Politics

7:35pm

Tue October 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Will Tap Janet Yellen As Fed Chairwoman

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 7:53 pm

Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen speaks at an international monetary conference in Shanghai on June 3, 2013.
Peter Parks AFP/Getty Images

The White House says President Obama intends to nominate Federal Reserve Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen to chair the Federal Reserve, once Ben Bernanke completes his term in January.

If confirmed, Yellen, 67, would be the first woman to head the American central bank.

Obama is scheduled to make the announcement at 3 p.m. ET. Wednesday.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

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6:41pm

Tue October 8, 2013
It's All Politics

Shutdown Diary: Obama Takes On The Default Deniers

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 8:30 pm

At a Tuesday news conference, President Obama underscored Democrats' refusal to negotiate with Republicans on bills to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.
Charles Dharapak AP

On Day 8 of the federal government's partial shutdown, President Obama called House Speaker John Boehner. But the morning phone call produced no movement toward resolution, according to readouts by aides to both men.

Here are some of Tuesday's news highlights:

President Obama

Obama gave his first lengthy press conference since early August, answering questions for more than an hour.

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6:27pm

Tue October 8, 2013
It's All Politics

Does Where You Shop Depend On Where You Stand?

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 10:19 am

A composite image of a Whole Foods in Providence, R.I., and a Cracker Barrel in Springville, Utah.
Steven Senne/AP and George Frey/Landov

The federal government shutdown is now in its second week, and one big reason for the division in Washington is the growing divide between different kinds of voters back home. Those differences make news on Election Day, but they're visible every day.

Members in both parties find less and less common ground, in part because their constituents have such contrasting notions of government's proper role. And those contrasting visions often coincide with contrasting lifestyles — evident in many of the choices they make.

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5:00pm

Tue October 8, 2013
Politics

Sen. Warner On Why A Moderate Coalition Is Tough To Pull Off

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 7:24 pm

Robert Siegel interviews Sen. Mark Warner (VA-D), about why it's so hard to pull together moderate Democratic and Republican senators together to try and come up with ideas for ending the government shutdown and to avoid government default.

5:00pm

Tue October 8, 2013
Politics

Shutdown Stalemate Continues In Dueling Press Conferences

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 7:24 pm

House Republicans had a closed door meeting this morning, and emerged with the same talking point they've used all week: They just want to negotiate with the president. President Obama quickly gave his response: He will not negotiate over the government shutdown or the debt ceiling.

5:00pm

Tue October 8, 2013
Politics

Obama: End Shutdown, Raise Debt Ceiling, Then We'll Talk

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 7:24 pm

President Obama held a news conference at the White House Tuesday to urge Republicans to vote on a bill to reopen the government, saying it was time to focus on the next issue: raising the debt ceiling.

5:00pm

Tue October 8, 2013
Politics

By The Numbers: The Cost Of The Federal Government Shutdown

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 7:24 pm

As the partial government shutdown continues into its eighth day, All Things Considered takes a look at what's been happening both in and out of Washington.

5:00pm

Tue October 8, 2013
Law

Supreme Court Weighs Easing Limits On Campaign Contributions

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 8:18 pm

This artist rendering shows Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., seated (center) as attorney Bobby Burchfield argues during the Supreme Court's hearing on campaign finance Tuesday.
Dana Verkouteren AP

The U.S. Supreme Court re-entered the debate over money and politics on Tuesday, hearing arguments in a case that could further erode limits on campaign cash.

Just three years ago, a narrow 5-to-4 conservative majority ruled that corporations are people, entitled to spend unlimited amounts on candidate elections as long as they do it separately from candidates' campaigns. On Tuesday, the court moved on to grapple with direct contributions to campaigns — in particular the aggregate limits on contributions by wealthy donors.

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5:00pm

Tue October 8, 2013
All Tech Considered

Health Exchange Tech Problems Point To A Thornier Issue

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 7:24 pm

"We can do better," says White House spokesman Jay Carney, of healthcare.gov's ongoing software problems and delays.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

One week after its rocky rollout, the federal site to help you sign up for health insurance exchanges went down again overnight for additional software fixes. The Obama administration says the technology powering the marketplaces buckled under unexpectedly high traffic. But the ongoing software hiccups for healthcare.gov point to a much thornier problem: procurement processes.

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4:56pm

Tue October 8, 2013
It's All Politics

House GOP's Latest Idea: A Fiscal Supercommittee, Sort Of

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) at the hearing where he discussed his bill to create a bipartisan committee to tackle fiscal issues.
C-SPAN screen shot

The latest House GOP gambit in the fiscal fight is ... wait for it ... a supercommittee.

But Republicans aren't calling it a supercommittee since that's the term for the failed panel that brought us the the sequester.

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