Politics

3:46pm

Fri August 7, 2015
The Two-Way

Michigan Lawmaker Reportedly Concocted Fake Scandal To Cover Up A Real One

Originally published on Fri August 7, 2015 4:50 pm

The Detroit News reports that a prominent Tea Party-inspired state representative in Michigan sought to cover up an affair with a female lawmaker by spreading a rumor about himself that he had engaged in a public sex act with a male prostitute.

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1:40pm

Fri August 7, 2015
The Two-Way

You're The Judge: Can The Job Market Stand Interest Rate Hikes?

Originally published on Fri August 7, 2015 2:46 pm

The Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington, D.C. The Fed's next meeting is set for Sept. 16-17.
Andrew Harnik AP

The Labor Department's July jobs report, released Friday, showed employers added 215,000 workers and that the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.3 percent.

So how would you interpret that report if you were a policymaker for the nation's central bank?

It really — really — matters how you read those numbers, because you have a huge decision to make in September. You and the other Federal Reserve Board policymakers have to set the direction for interest rates.

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1:02pm

Fri August 7, 2015
The Two-Way

#NPRreads: Cecil's Zimbabwe And UCLA Tracks A Superbug

Originally published on Fri August 7, 2015 6:06 pm

#NPRreads is a weekly feature on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom share pieces that have kept them reading. They share tidbits using the #NPRreads hashtag — and on Fridays, we highlight some of the best stories.

This week, we bring you three items.

From NPR's South America correspondent, Lourdes Garcia-Navarro:

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10:38am

Fri August 7, 2015
It's All Politics

Inside Hillary Clinton's Debate Watch War Room

Originally published on Fri August 7, 2015 1:13 pm

The Clinton campaign's debate watch war room was actually just a conference room with a big-screen TV at the front. Fifteen or so staffers huddled over their laptops ready to pounce.
Tamara Keith NPR

While the Republican candidates debated Thursday night, Democratic campaigns tried to make the most of the moment, offering rapid response.

At the Hillary Clinton campaign headquarters on the 11th floor of an office building in Brooklyn, N.Y., about 50 staff members gathered to watch the debate. Some were working. Others were holding beers (at least one wrapped in the "Chillary Clinton" beer koozie sold in the campaign merch store).

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7:41am

Fri August 7, 2015
It's All Politics

Is Trump Turning Into A President Or 'Just Another Politician'?

Originally published on Fri August 7, 2015 4:56 pm

Donald Trump talks to reporters after Thursday's debate.
Scott Olson Getty Images

It is possible that Donald Trump will look back on the first Republican presidential debate Thursday night in Cleveland and wish he had not taken part.

That notion seems absurd at first glance. Taking the stage for the season's first clash was widely seen as the zenith of Trump's campaign to date, if not the validation for all his political thrusts dating back to the 1990s.

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7:23am

Fri August 7, 2015
Politics

A Chicken In Every Pot And A Taco In Every Belly

An online food service offered a special promotion during last night's Republican debate: A free taco for every time Donald Trump said "Mexico," which turned out to be a platterful.

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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7:03am

Fri August 7, 2015
The Two-Way

It's A Wrap: Jon Stewart's Last 'Daily Show'

Originally published on Fri August 7, 2015 2:01 pm

Jon Stewart leaves the studio Thursday after taping his final episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in New York.
MAXA/Landov

After 16 years of honing a unique brand of political satire that has been much copied, but rarely equaled, Jon Stewart signed off for his final episode of The Daily Show with a list of guests who either helped create the jokes or were on the receiving end of them over the years.

"Guess what?" Stewart opened. "I've got big news. This is it."

The 52-year-old comic announced last winter that he would be stepping down from the Comedy Central powerhouse, with Trevor Noah set to take over the hosting duties.

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5:15am

Fri August 7, 2015
Race

Community Divides Are Still Wide A Year Later In Ferguson

Originally published on Fri August 7, 2015 7:23 am

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5:15am

Fri August 7, 2015
Politics

Democratic Candidates Spend Debate Night Posting Reactions, Raking In Cash

Originally published on Fri August 7, 2015 7:47 am

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5:15am

Fri August 7, 2015
Politics

First Republican Debate Was Wide-Ranging, But All Orbited Around Trump

Originally published on Fri August 7, 2015 4:26 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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