Politics

8:03am

Tue October 29, 2013
History

That's Not What She Said? 7 Quotes You May Be Getting Wrong

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 11:40 am

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NPR's Scott Horsley reported Monday on questions about a famous quote attributed to the late Winston Churchill. Did the former British prime minister say it? Take this interactive quiz to find out — and see if you can find the correct speaker for other famous comments.

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6:20pm

Mon October 28, 2013
The Two-Way

Sen. Feinstein: 'Total Review' Of NSA Activities Needed

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 7:00 pm

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein during a hearing in September on Capitol Hill.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Dianne Feinstein, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is calling for a "total review" of spying operations directed against foreign leaders.

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5:30pm

Mon October 28, 2013
Shots - Health News

More Technical Issues For Obamacare, But Good News For Medicare

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 5:02 pm

Gone is the smiling young woman who used to grace HealthCare.gov. Now it's time to get down to work.
www.HealthCare.gov

Monday was yet another troubled day for the Affordable Care Act.

Sunday night, the outside vendor that operates two key parts of the website that lets people browse and sign up for health insurance experienced a failure.

The failure took place at a vendor called Verizon Terremark and presumably affected other clients as well as HealthCare.gov, the federal website that people use to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

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5:21pm

Mon October 28, 2013
Politics

Pelosi: Rollout Of Affordable Care Act Was 'Unacceptable'

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 12:15 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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3:49pm

Mon October 28, 2013
The Two-Way

Syrian Hackers Hit Social Media Accounts Linked To President

The Syrian Electronic Army – a shadowy group of hackers acting in support of the Assad regime – has hit Twitter and Facebook accounts linked to President Obama.

When users clicked a link on some tweets originating from "Organizing for Action" – a non-profit organization that advocates for President Obama's agenda — they were directed to this (warning: graphic) video titled "Syria facing terrorism."

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11:30am

Mon October 28, 2013
It's All Politics

Take This State And Shove It: The New Secession Movement

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 12:59 pm

Fed up with what they see as a lack of representation at the California Capitol and overregulation, supervisors in the far Northern California county of Siskiyou, which includes Yreka, have voted in favor of secession.
Jeff Chiu AP

There's a big race right now to become the 51st state.

Forget traditional contenders like Puerto Rico. In several existing states, residents of less populous areas are hoping to create new states of their own.

Citizens in 11 mostly northeastern Colorado counties are among them. They'll vote on Nov. 5 whether to break off and form their own state. Many are unhappy about liberal state legislation they believe reflects the values of the Denver-Boulder corridor, but not their part of the world.

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8:24am

Mon October 28, 2013
It's All Politics

Monday Morning Political Mix: Obamacare Site Hits Another Snag

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 10:54 am

President Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr in Russia in September in happier times before revelations that the NSA electronically eavesdropped on U.S. allies.
Ivan Sekretarev AP

Good morning, fellow political junkies.

It's the last week of October. That means the administration has just a month to meet its self-imposed deadline to have the Affordable Care Act website running as efficiently as it and millions of Americans had originally envisioned.

But the first item in our Monday political mix of some of the more interesting tidbits that caught my eye this morning indicates why setting such a deadline might be easier than meeting it.

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6:13am

Mon October 28, 2013
Politics

Can A Budget Deal Happen By December?

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 8:00 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Senators and representative hold budget talks this week, a meeting that should have been routine but was not arranged until after a government shutdown. Now Democrats and Republicans are supposed to set a framework for federal spending, on everything from defense to education to helping seniors.

Ron Brownstein of National Journal says it's going to be hard because of both party's political calculations. He starts us off with Democrats.

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6:13am

Mon October 28, 2013
Politics

Bill Clinton Stumps For McAuliffe In Virginia Governor Race

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 8:00 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

Political professionals like to keep an eye on the only two governors races to come year after each presidential election. In 2005, Democrats won the races in New Jersey and Virginia. They went on to dominate congressional races the year after.

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5:05am

Mon October 28, 2013
It's All Politics

A Churchill 'Quote' That U.S. Politicians Will Never Surrender

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 8:28 am

Winston Churchill opens the new headquarters of a Royal Auxiliary Air Force squadron at Croydon in 1948.
Central Press/Hulton Archive Getty Images

This week, Congress dedicates a new bust of Winston Churchill in the Capitol's Statuary Hall. The sculpture is meant to honor the British statesman's legacy of determination and resolve.

It's also a salute to Churchill's friendship with the United States — summed up in an oft-quoted line that Maine Sen. Angus King used during the recent congressional debt-ceiling debate.

As King put it: "Winston Churchill once famously observed that Americans will always do the right thing, only after they have tried everything else."

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