Politics

8:03am

Thu November 7, 2013
It's All Politics

With Three Years Left To Go, Obama Remains On Defense

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 1:13 pm

President Obama waves as he departs Love Field Airport after shaking hands with supporters Wednesday in Dallas.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Just a year after he won re-election, President Obama's second term is already feeling long and fairly fruitless.

It could get worse.

It's typical for second-term presidents to enter the doldrums, but in Obama's case the feeling that he can't accomplish very much set in early. The hopes he stated last year that his re-election would "break the fever" of unyielding Republican opposition to everything he proposed turned out to be misguided.

"The president is clearly at his weakest point in his presidency so far," says GOP consultant Whit Ayres.

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4:54am

Thu November 7, 2013
Politics

Obama And Top Republicans Struggle To Find Common Ground

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 5:17 am

A year ago, newly re-elected President Obama got promises of cooperation from chastened GOP congressional leaders. Since then, Senate Republicans have delivered on some key issues. Ditto for the GOP-led House, at least initially. Then came the partial government shutdown.

2:59am

Thu November 7, 2013
Politics

Why Obama Shouldn't Worry About His Lousy Poll Numbers

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 11:06 am

President Obama walks with the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, on the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday.
Evan Vucci AP

President Obama's poll numbers have hit just about the lowest point of his presidency.

They started sinking after the Obamacare website's miserable debut last month. Now, only around 40 percent of Americans think Obama is doing a good job. More than half disapprove of his performance. (A year ago, the numbers were the opposite.)

It seems obvious to say that a high approval rating helps a president, while a low approval rating hurts him. But here are five reasons Obama's numbers might not be as troublesome as they sound.

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5:26pm

Wed November 6, 2013
It's All Politics

Virginia Result Driven by Obamacare? Shutdown? Not So Much

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 5:47 pm

Democrat Terry McAuliffe speaks to supporters Tuesday in Tysons Corner, Va. McAuliffe defeated Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor's race.
Drew Angerer Getty Images

Virginia Tea Party Republican Ken Cuccinelli lost a closer-than-expected contest for governor Tuesday to Democrat Terry McAuliffe, a weak but well-financed and well-connected candidate.

By Wednesday morning, the political world was busy debating the meaning of the outcome in Virginia, where exit polls showed that voters expressed increasing antipathy to the Tea Party, and that it was women — particularly unmarried women — who propelled McAuliffe over the finish line.

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5:13pm

Wed November 6, 2013
It's All Politics

How Long Must Rand Paul Stay In 'Detention' For Plagiarism?

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 6:16 pm

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is sorry for the plagiarized material in his speeches and op-eds. And he thinks some journalists are just plain sorry.
Jose Luis Magana AP

If you were a high-profile politician caught plagiarizing, would you:

  • A) Say something like "my bad," apologize profusely, promise to sin no more and quietly move on, hoping reporters would do likewise? Or ...
  • B) Acknowledge that mistakes were made, then lash out at the news media?

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has been going with the second option lately.

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4:26pm

Wed November 6, 2013
Around the Nation

New Jersey Votes To Increase Minimum Wage

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 6:21 pm

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is celebrating an impressive reelection victory but he also suffered a defeat. Voters handily approved a measure to raise the state's minimum wage. That's a measure Christie had opposed.

As NPR's Jim Zarroli reports, New Jersey is the fifth state this year to raise the minimum wage.

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4:26pm

Wed November 6, 2013
Politics

How An Ala. Primary Became A Referendum On The Republican Party

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 6:21 pm

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And I'm Audie Cornish in California this week.

Political junkies are poring over the results of yesterday's governors' races in New Jersey and Virginia. But they may also want to take a look further south at a special congressional primary in Alabama. There, a moderate Republican candidate beat out his Tea Party-supported rival.

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4:26pm

Wed November 6, 2013
Politics

Calif. Gov. Brown: A Great Power Has To Find Some Unity

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 6:21 pm

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4:26pm

Wed November 6, 2013
Politics

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: A History Of State Secession

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 6:21 pm

On Tuesday, some Colorado counties voted to secede from the state. Their secession effort was largely symbolic — and it has been done elsewhere in the U.S. with great regularity.

4:26pm

Wed November 6, 2013
Politics

Senate Committee Grills Sebelius Over Health Law

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 6:21 pm

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