reconciliation. But they're not likely to win the game.

Boehner Plans Trip To Israel This Month

The House speaker's visit at the end of the month follows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election and his controversial address to the U.S. Congress.
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Sens. Ted Cruz, James Lankford Attack Two D.C. Laws: Q&A With Roll Call's David Hawkings

Never forget that Cruz is running for president, the Roll Call columnist says.


Both Parties Agree The Food Stamp Program Needs To Change. But How?

Republicans argue the SNAP program would be more efficient if it were run by states. Meanwhile, the Obama administration is funding an initiative to move recipients into jobs.

Obama To Iranians: 'Best Opportunity In Decades' For A Different Future

The president's message was to mark the occasion of Nowruz, the Persian new year. The U.S. and its allies are talking to Iran over the Islamic republic's nuclear program.
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Md. Senate Delays Vote On Strict Fracking Bill, But Defeats One Key Amendment

For a third day, the Maryland Senate has delayed a vote on legislation that would put some of the strongest liability standards in the U.S. on drilling companies that frack in the state. But the measure did clear an important hurdle.

Obama To Prince Charles: We'll Never Be Royals

President Obama told the Prince that Americans like the royal family "much better than they like their own politicians." He may be right.

Analysis Reveals Record Number Of FOIA Requests Filed Last Year

NPR's Don Gonyea speaks with Ted Bridis, investigative editor at the Associated Press, about the increasing amount of U.S. requests for government information under the Freedom of Information Act.

Prime Minister Netanyahu Backtracks On Palestinian State Comments

NPR's Steve Inskeep interviews Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who now says he never meant to reject the idea of a Palestinian state during parliamentary elections this week.