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It's All Politics
1:16 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Bill Clinton Says His Wife's Brain Is Just Fine, Thank You

Former President Bill Clinton answers questions Wednesday from Gwen Ifill of PBS NewsHour at the 2014 Fiscal Summit organized by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation in Washington.
AP

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 2:50 pm

Bill Clinton says he was "dumbfounded" by Republican strategist Karl Rove's recent comments about Hillary Clinton's brain. But the former president was hardly left speechless.

"First they say she was faking her concussion; now they say she's auditioning for a part on The Walking Dead," Clinton said on Wednesday when asked about Rove's remark that Hillary may have suffered "brain damage" from a fall in 2012.

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Around the Nation
9:33 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Jay Z Has Another Problem To Add To His 99

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 7:25 am

Social media is still buzzing about the video of Beyonce's younger sister Solange attacking Jay Z while leaving a party. But is it any of our business? The Beauty Shop ladies weigh in.

Politics
9:33 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Sen. Scott: Democrats Too Focused On Symptoms Of Poverty?

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 10:39 am

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Around the Nation
4:34 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Newark Mayor's Race Seen As A Referendum On Cory Booker

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 5:27 am

Residents in Newark, N.J., voted on Tuesday, closing a raucous mayoral campaign to replace Corey Booker, who is now a U.S. senator. Renee Montagne talks to Mark Bonamo of the website Politicker NJ.

Around the Nation
4:16 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Tea Party Challenger Wins Nebraska's GOP Senate Primary

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 5:27 am

In Tuesday's Senate primary in Nebraska, Ben Sasse, a university president and Tea Party favorite, beat former state treasurer Shane Osborn.

Politics
3:36 am
Wed May 14, 2014

With Midterm Elections In Mind, Democrats Micro-Target Voters

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 7:30 am

During the 2012 presidential race, Democrats used big data to much success. The big data approach to micro-targeting voters is getting increasingly powerful, and is being used for midterm campaigns.

Around the Nation
3:27 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Tea Party SuperPAC Targets Established GOP Candidates

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 7:29 am

Mainstream Republicans have been fighting back against Tea Party groups in congressional primaries this year. Steve Inskeep talks to Drew Ryun of the Madison Project, a national Tea Party superPAC.

Law
3:10 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Judicial Nominee On Hold Over Drone Strike Justification

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 5:27 am

Harvard law professor David Barron is under fire for signing memos that allowed the U.S. to kill a U.S. citizen overseas in a drone strike. Those blocking his nomination want the documents released.

The Two-Way
6:00 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Obama Sanctions Individuals In Central African Republic

A former Seleka soldier stands in the ruins of a mosque, which residents say was attacked and burned by anti-Balaka militiamen, about 16 miles from Bambari.
Siegfried Modola Reuters/Landov

President Obama has issued an executive order authorizing sanctions against five people in the Central African Republican in connection with the country's sectarian conflict.

In a statement, the White House cited "[escalating] violence and human rights abuses," and noted that "[communities] that have lived together peacefully for generations are being torn apart along sectarian lines."

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The Two-Way
5:37 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Longtime Congressman John Conyers Off Primary Ballot

Michigan Rep. John Conyers on Capitol Hill last year. A local election official in Detroit says Conyers doesn't have enough signatures to appear on the August primary ballot.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 8:00 am

Rep. John Conyers of Detroit, who's served in the U.S. House for nearly five decades, has failed to collect enough valid signatures to appear on the Aug. 5 Democratic primary ballot, a local election official says.

Quinn Klinefelter of member station WDET reports:

"Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett found that some campaign workers who gathered petition signatures to place Conyers on the primary ballot were not registered voters.

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The Two-Way
2:18 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Russia Aborts Rocket Engine Sales, GPS Cooperation With U.S.

Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket lifts off at Wallops Island, Va., in April of last year. The Antares uses a pair of Russian-made NK-33 rocket engines that Moscow says it will stop supplying for military launches.
Steve Helber AP

In a tit-for-tat sanctions dispute over the situation in Ukraine, a top Russian official said Tuesday that Moscow would stop supplying the U.S. with rocket engines used in military satellite launches and suspend operation of GPS ground stations in Russian territory.

The moves come after Washington banned some high-tech equipment sales to Russia as part of sanctions in response to the annexation of Crimea.

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Politics
2:05 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

In GOP Primaries, Establishment Has Kept The Tea Party Quiet

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 5:26 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

People in Nebraska and West Virginia are going to the polls today. In Nebraska, the Republican Senate primary has a familiar dynamic: Tea Party candidates running against Republicans backed by the party establishment.

NPR's national political correspondent Mara Liasson has been following this year's installment of the battle between the two wings of the GOP.

