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The Two-Way
6:22 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Court Stays Decision Striking Down Indiana's Gay Marriage Ban

A federal appeals court has granted a stay on a lower court ruling striking down Indiana's same-sex marriage ban ahead of a planned appeal.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller was granted a stay by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, which will hear an appeal of a ruling Wednesday of the U.S. District Court. Wednesday's decision found the ban unconstitutional.

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The Two-Way
3:52 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Norway Does A Ctrl+Alt+Delete On E-Voting Experiment

During the 2013 elections, online voting was an option in Norway. Even so, Erna Solberg, chairman of the Conservative Party of Norway, casts an old-school ballot.
NTB Scanpix Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 4:48 pm

After a two-year trial for Internet voting, Norway is pulling the plug.

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It's All Politics
3:22 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

What's The Matter With Wendy Davis?

Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis pauses as she speaks to supporters at her campaign headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, in March.
LM Otero AP

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 4:39 pm

Texas Democrats are holding their convention this weekend in Dallas. Supporters are hoping it will give Wendy Davis a chance to reboot her campaign for governor and come out with some much-needed momentum.

A question posed in the San Antonio Express-News is typical of the kind of media she's been getting: "What's Wrong With Wendy?" With the Democratic candidate for governor running far behind her Republican challenger, Greg Abbott, it's not necessarily an unfair question.

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The Two-Way
3:22 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

In Iraq, Coordination With Iran Not Impossible, Gen. Dempsey Says

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon in December.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 4:33 pm

In an interview with All Things Considered, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, declined to rule out coordination with Iran and Iranian-backed forces in Iraq. Dempsey also told NPR that one option in Iraq might involve U.S. air assets going after "high-value" individuals within the main Sunni insurgent group.

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Commentary
2:30 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Week In Politics: Lawsuits, Rulings And The Legacy Of Howard Baker

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 4:33 pm

Political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Mary-Kate Cary of U.S. News and World Report discuss the latest Supreme Court rulings, Boehner's announced desire to sue President Obama and the legacy of longtime Sen. Howard Baker.

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Politics
2:30 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Obama Gets Real, Meeting The Authors Behind White House Letters

President Obama sits down to have lunch with Rebekah Erler at Matt's Bar in Minneapolis on Thursday. Obama spent a day with Erler, who wrote the White House about her struggles to make ends meet.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 5:34 pm

When President Obama delivered a speech about the economy in Minneapolis on Friday, a woman named Rebekah Erler sat in the audience with her family.

The White House billed the president's two-day trip to Minnesota as at least in part a "day in the life of Rebekah" — and it's a throwback, in a sense, to a time before Barack Obama was a household name.

In 2007, when his candidacy was still considered a long shot, then-Sen. Obama spent a day walking in the shoes of a home health aide.

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Media
2:30 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

An End To Kerfuffles And Questions: Former Press Secretary Reflects

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 4:33 pm

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: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. From NPR News, I'm Melissa Block.

: And I'm Audie Cornish. It's probably fair to say that Jay Carney is a little less stressed than he was a week ago. That's when he left his post as White House Press Secretary, a position he held for three years. Before going to work for the Obama administration, Carney had been a reporter - a longtime Washington bureau chief for Time magazine. Now, as he enters private life again, he's reflecting on his time behind the White House podium.

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It's All Politics
9:14 am
Fri June 27, 2014

White House Task Force To Save Bees Stirs Hornet's Nest

A bumble bee gathers pollen in September 2007 on a sunflower at Quail Run Farm in Grants Pass, Ore., where farmer Tony Davis depends on them to pollinate crops. Bees are being wiped out by a mysterious condition known as colony collapse disorder.
Jeff Barnard AP

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 10:17 am

When President Obama announced last week that he was creating a federal task force to investigate the nation's vanishing bee colonies, the moment provided newly minted Press Secretary Josh Earnest an opportunity to crack one of his first jokes on the job.

"When I walked out here today, I knew I was going to be handling a range of sensitive issues," he told reporters. "I didn't know I was going to be talking about the birds and the bees."

