Politics

6:01am

Sat October 12, 2013
It's All Politics

Would The U.S. Be Better Off With A Parliament?

Originally published on Sat October 12, 2013 3:31 pm

A view of the German Bundestag, or federal Parliament, in Berlin.
Michael Sohn AP

There are many reasons for the gridlock in Washington. Some are recent developments, as the U.S. becomes more politically polarized. Others are structural, built into the American political system.

Regardless, the extreme paralysis that has recently become the norm in D.C. almost never happens in Western European democracies.

"You're asking: Do other democracies have this problem? And the answer is: Not many," says Jane Mansbridge, a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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6:33pm

Fri October 11, 2013
The Salt

Shutdown Leaves Some Seniors Worried About Their Next Meal

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 7:27 pm

Seniors around the country depend on weekly deliveries of nutritionally balanced food from the USDA's supplemental nutrition program.
tmarvin iStockPhoto.com

You've no doubt heard of Senior Meals on Wheels preparing hot meals delivered to the elderly. But there's a different meal program that's been put on hold because of the partial government shutdown. It's the USDA's Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

In Michigan's western Kent County alone, more than 1,300 low-income seniors depend on the program. For them, it's a nutrition lifeline: They can't just go to a food pantry for similar assistance.

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6:29pm

Fri October 11, 2013
It's All Politics

Worst Since Nixon? Report Slams White House Leak Policy

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 6:57 pm

President Obama arrives to make a statement to the press at the White House.
Charles Dharapak AP

The most open and transparent administration in history? That's not how some veteran members of the press see it.

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4:56pm

Fri October 11, 2013
It's All Politics

Shutdown Takes A Toll On GOP In Virginia Governor's Race

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 6:38 pm

With the government shutdown now in its 11th day, polls show that voters think Republicans bear the biggest share of the blame.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in Virginia — a state that's home to some 172,000 federal civilian workers and where federal spending is a big part of the economy. In the race to be Virginia's next governor, GOP candidate Ken Cuccinelli is falling in the polls.

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4:52pm

Fri October 11, 2013
Politics

Message To Congress In One Georgia District: Don't Back Down

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 6:38 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Both sides have gone to great lengths to make one thing clear, while they're talking, they're not yet compromising. That's because many lawmakers don't want to. For House members backed by the Tea Party who come from strongly Republican districts support is high for taking a hard line.

NPR's Don Gonyea visited one district this week. It's in the northwest corner of Georgia, and it's home to Congressman Tom Graves. He was elected in 2010 and has helped lead the movement to defund the health care law.

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4:52pm

Fri October 11, 2013
Politics

Hope For Solution As Obama, Boehner Agree To Keep Talking

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 6:38 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

The government is still shut down. And the debt ceiling still needs to be raised or the country may not be able to pay all of its bills after next week. And how either of those issues is resolved remains unclear. But as NPR congressional correspondent Tamara Keith reports, there has been some movement.

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4:52pm

Fri October 11, 2013
Around the Nation

Billionaire's Gift Reopens Some Head Start Programs

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 6:38 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

The government shutdown means that more than 9,000 children have been shut out of Head Start, which provides meals and preschool programs for low-income children. Last week, we heard from a regional director for Head Start in Alabama, Dora Jones. She told us she had to close programs serving 770 children in six counties.

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4:52pm

Fri October 11, 2013
Politics

Week In Politics: Two Weeks Of Shutdown, And Debt Ceiling Talks

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 6:38 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

We're going to talk politics now with our Friday regulars, David Brooks of the New York Times and E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution. Welcome to both of you.

DAVID BROOKS: Good to be here.

E.J. DIONNE: Good to be with you.

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4:52pm

Fri October 11, 2013
Politics

More Meetings But No Deal Yet On Debt Ceiling, Shutdown

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 6:38 pm

President Obama met this afternoon with Senate Republicans. There's no agreement yet but the parties appear to be working towards a deal to raise the federal debt limit and re-open the government.

4:43pm

Fri October 11, 2013
Business

At Global Gathering, Many Worry About U.S. Strength

Originally published on Sat October 12, 2013 11:19 am

The annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank began Thursday in Washington amid a partial government shutdown. Many delegates are concerned that the U.S. budget impasse may threaten global economic stability.
Jose Luis Magana AP

When you invite guests over, you probably straighten up the house to make a good impression.

This week, the nation's capital is welcoming guests from all over the world. Thousands of finance ministers, central bankers, scholars and industry leaders are in Washington, D.C., for the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

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