Politics

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.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

4:07pm

Fri June 27, 2014
Politics

Obama Gets Real, Meeting The Authors Behind White House Letters

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 7:34 pm

President Obama sits down to have lunch with Rebekah Erler at Matt's Bar in Minneapolis on Thursday. Obama spent a day with Erler, who wrote the White House about her struggles to make ends meet.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

When President Obama delivered a speech about the economy in Minneapolis on Friday, a woman named Rebekah Erler sat in the audience with her family.

The White House billed the president's two-day trip to Minnesota as at least in part a "day in the life of Rebekah" — and it's a throwback, in a sense, to a time before Barack Obama was a household name.

In 2007, when his candidacy was still considered a long shot, then-Sen. Obama spent a day walking in the shoes of a home health aide.

Read more

11:14am

Fri June 27, 2014
It's All Politics

White House Task Force To Save Bees Stirs Hornet's Nest

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 12:17 pm

A bumble bee gathers pollen in September 2007 on a sunflower at Quail Run Farm in Grants Pass, Ore., where farmer Tony Davis depends on them to pollinate crops. Bees are being wiped out by a mysterious condition known as colony collapse disorder.
Jeff Barnard AP

When President Obama announced last week that he was creating a federal task force to investigate the nation's vanishing bee colonies, the moment provided newly minted Press Secretary Josh Earnest an opportunity to crack one of his first jokes on the job.

"When I walked out here today, I knew I was going to be handling a range of sensitive issues," he told reporters. "I didn't know I was going to be talking about the birds and the bees."

Read more

Pages