Politics

1:59pm

Thu October 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Former Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick Sentenced To 28 Years

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 2:45 pm

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on his way into court in March in Detroit.
Regina H. Boone MCT /Landov

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was once a rising star in the Democratic Party, to 28 years in prison over charges of corruption.

As we've reported, "Kilpatrick has faced a small mountain of charges in recent years and already served some time in prison for other crimes."

The AP reports:

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12:41pm

Thu October 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Treasury Secretary: Debt Default Would Have Dire Consequences

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 1:49 pm

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testifies during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Thursday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew urged lawmakers on Thursday to raise the government's borrowing limit or face the prospect of causing lasting damage to the U.S. economy.

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12:33pm

Thu October 10, 2013
The Two-Way

After White House Meeting, Both Sides Agree To Keep Talking

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 7:48 pm

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio arrives on Capitol Hill on Thursday.
Susan Walsh AP
This post was last updated at 7:19 p.m. ET.

After an hour-long meeting with President Obama, Republicans said they have agreed to keep talking, in hopes of bridging a gulf that has already led to a government shutdown and is threatening the first default in U.S. history.

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12:32pm

Thu October 10, 2013
It's All Politics

Koch Industries Pushes Back Against Harry Reid

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 2:26 pm

David Koch addresses attendees of the Defending the American Dream Summit in Orlando, Fla., on Aug. 30.
Phelan M. Ebenhack AP

Most business interests would do anything to avoid a public fight with the most powerful man in the Senate.

Not Koch Industries.

The privately owned conglomerate of conservative billionaires David and Charles Koch is busy trading volleys with Majority Leader Harry Reid in the battle over the Affordable Care Act and the government shutdown.

What's unusual here is the word trading. It wasn't so many years ago that the Koch brothers and their company would have said nothing, just absorbed political slams without comment.

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11:20am

Thu October 10, 2013
Author Interviews

Rep. Gutierrez: I Am A Product Of The Civil Rights Movement

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 2:03 pm

Rep. Luis Gutierrez at NPR's Washington DC studios.
Amy Ta NPR

The nation is in the 10th day of a government shutdown, and the deadline over raising the debt limit is quickly approaching. But all that might seem like a day at the park for Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.). He explains why in his new memoir Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill.

He speaks with Tell Me More host Michel Martin about his political journey and the fight for immigration reform.

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11:12am

Thu October 10, 2013
The Government Shutdown

Boehner Proposes 6-Week Increase In Debt Limit

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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

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And I'm David Greene. Good morning.

Seven days from now - according to the U.S. Treasury Department - the U.S. approaches the point where it can no longer pay its bills. The federal budget deficit has been dropping dramatically. But in the wake of the Great Recession, it is still very high.

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8:44am

Thu October 10, 2013
Planet Money

Everyone The U.S. Government Owes Money To, In One Graph

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 10:58 am

Who Holds Our Debt?
Quoctrung Bui / NPR

If Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling soon, the U.S. government won't be able to pay its debts. Here's who the government owes money to — all the holders of U.S. Treasury debt, broken down by category and by how much government debt they hold.

For more, see our story: What A U.S. Default Would Mean For Pensions, China And Social Security

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8:19am

Thu October 10, 2013

8:19am

Thu October 10, 2013
It's All Politics

Thursday Morning Political Mix

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 9:02 am

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and a sign of the times.
Evan Vucci AP

Good morning, fellow political junkies. It's Day 10 of the federal government's partial shutdown. And while it's a dreary, rainy day in Washington, there did appear to be more glimmers of hope this morning than in recent days.

Today's theme is movement, as in, there seem to be some tentative steps towards resolving the current fiscal impasse as President Obama and House Republicans are scheduled to meet at the White House later Thursday.

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7:39am

Thu October 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Shutdown Day 10: Obama, GOP To Meet Amid Signs Of Possible Thaw

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 11:04 am

Chairman of the House Budget Committee Paul Ryan at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday. Ryan has outlined the framework of a possible deal on the federal shutdown and the debt ceiling.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

It's Day 10 of the partial federal government shutdown, and the big news is a meeting between President Obama and a select group of House Republicans.

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