Politics

6:44am

Sat October 19, 2013
Politics

Can The GOP Put Its Internal Feuds Behind It?

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 7:40 am

This week, politicians and pundits of almost all persuasions seemed to agree that the Republican Party took a hit from the shutdown. But Jonah Goldberg of the National Review sees a path forward. Hos Scott Simon talks with Goldberg about how the party can put its schisms behind it.

6:44am

Sat October 19, 2013
Politics

Shutdown Is Wrapped Up, But Other Issues Are Starting To Unfold

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 7:40 am

The U.S. is back from the brink after a deal to reopen the government and lift the debt ceiling, but more crises may be on the horizon with a compromise budget due by mid-December and the federal government only funded through Jan. 15. Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's senior Washington editor Ron Elving about what comes next.

7:46pm

Fri October 18, 2013
It's All Politics

Tom Foley, A House Speaker Who Embraced Compromise And Comity

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 8:16 pm

Democrat Tom Foley served Washington state's 5th Congressional District for 30 years and was House speaker from 1989 to 1995. He died Friday at age 84.
Jeff T. Green AP

Former Speaker of the House Tom Foley was the product of far different times, yet his career in politics a generation ago still carries a message current congressional leaders might want to heed.

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5:39pm

Fri October 18, 2013
Politics

Money For Dam Project In Shutdown Deal Riles Conservatives

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

The Olmsted Locks and Dam project is under construction on the Ohio River between Illinois and Kentucky.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

This week's congressional compromise to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling had a few other provisions as well.

One of them allows additional spending on a lock and dam project on the Ohio River between Kentucky and Illinois.

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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

Transcript

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

Transcript

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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