Politics http://wvasfm.org en Guns Boom In 2014 Campaign Ads http://wvasfm.org/post/guns-boom-2014-campaign-ads <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIJORBRpOPM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0I2z9cCC9zs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3mG9fNOZp4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOoXJI4vBns</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGZimq-sxnE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuFdkSt8-8o</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 53901 at http://wvasfm.org Guns Boom In 2014 Campaign Ads 151 Years Later, Pickett's Charge Hero Gets Medal Of Honor http://wvasfm.org/post/151-years-later-picketts-charge-hero-gets-medal-honor A century and a half after Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg, a 22-year-old Union officer whose heroics helped stop the rebels and turn the tide of the Civil War will finally receive the Medal of Honor.<p>The White House has announced that Lt. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:53:00 +0000 editor 53887 at http://wvasfm.org 151 Years Later, Pickett's Charge Hero Gets Medal Of Honor It Might Sound Stupid, But Maybe It Isn't The Economy This Time http://wvasfm.org/post/it-might-sound-stupid-maybe-it-isnt-economy-time As they always do on Labor Day, political candidates will begin their campaign sprint to Election Day.<p>And for years, they have been running on simple advice: "It's the economy, stupid." But this time around the track, they may discover that many Americans want to hear about other issues as well.<p>Wait. What?<p>The economy is not the No. 1 issue?<p>That's right. Gallup <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/174809/government-economy-immigration-top-problems.aspx">pollsters asked voters</a> what was important, and the No. 1 topic turned out to be dissatisfaction with politicians. No. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:21:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 53885 at http://wvasfm.org It Might Sound Stupid, But Maybe It Isn't The Economy This Time A Political Family, Funding And Running On Both Sides Of The Aisle http://wvasfm.org/post/political-family-funding-and-running-both-sides-aisle Rich families sustain American politics. Some produce candidates; others supply money. And in rare instances, a family will do both.<p>Meet Nebraska billionaire <a href="http://www.joericketts.com/">Joe Ricketts</a>, founder of Ending Spending, an independent political organization that's <a href="http://www.opensecrets.org/outsidespending/summ.php?disp=O">among the top 10 spenders this election cycle</a>. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:15:00 +0000 Peter Overby 53873 at http://wvasfm.org A Political Family, Funding And Running On Both Sides Of The Aisle Guantanamo Defense Lawyer Resigns, Says U.S. Case Is 'Stacked' http://wvasfm.org/post/guantanamo-defense-lawyer-resigns-says-us-case-stacked Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks, is facing a military commission at Guantanamo Bay and potentially the death penalty. He was captured in 2003 but his case still hasn't gone to trial.<p>Last week, Maj. Jason Wright — one of the lawyers defending Mohammed — resigned from the Army. He has accused the U.S. government of "abhorrent leadership" on human rights and due process guarantees and says it is crafting a "show trial."<p>Wright joined the military in 2005. He served 15 months in Iraq during the surge and has worked as a Judge Advocate. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:40:00 +0000 editor 53867 at http://wvasfm.org Guantanamo Defense Lawyer Resigns, Says U.S. Case Is 'Stacked' Obama Faces Hard Decisions On Syria, Immigration http://wvasfm.org/post/obama-faces-hard-decisions-syria-immigration <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Obama+Faces+Hard+Decisions+On+Syria%2C+Immigration&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDQ0NzQzMDEzMjA3NjYzMThiMzQ4ZQ004)"/></div><p> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:50:00 +0000 editor 53847 at http://wvasfm.org Rick Perry's Legal Trouble: The Line Between Influence And Coercion http://wvasfm.org/post/rick-perrys-legal-trouble-line-between-influence-and-coercion The day he was booked, Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave a big smile for his mug shot — which was then printed up on t-shirts to demonstrate just what a farce he thought the indictment was. In a press conference, the scorn dripped from Perry's voice as he took up the sword — defender, not of himself, but of the state's constitution.<p>"We don't settle political differences with indictments in this country," he said. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:33:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 53828 at http://wvasfm.org Rick Perry's Legal Trouble: The Line Between Influence And Coercion Federal Judge Blocks Texas Restriction On Abortion Clinics http://wvasfm.org/post/federal-judge-blocks-texas-restriction-abortion-clinics A federal judge in Austin struck down part of a Texas law that would have required all abortion clinics in the state to meet the same standards as outpatient surgical centers. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:32:00 +0000 Carrie Feibel 53810 at http://wvasfm.org Federal Judge Blocks Texas Restriction On Abortion Clinics McConnell's Campaign Manager Resigns To Avoid Being 'Distraction' http://wvasfm.org/post/mcconnells-campaign-manager-resigns-avoid-being-distraction Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign manager has resigned, citing "inaccurate press accounts" about his role in past campaigns.<p>The scandal in question revolves around former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2014/08/27/343790758/after-a-73-000-payout-campaign-manager-confronts-a-higher-price">who pleaded guilty Wednesday</a> to hiding — and lying about — payments he received in 2012 to switch his endorsement from Rep. Michele Bachmann to then-Rep. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:27:00 +0000 Dana Farrington 53808 at http://wvasfm.org McConnell's Campaign Manager Resigns To Avoid Being 'Distraction' Legal Questions Loom As Obama Weighs Military Action In Syria http://wvasfm.org/post/lawmakers-demand-say-obamas-decisions-syria The White House is working behind the scenes to develop a strategy for fighting the Islamic State in Syria, a strategy that could include airstrikes and other military action there. But there are already lots of questions in political and national security circles about the legal authority the Obama administration might use to justify those actions.<p>In the days after the Sept. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:42:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 53803 at http://wvasfm.org Legal Questions Loom As Obama Weighs Military Action In Syria