Politics

4:59pm

Fri November 8, 2013
Politics

Week In Politics: Parsing Election Results And Health Law Hitches

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 8:08 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

It's time for our regular Friday conversation with our political commentators and we begin by talking about this apology last night. President Obama apologizing to Americans who are losing their current health insurance despite his repeated promises that if people like their healthcare plan, they can keep it, period. Here he is on NBC News.

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2:56pm

Fri November 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Philadelphians Elect First Whig Since 19th Century

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 4:46 pm

Robert "Heshy" Bucholz is seen in an undated photo provided by Bucholz. A member of the Modern Whig party, Bucholz campaigned door to door and beat his Democratic opponent 36-24 to earn a four-year term as an election judge in Philadelphia's Rhawnhurst section.
AP

After winning an election on a platform of pragmatism and compromise, Robert "Heshy" Bucholz, 39, is set to become what many believe will be the first Whig to hold elected office in Philadelphia since before the Civil War. A member of the upstart Modern Whig Party, Bucholz won the post of judge of elections in one of the city's wards.

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1:50pm

Fri November 8, 2013
It's All Politics

California Congressman Wakes Up To Tough Re-Election Fight

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 6:49 pm

Rep. Mike Honda speaks during the Fremont Legislative Brunch at Tesla Motors in California in May.
Jeff Chiu AP

As a general workplace rule, it's never a good idea to fall asleep on the job. That's especially true if you're a member of Congress.

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1:06pm

Fri November 8, 2013
Business

What Really Got Measured In This Month's Jobs Report?

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 2:58 pm

Graphic designer Tom Sadowski, 65, works from home in Sterling, Va., in October. Many experts believe the economy is becoming too complicated for the Bureau of Labor Statistics to measure accurately using current methods.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

In October, private employers did a lot of hiring, but a government shutdown forced hundreds of thousands of workers to stay home.

Those federal furloughs offset 204,000 jobs created last month — enough to push the unemployment rate one tick higher to 7.3 percent, the Labor Department said on Friday.

Or maybe the end of that sentence should read: the Labor Department guessed on Friday.

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12:59pm

Fri November 8, 2013
It's All Politics

Presidential Apologies: Regrets, They Have A Few

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 2:31 pm

President Obama walks from the White House to Marine One on Friday. In an interview Thursday with NBC News, he apologized for breaking a promise regarding the Affordable Care Act.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Now that President Obama has apologized to those who've seen their health care plans canceled due to the Affordable Care Act, losses he pledged beforehand wouldn't happen, he joins the line of modern presidents who have had to look the American people in the eye and give their regrets.

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12:11pm

Fri November 8, 2013
Barbershop

Should Jonathan Martin 'Man Up' Or 'Leave It On The Field?'

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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9:09am

Fri November 8, 2013
It's All Politics

Friday Political Mix: Obama, CBS Apologize; Rand Paul Copied

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 1:01 pm

Good morning.

This was a week that gave Virginia a new governor, New Jersey the same one for another term, and ended with some big apologies.

Let's go to the "I'm sorry" roll first, starting with the biggie.

Obama's Sorry About All That

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4:47am

Fri November 8, 2013
Politics

Moderate GOP Group Targets Tea Party Candidates For Defeat

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 10:17 am

In the wake of the partial government shutdown, many establishment Republicans argued that the hardliners in the GOP, backed by the Tea Party, needed to be reigned in. Former Republican Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio tells David Greene about his efforts to put millions of dollars toward that goal in the 2014 mid-term elections.

4:47am

Fri November 8, 2013
Politics

Outside Money Plays Big Role In Va. Race For Governor

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 10:17 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Two of the big winners in Virginia's elections this week were not on the ballot. They actually aren't even Virginians. They are two men who spent more than $2 million each to help elect Democrat Terry McAuliffe as governor.

NPR's Peter Overby reports on the Election Day impact of San Francisco environmentalist Tom Steyer and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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4:47am

Fri November 8, 2013
Business

Budget Office Examines Cost Of Partial Government Shutdown

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 10:17 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Twitter may be worth billions of dollars. Let's talk about another number $2 billion. That is how much federal employees were paid not to work during the government shutdown. This is just one of many eye-popping numbers in a new report on the shutdown from the White House Budget Office.

Here's NPR's Tamara Keith.

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