Politics

5:14pm

Thu January 9, 2014
Economy

$50 Billion Worth Of Tax Breaks Expire

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 7:36 pm

Subsidies for wind farms were among the tax breaks that expired on Jan. 1.
Sandy Huffaker AP

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

At the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, a bevy of tax breaks expired in Washington D.C., everything from a tax benefit for people who commute to work using mass transit, to a subsidy for NASCAR racetracks. Some of these are probably less crucial for the national economy, but others are vital to the health of certain industries. At least that's what the businesses that benefit say, as NPR's Chris Arnold has been finding out.

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5:14pm

Thu January 9, 2014
Politics

Udall's Priority On NSA: 'The Freedom To Be Left Alone'

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 7:36 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

To better understand the proposals for reforming NSA data-gathering, we turn to someone who was in the White House meeting today. Senator Mark Udall is a Democrat from Colorado and member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. He's been a long time vocal opponent of the NSA's surveillance tactics. He says he urged President Obama to follow the recommendations of the president's own taskforce on the subject.

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4:22pm

Thu January 9, 2014
It's All Politics

Taking Responsibility But Dodging Blame, Christie Takes His Time

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 5:19 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers questions at a news conference Thursday.
Mel Evans AP

What New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday may have mattered less than how long he took to say it.

With his presidential ambitions and, potentially, his governorship put at risk by a scandal over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, the Republican Christie fielded dozens of questions from reporters during a midday news conference that lasted nearly two hours.

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4:16pm

Thu January 9, 2014
It's All Politics

Gates Unleashed: Ex-Defense Chief Goes Scorched Earth On Congress

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 8:14 pm

In his new memoir, Defense Secretary Robert Gates is unsparing in his criticism of Congress.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made international news this week with the release of a memoir that serves up a big helping of unvarnished criticism of his former boss, President Obama.

But his scalding of the sitting commander in chief seems practically tame compared to the beat down he delivers to members of Congress.

And that includes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who, Gates asserts, once urged him to have the Defense Department "invest in research on irritable bowel syndrome."

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1:58pm

Thu January 9, 2014
All Tech Considered

Government Tech Problems: Blame The People Or The Process?

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 3:37 pm

HealthCare.gov's failures are prompting a closer look at the federal government's out-of-date technology.
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Thanks to epic problems with HealthCare.gov's rollout, the federal government's out-of-date technology processes have received more attention than most of us could have expected. The main doorway for millions of Americans to get health insurance was unusable for two months, but that screw-up is just one in a long line of government IT failures.

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1:45pm

Thu January 9, 2014
Code Switch

States May Recognize Same-Sex Marriages, But Navajo Nation Won't

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 5:13 pm

The Navajo Nation prohibits marriage between persons of the same sex, and critics are now challenging that ban.
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The Navajo Nation has prohibited same-sex marriage since 2005, when the Diné Marriage Act was passed. Now, critics are challenging that ban.

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11:41am

Thu January 9, 2014
It's All Politics

How Long Is Too Long? Congress Revisits Mandatory Sentences

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 1:14 pm

Inmates walk around a recreation yard at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif., in January 2012.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug dealers were once viewed as powerful levers in the nation's war against drugs, a way to target traffickers, and punish kingpins and masterminds.

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9:56am

Thu January 9, 2014
The Two-Way

The Case Against Clemency: Expert Says Snowden's Leaks Hurt Security

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 11:25 am

The National Security Agency headquarters building in Fort Meade, Md.
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A former NSA general counsel tells NPR's Morning Edition that Edward Snowden advertised his theft of government secrets as an act of civil disobedience and should take responsibility.

"He did the crime — he should do the time," says Stewart Baker, also a former assistant secretary of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush.

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8:04am

Thu January 9, 2014
The Two-Way

An 'Embarrassed And Humiliated' Gov. Christie Apologizes

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 8:54 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks Thursday during a news conference Thursday at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J.
Mel Evans AP
  • On 'Morning Edition': WNYC's Matt Katz talks with Renee Montagne about the New Jersey bridge scandal
  • Gov. Christie: 'I had no knowledge'
This post was updated with the latest news at 8:45 p.m. ET.

Saying he is "embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some people on my team," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday apologized to the people of New Jersey for his aides' role in a scheme to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee by closing lanes that lead to the George Washington Bridge.

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5:18am

Thu January 9, 2014
Around the Nation

N.J. Gov. Christie Faces Traffic Jam Scandal

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 10:21 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

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