Politics

5:39am

Mon May 4, 2015
Politics

Beyond Quid Pro Quo: What Counts As Political Corruption?

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 7:32 am

Can candidates courting billionaires count as corruption, even if there are no explicit strings attached? Some activists see the campaign contributions of the super-rich as a problem, regardless of whether "quid pro quo" deals are made. Here, activists protest the political influence of the wealthy Koch Brothers near David Koch's Manhattan apartment on June 5, 2014.
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The presidential hopefuls haven't spent much time so far with voters. Instead, they've committed many days to courting the millionaires and billionaires who can fuel a White House bid. And at the same time, activists on the left and right are seeking to redefine political corruption, which they believe this is.

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5:03pm

Sun May 3, 2015
It's All Politics

5 Things You Should Know About Ben Carson

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 10:48 am

In this handout photo from Singapore's Raffles Hospital, Dr. Keith Goh and Carson operate on 29-year-old conjoined twins Ladan and Laleh Bijani in 2003.
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This post was updated at 10 a.m. ET

The field of major Republican presidential candidates is growing larger. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina jumped into the race Monday. And former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is expected to jump into the race this week.

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5:03am

Sun May 3, 2015
It's All Politics

5 Things You Should Know About Carly Fiorina

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 9:51 am

Carly Fiorina at a luncheon Tuesday with New Hampshire Republican lawmakers.
Jim Cole AP

This post was updated at 8:10 a.m. E.T.

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9:27pm

Sat May 2, 2015
It's All Politics

Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 9:37 am

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the Texas State Guard to monitor a joint U.S. Special Forces training taking place in Texas, prompting outrage from some in his own party.
Eric Gay AP

Since Gen. Sam Houston executed his famous retreat to glory to defeat the superior forces of Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Texas has been ground zero for military training. We have so many military bases in the Lone Star State we could practically attack Russia.

So when rookie Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced he was ordering the Texas State Guard to monitor a Navy SEAL/Green Beret joint training exercise, which was taking place in Texas and several other states, everybody here looked up from their iPhones. What?

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4:17pm

Sat May 2, 2015
It's All Politics

Full Senate Debates May Reveal Recent Bipartisanship As An Illusion

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 2:27 pm

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., center, and the committee's ranking member Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., right, were all smiles April 14 after the committee passed an agreement on oversight of Iran negotiations. But the bill has run into some outspoken opponents in the full Senate.
Andrew Harnik AP

Just a few weeks ago we heard a lot about a delicate compromise that would allow Congress to review any deal emerging from nuclear talks with Iran. It came from a bipartisan negotiation in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — to wide acclaim.

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8:25am

Sat May 2, 2015
Politics

Author: Clinton Foundation Disclosures 'Sloppy At The Very Least'

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 10:26 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

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7:37pm

Fri May 1, 2015
It's All Politics

12 Motivational Moments With An Ohio Republican. No, Really

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 8:09 pm

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, is greeted after speaking at an event with activists and businesses in New Hampshire in March.
Jim Cole AP

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is considering running for president. He met with reporters Friday afternoon over lunch at the St. Regis Hotel sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. He dropped several pearls of wisdom.

Here are a dozen of them with audio attached.

On his Croatian/Czech background and his first run for governor in 1978
1. "People thought a Croatian was something that climbed out of the ocean or something."

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6:19pm

Fri May 1, 2015
Politics

Baltimore State's Attorney Known For Understanding City's Poor Communities

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 9:18 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Now, more about the woman who's building the case against those six officers. Marilyn Mosby is 35 years old. She just took the office of chief prosecutor in Baltimore four months ago. NPR's Nurith Aizenman reports.

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5:19pm

Fri May 1, 2015
Law

Christie Staffer Pleads Guilty For Role In 'Bridgegate' Scandal

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 9:18 pm

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5:19pm

Fri May 1, 2015
Commentary

Week In Politics: Protests In Baltimore

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 9:18 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Now, our Friday political conversation with columnists David Brooks of The New York Times and E J Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution. Good to see you both here.

E J DIONNE, BYLINE: Good to be with you.

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