Politics

7:38am

Sun December 7, 2014
Michel Martin, Going There

In Troubled Times, Does 'The Black Church' Still Matter?

Originally published on Sun December 7, 2014 12:34 pm

A woman raises her hands during an interfaith service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. used to preach.
David Goldman AP

African-American clergy, academics and activists will hold a march on Washington this week, protesting the grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Mo. and New York City and call on the federal government to intervene in the prosecutions of police officers accused of unjustified use of force.

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10:01pm

Sat December 6, 2014
The Two-Way

Bill Cassidy Defeats Mary Landrieu In La. Senate Runoff

Originally published on Sun December 7, 2014 12:47 pm

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., hugs supporters after conceding defeat in her Senate runoff election against Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., on Saturday.
Gerald Herbert AP

Republican congressman Bill Cassidy has defeated Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana's runoff Senate election, boosting the Republican majority in the incoming Senate.

NPR's Debbie Elliott reported Friday that Cassidy, who has pledged to repeal Obamacare, followed a campaign strategy of linking Landrieu to Obama, highlighting her support of the unpopular president.

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5:03pm

Sat December 6, 2014
Law

Should A Criminal Record Come With Collateral Consequences?

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 5:19 pm

Even minor offenses can affect nearly every aspect of a person's life, including eligibility for housing, social services, professional licenses, student loans, immigration status, and even volunteer opportunities.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Maurice Alexander was 61 when he was convicted on a misdemeanor charge. He only served ten days in jail, but six years later it would cost him a chance at affordable housing and leave him homeless for nearly seven months.

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7:48am

Sat December 6, 2014
Politics

Obama Appointees Could Become Targets For GOP Ire

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 3:21 pm

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4:47pm

Fri December 5, 2014
Politics

Ashton Carter Nominated For Secretary Of Defense

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 6:30 pm

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4:47pm

Fri December 5, 2014
Politics

Immigration Awkwardness Could Cloud Obama's Meeting With Governors

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 9:01 pm

President Obama is expected to talk about the economy with several governors-elect at the White House, even as one of them spearheads a legal challenge against his executive actions on immigration.

Editor's Note: A quote in the transcript for this story has been incorrectly attributed, and the quote has some extraneous words. Governor-elect Greg Abbott said the following: "That's not prosecutorial discretion. That is a rewriting of the law that Congress wrote."

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3:38pm

Fri December 5, 2014
Business

2014: The Year When The Job Market Finally Turned The Corner

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 4:23 pm

A construction worker clears wood from a platform that spans the Penn Station railroad tracks in New York City on Nov. 18. Construction jobs rose by 20,000 according to the November jobs report.
Mark Lennihan AP

As 2014 winds down, you might want to save that calendar hanging next to the fridge.

Maybe even frame it.

After so many years of misery for the middle class, 2014 is now looking like the one that finally brought relief. The November jobs report, released Friday by the Labor Department, had blowout numbers showing a surge in job creation, an upturn in work hours and a meaningful boost in wages.

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10:40am

Fri December 5, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama Taps Ashton Carter As Defense Secretary Nominee

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 11:21 am

President Obama announced Friday that Ashton Carter is his nominee to succeed Chuck Hagel as defense secretary.
Larry Downing Reuters /Landov

Updated at 11:19 a.m.

President Obama named Ashton Carter, a former No. 2 Pentagon official, as his pick to succeed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Obama described Carter today as one of the "nation's foremost national security leaders."

"He was at the table in the situation room. He was by my side navigating complex security challenges that we were confronting," Obama said. I relied on his expertise and I relied on his judgment."

Carter called the nomination an "honor and a privilege."

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8:33am

Fri December 5, 2014
The Two-Way

New Jersey Legislature Clears Gov. Chris Christie In Bridge Scheme

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Jeff Zelevansky Getty Images

An investigation by the New Jersey Legislature has cleared Gov. Chris Christie in an apparently politically motivated scheme that closed some lanes of the George Washington Bridge last year, leading to major traffic jams and a political firestorm.

The investigation could find no evidence that Christie was involved in the scheme.

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5:18am

Fri December 5, 2014
National Security

Obama Points To Ashton Carter For Defense Secretary

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 1:07 pm

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