Politics

2:00pm

Wed October 9, 2013
It's All Politics

President Obama's 'It's Good To Be The King' Moment

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 7:05 pm

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner sit together at a Capitol event in February dedicating a statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

It is good to be the king.

That old adage holds, even though nowadays we call our chief executive "Mr. President."

After another long day of showdown over the shutdown, President Obama was able to dominate the headlines, break the tension and change the atmosphere in Washington. He could demonstrate everything that is different about being in the White House — as opposed to that other House where Speaker John Boehner lives.

Read more

1:50pm

Wed October 9, 2013
Economy

Janet Yellen's Resume Makes Us All Feel Like 'Slackers'

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. In a few minutes, we will talk about people and their attachment to the land in two very different places in the United States, and how that attachment to the land may be threatened.

Read more

1:50pm

Wed October 9, 2013
Politics

Govt. Shutdown 'Wake-Up Call' To Native Americans

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. The partial government shutdown is now into its ninth day. There's no sign of a breakthrough anytime soon. So we are going to look at a number of ways the country is being affected. Later in the program, we'll speak with NPR senior business editor Marilyn Geewax about how this stalemate is playing out with our trading partners overseas.

Read more

1:50pm

Wed October 9, 2013
Can I Just Tell You?

Service Members Keep Promises, Even If Congress Doesn't

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 3:07 pm

Pfc. Norman McQueen, U.S. Army Air Corps
photo courtesy Michel Martin

So finally today, you might have noticed I've been out of the office a bit lately. I'm taking that trip a lot of us have, or will be taking: having to get more involved in caring for an elderly parent. And because I've been on that road, I have found myself going through old drawers and boxes in a way I had no reason or right to do before now.

Read more

1:38pm

Wed October 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Shinseki: Shutdown Means Veterans Will Not Get Benefits

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 2:40 pm

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki testifies on Capitol Hill in April.
Evan Vucci AP

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki warned lawmakers on Wednesday that the partial government shutdown means that about 3.8 million veterans will not receive disability compensation next month.

Shinseki, in testimony before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, said pensions to more than half a million vets or surviving spouses will also be derailed if the stalemate over a temporary spending measure drags on into late October.

The Associated Press reports:

Read more

8:12am

Wed October 9, 2013
The Two-Way

All Talk And No Do: Latest On The Shutdown And Debt Ceiling

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 12:53 pm

The skies over the U.S. Capitol on Monday matched the mood as the partial government shutdown drags on and the nation edges closer to a possible default.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

One thing is certain: None of the key players in the federal spending impasse is very happy right now.

President Obama is expected to meet with House Democrats on Wednesday and other caucuses in the coming days, The Associated Press reports, amid hope that a deal can be made soon.

Here's a rundown of Wednesday's Morning Edition coverage on the partial government shutdown, which is bumping up against the debate over raising the debt ceiling.

Read more

7:30am

Wed October 9, 2013
It's All Politics

Wednesday Morning Political Mix

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 8:18 am

President Obama gets some support outside the White House, Oct. 8, 2013.
JEWEL SAMAD AFP/Getty Images

Good morning, fellow political junkies. It's Day 9 of the partial federal government shutdown. Global financial markets at this point still appear to expect sanity to eventually prevail in the Washington fiscal standoff. We'll have to see if they're right.

The day's big news is expected to be President Obama's choice to head the Federal Reserve of the candidate thought to be his second choice since his first proved politically problematic.

Here are some of the more interesting politically related items that caught my eye this morning.

Read more

5:08am

Wed October 9, 2013
Analysis

George Will Compares This Budget Deadlock To Past Conflicts

Steve Inskeep talks to syndicated conservative columnist George F. Will about the current partial government shutdown, and whether the strategies pursued by both sides are any different from previous such crises.

5:06am

Wed October 9, 2013
Around the Nation

Shutdown Messes With Government Workers' Finances

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 1:43 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

OK. The timing of the partial government shutdown has pushed one federal employee to the brink. Lindy Lurie processes disability claims for people in Massachusetts.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

She and her husband are expecting their first child. They used most of their savings to buy a house outside Boston and closed on that house the day before the shutdown.

Read more

5:04am

Wed October 9, 2013
Economy

Global Leaders Watch As U.S. Budget Drama Unfolds

President Obama traded barbs with Republican House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday, but there was no sign that Congress is any closer to re-opening the federal government. At a news conference, Obama warned that the whole world is watching. It is, and so far the reviews aren't good.

Pages