Politics

9:15am

Fri July 19, 2013
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, July 17, 2013

Joe Burbank AP
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In the penultimate edition of the podcast, NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving summarize the political fallout of the Zimmerman verdict and the Senate deal reached on filibusters and also update the latest on the Wyoming and Montana Senate races. They also try to define the word "penultimate."

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6:03am

Fri July 19, 2013
Politics

Filner Scandal Casts Shadow On San Diego Recovery

Mayor Bob Filner smiling during better times at a November 2012 news conference at a San Diego park.
Greg Bull AP

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's problems — a sex scandal coupled with federal investigations into possible financial improprieties — may end up being purely personal matters.

But they aren't helping the city's reputation any.

Nearly a decade ago, the city suffered through a pension underfunding scandal that anticipated problems around the country and led to the resignation of a previous mayor, Dick Murphy.

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5:57am

Fri July 19, 2013
Around the Nation

Lawmakers Consider Retooling Voting Rights Act

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 6:00 am

Congress this week has convened its first hearings about the Voting Rights Act since the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of that law last month. The meetings offer some insights into what, if anything, lawmakers will do to restore the stricken section that enables the Justice Department to review in advance changes to state voting laws.

5:26am

Fri July 19, 2013
Politics

IRS Now Under Fire From Democrats, Too

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 6:00 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

In Washington, the man responsible for putting the IRS in the hot seat the last couple months found himself in the same harsh glare yesterday. The Treasury Department inspector general was grilled about which groups were flagged for extra scrutiny as they applied for tax exempt status. J. Russell George's reports focused on the targeting of Tea Party groups, but Democrats have released IRS documents showing liberal groups were also on watch lists. As NPR's Tamara Keith reports, they want to know why his report didn't mention this.

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3:23am

Fri July 19, 2013
Shots - Health News

White House Muddles Obamacare Messaging — Again

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 6:13 am

President Obama walks off the stage after speaking about the Affordable Care Act during an event in the East Room of the White House on Thursday. Obama argued that the law is holding insurance companies accountable and putting money back into the pockets of consumers.
Susan Walsh AP

This summer was supposed to be a time to reintroduce the public to the Affordable Care Act and teach people how to sign up for benefits this fall.

But that's not what's happening.

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3:20am

Fri July 19, 2013
Business

With Filibuster Deal, NLRB Could Soon Return To Full Force

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 6:00 am

The National Labor Relations Board building in downtown Washington.
Jon Elswick AP

For decades after the 1930s, the National Labor Relations Board served as the arbiter for squabbles between management and unions, or workers who wanted to join a union. In more recent years, though, the board itself has become a battleground.

Democratic appointees to the NLRB have grown increasingly sympathetic to organized labor, while Republican appointees have grown increasingly hostile, says Harley Shaiken, who studies labor relations as a professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

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5:14pm

Thu July 18, 2013
The Two-Way

GOP Won't Defend Ban On Veterans Benefits For Same-Sex Couples

U.S. Army Captain Michael Potoczniak (right) embraced his partner of 10 years Todd Saunders as they obtained their marriage license at City Hall in San Francisco on June 29.
Stephen Lam Reuters /Landov

House Republicans, who defended in court the Defense of Marriage Act only to see it struck down by the Supreme Court last month, have now decided not to try to defend a similar law that denies veterans' benefits to married, same-sex couples.

BuzzFeed, which broke the news Thursday of the GOP's decision, reports that:

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5:07pm

Thu July 18, 2013
Politics

Lawmakers Work To Finish Deal On Student Loan Rates

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 6:31 pm

A bipartisan group of senators announced a deal Thursday to protect college students from an interest rate hike on federal student loans. Those rates doubled on July 1, and lawmakers raced to forge an agreement before most students begin taking out loans for the new school year.

5:07pm

Thu July 18, 2013
Health

State By State: How Health Law Will Affect Premiums

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 6:31 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

In that speech today on the health care law, President Obama made a point of highlighting some good news the administration got yesterday.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: State officials in New York announced that average premiums for consumers who buy insurance in their new marketplace will be at least 50 percent lower next year than they are today. Think about that, 50 percent lower.

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5:07pm

Thu July 18, 2013
Politics

Obama Pushes Back Against Efforts To Undermine Health Law

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 6:31 pm

President Obama gave a White House address Thursday, flanked by Americans now paying less for health insurance or receiving reimbursements from health insurers under Obamacare. It was a response to recent efforts by House Republicans to repeal or undermine the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

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