Politics

5:27pm

Mon January 6, 2014
It's All Politics

Democrats Tackle Politics Of Income Inequality

Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 2:26 pm

White House National Economic Council Chairman Gene Sperling speaks during the daily briefing at the White House on Monday. With Congress back, the Senate is expected to work on a three-month extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed.
Susan Walsh AP

President Obama and fellow Democrats, just back from a long holiday break, are immediately embracing a legislative agenda that would increase the minimum wage and extend unemployment insurance benefits to an estimated 1.3 million long-term jobless in America.

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5:09pm

Mon January 6, 2014
It's All Politics

4 Lessons From Liz Cheney's Ill-Fated Senate Run

Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 7:26 am

Liz Cheney campaigns in Casper, Wyo., on July 17, one day after announcing her GOP primary challenge to Sen. Mike Enzi.
Matt Young AP

Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, ended her Wyoming Senate primary challenge Monday, saying in a statement that a family health situation is responsible for her decision. (ABC News reports that sources close to Cheney said one of her daughters has diabetes.)

Even before family health issues arose, Cheney's apparently dimming prospects against GOP Sen. Mike Enzi would have been enough to give pause to many candidates.

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4:27pm

Mon January 6, 2014
Politics

Senate Confirms Janet Yellen As Federal Reserve Chair

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 7:11 pm

The Senate returned from its two-week holiday break on Monday. Senators confirmed the nomination of Janet Yellen as chair of the Federal Reserve Board and delayed a vote on an extension of unemployment insurance.

12:41pm

Mon January 6, 2014
Around the Nation

Stories To Watch In 2014

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 12:42 pm

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12:32pm

Mon January 6, 2014
Politics

Reframing The Immigration Conversation For 2014

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 12:42 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, high unemployment in the U.S. is an ongoing political issue - one reason lawmakers right now are starting to talk about extending long-term unemployment benefits. But younger workers have been particularly hard hit during the world-wide economic slowdown. We're going to take a look how youth unemployment around the world is affecting political discussions. That's in just a few minutes.

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12:28pm

Mon January 6, 2014
Law

In One Man's Story, Two Sides Of The Immigration Debate

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 12:42 pm

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12:27pm

Mon January 6, 2014
U.S.

Immigrant Turned Entrepreneur: 'Taco Stand Was My School'

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 12:42 pm

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7:01am

Mon January 6, 2014
The Two-Way

Liz Cheney Drops Senate Bid Due To Family 'Health Issues'

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 10:32 am

Liz Cheney during a 2010 appearance on the CBS news program Face the Nation.
Chris Usher CBS/Landov

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter Liz is ending her primary challenge to Republican Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming.

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3:02am

Mon January 6, 2014
Shots - Health News

Dental Coverage Deciphered, And The Latest On Sign-Up Deadlines

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 4:01 pm

Laura Breland gets her teeth cleaned by Denise Lopez-Rodriguez at a community health center in Aurora, Colo., in 2012. Dental coverage is available through the Affordable Care Act.
John Moore Getty Images

New Year's Day marked the halfway point to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act for coverage this year.

And after a dismal start, things seem to be going a lot better on the HealthCare.gov website. Federal officials say more than 1 million people enrolled in coverage by the Christmas Eve deadline for coverage that began January 1.

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11:58am

Sun January 5, 2014
Politics

The Campaign For Jobless Benefits Begins In Congress

Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., along with Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., is co-sponsoring the three-month extension of unemployment benefits up for a vote in Congress this week.
Win McNamee Getty Images

The Senate gets back to work Monday after a two-week holiday break. Just as Majority Leader Harry Reid promised, the first piece of legislation getting a vote will be a three-month extension of the long-term unemployment benefits that ran out a week ago for 1.3 million jobless Americans.

Though the Senate unemployment measure is bipartisan, it's not clear it has enough votes to beat a GOP filibuster. Regardless, Democrats are banging the drum on the issue as a midterm election year begins.

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