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Politics
2:05 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Obama Judicial Nominee Gets A Hostile Reception From Democrats

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 5:26 pm

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One of President Obama's most controversial picks for the federal bench faced a barrage of hostile questions from Democrats, during his confirmation hearing today. Michael Boggs is a state judge in Georgia. He was nominated to the federal district court as the result of a deal between the White House and Georgia's two Republican senators.

As NPR's Ailsa Chang reports, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee spent the morning hammering away at Boggs' conservative record.

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Education
9:19 am
Tue May 13, 2014

What Drives Protests On Campus?

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 11:05 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. It's commencement season. You might be headed to one this weekend. And while you're probably most concerned with seeing your loved one get that piece of paper, these days many students and faculty are showing new interest in who offers those often banal but still widely noted commencement remarks.

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Law
9:19 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Gay Marriage Around The Country: Not All Judges Say 'I Do'

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 11:10 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Same-sex marriage is back in the headlines this week. In Arkansas, gay and lesbian couples are lining up for marriage licenses after a state judge struck down its ban. Today in Virginia, a federal appeals court is hearing a challenge to the Commonwealth's ban on same-sex marriage. But these are just two of many cases winding through the courts across the country.

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It's All Politics
4:52 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Coming Soon To Your TV: Campaign Ads Targeted At You

Addressable TV advertising technologies, which allow advertisers to selectively target audiences and serve different ads within them, are poised to play a bigger role in political campaigns.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 12:53 pm

NPR's Mara Liasson interviewed top Democratic ad man Jim Margolis recently as part of her research for a story about political advertising aimed at women.

Much of the interview didn't make the final radio piece, but the picture he painted of the not-too-distant political future was fascinating — and a little unsettling.

Here are some excerpts from that interview:

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It's All Politics
4:52 am
Tue May 13, 2014

In Caustic Nebraska Senate Race, GOP Battle Lines Are Blurred

Republicans Shane Osborn (right) and Ben Sasse are slugging it out for the GOP Senate nomination in Nebraska, which holds its primary Tuesday.
Nati Harnik AP

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 3:02 pm

Conservative money has poured into Nebraska's Republican Senate primary race.

Big GOP names like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are on opposite sides.

And the attack ads have been brutal — including one that took a page directly from the Swift-boating of John Kerry's military record during his 2004 presidential run.

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Politics
1:23 am
Tue May 13, 2014

In Mississippi, A Tea Party Challenger Takes On A GOP Institution

Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel speaks to supporters in Jackson on Thursday. He is challenging Republican Sen. Thad Cochran in Cochran's bid for a seventh term.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 9:57 pm

The Tea Party Express bus tour made a recent swing through Mississippi, stopping on the lush grounds of the state Capitol in Jackson.

It's a strategic stop to rally support for a state senator who is giving longtime Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran the re-election battle of his career. The Senate primary here is the latest episode in the national GOP power struggle between establishment forces and Tea Party upstarts.

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Politics
12:38 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Election-Year Politics Dooms Energy Bill, Averts Pipeline Vote

Pipefitters work on construction of the Keystone XL pipeline's southern portion outside Tulsa, Okla., in January.
PR Newswire

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 10:23 am

As expected, an energy efficiency bill failed in the Senate on Monday, which makes a separate Senate vote on the Keystone XL oil pipeline unlikely before the November election.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had made a Keystone vote contingent upon passage of the energy efficiency bill, and letting one doom the other may have temporarily gotten him out of a bind.

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It's All Politics
4:19 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Keith Crisco, Congressional Opponent Of Clay Aiken, Dies

Keith Crisco, a North Carolina textile entrepreneur who went up against former American Idol singer Clay Aiken in a Democratic primary, died in an accident at home on Monday.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 8:13 am

A week after apparently losing his nomination bid for Congress, Keith Crisco has died.

Despite extensive experience in business and government, Crisco is fated to be best known as the person who finished behind former American Idol star Clay Aiken in a Democratic primary in North Carolina last Tuesday.

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It's All Politics
11:48 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Veteran Congressman Makes A Career-Threatening Mistake

Michigan Rep. John Conyers, at a congressional hearing last week. The Democrat and longtime congressman faces the prospect of not being on Michigan's August primary ballot after failing to present the required number of valid signatures.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 1:27 pm

It's basically Politics 101. To get on the ballot in many states, candidates for office must first collect a designated number of valid signatures from voters, and present those petitions to election administrators.

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Books
10:24 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Congressman Clyburn Reflects On A Life Of 'Blessed Experiences'

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. If you follow politics at all, then you probably know that Congressman James Clyburn is one of the most powerful people on Capitol Hill. The South Carolina native first elected in 1992 is now the third-ranking Democrat serving in the House, known both for his Southern charm and for his willingness to fight hard when he thinks the occasion warrants.

