Politics

8:01am

Sun January 5, 2014
Politics

Debt Ceiling, Immigration Confrontations Loom In Congress

Originally published on Sun January 5, 2014 11:13 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

As we just heard, jobless benefits are a top priority for Congress when lawmakers get back to work tomorrow. But of course, there are more big issues to resolve. And joining us to run through the rest of the 2014 congressional agenda is NPR's political correspondent Mara Liasson. Hi, Mara.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Hi, Rachel.

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5:16pm

Sat January 4, 2014
Economy

With Benefits Cut, Unemployed Take Stock Of Dwindling Options

Originally published on Sat January 4, 2014 6:51 pm

Visitors use the Unemployment Insurance Phone Bank in Sacramento, Calif., on Sept. 20. Tens of thousands in the state lost federal unemployment benefits in December.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

In November, 222,000 Californians opened their mailboxes to find a warning: Unemployment benefits were scheduled to end in December.

While Congress was inching closer to passing a budget, Emergency Unemployment Compensation was not part of the deal. That's the long-term jobless benefits: extra federal money that allows unemployed workers to collect payments for months longer than they could in better economic times.

Sure enough, on Dec. 18, Congress passed that budget and packed up for Christmas recess, leaving those extended benefits to expire just 10 days later.

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12:39pm

Sat January 4, 2014
The Two-Way

Former First Lady Barbara Bush Released From Hospital

Former first lady Barbara Bush in March 2012.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

Former first lady Barbara Bush is home after more than five days of treatment at a Houston hospital. She had pneumonia.

The Houston Chronicle reports that Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath says the 88-year-old wife of one president and mother of another had a couple "truly great days" in which she responded well to treatment.

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5:08pm

Fri January 3, 2014
It's All Politics

House GOP Puts Another 'Target' On Obamacare

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 8:32 pm

House Republicans plan to start the new year with a vote on HealthCare.gov that will place Democrats in a politically tough spot.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Updated at 7:55 p.m. ET

When Congress returns next week, House Republicans will welcome their Democratic colleagues with a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't vote.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., has let it be known that the House will vote on legislation ostensibly meant to protect Americans from HealthCare.gov data breaches. Several Republicans have introduced HealthCare.gov-related security bills, so Cantor has plenty of material to work with.

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4:43pm

Fri January 3, 2014
Politics

Week In Politics: De Blasio Sworn In, Benghazi Comes Back And Brooks On Pot

Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 12:21 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

We turn now to our regular Friday political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution. Hey there, E.J.

E.J. DIONNE: Good to be with you. Happy new year.

CORNISH: David Brooks of the New York Times. Happy new year, David.

DAVID BROOKS: Same to you.

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4:43pm

Fri January 3, 2014
Politics

Congress Works To Flesh Out Budget Deal Before Jan. 15 Deadline

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 8:43 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish. Congress returns to work next Monday and both chambers will have a little more than a week to pass an appropriations bill to keep the government open. A bipartisan budget agreement in December helped reduce the chance of a shutdown, but as NPR's Ailsa Chang reports, there's still plenty left to bicker about.

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4:06pm

Fri January 3, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama Administration Moves To Alter Gun-Buying Rules

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 6:58 pm

President Obama speaks in April after the Senate rejected a bill that would expand background checks on guns. The White House is seeking to clarify rules that bar firearm possession due to mental health problems.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Federal agencies are proposing new rules for handling gun buyers' background checks, in changes the Obama administration says will "keep guns out of potentially dangerous hands." The changes include a clarification of rules barring firearm possession due to mental health problems.

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2:42pm

Fri January 3, 2014
It's All Politics

Clay Aiken's Political Reality: Results Mixed For Stars Like Him

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 3:19 pm

Clay Aiken performs a special one night only concert at the Progress Energy Performing Arts Center in Raleigh, N.C., in March 2010.
Jim R. Bounds AP

Reality television star Clay Aiken set the political class chattering Friday with rumors that he may run for Congress.

Frozen in time as the elfin man-child of American Idol fame, the runner-up from a decade ago is reportedly considering running as a Democrat in his home state of North Carolina.

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1:22pm

Fri January 3, 2014
It's All Politics

7 Political Dates To Watch In 2014

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 6:01 pm

Vice President Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio applaud President Obama as he gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Feb. 12, 2013.
Charles Dharapak AP

With November midterm elections looming, 2014 promises much more political catnip than 2013.

It's a year with a full roster of House, Senate and gubernatorial races, but 2014 is also likely to prove to be another critical period for the Affordable Care Act as an important deadline comes early and the Supreme Court takes up another aspect of the health law.

Here are some of the most important dates to watch:

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11:17am

Fri January 3, 2014
The Two-Way

Nuns' Objection To Health Care Law Is Unwarranted, Justice Dept. Says

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 4:20 pm

At the center of the debate: prescription contraceptives.
Tim Matsui Getty Images

The Obama administration has asked the Supreme Court not to extend a temporary injunction given to a group of Colorado nuns who want to be exempt from some rules in the new health care law. The rules relate to the requirement that most employers provide health insurance that includes coverage of birth control costs.

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