Politics

5:20am

Thu July 3, 2014
Around the Nation

Why Are Kids From Central America Risking Solo Travel To The U.S.?

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 11:14 am

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3:09am

Thu July 3, 2014
Business

An Uncertain Future For The U.S. Terrorism Insurance Program

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 12:16 pm

If the government scales back its terrorism insurance program, the cost of doing business in America's downtowns could rise significantly.
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If terrorists were to attack a U.S. city again, who would pay for catastrophic damage? In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York, Congress provided the answer: the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act.

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6:14pm

Wed July 2, 2014
Politics

For Interior Secretary, Getting Outdoors Is In The Job Description

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 7:57 pm

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell takes a tour of the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Townsend, Ga., last week with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge manager Kimberly Hayes.
Stephen B. Morton AP

It's rare to find Sally Jewell in her Washington, D.C., office.

A little more than a year into her job as Interior Department secretary, she spends much of her time out in the field. It's unavoidable for someone who heads the federal agency that oversees some 400 national parks and nearly 300 million acres of federal lands.

"It's in the job description," she says. "It's also a fun part of the job."

Of late, Jewell has been in the forefront of the administration's efforts to raise awareness of the threat of climate change.

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5:58pm

Wed July 2, 2014
Intelligence Squared U.S.

Is Unlimited Spending On Political Speech A Protected Right?

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:05 pm

Burt Neuborne and Zephyr Teachout convinced audience members that the right to unlimited spending on political speech is not guaranteed by the Constitution.
Intelligence Squared U.S.
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In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment protected the right of corporations and unions to spend money on political speech. That decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, didn't affect how much money organizations could donate to political campaigns — but it removed limits on how much they could spend themselves.

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2:50pm

Wed July 2, 2014
Politics

As Supreme Court Term Ends, Journalist Examines Its Decisions

The Supreme Court term ended Monday. The New York Times correspondent and lawyer Adam Liptak talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about what the decisions reveal about the nine justices.

10:31am

Wed July 2, 2014
It's All Politics

It's The End Of The World As We Know It, So Give Us Money

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 1:12 pm

Judging from email inboxes Monday night, the political apocalypse loomed.

Democrats were about to be overrun by GOP hordes. An army of liberal special interests and Hollywood cronies were on the verge of overtaking Republicans.

How to explain the dire, all-is-lost pronouncements? FEC deadline day.

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7:25pm

Tue July 1, 2014
It's All Politics

Another Day, Another Reason For Voters To Loathe Congress

The House Ethics Committee dismayed government watchdogs by reducing disclosure requirements for privately paid trips taken by members of Congress.
Matthias Schrader AP

Congressional approval ratings are at rock bottom. Why would members pull a stunt likely to make them even more unpopular than they already are?

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4:25pm

Tue July 1, 2014
Politics

On The Waterfront, Obama Contends Bridge Repair Coffers Beg Refilling

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 7:37 pm

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4:10pm

Tue July 1, 2014
Politics

Lawmakers Pitch A Gas Tax Hike To Replenish Dwindling Highway Funds

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 7:37 pm

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Let's take a closer look now at what's happening to the Highway Trust Fund. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx warned state officials in a letter today that unless the fund is patched quickly, the federal government will start limiting payouts to states on August 1. The average state will lose nearly 30 percent of its federal road money and that could mean a lot less asphalt. NPR's Scott Horsley reports on one idea for fixing the trust fund and the roadblocks in front of it.

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8:55am

Tue July 1, 2014
Shots - Health News

Skimpier Health Plans Could Impose Big Out-Of-Pocket Costs

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 3:02 pm

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People are worried about being able to pay for health insurance. So the insurance industry and a group of Democratic senators have proposed offering cheaper, skimpier "copper plans" on the health law's marketplaces that could draw in people who were unhappy with the cost of available plans.

But consumer advocates and others who study the insurance market suggest that there may not be a big demand for these plans and that they could expose people to unacceptably high out-of-pocket costs if they got sick.

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