Politics

2:11pm

Wed July 9, 2014
The Two-Way

Senate Confirms Julian Castro As Housing Secretary

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 4:06 pm

Julian Castro was confirmed Wednesday to be the next secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Kevin Dietsch UPI /Landov

The Senate voted 71-26 on Wednesday to confirm San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

All 26 no votes came from Republicans.

"Julian has lived the American dream in his own life, and I'm confident he will help Americans across our country seize their own piece of that dream for themselves and their children," President Obama said in a statement after the vote.

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12:05pm

Wed July 9, 2014
It's All Politics

Why You Should Care Where The GOP Meets

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 12:58 pm

Cleveland won the unanimous backing of a Republican National Committee panel on Tuesday, all but guaranteeing the GOP's 2016 presidential pick will accept the party's nomination in perennially hard-fought Ohio.
Tony Dejak AP

The next Republican nominated for president will take the stage and wave to the crowd in ... wait for it ... Cleveland, Ohio.

That may shock you for any number of reasons, not least being that hardly anyone remembers the last time Cleveland hosted a national convention.

In fact, it was 1936, when the GOP went there to nominate a guy named Alf Landon, who carried exactly two states in November. It was the worst showing by a Republican nominee in U.S. history, which may have something to do with Cleveland's long wait for another try.

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11:37am

Wed July 9, 2014
The Two-Way

Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Gets 10 Years In Corruption Case

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 3:29 pm

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin leaves federal court after his conviction in New Orleans on Feb. 12. He was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison.
Gerald Herbert AP

Updated at 11:20 a.m. ET

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other crimes.

He was convicted Feb. 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. The indictment included 21 counts.

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10:54am

Wed July 9, 2014
Politics

What's Causing The Latest Immigration Crisis? A Brief Explainer

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 7:28 pm

Demonstrators from opposing sides confront each other while being separated by police officers on July 4, outside a U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, Calif.
Mark J. Terrill AP

It's turning into the largest influx of asylum seekers on U.S. soil since the 1980 Mariel boatlift out of Cuba.

Since October, more than 52,000 children — most from Central America and many of them unaccompanied by adults — have been taken into custody. That's nearly double last year's total and 10 times the number from 2009.

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7:28am

Wed July 9, 2014
Politics

Administration Moves To Speed Deportations Of Unaccompanied Minors

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 8:01 am

A flood of children from Central America has put President Obama under pressure. Steve Inskeep talks to White House advisor Cecilia Muñoz about efforts to more quickly process them.

6:39am

Wed July 9, 2014
Politics

Cleveland, A Democratic Stronghold, Wins GOP Convention

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 8:01 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. We do not know which Republican will accept the nomination for president in 2016. We do know where.

MONTAGNE: Cleveland is celebrating that honor. Republicans chose it over Dallas.

INSKEEP: Maybe Cleveland just won because it's in the swing state of Ohio, but however it happened, the city takes it as a sign of a comeback. Nick Castele reports from member station WCPN.

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6:36pm

Tue July 8, 2014
It's All Politics

Unlikely Duo Join Forces On Sentencing Overhaul Bill

An officer is reflected in the glass as inmates sit in the Williston, N.D., county jail in July 2013.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Two senators — a Democrat and a Republican — introduced a bill Tuesday that aims to overhaul the nation's criminal justice system, slash government spending on prisons and make it easier for nonviolent offenders to find employment.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., both freshmen looking to elevate their national profiles, are teaming up to unveil the REDEEM Act, which stands for Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment.

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6:28pm

Tue July 8, 2014
It's All Politics

A Senator Turns His Bible Into A Political Tool

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 7:10 pm

Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., walks with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on Capitol Hill on June 4.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Here are two rules of American politics: Never let an opponent's attacks go unanswered, and if you're running in the South and have a good reason to be pictured holding a Bible, go for it.

The first is a long-standing rule. The second is hard to argue with.

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4:13pm

Tue July 8, 2014
Politics

Obama Requests Nearly $4 Billion In Funds To Speed Deportations

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:13 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

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4:13pm

Tue July 8, 2014
Business

For A Business Built 'On Bended Knee,' Hobby Lobby Ruling Is A Boon

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:19 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

To the politics of religion and the Supreme Court now, and last week's decision in the Hobby Lobby case. The court cleared the way for closely held businesses, whose owners have religious objections to contraceptives, to cut coverage from their employee health plans. And since the court ruled, businesses have been doing just that. NPR's Wade Goodwyn spoke with a couple of company leaders about their decisions.

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