Congress

4:37am

Wed May 2, 2012
NPR Story

Justice Department Downplays Hate Crime Law Expectation

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 5:53 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

On a Wednesday, it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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And I'm David Greene. Nearly three years ago, Congress passed a federal hate crime law. It makes it illegal to target victims because of their race, religion or sexual orientation. The law drew protests from some Republican lawmakers and religious groups, who said it threatened their free speech rights. And the law has been used sparingly.

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3:14pm

Sat April 28, 2012
NPR Story

Civil Liberties Groups See Holes In Cyber Defense Bill

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 4:07 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

Here in Washington, the House of Representatives passed its version of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing And Protection Act or CISPA, as it's known. Backers say the bill is meant to protect the country's Internet infrastructure from cyberattacks. But civil libertarians and other opponents believes CISPA will give the U.S. government unprecedented access to all sorts of private information about you that is now online without ever having to go to a judge and ask for it. NPR's Steve Henn reports.

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5:50am

Sat April 28, 2012
NPR Story

'What Good' Does Congress Do? Don't Ask

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 10:22 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

The U.S. Congress doesn't win any popularity contests. Approval ratings for the legislative branch run the gamut from dismal to embarrassing. Nine percent at their lowest, and all the chaos and discord in the 112th Congress have distressed a lot of its members too. Democratic representative Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri called the last-minute deal to raise the debt ceiling, quote, "a sugar-coated Satan sandwich. If you lift the bun, you will not like what you see."

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3:12am

Fri April 27, 2012
Politics

House To Vote On Student Loan Bill

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 5:24 am

Lawmakers in the House plan to vote Friday on a measure that would prevent a doubling of the student loan interest rate on July 1. The House would pay for the decreased revenue by raiding the new health care law's fund for preventive care.

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8:57am

Thu April 26, 2012
Planet Money

Why The Postal Service Doesn't Want To Be Rescued

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 6:02 am

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A bill passed by the Senate yesterday would help U.S. Postal Service keep post offices around the country open, NPR reports.

The Postal Service is not pleased.

The key issue: The Postal Service, which loses $25 million every single day, wants to save money by closing hundreds or thousands of post offices and shifting services to places like grocery stores.

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