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Guantanamo Bay A Sticking Point Between U.S., Cuba Since 1903

Guantanamo Bay is home to the United States' oldest overseas base. Melissa Block talks to Vanderbilt History Professor Paul Kramer.

McCain Calls Protesters 'Low-Life Scum' At Senate Hearing

The anti-war demonstrators were shouting at former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who was attending a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on global security challenges.

Senate OKs Keystone XL Pipeline, Setting Up Fight With Obama

Nine Democrats joined 53 Republicans to pass the measure, which must be reconciled with a version passed by the House. The Senate vote is also not enough to override a threatened presidential veto.

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GOP Presidential Hopefuls Debate At Koch Brothers Forum

Steve Inskeep talks to ABC White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, who moderated a panel discussion of potential Republican presidential candidates earlier this week at a donor's gathering.

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Attorney General Nomination Expected To Advance To Full Senate

Loretta Lynch faced questioning from senators in her bid for confirmation. Republicans used the opportunity to criticize the president's executive actions on immigration and Eric Holder's record.

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Insurance Choices Dwindle In Rural California As Blue Shield Pulls Back

When Blue Shield of California stopped selling individual health policies in many zip codes in 2014, even insurance agents were surprised. Blue Shield says it dropped out to keep premiums low.

AG Nominee Lynch Says She Differs From Obama On Marijuana

The moment contrasted with other exchanges between Lynch and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, such as when she defended Obama's right to take executive action on immigration rules.

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Beefed-Up Border Security Proposal Unsettles Texas Business Leaders

A bill proposing tighter security on the Southern border has provoked a backlash from some South Texas leaders. They say the measures may hurt trade with Mexico, the state's largest trading partner.

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Attorney General Nominee Faces Senate Judiciary Committee

Seeking confirmation, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch faced the Senate Judiciary committee on Wednesday.

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White House Won't Seek To End 529 College Tax Break

All 50 states and the District of Columbia sponsor 529 plans. Critics had called the proposal to limit them a tax hike on the middle class.

Week In The News: Northeast Blizzard, Greek Shakeup, GOP Preps For 2016

January 30, 2015
Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch gathers her papers during a break in her testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on her nomination. (AP)

Obama abroad. Hostage drama. Attorney general hearings. Snow days. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

House To Consider Revoking Term Limits For Speaker

January 29, 2015
In this Nov. 10, 2014 file photo, House Speaker Robert DeLeo speaks to reporters after meeting privately with then-Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker, left. (AP/Elise Amendola)

House Speaker Robert DeLeo pushed for the eight-year term limit back in 2009, but, now, he wants to do away with them.

How Blizzards Make, Or Break, A Mayor

January 29, 2015
Blizzard of 1888, 45th Street and Grand Central Depot (Beth Poss/Flickr)

Blizzards are big tests for modern mayors. Early storms showed that cities weren’t as mighty as they thought and forced city governments to step up their game.

DeLeo Defends Push To End House Speaker’s Term Limit

January 29, 2015
House Speaker Robert DeLeo speaks to reporters on July 30, 2010, after legislators approved the licensing of three casinos and two slot parlors in Massachusetts. Gov. Deval Patrick differed on the slots provision, and the legislation subsequently languished. (AP)

House Speaker Robert DeLeo, who pushed to institute term limits in 2009, said he didn’t feel he was going back on his word, pointing instead to the experience he has gained.

First Lady Michelle Obama Goes Scarf-Free In Saudi Arabia

January 29, 2015
The new Saudi Arabian King, Salman bin Abdul Aziz (right) and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama (center) hold a receiving line for delegation members at the Erga Palace in the capital Riyadh on January 27, 2015. U.S. President Barack Obama is in Saudi Arabia to shore up ties with new king and offer condolences after the death of his predecessor King Abdullah. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

The women of Saudi Arabia are expected to cover up, but Saudi law doesn’t require foreign visitors to wear a hijab.

Jorge Ramos: Republicans Have An Immigration Problem

January 29, 2015
Univision anchor Jorge Ramos is pictured in the studio in Miami, Florida on Dec. 14, 2011. (Alan Diaz/AP)

The Univision and Fusion anchor has been warning Republicans that playing politics with immigration risks losing the Latino vote.

New Greek Government Sparks European Concerns

January 29, 2015
The world is waiting to see how Greece's new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras takes on the country's economic problems. (Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images)

Alexis Tsipras has raised concerns with his threats to renege on key budget commitments made in exchange for the $27 billion bailout.

Would You Vote For An Atheist?

January 29, 2015
A look at the strong prejudice many Americans still have against presidential candidates who happen to be atheists. In this photo, a voter casts her electronic ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 at her precinct in Madison, Miss. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

A look at the strong prejudice many Americans still have against presidential candidates who happen to be atheists.

DeLeo To Seek End To Speaker’s Term Limit

January 28, 2015
House Speaker Robert DeLeo speaks to reporters on July 30, 2010, after legislators approved the licensing of three casinos and two slot parlors in Massachusetts. Gov. Deval Patrick differed on the slots provision, and the legislation subsequently languished. (AP)

House Speaker Robert DeLeo was a driving force behind the creation of the term-limit rule in 2009 following the abrupt departure of former House Speaker Sal DiMasi, who was later indicted and convicted on federal corruption charges.

Disability Advocates Fight Disabled Governor

January 28, 2015
Texas Governor-Elect Greg Abbott listens to questions from the press after a meeting at the White House December 5, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Bob Kafka of ADAPT says that despite the governor’s own paralysis, he has gutted programs for disabled people.

Indiana Governor Getting Heat For State-Sponsored News Site

January 28, 2015
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence gives a speech in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (Michael Conroy/AP)

NPR’s David Folkenflik weighs in on Gov. Mike Pence’s plan for a state-run taxpayer-funded news site called “Just IN.”

What 'Free Community College' Means — And What It Could Cost

January 28, 2015
Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Pellissippi State Community College Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP)

The promise of free community college. What it might mean for our economy and our fraying social contract.

Proposal Could Open Parts Of Atlantic, Close Parts Of Arctic To Drilling

January 27, 2015
This 2007 photo provided by Shell Exploration & Production Company shows the Frontier Discoverer drilling rig as it sits in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. (Shell Exploration & Production via AP)

We take a look at the proposal, which is a win and a loss each for environmentalists and the oil industry.

Anti-Austerity Gains Steam In Europe

January 27, 2015
Leader of Syriza left-wing party Alexis Tsipras speaks to his supporters outside Athens University Headquarters, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. A triumphant Alexis Tsipras told Greeks that his radical left Syriza party's win in Sunday's early general election meant an end to austerity and humiliation and that the country's regular and often fraught debt inspections were a thing of the past. (AP)

A leftist victory in Greece, and anti-austerity pushback across Europe. We’ll ask where this goes.

To Rebuild The Middle Class, Don’t Stop With Free Community College

January 27, 2015
President Barack Obama speaks at Boise State University, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Boise, Idaho, about the themes in his State of the Union address. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Northeastern University’s Joseph Aoun says President Obama’s plan to offer two years of free community college tuition for students doesn’t go far enough.

Bloom Of Arab Spring Fades In Egypt

January 26, 2015
Egyptian protesters shout slogans during a demonstration against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and marking the fourth anniversary of the 2011 uprising, on January 25, 2015 in the capital Cairo.

Protests in Egypt erupted on the fourth anniversary of the Arab Spring. Thanassis Cambanis’ new book explores why Egypt had a revolution and why it failed.

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