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4:52pm

Wed July 31, 2013
Politics

Obama Makes Rare Trip To The Hill For Closed-Door Meetings

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 6:05 pm

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President Obama rarely visits Capitol Hill, but today, he traveled down Pennsylvania Avenue to meet with House and Senate Democrats. He wanted to rally their support on a range of issues before Congress sets off on its long August recess. NPR congressional reporter Ailsa Chang joins us from the Capitol. And, Ailsa, meeting just with Democrats, no Republicans this time.

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1:28pm

Wed July 31, 2013
Politics

As Summer Recess Looms, Congress Remains Inactive

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 2:20 pm

Jonathan Weisman writes that the last week before the long summer recess is usually crunchtime for Congress, but it's "a sleepy time for the underachieving 113th."
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Friday is the last day before the 113th Congress scatters for their summer recess. And what has it accomplished so far? Almost nothing, says New York Times congressional correspondent Jonathan Weisman. As he points out in a recent article:

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11:46am

Wed July 31, 2013
Politics

On The Eve Of Gay Marriage, Not All Of Minnesota Is Ready

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 1:53 pm

Cathy ten Broeke speaks during a news conference last month at Minneapolis City Hall. She and her partner, Margaret Miles (right), along with Jeff Isaacson (back left) and his partner, Al Giraud (back right), are the first two same-sex couples Mayor R.T. Rybak (right) will marry in the City Hall rotunda on Aug. 1.
Jeff Baenen AP

It's going to be a party in Minneapolis.

With gay marriages becoming legal in Minnesota on Thursday, courthouses in major cities across the state will be open after midnight to accommodate dozens of same-sex couples eager to tie the knot.

"It's good for our business," says Ron Stein, a jeweler in Minneapolis, where the mayor plans to conduct weddings for approximately 40 couples. "We've had orders already."

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11:32am

Wed July 31, 2013
Beauty Shop

Do Women Have A Responsibility When Men Misbehave?

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11:32am

Wed July 31, 2013
Health Care

New Health Exchanges: What You Need To Know

On October 1st, online health insurance exchanges open up as part of the Affordable Care Act. Kaiser Health News' Mary Agnes Carey speaks to host Michel Martin about what will change, and how you can prepare for the roll-out.

6:27am

Wed July 31, 2013
Politics

House Expected To Vote On Student Loan Deal

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 6:59 am

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NPR's business news starts with hope for a student loan dean.

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5:37am

Wed July 31, 2013
Politics

2016 May Seem Just Around The Corner For Political Rivals

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 6:59 am

With a public battle between two likely Republican presidential contenders, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, and a private meeting between possible Democratic rivals Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, it feels like 2016 is just around the corner. The two parties are already aligning themselves for a presidential race that's still three years away.

5:37am

Wed July 31, 2013
Politics

Obama Offers 'Grand Bargain' On Corporate Taxes

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 6:59 am

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President Obama is offering Congress what he describes as a grand bargain on corporate taxes. He laid out the terms in Chattanooga, Tennessee yesterday on the latest stop of his national economic speaking tour.

NPR's Ari Shapiro was on the trip.

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6:32pm

Tue July 30, 2013
It's All Politics

Immigration Issue Shows Big Money Doesn't Always Win In D.C.

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 7:17 pm

The crowd cheers speaker Glenn Beck (not pictured) during a Tea Party rally to "Audit the IRS" in front of the U.S. Capitol on June 19.
Gary Cameron Reuters/Landov

Big Money often gets what it wants in Washington. But not always.

In few policy debates is that more true than in the proposed overhaul of the nation's immigration laws.

The big donors and corporate leaders of the Republican establishment mostly favor remaking U.S. immigration laws to give those now here illegally an eventual door to citizenship and to increase the annual quota for guest workers.

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6:00pm

Tue July 30, 2013
It's All Politics

GOP Puzzles Over Liz Cheney Senate Run

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 6:40 pm

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

Liz Cheney's decision to move to deep red Wyoming and launch what promises to be an expensive primary challenge against GOP Sen. Mike Enzi continues to baffle.

And it's not just pollsters — whose early surveys show her trailing the popular Enzi badly in a state where an overwhelming majority of voters say they don't view her as a "Wyomingite" — who are scratching their heads.

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