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It's All Politics
5:05 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

It's Sotomayor V. Roberts In Supreme Court Death Penalty Drama

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor grilled lawyers arguing the constitutionality of new lethal-injection cocktails.
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Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 5:13 pm

Lethal injection was the grim subject before the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday. Specifically at issue: whether the drug combinations currently used to execute convicted murderers in some states are unconstitutionally cruel.

The issue comes to the court after three botched executions over the past year.

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It's All Politics
4:58 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Court: Corporations May Be People, But 'Judges Are Not Politicians'

David Barrows, of Washington, D.C., waves a flag with corporate logos and fake money during a rally against money in politics outside the Supreme Court in 2013.
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Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 7:11 pm

If there's one thing that today's Supreme Court doesn't like, it's governmental overreach in regulating political money.

But if there's something the court likes even less, it's the increasing prominence of money in electing America's judges. That's how five justices came to uphold a rule in Florida that prevents judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign cash.

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Business
3:01 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Japan's Abe Pushes The Pacific Trade Deal Onto Center Stage

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a joint press conference at the White House with President Obama on Tuesday. Abe is urging U.S. lawmakers to approve a trans-Pacific trade deal.
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President Obama's plan for creating a Pacific Rim trade zone has been hovering in the wings, waiting for the right moment to demand attention.

On Wednesday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pushed it out on to center stage during a dramatic joint meeting of the U.S. House and Senate. He urged Congress to approve the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP.

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Law
2:58 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Supreme Court Gay Marriage Remarks Show Outdated Definition Of Parents

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 5:05 pm

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Politics
2:58 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Baltimore City Council President: 'I Don't Condone' Rioting, Looting

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 5:05 pm

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It's All Politics
11:53 am
Wed April 29, 2015

2016 Race Collides With Baltimore Unrest

Clinton spoke at the David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum at Columbia University Wednesday.
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With the fires out and much of the glass cleaned up in Baltimore, the "soul searching" as President Obama called it, has begun. For those hoping to become the next president of the United States, weighing in presents both an opportunity and a challenge.

Hillary Clinton told an audience in New York Wednesday, the criminal justice system is "out of balance."

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It's All Politics
8:53 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Watch: The Same-Sex-Marriage Arguments In 4 Minutes

NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg and SCOTUSBlog's Tom Goldstein debrief after arguments at the Supreme Court regarding state bans on same-sex marriage.
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Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 11:56 am

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex-marriage bans.

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It's All Politics
8:30 am
Wed April 29, 2015

What Do Millennials Want?

Young women celebrate election results in 2012.
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Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 10:08 am

We know all the stereotypes about millennials and politics: They aren't engaged, don't vote and are distrustful of Washington. But we also see another side to the generation — they care about issues like criminal justice, the economy and same-sex marriage.

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Around the Nation
3:37 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Baltimore Mayor Under Intense Scrutiny Following Street Violence

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 4:17 pm

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Politics
3:33 am
Wed April 29, 2015

GOP Measure Would Make It Harder For Obama To Empty Guantanamo

The entrance to Camp 5 and Camp 6 at the U.S. military's Guantanamo Bay detention center at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, in a photograph taken in 2014.
Ben Fox AP

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 3:21 pm

All presidencies begin with promises. One of the first ones President Obama made was to shut down the stockade holding enemy combatants at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba.

More than six years later, that promise has yet to be fulfilled. And the Republican-controlled Congress is moving to make it even harder to actually empty Guantanamo.

At the prison camp, walking alongside the high outer walls of Guantanamo's detainee lock-ups, Navy spokesman Capt. Tom Gresback gestures to the west.

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It's All Politics
3:03 am
Wed April 29, 2015

After Botched Executions, Supreme Court Weighs Lethal Drug Cocktail

Bottles of the sedative midazolam at a hospital pharmacy in Oklahoma City.
AP

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 4:39 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in three death penalty cases testing which drug combinations constitute cruel and unusual punishment when used to execute a convicted murderer by lethal injection.

It is the second time in seven years that the justices have looked at the lethal injection question, and it comes after three botched executions over the past year.

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It's All Politics
1:52 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Obama Confident In Asia Trade Pact, But Track Record For Deals Is Spotty

President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approach the podiums for a joint press conference Tuesday at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. President Obama is hoping to finalize a new trade agreement with Japan and other Asian nations soon.
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Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 6:51 am

Speaking in the White House Rose Garden Tuesday after meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, President Obama said he was confident he would get a green light from Congress to move forward with a big Asia Pacific trade deal.

"The politics around trade can be hard in both our countries," Obama said. "But I know that Prime Minister Abe, like me, is deeply committed to getting this done. And I'm confident we will."

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It's All Politics
5:53 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Justices Deeply Divided Over Same-Sex-Marriage Arguments

Michelle McKelvey (left) and Meg McKelvey sit near demonstrators outside of the Supreme Court on Tuesday. They have been together for two years.
Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 11:41 am

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed closely divided Tuesday over the question of gay marriage, with Justice Anthony Kennedy likely holding the deciding vote.

Kennedy, who over the past two decades has written the court's three decisions recognizing and expanding gay rights, seemed conflicted on the question of marriage.

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It's All Politics
4:02 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Union Head Presses Candidates, Clinton On Trade

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: "Candidates can't hedge their bets any longer, and expect workers to rush to the polls in excitement."
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Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 1:43 pm

Don't expect labor support to get fired up for candidates who hedge their bets. That was the message from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka for 2016 presidential candidates. Translation: Hillary Clinton.

