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Should A Criminal Record Come With Collateral Consequences?

Maurice Alexander was convicted on a misdemeanor charge, and served 10 days in jail. Six years later, it cost him a chance for affordable housing.


Obama Appointees Could Become Targets For GOP Ire

Two nominees to President Obama's cabinet await Senate confirmation hearings. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with senior Washington editor Ron Elving about their prospects.
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Maryland Gov.-Elect Pledges To Reduce Heroin-Related Crime

Larry Hogan says his lieutenant governor will oversee his administration's effort to reduce heroin-related crime across the state.

Immigration Awkwardness Could Cloud Obama's Meeting With Governors

President Obama is expected to talk about the economy with several governors-elect at the White House, even as one of them spearheads a legal challenge against his executive actions on immigration.

Ashton Carter Nominated For Secretary Of Defense

Unlike outgoing Secretary Hagel, Carter is no former soldier — he's a theoretical physicist but knows the inner workings of the Pentagon well. Leading Senate Republicans say he'll be easily confirmed.

2014: The Year When The Job Market Finally Turned The Corner

Seven years after the Great Recession began, the U.S. job market finally is growing at a robust pace. In November, employers added 321,000 workers, raised wages and extended the average workweek.

Obama Taps Ashton Carter As Defense Secretary Nominee

Carter, a former No. 2 at the Pentagon, would succeed Chuck Hagel. If confirmed, he will be President Obama's fourth defense secretary.

New Jersey Legislature Clears Gov. Chris Christie In Bridge Scheme

The report, however, found that two former aides acted with "perceived impunity" when they ordered the shutdown of some lanes of the George Washington Bridge last year.
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Fate Of D.C.'s Marijuana Legalization Referendum In Congress Remains Hazy

Even Andy Harris, the Congressional Republican who wrote the policy rider that could block implementation of D.C.'s marijuana legalization law, doesn't know where the provision stands in negotiations.


Obama Points To Ashton Carter For Defense Secretary

For the fourth time in six years, Obama introduced the man he wants to be secretary of defense. Ashton Carter, a Pentagon veteran, is Obama's nominee to replace Chuck Hagel.