Politics

10:30am

Sun June 29, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama Administration Seeks Change In Law To Speed Deportations

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 2:33 pm

Children detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville,Texas.
Eric Gay AP

President Obama will ask Congress for about $2 billion in emergency funds and for a change in the law in an effort to stem the tide of Central American immigrants flooding the Southern border, according to a White House official.

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8:12am

Sun June 29, 2014
Politics

In The Battle To Host The 2016 GOP, It's Alt Country Vs. Rock

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 3:13 pm

Transcript

DON GONYEA, HOST:

Call it the first official contest of the 2016 presidential campaign. Sure, the election's a couple of years away. Nevertheless, we have a pair of finalists. They are cities hoping to host the Republican National Convention two summers from now. In this corner, Dallas, Texas.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BIG D")

FRANK LOESSER: (Singing)You're from Big D. My, oh, yes. I mean, big D, little A, double L, A, S.

GONYEA: And the other contender, hailing from the shores of Lake Erie...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BURN ON")

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6:26pm

Sat June 28, 2014
It's All Politics

8 Signs Obama Is Feeling Trapped In The Presidency

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 10:16 am

Sometimes you just need to pay for your own ice cream.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Past presidents have described the White House as "the crown jewel of the federal penal system" and "the great white jail." And lately, President Obama has been increasingly sending signals he's feeling claustrophobic in the presidential bubble.

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10:54am

Sat June 28, 2014
It's All Politics

Stunt Or Not, GOP Lawsuit Against Obama Will Fuel Both Sides

House Republicans argue the illegality of executive action signings, like one in April 2014 in which President Obama acted to close the gender compensation gap among federal contractors.
Susan Walsh AP

There might not be much legislation traveling down Pennsylvania Avenue for President Obama to sign, but there's plenty of back and forth over the president's use of executive power to act when Congress doesn't.

Week's end found Obama dismissing a lawsuit threatened by Speaker John Boehner, who alleges the president is violating the Constitution by exercising this often controversial power.

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8:19pm

Fri June 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Court Stays Decision Striking Down Indiana's Gay Marriage Ban

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 8:22 pm

A federal appeals court has granted a stay on a lower court ruling striking down Indiana's same-sex marriage ban ahead of a planned appeal.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller was granted a stay by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, which will hear an appeal of a ruling Wednesday of the U.S. District Court. Wednesday's decision found the ban unconstitutional.

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5:52pm

Fri June 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Norway Does A Ctrl+Alt+Delete On E-Voting Experiment

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 6:48 pm

During the 2013 elections, online voting was an option in Norway. Even so, Erna Solberg, chairman of the Conservative Party of Norway, casts an old-school ballot.
NTB Scanpix Reuters/Landov

After a two-year trial for Internet voting, Norway is pulling the plug.

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5:39pm

Fri June 27, 2014
The Two-Way

In Iraq, Coordination With Iran Not Impossible, Gen. Dempsey Says

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 6:33 pm

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon in December.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

In an interview with All Things Considered, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, declined to rule out coordination with Iran and Iranian-backed forces in Iraq. Dempsey also told NPR that one option in Iraq might involve U.S. air assets going after "high-value" individuals within the main Sunni insurgent group.

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5:35pm

Fri June 27, 2014
It's All Politics

What's The Matter With Wendy Davis?

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 6:39 pm

Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis pauses as she speaks to supporters at her campaign headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, in March.
LM Otero AP

Texas Democrats are holding their convention this weekend in Dallas. Supporters are hoping it will give Wendy Davis a chance to reboot her campaign for governor and come out with some much-needed momentum.

A question posed in the San Antonio Express-News is typical of the kind of media she's been getting: "What's Wrong With Wendy?" With the Democratic candidate for governor running far behind her Republican challenger, Greg Abbott, it's not necessarily an unfair question.

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4:07pm

Fri June 27, 2014
Media

An End To Kerfuffles And Questions: Former Press Secretary Reflects

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 6:33 pm

Transcript

: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. From NPR News, I'm Melissa Block.

: And I'm Audie Cornish. It's probably fair to say that Jay Carney is a little less stressed than he was a week ago. That's when he left his post as White House Press Secretary, a position he held for three years. Before going to work for the Obama administration, Carney had been a reporter - a longtime Washington bureau chief for Time magazine. Now, as he enters private life again, he's reflecting on his time behind the White House podium.

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4:07pm

Fri June 27, 2014
Commentary

Week In Politics: Lawsuits, Rulings And The Legacy Of Howard Baker

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 6:33 pm

Political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Mary-Kate Cary of U.S. News and World Report discuss the latest Supreme Court rulings, Boehner's announced desire to sue President Obama and the legacy of longtime Sen. Howard Baker.

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