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Politics
10:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Is White House Doing Enough To 'Bring Back Our Girls'?

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 10:24 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We're going to start the week with politics, but it is a political story that is hitting close to home for many Americans and, as it turns out, for the White House. There was a very personal message from the White House this weekend about the hundreds of school girls who were kidnapped in Nigeria in April by religious extremists. First lady Michelle Obama focused on the issue for her Mother's Day video statement.

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NPR Story
3:06 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Mormon Bishop Highlights Health Coverage Gap Among Utah's Poor

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 1:06 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Many republican governors have taken a stand against Obamacare by refusing to expand Medicaid. Utah, which is one of the most republican states in the nation, remains undecided. But in a state where the majority of the population are Mormons, one bishop from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints says helping the poor is a moral obligation. Andrea Smardon from member station KUER in Salt Lake City has more.

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The Two-Way
3:03 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Rocket Wars: Will A Suit By SpaceX Get Off The Ground?

Atlas V (left); Falcon 9 (right)
ULA; SpaceX

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 8:01 am

The two rockets pictured above may look the same, and in many ways they are: Both are launched pointy-end up, and both can carry a satellite into orbit.

But the rocket on the left, known as an Atlas V, costs between $100 million and $300 million more to launch (depending on whom you ask) than the one on the right, the Falcon 9.

So why has the U.S. Air Force just signed a contract to buy dozens of rockets like the Atlas V from a single supplier?

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The Salt
2:07 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Why Take-And-Bake Pizza Is Giving The Tax Guys A Headache

Papa Murphy's is a chain that sells take-and-bake pizza. It built its name on low prices, and a willingness to accept food stamps. But now that may be in jeopardy.
Nicholas Eckhart Flickr

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 11:21 am

In 24 states, a Hershey bar is candy but a Twix is not. That's because a Twix contains flour, and in those states — which all share a sales tax code — candy is defined as being flour-free. And since groceries aren't taxed, you'll pay tax for the Hershey but not for the Twix.

If that seems strange, consider the case of take-and-bake pizza — uncooked pies you take home and bake later. Take-and-bake is at the center of an ongoing tax-code debate. Many states consider it a grocery item, like eggs or flour. But now they're re-evaluating whether take-and-bake should be tax-free.

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It's All Politics
7:03 am
Sun May 11, 2014

Seeds Of Political Engagement? They're Planted Early

@dbkiesel via Instagram

For some, it was parents or grandparents. For others, it was school elections, field trips to Washington, D.C. or programs like Girls State. Those were the answers we got recently when we asked NPR listeners to share photos and to tell us: who or what got you interested or involved in politics?

We got dozens of responses, and these are some of our favorites, complete with '80s hair and antique campaign buttons.

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Business
3:40 am
Sun May 11, 2014

On Income Inequality: A French Economist Vs. An American Capitalist

iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 7:11 am

Picture a cozy cafe. At a small table, an economics professor from Paris is chatting with a wealthy businessman from New York.

As they sip coffee, they discuss economic history, and often nod and agree.

Then, as they stand to leave, each states a conclusion drawn from their conversation. But what they say is exactly, completely opposite.

One says economic history proves governments must impose very heavy taxes to break up concentrations of wealth. The other says governments should cut taxes to encourage wealthy people to pursue even bigger profits.

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She Votes
11:31 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Easy On The Ears: GOP Ads Adapt To Reach Women Voters

Dr. Monica Wehby, pediatric neurosurgeon, is among the Republican candidates turning up the emotions in campaign ads.
Dave Killen The Oregonian/Landov

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 8:02 am

It's only April, but it looks and sounds like October. More than $80 million has been spent on political advertising in only about a dozen Senate battleground states.

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It's All Politics
3:58 am
Sat May 10, 2014

The Congresswoman Whose Husband Called Her Home

Rep. Coya Knutson (D-Minn.), is shown shopping in a supermarket in 1955 following her demand to know why her fellow housewives remain saddled with high grocery bills while farm income continues to drop.
Maurice Johnson Bettmann/Corbis

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 6:06 am

Fifty-six years ago this weekend, newspapers across the nation told a sad tale of a family seemingly imploding.

At the center of the story was Coya Knutson, the opera-singing daughter of a Norwegian farmer, and the first woman from Minnesota elected to Congress.

Voted in on her own merits, not appointed to keep a late husband's seat warm for a successor, the trailblazing mother could only watch as vengeful party rivals, a manufactured scandal, and a feckless, alcoholic husband combined to sabotage her career.

It all came to a head on the eve of Mother's Day 1958.

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