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Politics
3:11 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Supreme Court Invalidates 3 Obama Recess Appointments

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 5:59 am

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In Washington yesterday, the Supreme Court limited the president's authority to make appointments when the Senate is gone. The justices unanimously ruled that the temporary appointment's President Obama made to the National Labors Relations Board in 2012 were unconstitutional because the Senate was technically still there, not in recessed. As NPR's Ailsa Chang reports, the decision was a victory for Republicans but it won't have much impact so long as Democrats remain in the Senate majority.

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It's All Politics
6:03 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Pew's Latest Look At Voters Finds Many Who Defy Party Labels

Some voters are a lot more complicated than is commonly understood, a new Pew Research Center study suggests. In Denver, an election worker collects a mail-in ballot from a voter on Tuesday.
Ed Andrieski AP

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 6:04 pm

Following up on its recent report on the ever-widening ideological gulf between Americans, the Pew Research Center unveiled its latest sorting of voters into categories based, in part, on the relative strength or weakness of their partisan attachments.

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It's All Politics
3:59 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Howard Baker's Legacy: Political, But Not Partisan

Howard Baker, then a Republican senator from Tennessee and vice chairman of the Senate Watergate investigating committee, questions witness James McCord during a hearing on May 18, 1973.
AP

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 4:50 pm

Howard Baker, who died Thursday at age 88, was a former Senate majority leader and chief of staff to President Reagan. Both his father and stepmother served in Congress; one of the Senate's office buildings is named for Baker's father-in-law, Everett Dirksen.

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The Two-Way
3:21 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Obama Asks For $500 Million To Train, Equip Syrian Rebels

Rebel fighters drink tea on the front line of Ramouseh, near the Aleppo Artillery School. President Obama has requested $500 million to arm and train "moderate" Syrian rebel groups.
Hosam Katan Reuters/Landov

President Obama has asked Congress for $500 million to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels who are seeking the ouster of Bashar Assad.

If Congress approves the plan, it would supplement a covert training and assistance program already being run by U.S. intelligence agencies, The Associated Press says.

The White House says in a statement that the rebels would be vetted before providing assistance, to ensure that U.S. equipment doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

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Politics
2:20 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Senate's Immigration Reform Bill Is Declared Dead At One Year Old

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 5:10 pm

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A year-long effort to push a comprehensive immigration reform bill through the House was officially declared dead yesterday. Prospects for the bill were always dicey and the debate became more complicated by the recent wave of unaccompanied children seeking entry into the United States. NPR's Richard Gonzales has more.

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Remembrances
2:20 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Best Known For Watergate Committee, Longtime Sen. Howard Baker Dies

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 5:10 pm

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The Two-Way
1:53 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Pot Use On The Rise In U.S., Report Says

A U.N. report says the use and potency of cannabis is on the rise in the U.S.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 3:34 pm

Marijuana use in the United States has gone up as the public perception of the drug's risk has gone down, according to a new United Nations report. The potency of the drug has also increased,

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Politics
11:47 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Sen. Tim Scott's Mission: Build Wealth Among 'The Most Vulnerable'

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott has become a leading conservative voice focused on building wealth among people of color. Scott tells host Michel Martin about his ideas for growing the economy.

Politics
11:47 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Political Chat: Primary Results, Boehner's Obama Lawsuit

Several primary elections wrapped up this week. Host Michel Martin speaks with two seasoned political analysts to learn more about the primary results and the races to watch later this year.

The Two-Way
11:42 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker Dies At 88

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker looks to the stage during "A Century of Service" honoring him and Sen. Bob Dole at Mellon Auditorium, Wednesday, in March 2012. Baker's death was announced on Thursday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 12:28 pm

Tennessee Sen. Howard Baker, who served as Senate majority leader in the 1980s and chief of staff under President Ronald Reagan, has died at 88, his law firm said Tuesday.

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The Two-Way
8:59 am
Thu June 26, 2014

In Narrow Ruling, Supreme Court Invalidates 3 Obama Appointments

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 12:54 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that three appointments President Obama made in 2012 to the National Labor Relations Board are not valid because they were not approved by the Senate, which was in pro forma session at the time.

