Politics

10:13am

Sat July 18, 2015
Business

From Highways To Trade Deal, What Big Business Wants By Christmas

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 2:47 pm

It could be a bumpy road ahead for Congress — not least because, well, they'll have to find ways to fund fixes for old, bumpy roads.
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Temperatures soar, flowers bloom and the sun rises early. On these long summer days, there still seems to be plenty of time for achieving your 2015 goals.

But not if you are a business lobbyist. For you, time is short.

Here's what you want by Christmas: a Pacific Rim trade deal; an updated No Child Left Behind Act; revival of the Export-Import Bank; long-term highway funding and a completed federal budget.

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7:44am

Sat July 18, 2015
Politics

Five Candidates, One Stage: Democrats Deliver Their 2016 Pitches

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 5:23 pm

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7:34am

Sat July 18, 2015
It's All Politics

Hillary Clinton Returns To A Very Different Arkansas

Hillary Clinton and her husband, Bill Clinton, celebrate his victory in the Democratic runoff for Arkansas Governor on June 8, 1982 in Little Rock, Ark. Clinton defeated former Lt. Gov. Joe Purcell.
AP

Hillary Clinton may find you can't go home again when she returns to Arkansas Saturday night.

The 2016 hopeful returns to Razorback State for the first time since she announced her second bid for president, keynoting the Arkansas Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner in Little Rock.

But the state is hardly politically recognizable to the one that first launched the Clinton name to national political prominence and where she served as first lady for 12 years.

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4:03pm

Fri July 17, 2015
Commentary

Week In Politics: Iran Nuclear Deal And Presidential Campaigns

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 7:39 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

The Iran deal dominated the week in politics, starting with President Obama's announcement Tuesday morning.

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11:44am

Fri July 17, 2015
It's All Politics

Now On The National Stage, Scott Walker Is Still A Guy From Delavan

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 11:42 am

Delavan, Wis., is home to giant circus animal statues that commemorate a quirky history as the place where circus companies wintered.
Don Gonyea NPR

This story is part of NPR's series Journey Home. We're going to the places presidential candidates call home and finding out what those places tell us about how they see the world.

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5:36am

Fri July 17, 2015
Race

Is Obama Finally Becoming The President African-Americans Wanted?

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 7:55 am

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5:03am

Fri July 17, 2015
It's All Politics

Can Walker Hit South Carolina's Sweet Spot?

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 11:29 am

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks to an overflow crowd in the Mutt's BBQ parking lot in Mauldin, S.C., after more than 500 showed up for his speech in Upstate South Carolina.
Courtesy Walker campaign

Scorching temperatures near the triple digits weren't driving away the 325 people gathered to hear Scott Walker speak at a Lexington, S.C., barbecue joint Wednesday.

Packed under an open-air porch with fans that were hardly helping, the heat didn't seem to affect the enthusiasm for the Wisconsin governor on just his second day as an announced presidential candidate — and it's the type of excitement he'll need to generate to win the important South Carolina GOP primary.

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6:15pm

Thu July 16, 2015
The Salt

The Sad, Stately Photo Of Nixon's Resignation Lunch

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 11:49 am

On the day that he announced his resignation, Richard Nixon ordered cottage cheese, pineapple slices and a glass of milk.
Robert Knudsen Nixon Library

On the quest for cottage cheese trivia this week for my story for Morning Edition, I asked our research department for help. Researcher Barclay Walsh sent me a photo that stopped me in my tracks.

Take a look. Notice the official White House emblem on the plate. The silver platter. The sculpted ball of cottage cheese encircled by slices of pineapple, perhaps canned. The glass of milk.

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5:38pm

Thu July 16, 2015
Law

'I Always Believed' Justice System Would Change, Says Prisoner Granted Clemency

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 7:55 pm

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5:28pm

Thu July 16, 2015
It's All Politics

Obama Visits Federal Prison, A First For A Sitting President

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 6:30 pm

President Obama toured the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma on Thursday and met with six inmates.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

President Obama toured a federal prison in Oklahoma on Thursday and said the nation needs to reconsider policies that contribute to a huge spike in the number of people behind bars.

In an unprecedented visit by a sitting president, Obama met with half a dozen inmates at the El Reno prison, outside Oklahoma City. The trip was part of a weeklong push by the White House to focus attention on the president's call for criminal justice reform.

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