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August 17, 2014 | NPR · American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.
 

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Aug 8, 2014 — Meaningful as this rightward shift has been for the GOP and the Senate, the insurgent elements would have preferred to actually knock off a few of their targets.
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Jun 4, 2014 — Political observers declared the Tea Party dead in May after it lost every major GOP primary it contested. Sen. Thad Cochran's performance against his Tea Party rival makes that judgment seem rash.
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Jan 31, 2014 — Some conservatives say the health care law is here to stay. They're urging Republicans to shift their focus from repealing it to changing parts they don't like. The Tea Party wing calls that capitulation. And it's pushing primary challengers against Republicans they say are soft on repeal.
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Dec 24, 2013 — It's been a year of influence, resilience and determination for the tea party. But not all of its actions were successful, and it faces political battles in year ahead — not just with Democrats, but also with the GOP.
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Nov 26, 2013 — The agency came under fire earlier this year for targeting conservative groups. It says new guidelines will make its job easier and give organizations a better sense of what they can and cannot do, and still retain their tax-exempt status.
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Oct 18, 2013 — The conservative firepower behind Mississippi senator's primary election opponent suggests Cochran will need to take the race seriously.
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Oct 16, 2013 — Since 2010, negative views toward the Tea Party have nearly doubled, and the number of "very unfavorable" views of the group has tripled.
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Oct 10, 2013 — The president and a select group of 18 House Republicans are scheduled to go head-to-head at the White House at noon.
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Oct 9, 2013 — Don't expect the president to campaign for Milton Wolf. There's some political distance between Wolf and his cousin in the White House, to put it mildly.
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Oct 9, 2013 — President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner trade barbs, while some federal employees considered "essential" are working without a paycheck.
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