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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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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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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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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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Economy
3:04 am
Wed June 25, 2014

NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Leads Pledge Of Income Equality

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

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When the country's mayors gathered for their annual conference, much of the talk was about income inequality. And New York's new mayor was in the thick of it.

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At his inauguration six months ago, Bill de Blasio told the crowd we are called to put an end to economic and social inequalities that threaten to unravel the city we love. Now, he's heading a task force to tackle the issue at the local level. And we reached Mayor de Blasio at his office at City Hall. Welcome to the program.

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It's All Politics
9:59 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Sen. Thad Cochran Beats Back Tea Party Challenge

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 6:14 am

Veteran Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran squeaked by challenger Chris McDaniel on Tuesday in a bitterly contested Republican runoff that likely represented the Tea Party's best remaining chance to take down a longtime incumbent.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, The Associated Press called it for Cochran, who had 51 percent to McDaniel's 49 percent.

Five other states — Colorado, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma and Utah – held primaries Tuesday, and another, South Carolina, had runoff elections, but the marquee race was the Cochran-McDaniel showdown.

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The Two-Way
9:02 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Miss. Sen Thad Cochran Defeats Tea Party Challenger

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., speaking at his Canton, Miss., headquarters, on Tuesday. Cochran faced a stiff challenge from Tea Party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 9:49 pm

Republican Sen. Thad Cochran held on to a slim margin of votes to defeat his Tea Party-backed challenger and win his party's nomination.

Cochran, who at 76 has served six terms in the Senate, made a last-ditch effort to attract traditionally Democratic voters into the Republican primary runoff to bolster his flagging poll numbers against state Sen. Chris McDaniel.

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It's All Politics
6:35 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

New House Leadership Puts Export Bank On Shakier Ground

The U.S. government-backed loans that help Boeing and other U.S. manufacturers sell abroad has opponents of renewing the Export-Import Bank's charter accusing it of crony capitalism.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 4:36 pm

The Export-Import Bank, created by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1934 to boost U.S. exports during the Great Depression, needs its charter to be reauthorized by September's end if it is to continue providing loans to U.S. exporters and overseas companies.

The bank has the support of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, so it sounds like an easy vote.

But Cantor was recently defeated in his primary by David Brat, the libertarian college professor who portrayed the soon-to-be-ex-majority leader as a shameless tool of big business.

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Politics
3:25 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Meet The New Stars Of Campaign Ads: Mom And Dad

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., talks with her father, former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu, on Feb. 1. The two appear together in recent television ads for her re-election campaign.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 5:14 pm

It's the summer of a campaign year and once again the airwaves, the Internet, and likely your own Facebook and other social media feeds are full of political ads.

In the primaries, we've already seen ads featuring cartoon turtles, gator wrestling, lots of dogs, horses and, of course, guns — propped against pickup trucks or resting over shoulders.

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Politics
3:25 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Addressing Border Crisis, Politicians Find Invitation In Misperception

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 5:14 pm

The House Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing Tuesday to address the influx of unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke at the proceedings, saying the situation at the border was "urgent."

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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It's All Politics
6:30 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Will Mississippi's Black Democrats Save A Republican?

Polls give Chris McDaniel the advantage going into Tuesday's runoff for Mississippi's GOP Senate nomination. His 2-year-old son helped rally supporters in Madison, Miss., on Thursday.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

It's a rich irony that on the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders risking life and limb in Mississippi to help African-Americans register to vote, black Democrats may decide which Republican wins Tuesday's runoff for the GOP Senate nomination.

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Around the Nation
4:52 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Calif. Lawmakers To Debate Controversial Gun-Control Bill

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 8:10 am

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And I am Renee Montagne. Here in California today, a controversial gun control bill gets its first hearing. It was introduced in the wake of last month's mass murder near the campus of UC Santa Barbara. NPR's Kirk Siegler reports.

KIRK SIEGLER, BYLINE: When California lawmakers began debate today, expect the case of Elliott Rodger to come back into focus.

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