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Environment
3:02 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Vatican Hosts Climate Change Conference Ahead Of Papal Encyclical

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 5:53 pm

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Politics
3:02 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

'No Excuse' For Violence In Baltimore, Obama Says

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 5:03 pm

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9:47 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Panned When It First Came Out, The Clinton Logo Is Saying Something Now

Like the Empire State Building in New York, Clinton's logo is changing appearance to say something about the topics of the day or to tailor to key constituencies.
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Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 3:43 pm

Hillary Clinton's new logo has been much maligned. A simple, rightward-pointing "H" with a red arrow through it that looks like it could have been made with Microsoft Paint.

Red, the color of the other team. How could she? some Democrats wondered. It seemed so amateurish, some design experts lamented.

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It's All Politics
9:26 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Did You Know It's Legal In Most States To Discriminate Against LGBT People?

Danny DeBelius NPR

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 5:04 pm

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage, which is now legal in about three dozen states.

But it's also legal in most states to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender — LGBT — people in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodation.

So in many states, a person could marry someone of the same gender and then get fired for being gay.

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It's All Politics
3:01 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Record Number Of Amicus Briefs Filed In Same-Sex-Marriage Cases

The stack of amicus briefs filed as of April 9 reached past the knee of NPR legal affairs intern Anthony Palmer. The briefs cost, on average, an estimated $25,000 to $50,000.
Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 7:25 am

This week's same-sex-marriage cases at the Supreme Court brought in a record number of friend-of-the-court briefs — 148 of them, according to the court, beating the previous record of 136 in the 2013 Obamacare case.

These briefs, known formally by their Latin name, amicus briefs, are filed by groups, individuals, and governments that have an interest in the outcome.

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It's All Politics
5:08 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Fact Check: Is The Clinton Foundation 'The Most Transparent'?

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the Clinton foundation's Clinton Global Initiative conference with her husband, Bill, and daughter, Chelsea, looking on.
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Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 8:29 pm

During the early phase of her presidential run, Hillary Clinton has been dogged by scrutiny of her family's foundation, the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. The Clintons have pushed back, calling the foundation among the most transparent foundations in the world.

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It's All Politics
4:57 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

3 Reasons Republicans Might Cheer A Pro-Gay-Marriage Ruling

Sen. Marco Rubio spoke at the an Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition meeting last weekend.
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Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 6:14 pm

The idea that the Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage is a good thing for Republicans sounds counterintuitive — after all, the GOP is the party of traditional marriage.

But here's why it might actually be a good thing for the party:

1. Public opinion is changing — at lightning speed.

There's never been a social issue in America on which public attitudes reached a tipping point so quickly.

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Politics
2:25 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

U.S., Japan Announce Updated Defense Guidelines

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 6:14 pm

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National Security
2:25 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

President Obama Relaxed Drone Rules For CIA Operations In Pakistan

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The Two-Way
9:57 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Loretta Lynch Sworn In As U.S. Attorney General

Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 28 during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Updated at 11:41 a.m. ET

Loretta Lynch is the new U.S. attorney general.

Lynch was sworn in today by Vice President Joe Biden, who said the daughter of a Baptist minister who preached during the sit-ins in Greensboro, N.C., will now be "leading the march to a more perfect union."

Lynch, 55, is the nation's 83rd attorney general and the first black woman to hold the position. She said during a ceremony at the Justice Department that she would work to "imbue our criminal justice system with both strength and fairness" to protect the rights of all.

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Politics
5:06 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Congress May Be Forced To Intervene Again On Mammogram Recommendations

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 2:35 pm

Six years ago, a task force caused a firestorm by saying women under 50 may not need routine mammograms. The controversy was so great, that Congress passed legislation overriding the recommendation.

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It's All Politics
3:03 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Legal Battle Over Gay Marriage Hits The Supreme Court Tuesday

Protesters hold a pro-gay-rights flag outside the US Supreme Court on Saturday, countering the demonstrators who attended the March For Marriage in Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court meets on Tuesday to hear arguments over whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed in the United States, with a final decision expected in June.
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Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 3:50 pm

People have been lining up outside the U.S. Supreme Court for days hoping that they will be among the lucky ones to get a seat for Tuesday's historic arguments on gay marriage.

As of now, gay marriage is legal in 36 states. By the end of this Supreme Court term, either same-sex couples will be able to wed in all 50 states, or gay marriage bans may be reinstituted in many of the states where they've previously been struck down.

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It's All Politics
2:34 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Same-Sex Marriage, In The Justices' Words

Chief Justice John Roberts (from left) and Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor at the State of the Union address earlier this year.
Mandel Ngan AP

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 10:19 am

The U.S. Supreme Court directly confronts the question of gay marriage this week with a whopping 2 1/2 hours of oral argument, accompanied by plenty of prognostication afterward about the expected results. It won't be until June that we learn how the issue is settled nationally. In the meantime, though, we do know a good deal about the views of the justices already.

To say that there has been a revolution in the law when it comes to gay rights is an understatement.

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Race
5:44 am
Sun April 26, 2015

Staten Island Candidates Avoid Talk Of Eric Garner Case

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 8:47 am

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It's All Politics
11:04 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

8 Obama Jokes That Stood Out From The White House Correspondents Dinner

President Obama during his speech at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington, D.C., Saturday night.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 8:05 am

It's a long-time ritual — American presidents going before the Washington journalists who cover them to recognize some of the best work of the prior year from the assembled crowd.

Of course, there are also jokes. Here are eight Obama jokes that stood out from the 2015 White House Correspondents Dinner:

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Politics
6:07 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy On Gun Control, Vaccines And Science

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 10:36 am

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A new U.S. government official took an oath of office this week.

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RYAN DILLON: (As Elmo) Hi, Dr. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA.

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