Politics

5:37pm

Fri October 18, 2013
It's All Politics

Conservative Group Backs Challenge To 'Liberal' McConnell

Matt Bevin speaks during the 133rd Annual Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky., on Aug. 3. Bevin, a Louisville businessman, is challenging Sen. Mitch McConnell in the 2014 Republican Senate primary.
Stephen Lance Dennee AP

Days after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell helped negotiate a deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, a prominent conservative group endorsed his primary challenger.

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4:43pm

Fri October 18, 2013
Politics

Tea Party Activist: It Was Worth 'Getting In The Ring'

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 10:09 pm

Sal Russo of the Tea Party Express speaks at the National Press Club in 2011. Russo predicts the Tea Party will be re-energized for the 2014 midterm elections.
Alex Brandon AP

It's been a tough week for the Tea Party and its supporters in Congress. The Affordable Care Act survived the Capitol Hill standoff largely untouched. President Obama and the Democrats stared them down and won. And fights with establishment Republicans revealed the depth of division within the GOP.

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4:43pm

Fri October 18, 2013
Politics

Week In Politics: Shutdown Post-Mortem And Looking Ahead

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 10:09 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And we'll continue our discussion about the politics of the week with our Friday regulars, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution. Hey there, E.J.

E.J. DIONNE: Good to be with you.

CORNISH: And David Brooks of the New York Times. Hey, David.

DAVID BROOKS: Hello.

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4:43pm

Fri October 18, 2013
Politics

Former Defense Dept. Lawyer Tapped To Head Homeland Security

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 10:09 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

President Obama today named former Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson as his choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security. If confirmed by the Senate, Johnson would succeed Janet Napolitano who stepped down in August. The president said of Johnson, he's a cool and calm leader with experience running big, complex organizations. As NPR's Scott Horsley reports, he'll need those skills to tackle what President Obama himself called a monumental task.

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4:16pm

Fri October 18, 2013
It's All Politics

After Budget Fight, No Sign Of Cease-Fire

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 5:00 pm

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters following a meeting with President Obama at the White House on Oct. 2.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

As it dragged on in recent weeks, the debate about the budget, the debt ceiling and Obamacare felt like an epic battle.

But now that it's over, there's reason to think it was actually only another skirmish during the long period of partisan warfare Americans have become accustomed to.

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2:34pm

Fri October 18, 2013
It's All Politics

Obama's Immigration Pivot Hits A Bruised GOP's Weak Spot

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 7:58 pm

Demonstrators supporting an immigration overhaul stage a sit-down protest at the offices of Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., on Oct. 11.
Lynne Sladky AP

After successfully staring down congressional Republicans in the shutdown-debt ceiling fight, President Obama pivoted to immigration in a move with almost no downside.

That makes it perfect as the next vehicle for him to use to cause the GOP major indigestion.

Before being re-elected last year, President Obama said he hoped the Republican "fever" of opposition to him would break during his second term. But if the just-completed standoff is any indication, that temperature is still spiking.

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1:48pm

Fri October 18, 2013
NPR Story

With Shutdown Over, Scientists Assess the Damage

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JOHN DANKOSKY, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm John Dankosky. Ira Flatow is away. After nearly three weeks, the shutdown is finally over. The Smithsonian is open, national parks have opened up their gates, and federal labs all over the country are turning on their lights. But not everyone is back to business as usual. Many scientists who were about to start their field season in Antarctica had their trips cancelled or postponed.

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12:40pm

Fri October 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Former House Speaker Tom Foley Dies At 84

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 1:20 pm

House Speaker Tom Foley (back, right) and Vice President Al Gore applaud during President Bill Clinton's State of the Union address on Jan. 24, 1994.
Ron Edmonds AP

Former House Speaker Tom Foley, who led the chamber from 1989 to 1995, has died, according to his family. He was 84.

The Associated Press says Foley's wife, Heather, confirmed that the Washington state Democrat died at his Washington, D.C., home.

He had reportedly been in ill health in recent months.

The AP says:

"Foley became the first speaker since the Civil War to fail to win re-election in his home district.

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11:43am

Fri October 18, 2013
Politics

Shutdown Nightmare's Over, Is Capitol Hill Still Dreaming?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Later this hour, our Friday features, the Barbershop guys will be here and we'll meet a mother who says she and her husband did everything their conservative church asked of them, including campaign against same-sex marriage, until they realized their own son is gay. And she'll tell us how she's now trying to reconcile her love of her church with her love of her son. That's Faith Matters and that's coming up.

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11:15am

Fri October 18, 2013
It's All Politics

Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran Gets A Tea Party Challenge

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 3:24 pm

State Sen. Chris McDaniel waves at supporters after announcing his candidacy for the U.S. Senate during a rally at the Jones County Courthouse in Ellisville, Miss., on Thursday.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

It's official: Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran is the latest GOP incumbent to get a primary challenge from the right.

State Sen. Chris McDaniel announced Thursday he'll try to unseat the six-term veteran in 2014, the day after Cochran voted for the compromise to end the government shutdown and avert a debt default.

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