In a unanimous decision, the justices said the Constitution's recess-appointments clause gave Congress the power to decide when it is in recess, and that there was no recess when Obama acted. The case is National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning.

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Politics
3:19 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Absentee Ballots To Decide Whether Rep. Rangel Gets A 23rd Term

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 12:19 pm

Even though votes are still being counted, Rep. Charles Rangel has declared victory in his race against Adriano Espaillat. It could be more than a week before the results are available.

It's All Politics
4:34 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Election Season Defies Conventional Storylines

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., addresses supporters and volunteers at his runoff election victory party Tuesday at the Mississippi Children's Museum in Jackson.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 5:49 pm

Crumple up that first draft. Hit delete on the keyboard. The take most of us had on Tuesday's primaries just one day ago turned out to be just one more misread in the primaries of 2014.

That story about the passing of the Old Guard? Or the one about the resurgence of the Tea Party? Not so fast, the voters still seem to be saying.

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Politics
3:38 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

AP Calls It For Charles Rangel

Accompanied by his wife, Alma Rangel, New York Rep. Charles Rangel speaks at his primary election night gathering on Tuesday.
Julie Jacobson AP

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 4:06 pm

New York Rep. Charles Rangel has fended off a Democratic primary challenge from Adriano Espaillat, placing the longtime Harlem congressman on a glide path to a 23rd term in Congress.

The Associated Press called the Democratic primary in New York's 13th District for Rangel on Wednesday afternoon, with the incumbent leading Espaillat 47 percent to 44 percent, and 100 percent of precincts reporting.

In the Harlem- and Bronx-based district, one of the most solidly Democratic seats in the nation, the Democratic nomination is tantamount to victory in November.

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Politics
2:26 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Conservative Critics Lobby For An Early End To Export-Import Bank

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 7:30 pm

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

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Politics
2:15 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Parsing The Numbers Of A Tuesday Packed With Primaries

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 7:30 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Joining us now to talk more about yesterday's elections and what the results may tell us is NPR Senior Editor and Correspondent Ron Elving. Hey there, Ron.

RON ELVING, BYLINE: Good to be with you, Audie.

CORNISH: So there were primaries and runoffs in seven states. What's most striking to you about the results.

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Politics
2:15 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Longtime Sen. Cochran Ekes Out A Win Against Tea Party Challenger

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 7:30 pm

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Around the Nation
4:21 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Sen. Cochran Beats Tea Party Challenger In Miss. Runoff

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 10:48 am

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning I'm David Greene form member station WLRN in Miami.

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Politics
3:42 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Murdered Voting Advocate's Brother Wants Protections Back

David Goodman and Stosh Cotler of Bend the Arc at the U.S. Capitol.
Carrie Johnson NPR

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 4:51 pm

One year ago, the Supreme Court threw out a key section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The law gave the federal government a kind of veto power over voting arrangements in states with a history of discrimination. Now, without those protections, civil rights activists say many states are moving polling places and enacting laws that disproportionately hurt minorities.

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Business
3:15 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Political Support Erodes For Export-Import Bank

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 10:48 am

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The Export-Import Bank is an 80-year-old Washington institution whose mission is to help U.S. companies sell products abroad. Now the bank is being threatened with extinction. Tea Party Republicans argue that the bank's really just providing corporate welfare. NPR's John Ydstie has more.

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Politics
3:11 am
Wed June 25, 2014

House Panel Faults Feds Intervention Into Tribe's Foster Care Case

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 10:48 am

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Native American tribes across the country have been closely watching the efforts of one small tribe in North Dakota as it tries to regain control of its foster child program. Reports of deaths and abuse surfaced two years ago at the Spirit Lake Reservation, causing the Federal Bureau of Indian affairs to step in. But as NPR's Laura Sullivan reports, a hearing on Capitol Hill yesterday made clear the federal takeover has not ended the controversy.

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NPR Story
3:04 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Political Challenge Compounded As Migrant Children Head To U.S. Border

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 10:48 am

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