Politics

7:32pm

Tue May 12, 2015
It's All Politics

Texas Sen. Doesn't Want Clergy 'Coerced' Into Officiating Same-Sex Marriages

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 8:09 pm

Texas Republican state Sen. Craig Estes' bill reinforces that clergy would not have to perform same-sex marriages.
Harry Cabluck AP

The Texas Legislature is sending a message this week on the subject of same-sex marriage. And that message is: Hell no — again.

The bill that just got initial approval in the Texas Senate would protect clergy from having to conduct any marriage ceremony or perform any service that would violate their sacred beliefs.

"We want to make sure they are not ever coerced into performing a marriage ceremony that would violate their sincerely held religious beliefs," State Sen. Craig Estes told NPR. Estes sponsored the bill.

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4:34pm

Tue May 12, 2015
Politics

Senators Deny Obama Authority To Expedite Pacific Trade Deal

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 7:22 pm

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4:34pm

Tue May 12, 2015
Politics

Chicago Wins Bid For Obama Presidential Library

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 7:22 pm

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4:34pm

Tue May 12, 2015
Europe

Nemtsov Report Alleges Russian Military Forces Fought In Ukraine

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 7:22 pm

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4:34pm

Tue May 12, 2015
Politics

Jeb Bush Faces Criticism Over Iraq War Comments

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 7:22 pm

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4:34pm

Tue May 12, 2015
Politics

John Kerry Meets With President Putin In Sochi

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 7:22 pm

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3:27pm

Tue May 12, 2015
The Two-Way

Fast-Track Trade Measure Fails Key Test Vote In Senate

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 4:38 pm

Democrats in the Senate have blocked — for now — a vote on the fast-track trade authority that President Obama had sought and Republicans had supported.

The tally was 52 to 45 in favor, eight short of the 60-vote threshold needed to take up the bill.

It's a rebuke to Obama, who has made the trade bill a key part of his second-term agenda, from his fellow Democrats.

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1:56pm

Tue May 12, 2015
It's All Politics

Reagan Shooter John Hinckley's Lawyers Say He's Ready To Be Free

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 4:34 pm

John Hinckley currently enjoys 17-day visits to his mother's home in Williamsburg, Va., every month. Prosecutors voiced concern over what would happen when his 89-year-old mother dies.
Steve Helber AP

A lawyer for John Hinckley told a federal judge Tuesday that it's time to grant the thwarted presidential assassin the power to leave a psychiatric hospital and live full time with his elderly mother in Virginia.

"Every witness agrees that he's ready and every witness agrees that the risk of danger is decidedly low," lawyer Barry William Levine argued.

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7:24am

Tue May 12, 2015
The Two-Way

Obama's Presidential Library Will Be In Chicago, Foundation Announces

President Obama's presidential library will be in Chicago, his foundation announced on Tuesday.

"The future Presidential Center will include the library, museum, as well as office and activity space for the Foundation to inspire and engage citizens here and globally," the foundation said in a press release.

From Chicago, NPR's Cheryl Corley told our Newscast unit:

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5:09am

Tue May 12, 2015
It's All Politics

NYC Mayor Seeks National Spotlight, New 'Contract With America'

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 11:17 am

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to step onto the national stage with his progressive "Contract With America."
Seth Wenig AP

Click the above link to hear Joel Rose's Morning Edition report.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is casting his eye beyond the Big Apple — and is trying to cement his legacy as a progressive champion that could help boost his political future.

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