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4:09 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Rep. Ryan Cautions Obama Not To Issue Immigration Executive Order

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 6:20 am

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Politics
4:02 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Survey: Americans Are Grumpy About Economic Recovery

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 6:20 am

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Politics
4:02 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Colo. Democrats Bet On Immigration To Boost Udall's Re-Election Bid

Sonia Marquez of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition is encouraging Latinos to turn out for this year's midterm elections.
Kirk Siegler NPR

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 12:25 pm

In southwest Denver, a wave of immigrants from Mexico and El Salvador has settled in the neighborhoods around the intersection of Federal Boulevard and Alameda Avenue.

Billboards are in Spanish. Chile stands, taquerias and Asian noodle houses line the streets.

In a small office plaza across from a carniceria, a group of Latino activists are staging a press conference to roll out their Immigration Voter Accountability Project.

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Open U.S. Senate Seat
7:47 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Johnson Ready To Battle Lankford For Senate Seat

Connie Johnson, Democratic Nominee For the U.S. Senate.
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Oklahoma state Sen. Connie Johnson says she's "temporarily relieved" after winning the Democratic nomination to face Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford in the race for the U.S. Senate.

Johnson won Tuesday's primary runoff for a spot on the November ballot. Lankford won the GOP nomination in the June primary.

Johnson said Wednesday that she'll work to improve education and bring jobs to Oklahoma. She says she believes she can win, despite Oklahoma's reputation as a solidly Republican "red state."

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It's All Politics
5:34 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Former Iowa Lawmaker Admits To Getting Payoff Before 2012 Caucuses

Kent Sorenson says he was paid for his endorsement of Ron Paul in the 2012 presidential campaign — and that the exchange was hidden from the public.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 8:24 pm

A former Iowa state senator says he concealed money he took for shifting loyalty from Rep. Michele Bachmann to then-Rep. Ron Paul during the 2012 presidential campaign.

There's always a certain amount of weirdness in the Iowa presidential caucuses, and in the 2012 cycle the peak weirdness might have come just before New Year's. Republican state Sen. Kent Sorenson, the Iowa chairman for Bachmann's campaign, jumped to the Paul campaign six days before the voting — immediately setting off rumors that he had taken a payoff for switching sides.

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Filed Petition
5:02 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Same-Sex Tulsa Couple Wants U.S. Supreme Court To Take Up Marriage Ban

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Lawyers for a same-sex Tulsa couple seeking the right to marry in Oklahoma have filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court asking the court to take up their case.

The couple, Sharon Baldwin and Mary Bishop, sued Tulsa County Clerk Sally Howe Smith for failing to issue them a marriage license shortly after voters in Oklahoma approved a ban on same-sex marriage in 2004.

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It's All Politics
4:11 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

CBO Forecast: There's Good News And Bad News

Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf is reflected on a tabletop as he speaks about the office's annual Budget and Economic Outlook during an October 2013 news conference in Washington. A CBO study released Thursday projects a slight increase in the 2014 budget deficit.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 5:54 pm

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is giving both Republican and Democratic partisans fresh fodder for the talking points they've already staked out on the economy.

The country's gross domestic product, according to its new report, will grow at just 1.5 percent this year — proof, say Republicans, that President Obama and Senate Democrats have been unable to bring the country out of recession.

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Politics
3:47 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Mapping Out The End Days Of The Midterm Campaign

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 6:29 pm

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It's All Politics
3:47 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

State Democrats Play Defense Ahead Of Midterm Elections

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Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 6:29 pm

Democrats are bracing for the 2014 election, now fewer than 10 weeks away.

What has them worried this year?

There's the president's slumping approval scores, the public view that the country is on the wrong track, and frustration that the economic recovery hasn't eased the nation's economic anxiety.

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Health Care
4:07 am
Wed August 27, 2014

After Inspector General Report, Veterans Want More Than Promises

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 6:15 am

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