Politics

5:13am

Mon March 17, 2014
Politics

Unions Mobilize To Fight Political Novice In Illinois' GOP Primary

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 11:59 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

A funny thing is happening in Illinois' politics this year. Labor unions, typically big supporters of Democrats in the state, have been using a lot of their energy in the Republican primary race. That vote is tomorrow. The GOP in Illinois sees a chance to take back the governor's mansion for the first time in a decade. It's a four-way race on the Republican side, and labor unions want to make sure one candidate in particular does not make it to the general election. Amanda Vinicky from member station WUIS in Springfield reports.

Read more

5:55pm

Sun March 16, 2014
National Security

Uniform Rule May Keep Religious Americans From Military Service

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 1:23 pm

Dr. Kamal Kalsi had to apply for special permission from the Department of Defense in order to keep his beard and turban while serving in the military.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Monday, 105 lawmakers from both parties sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, urging him to change a relatively obscure uniform requirement for the U.S. armed forces that some argue infringes on religious beliefs.

People who observe religions that require specific hair or dress traditions have to seek an accommodation from a superior to break the Defense Department's uniform requirements.

Read more

5:33pm

Sat March 15, 2014
Politics

CIA Pulled Out Of The Shadows With Feinstein's Charge

Sen. Dianne Feinstein accused CIA staff of improperly accessing Senate computers on Tuesday. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times and ex-Rep. Jane Harman about the conflict.

9:52am

Sat March 15, 2014
Health Care

Under 30? The President Would Like You To Know Health Care Is Hip

Originally published on Sat March 15, 2014 11:32 am

The president joined host Zach Galifianakis on the Funny or Die mock talk show, Between Two Ferns this week. Obama was there to promote the Affordable Care Act.
Funny or Die

7:49pm

Fri March 14, 2014
It's All Politics

Breakthrough On Jobless Benefits May Lead To Blind Alley

Republican senators Rob Portman (left), Dean Heller and Susan Collins worked with a bipartisan group to reach a deal to extend long-term jobless benefits for five months.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

The bipartisan agreement in the Senate over a five-month extension of federal unemployment insurance for the long-term jobless may seem like a breakthrough.

But for Sister Marge Clark, senior lobbyist for NETWORK — a national Catholic social justice lobby that welcomes the news, the fact that the agreement is seen as a progress shows just how far the political situation in Washington has deteriorated.

Read more

7:27pm

Fri March 14, 2014
It's All Politics

Hispanic Activists Vow To Keep Pressing White House Over Deportations

Originally published on Sat March 15, 2014 4:52 pm

Demonstrators protest the Obama administration's deportation policies in Phoenix last year.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Five months before his 2012 re-election, President Obama announced that his administration would stop deportations of more than a half-million young adults, often referred to as "Dreamers," brought illegally to the U.S. as children.

Latinos subsequently turned out to vote in record numbers that fall. More than 70 percent marked their ballots for Obama — helping him win the popular vote and triumph in key battleground states.

Read more

4:06pm

Fri March 14, 2014
News

Lawmakers Seek To Lay Roadblock To Powerful Painkiller

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 6:33 pm

Sen. Joe Manchin is introducing a bill to force the Food and Drug Administration to ban potent new painkiller Zohydro, backed by a bipartisan effort to get the FDA to remove its approval of the drug.

4:06pm

Fri March 14, 2014
Commentary

Week In Politics: Florida 13 And The CIA

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 6:33 pm

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the Florida special election and Sen. Feinstein's dispute with the CIA.

4:06pm

Fri March 14, 2014
News

After Record Deportations, Obama May Turn To More 'Humane' Options

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 6:33 pm

The White House announced the president is willing to review his stance on deportations, a policy that's drawn objection from Hispanics and other groups the president depends on politically.

3:26pm

Fri March 14, 2014
Shots - Health News

Can Congress Put An End To Annual Medicare Payment Ritual?

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 8:08 pm

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio leaves the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, after House Republicans passed a measure Friday that would overhaul the system Medicare uses to pay doctors.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Congress is still searching for money to avoid a 24 percent cut in pay for doctors who treat Medicare patients.

But seniors are already paying their share of the cost in premiums, as if the pay cut — scheduled to kick in on April 1 — won't happen.

Seniors' premiums cover 25 percent of their Medicare Part B outpatient services, including doctor visits, outpatient lab tests and hospital visits, medical equipment and home health care.

Read more

Pages