Politics

12:21pm

Wed January 8, 2014
Economy

Poverty And Not Knowing Your Neighbor Are Connected, Expert Says

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 3:16 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We start the program today with reflections on money, speaking broadly. In a few minutes, we'll talk about some myths and facts about credit. Consumer columnist Sheryl Harris will help us clear up some confusion over what exactly helps and hurts your credit. That's in just a few minutes.

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11:53am

Wed January 8, 2014
The Two-Way

Emails Tie Gov. Christie's Aides To Lane Closings Controversy

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 8:20 pm

Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J.
Kena Betancur Getty Images

Update at 8:15 p.m. ET: Gov. Christie Responds

In the late afternoon, Gov. Chris Christie released a statement expressing anger at the situation and denying involvement in what appeared to be an act of political payback:

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9:41am

Wed January 8, 2014
The Two-Way

NASA Reportedly Gets OK To Keep Space Station Going Until 2024

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 11:25 am

Astronauts Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio replace a pump on the International Space Station during a spacewalk last month.
NASA Reuters/Landov

The White House has approved NASA's call for four more years for the International Space Station, ensuring that the orbiting science laboratory will keep going for another decade, according to documents obtained by The Orlando Sentinel.

The newspaper writes:

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5:21am

Wed January 8, 2014
Politics

Senate Moves Forward On Unemployment Benefits

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 7:12 am

In a tally that surprised even its sponsors, a half dozen Republican senators gave Democrats enough votes to move forward with a bill extending emergency unemployment benefits for another three months. The proposal likely faces an even tougher hurdle in the Republican-controlled House.

5:15am

Wed January 8, 2014
Politics

Former Defense Secretary Takes Aim At Obama In New book

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 7:12 am

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates has written a memoir. The book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, will be released next week. In it, Gates makes sharp and sometimes profane assessments of the Bush and Obama administrations.

5:43pm

Tue January 7, 2014
It's All Politics

Senate Unexpectedly Moves Forward On Unemployment Benefits

Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 9:05 pm

Katherine Hackett of Connecticut introduces President Barack Obama during a White House event on unemployment insurance Jan. 7. Hackett spoke about her financial struggles during unemployment before Obama put pressure on the House to extend benefits.
Alex Wong Getty Images

The Senate surprised quite a few people in Washington today when it voted to proceed on a bill to temporarily extend emergency unemployment benefits. Six Republicans joined Democrats in voting to get the measure over a key procedural hurdle.

But it was only the first step, and the president is applying pressure to keep it moving.

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5:39pm

Tue January 7, 2014
Politics

Republicans Pipe In About Poverty and Inequality

Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 8:40 pm

Poverty and income inequality have long been staples of the Democratic Party platform, but they haven't often been high priorities. This year, that appears to be changing, and what's more, some Republicans seem eager to join the conversation.

5:10pm

Tue January 7, 2014
The Two-Way

Ex-Defense Secretary Gates Takes Aim At Obama In New Book

Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 6:37 pm

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and President Obama salute during a farewell ceremony for Gates on June 30, 2011.
Evan Vucci AP

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, in a book due out later this month, describes President Obama as "a man of personal integrity" who nonetheless was skeptical of his administration's "surge" strategy in Afghanistan and openly distrustful of the military leadership, The Washington Post and

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3:07pm

Tue January 7, 2014
It's All Politics

GOP's 2014 Resolution: Keep Pounding Democrats On Obamacare

Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee chairman, said Tuesday the GOP will continue to point the finger of blame for the Affordable Care Act at vulnerable Democrats.
Damian Dovarganes AP

When a reporter asked Reince Priebus Tuesday if Republicans would respond to a question about any issue by somehow directing the conversation back to the Affordable Care Act, the Republican National Committee chairman answered tongue-in-cheek.

"The answer is Obamacare," he said. "No, I'm just kidding."

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1:20pm

Tue January 7, 2014
Sports

Chris Kluwe On What Cost Him His Job With The Minnesota Vikings

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 3:15 pm

Genevieve Ross AP

Just before a big playoff weekend, the sports website Deadspin published an open letter by former Minnesota Viking Chris Kluwe, titled "I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot." Kluwe, a straight man, says his outspoken support of same-sex marriage cost him his job.

"In my mind, there's no logical conclusion that can be drawn, other than that I was fired for my activism," Kluwe tells Michel Martin, host of NPR's Tell Me More.

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