Politics

5:20pm

Thu January 9, 2014
Politics

Obama Meets Lawmakers To Discuss Ongoing NSA Review

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

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. Today, President Obama hosted a select group of lawmakers at the White House. The topic of the talks, the National Security Agency's controversial spying programs and how to change them to deal with privacy fears. In a moment, we'll hear from Colorado Senator Mark Udall who was in the meeting, but first, NPR's White House correspondent Tamara Keith has this update on the president's review of NSA practices.

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5:16pm

Thu January 9, 2014
It's All Politics

Gates Memoir Could Prove Helpful To Hillary Clinton In 2016

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 6:34 pm

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates writes in his new memoir that Hillary Clinton "is a superb representative of the United States all over the world."
Charles Dharapak AP

In his new memoir, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates made a fairly serious charge against Hillary Clinton that likely will hound her if she decides to run for president in 2016: that she admitted in his presence that there were political considerations in her opposition to the U.S. military surge in Iraq.

As soon as the first excerpts of Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War surfaced, many Republicans pounced on Gates' recollection of the Obama-Clinton Iraq surge conversation.

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5:14pm

Thu January 9, 2014
Politics

Jerry Brown Proposes A New Budget For California

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

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Today, California Governor Jerry Brown announced that the state's healthier finances will mean billions of dollars of new spending. The winners in the governor's proposed record budget include schools and welfare. He also wants millions spent on maintaining roads and parks.

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5:14pm

Thu January 9, 2014
Politics

How Christie Can Cross The Bridge Scandal

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

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Mike Murphy is a Republican consultant. He's advised several GOP governors, typically moderate-centrist Republicans. And he joins us now from Arizona. Welcome to the program.

MIKE MURPHY: Oh, good to be here, Robert.

SIEGEL: Chris Christie is seen as a contender for the 2016 presidential nomination. Where would you land today on a scale from showed he can weather a crisis to he's damaged goods to nationally he's toast?

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5:14pm

Thu January 9, 2014
Politics

Two More Christie Aides Dropped For Role In Political Revenge

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

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie held a marathon news conference today. This after revelations that top staffers apparently caused massive traffic jams in Fort Lee, New Jersey as political payback against the city's mayor. As of this morning, two members of Christie's team had been let go, and the governor himself had begun answering the many questions raised by the scandal. NPR's Joel Rose begins our coverage.

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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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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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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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