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Candidates And Candidates-To-Be Woo New Hampshire's GOP

Republican candidates — those who've already declared and those who have yet to — gathered in New Hampshire this weekend to speak to their party. Whose messages resonated? And whose did not?

All Things Considered

When Politicians Lose Their Accents

Some say Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's Midwestern accent has become less pronounced. Georgetown professor Deborah Tannen says politicians' voices often change, depending on their audience.

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GOP Presidential Hopefuls Converge In New Hampshire

New Hampshire Public Radio's Josh Rogers shares an update from Nashua, N.H., where current and potential Republican presidential candidates have gathered to speak to party leaders and activists.

O'Malley, Possible Clinton Rival, Says A President Can't Let Polls Lead

The former Maryland governor also was flatly dismissive of Republican economic theories in an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, saying they're 'patently bull----.'

Weekend Edition Saturday

The Cat-And-Mouse Game Of The Great Clinton Chase, Iowa Edition

Hillary Clinton's campaign went to great lengths to keep her events in Iowa this week intimate. That's easier said than done when the candidate is one of the world's most famous politicians.

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On Links As In Life, D.C. Bipartisan Relations Are Deep In The Rough

Golf is a sport that's been enjoyed by both Democrats and Republicans through the decades, but bipartisan golf outings may be disappearing like a shanked tee shot into a water hazard.

A Ticking Clock Threatens Obama's Immigration Plan

A New Orleans federal appeals court case may determine whether the president can implement his immigration plan before his term is up.

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Hillary Clinton Supports Amendment To Get Hidden Money Out Of Politics

Clinton called campaign finance reform one of the "four big fights" of her campaign. But does this idea of a constitutional amendment to restrict or eliminate big money stand a chance?

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Week In Politics: Trans-Pacific Partnership, 2016 Presidential Candidates

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times about progress on trade in Congress.

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Lawmakers Approve Bill To Help Finalize Asia-Pacific Trade Deal

Senate negotiators move forward on legislation that would give President Obama the authority to negotiate a sweeping trade accord. That deal, however, will align Obama with Republicans and pit him against Democrats.

Money In Politics: The Gyrocopter's Complaint

April 20, 2015
A member of a bomb squad pulls something off of a small helicopter and throws it after a man landed on the West Lawn of the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, April 15, 2015.  A Florida postal carrier named Doug Hughes took responsibility for the stunt on a website where he said he was delivering letters to all 535 members of Congress in order to draw attention to campaign finance corruption. (AP)

We’ll take up the gyrocopter pilot’s complaint. Big money politics in America, on the road to 2016. And what to do about it.

Gov. Baker Reflects On His First 100 Days In Office

April 17, 2015

Gov. Baker’s first 100 days have involved some big surprises — many of them weather related.

Marijuana Legalization Group Submits First Draft of Ballot Question

April 17, 2015

A group hoping to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Massachusetts has submitted a draft of a proposed ballot question to the state attorney general’s office.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh On Marathon, City News

April 17, 2015
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Radio Boston, April 17, 2015. (Jesse Costa/WBUR

We hear from Mayor Marty Walsh about the Boston Marathon, the bombing trial, the city’s Olympic bid, diversity in city hall and more.

Obama Immigration Policy Up For Debate In Federal Court

April 17, 2015
The John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse, home of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, New Orleans, Louisiana. (Bobak/Wikimedia Commons)

The judges will hear arguments on whether President Obama can move forward with his executive actions on immigration.

Commentary: Hillary’s Hope: The More Candidates, The Merrier

April 17, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, visits with local residents at The Tremont, Wednesday in Marshalltown, Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall/AP)

If several challengers split the unhappy-with-Hillary vote, it would be hard for any of them to quickly emerge as the clear alternative, Todd Domke says.

Republicans Support Obama’s Fast-Track Authority For Asian Trade Deal

April 17, 2015
U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (third from right) talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (third from right) on Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other issues at the start of talks at the latter's official residence in Tokyo in Tokyo on February 19, 2015. (Kimimasa Mayama/AFP/Getty Images)

The support from Republicans puts the president in an awkward situation. Many Democrats say the deal would hurt American workers.

Interior Secretary On Parks, Funding And Polarization In Washington

April 17, 2015
United States Interior Secretary Sally Jewell talks with park rangers during a tour of Jamestown Island in Jamestown, Va., Thursday, June 5, 2014. (Steve Helber/AP)

Sally Jewell, who oversees agencies including the National Park Service, discusses some of the efforts underway, and biggest challenges.

Mayor Walsh Holds Public Safety Presser On Boston Marathon

April 17, 2015

Boston officials, including Mayor Marty Walsh, are speaking Friday about security measures being taken for the 119th Boston Marathon on Monday.

Rand Paul, Bitcoin And A New Frontier In Campaign Finance Loopholes

April 17, 2015
Presidential candidate Rand Paul's decision to accept bitcoin speaks to his hip, edgy, libertarian side -- but it also raises important concerns because the virtual currency is untraceable. Paul is pictured here on April 11, 2015, in Las Vegas. (John Locher/AP)

Presidential candidate Rand Paul’s decision to accept bitcoin speaks to his hip, edgy, libertarian side — but it also raises important concerns because the virtual currency is untraceable.

Week In The News: Hillary Is In, Iran Deal Details, Blackwater Sentencing

April 17, 2015
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio waves to supporters as his wife Jeanette joins him on stage, after he announced that he will be running for the Republican presidential nomination, during a rally at the Freedom Tower, Monday, April 13, 2015, in Miami. (AP)

Hillary and Rubio, in for 2016. Congress, in on the Iran Deal. And a Gyrocopter on the Capitol lawn. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton On D.C. Statehood, Civil Rights

April 16, 2015
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) is pictured on September 16, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

As the Democratic representative for Washington, D.C. in the House, Norton has pushed for equal voting rights for D.C. in Congress.

Congressman Trey Gowdy On Obamacare Repeal Votes, Police Shootings

April 16, 2015
U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) speaks during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee June 11, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The South Carolina Republican calls the votes “symbolic” and says the recent police shooting in his state is not a sign of a larger problem.

Spokesman: Transportation Board Members Will Likely Honor Baker’s Request They Resign

April 16, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker asked all board members except his transportation secretary to step aside, following a report that blasted the MBTA’s management.

Taking Stock Of The Obama Presidency

April 16, 2015
On his way out the door, when most second term presidents are pouring over design details for their  libraries, Barack Obama is still hard at work. In this photo, the president walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

On his way out the door, when most second term presidents are poring over design details for their libraries, Barack Obama is still hard at work.

‘Institutional Memory’ Of U.S. Senate To Retire

April 15, 2015
Don Ritchie, historian of the U.S. Senate, speaks at the 53rd annual United States Senate Youth Program on Mar. 9, 2015, in Washington, D.C. (Jakub Mosur and Erin Lubin)

Donald Ritchie has spent nearly 40 years keeping track of Senate lore and delivering weekly historical minutes to Senate lawmakers.

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