Politics

4:17pm

Mon June 30, 2014
National Security

Obama Taps Former Procter & Gamble Chief To Helm VA

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 7:01 pm

President Obama has picked Robert McDonald, the former CEO of Procter & Gamble, to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. If confirmed by the Senate, McDonald will face a difficult task. The VA is is embroiled in a controversy over falsified and lengthy wait times for veterans.

3:24pm

Mon June 30, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama Says He Will Use Executive Action To Address Immigration System

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 4:08 pm

President Obama said he will move some immigration enforcement assets from the interior of the country to the border, part of his effort to fix the immigration system.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

President Obama says he is going to use executive action to deal with what he says is a broken immigration system.

"While I will continue to push Republicans to drop excuses and act," Obama said, "Americans cannot wait forever for them to act."

Obama made the announcement at the White House Rose Garden on Monday. He said he will begin "a new effort to fix the immigration system on my own, without Congress."

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7:38am

Mon June 30, 2014
Politics

Obama To Request $2 Billion To Deal With Border Issue

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 1:32 pm

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5:22am

Mon June 30, 2014
Politics

Obama To Nominate Ex-Procter & Gamble Chief To Head VA

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 1:32 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And let's hear more about that nomination that Cokie just mentioned. Bob McDonald was CEO of Procter & Gamble, and now if confirmed by the Senate, he'll be running the Department of Veterans Affairs. The White House says that agency is under-resourced and is suffering from a, quote, "corrosive culture that led staff to fake their reports about how long veterans are waiting to get health care." Here to talk to us about that more, NPR veterans correspondent Quil Lawrence. Quil, good morning.

QUIL LAWRENCE, BYLINE: Good morning.

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5:06am

Mon June 30, 2014
Law

Supreme Court To Rule On Hobby Lobby Contraception Case

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 1:32 pm

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DAVID GREENE, BYLINE: Here in Washington, the U.S. Supreme Court wraps up its term today. And once again, we are waiting for a major decision on the Affordable Care Act. The High Court is set to rule on whether the health insurance that for-profit employers offer to their workers has to include birth control even if the employer has a religious objection. Our colleague Steve Inskeep spoke to NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley about the case.

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3:25am

Mon June 30, 2014
It's All Politics

Meet The Newest American Running Mate: The Rifle

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 1:32 pm

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell holds a rifle on stage at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference earlier this year.
Susan Walsh AP

6:45pm

Sun June 29, 2014
Business

For Tipped Workers, A Different Minimum Wage Battle

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 8:14 am

States may have their own higher wage laws, but the federal minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13 an hour.
AP

The federal minimum wage for tipped workers has been $2.13 since 1991. That pay rate tends to get lost in the larger debate over whether to raise the national minimum wage for nontipped workers, which is $7.25 an hour.

In theory, the money from tips should make up the difference in pay — and then some. But according to a White House report, tipped workers are more than twice as likely as other workers to experience poverty.

Living On Tips

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10:30am

Sun June 29, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama Administration Seeks Change In Law To Speed Deportations

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 2:33 pm

Children detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville,Texas.
Eric Gay AP

President Obama will ask Congress for about $2 billion in emergency funds and for a change in the law in an effort to stem the tide of Central American immigrants flooding the Southern border, according to a White House official.

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8:12am

Sun June 29, 2014
Politics

In The Battle To Host The 2016 GOP, It's Alt Country Vs. Rock

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 3:13 pm

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DON GONYEA, HOST:

Call it the first official contest of the 2016 presidential campaign. Sure, the election's a couple of years away. Nevertheless, we have a pair of finalists. They are cities hoping to host the Republican National Convention two summers from now. In this corner, Dallas, Texas.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BIG D")

FRANK LOESSER: (Singing)You're from Big D. My, oh, yes. I mean, big D, little A, double L, A, S.

GONYEA: And the other contender, hailing from the shores of Lake Erie...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BURN ON")

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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.

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