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4:43am

Fri March 21, 2014
Politics

Romney's Job In Idaho: Prevent GOP Voters From Veering 'Wild Right'

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 6:45 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And I'm Linda Wertheimer. We've talked on this program about something resembling a civil war in the Republican Party this year. More establishment Republicans are in primary battles against Tea Party candidates, and money is pouring in on both sides.

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6:44pm

Thu March 20, 2014
It's All Politics

With New Inquiry, Harry Reid Raises Stakes In Senate-CIA Clash

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 6:47 pm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid faces reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 11, following a caucus lunch.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared "I support Senator Feinstein unequivocally" the same day she thrashed the CIA on the Senate floor, the question of whether the pugilistic top congressional Democrat from Nevada would leap into that fight seemed less a matter of if than when.

A little more than a week later, Reid made his move.

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6:01pm

Thu March 20, 2014
It's All Politics

With Wind At Its Back, GOP Expands 2014 Senate Map

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 7:49 am

Colorado Republican Rep. Cory Gardner officially announces his candidacy for the U.S. Senate at Denver Lumber Co. on March 1. Gardner will run against Democratic incumbent Mark Udall.
Chris Schneider AP

Republicans seem to have all the momentum lately when it comes to the battle for control of the U.S. Senate.

GOP chances were already looking brighter because of the drag on Democrats from the Affordable Care Act and President Obama's low approval ratings. Then came two developments that suddenly expanded the playing field: Former GOP Sen. Scott Brown recently announced his intent to run against New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, and GOP Rep. Cory Gardner jumped in against Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall.

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3:36pm

Thu March 20, 2014
Politics

Between Mayor And Governor, Trace A Democratic Party Fault Line

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 5:20 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

When it comes to the Democratic Party establishment, you can't get much more established than Andrew Cuomo. He is the second Cuomo to be governor of New York. He was once married to a Kennedy. But these days, Cuomo is sparring with the party's progressive wing personified by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Democrats all over are watching closely, as NPR's Joe Rose reports.

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2:31pm

Thu March 20, 2014
It's All Politics

Robert Strauss, Former Party Chairman And Power Broker, Dies At 95

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 4:24 pm

Robert Strauss speaks with interviewers before a broadcast of NBC's Meet the Press in 1979. The former chairman for the Democratic National Committee died Wednesday at the age of 95.
Jeff Taylor AP

Robert Strauss, a Texas lawyer who served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee and held White House posts under presidents of both parties, died Wednesday at the age 95.

Strauss, who was appointed as DNC chairman after Sen. George McGovern's landslide defeat in 1972, helped reunify the party in advance of Jimmy Carter's victory in 1976.

He later became an adviser to Carter as a special trade representative, anti-inflation czar and negotiator in Middle East peace talks. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush appointed him as U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union.

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