August 31, 2010 In a startling turnabout of political fortune, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the odds-on favorite to win another term, has conceded defeat to her Aug. 24 primary rival, Tea Party-backed Joe Miller.
In this video image, President Obama speaks to the nation from the Oval Office about the end of the U.S. combat role in Iraq.
August 31, 2010 As he ended the combat mission in Iraq, President Obama called on the American people to put the energies once devoted there into the fighting in Afghanistan and the rebuilding of the U.S. economy. But he also foreshadowed what analysts say will be a difficult and dangerous job of training Iraqi forces to maintain their country's security.
August 31, 2010 Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) has picked up some votes in the first day of counting absentees in her stunningly close primary battle with challenger Joe Miller. But there may not be enough votes out there for her to win in the end.
August 31, 2010 Even though it was a calmer summer for the health debate this year, a monthly Kaiser Family Foundation poll finds that support has slipped for health overhaul.
August 31, 2010 The latest ScuttleButton winner is Antony Pate of Washington, D.C., who goes on to lash out at the previous week's puzzle. Apparently, "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" was more acceptable than "Heroes and Villains."
August 31, 2010 White House press secretary Robert Gibbs talks to Steve Inskeep about President Obama's address to the nation on Iraq on Tuesday night. They also discuss the economy and the outlook for Democrats in the midterm elections.
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August 31, 2010 California lawmakers are scheduled to vote Tuesday on a proposal to phase out and ultimately ban plastic grocery bags statewide. But plastic industry trade groups are lobbying hard and spending thousands to defeat the ban.
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August 30, 2010 James Traficant, the former Ohio Democratic congressman who was expelled in 2002 on corruption charges, now looks like he will make the ballot in his state's 17th Congressional District as an independent.
August 30, 2010 Conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck drew a huge crowd to the National Mall for a rally on Saturday. Attendees expressed alarm over the country's direction and government spending, but politics wasn't the only focus at the rally. Beck used the event as an opportunity to challenge President Obama's religious beliefs, saying Obama "is a guy who understands the world through liberation theology, which is oppressor and victim." NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
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Boxer, at a rally in Los Angeles on Aug. 13.
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August 30, 2010 WATCHING WASHINGTON: The party that reached 60 seats last year now fears a downward path that could go below 50. Races that they thought were sure bets in three states aren't looking so sure anymore.
August 30, 2010 President Obama was in New Orleans Sunday to mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The trip focused on the city's struggles and triumphs since the storm and devastating flooding left much of it under water. And the president told residents that help from the government is a long-term commitment.
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August 30, 2010 The Southern Governors' Association wraps up its annual conference in Birmingham, Ala., Monday. State officials at Sunday's meeting heard from BP CEO Bob Dudley, claims czar Kenneth Feinberg and Thad Allen, the government's point person on the oil spill recovery.
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Beck on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during Saturday's rally.
August 29, 2010 The conservative broadcaster drew thousands to the National Mall on Saturday. Along with Sarah Palin, he spoke of turning back to God.
August 29, 2010 The last time we spoke to EPA administrator Lisa Jackson in October of last year, she was pretty hopeful that Congress would pass a climate change bill. They didn't, and now the agency is issuing new rules and regulations that will do some of the things it hoped Congress would. Host Liane Hansen asks Jackson how she responds to critics who say the EPA is overstepping its authority.
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August 29, 2010 President Obama goes to New Orleans Sunday to mark the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. It was five years ago when the monster storm roared ashore in Louisiana and Mississippi and sent a 30-foot-high wall of water crashing into the coast. Host Liane Hansen talks with NPR's Mandalit del Barco.
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