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4:12 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Senate Republicans Block Bill To Raise Federal Minimum Wage

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 6:35 am

One of the Democrats top election themes this year was stopped cold in the Senate on Wednesday. Republicans successfully blocked Democrats from even taking up a bill to raise the minimum wage.

Could Cause Supreme Court to get involved
5:50 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Botched Execution Gives Death Penalty Opponents More Fuel For Their Fire

Credit Steven Depolo / Flickr.com

A bungled execution in Oklahoma provides death penalty opponents with a fresh, startling example of how lethal injections can go wrong.

But the odds of successfully challenging the nation's main execution method will probably hinge on exactly what caused Clayton Lockett's apparent agony.

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Politics
3:53 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Minimum Wage Raise: Blocked For Now, May Live Again In Campaigns

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 10:20 pm

Senate Republicans blocked a vote Wednesday on a bill to raise the nation's minimum wage. But don't expect that to be the end of the story.

For more than a year now, Democrats, including President Obama, have been pushing to boost the minimum wage. Their latest target is $10.10 an hour.

GOP critics argue that would depress hiring in an already weak job market.

But raising the wage is popular with voters, and Democrats plan to make the issue a rallying cry between now and the November elections.

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Politics
3:00 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Against 'Dark Money,' A Star Witness Speaks In Congress

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 5:18 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens testified in a Senate hearing today on the surge of secret money in politics. Stevens retired from the court a few months after the Citizens United ruling in 2010. He had issued an emphatic dissent in the case, which allowed corporations and unions to spend without limits in campaigns.

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Can I Just Tell You?
11:17 am
Wed April 30, 2014

First Lady Not First Priority For Graduates

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 11:35 am

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State Capitol
9:08 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Fallin Vetoes Bills, Urges House Action On Capitol Repairs

Gov. Mary Fallin enters the House chamber of the State Capitol before her 2014 State of the State address.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin says she's vetoing more than a dozen House bills in part to send a message to House leaders that they need to take action on some of her top priorities.

Fallin announced 15 vetoes Tuesday and said the House is not taking care of substantive issues that most Oklahomans care about and challenged lawmakers to "step it up."

“This is not a one day deal because we have a limited amount of time to get our work done,” Fallin said when asked whether Tuesday’s vetoes were an isolated incident.

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NPR Story
4:05 am
Wed April 30, 2014

White House Warns Highway Trust Fund Is Low On Funds

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 7:22 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The Obama administration has sent Congress a $302 billion measure to fund highway and other infrastructure. The White House contends that unless Congress acts, the Highway Trust Fund will run out of money this summer.

Here's NPR's Brian Naylor.

BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: The Obama administration proposes closing some corporate tax loopholes to augment money raised by the gas tax. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx also wants to give states the authority to put new tolls on interstate highways.

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It's All Politics
3:57 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Poll: Young Voters Uninterested In November 2014 Elections

A young Miami voter wears her "I voted today" sticker in October 2012.
J Pat Carter AP

Youth is a time of idealism and energy, except, perhaps, when it comes to voting in the midterm elections.

A new Harvard Institute of Politics poll finds that interest in voting in the November 2014 elections among 18- to 29-year-old voters is lower now than just several months ago — and even lower than it was at a similar point in 2010.

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Native American
10:28 am
Tue April 29, 2014

VIDEO: New Chief Sworn In For Choctaw Nation Of Oklahoma

A new chief of the third-largest Native American tribe in the United States has been sworn in.

Gary Batton was sworn in as chief of the Choctaw Nation during a ceremony Monday in Durant.

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The Two-Way
7:24 am
Tue April 29, 2014

EU Follows U.S. In Imposing New Sanctions On Russia

Armed pro-Russian militants attacked a demonstration of supporters of Ukraine in Donetsk on Monday.
Olya Morvan Maxppp/Landov

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 8:28 am

This post was updated at 9:30 a.m. ET.

The European Union has followed the U.S. in imposing a new round of sanctions on Russia for the Kremlin's intervention in Crimea and alleged support of separatist elements inside eastern Ukraine.

The sanctions, which specifically target Russian President Vladimir Putin's "inner circle," drew a response from Moscow, which described them in Cold War terms.

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