Politics

8:45am

Thu September 26, 2013
It's All Politics

Thursday Morning Political Mix

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 9:13 am

A statue of George Washington, in the U.S. Capitol's Rotunda.
SAUL LOEB AFP/Getty Images

Good morning, fellow political junkies.Today finds the Senate in continued debate aimed at reaching a legislative agreement that keeps the federal government open into the new fiscal year which starts Oct. 1.

Meanwhile, there seems to be a growing mood among congressional Republicans to test President Obama's resolve to not negotiate over raising the debt ceiling in a few weeks.

Here are some politically-connected items or themes that caught my eye this morning.

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7:02am

Thu September 26, 2013
The Two-Way

George H.W. Bush Is Witness At Same-Sex Wedding Of Friends

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 8:34 am

Former President George H.W. Bush, former first lady Barbara Bush, right, and their newly wedded friends Helen Thorgalsen, center, and Bonnie Clement.
Susan Biddle AP

Former President George H.W. Bush's presence as a witness and guest at the marriage of two women in Maine last weekend is being treated by some as his quiet endorsement of same-sex marriage.

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3:44am

Thu September 26, 2013
Shots - Health News

A Medicaid Expansion In Pennsylvania May Take Time

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 8:26 am

Susan Mull is a substitute teacher in Lancaster County, Pa. She's lived with HIV for 21 years, the past 13 without health insurance. She says an expansion of Medicaid in Pennsylvania would be "life-changing."
Jeff Brady NPR

In Pennsylvania, more than a half-million people who don't have insurance are waiting to hear whether the state will take advantage of a Medicaid expansion that's part of the Affordable Care Act.

The federal law would allow people earning up to 138 percent of federal poverty guidelines to sign up for Medicaid. But a Supreme Court ruling that largely upheld the law gave states the choice whether to expand their Medicaid programs.

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7:00pm

Wed September 25, 2013
It's All Politics

Countdown To Shutdown: The Ted Cruz Show Comes To A Close

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 7:08 pm

Democratic Sens. Harry Reid of Nevada and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan visited with mothers and babies at a Capitol Hill Obamacare event Wednesday.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Wednesday's Highlights

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ended his marathon Senate floor speech at noon when his appointed time ran out.

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6:03pm

Wed September 25, 2013
Politics

If The Government Shuts Down, You May Not Notice (At First)

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We're less than a week away from a possible shutdown of the federal government and there is still no clear path to a stopgap budget agreement in Congress. A bill to keep things running did inch forward in the Senate today. But getting a final deal between the Senate and the House is another question.

NPR's Scott Horsley reports on what a government shutdown would mean for people's pocketbooks.

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6:03pm

Wed September 25, 2013
Politics

U.S. Signs Arms Trade Treaty, But Will The Senate Ratify It?

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The United States added a signature to a new treaty today. It's on international arms trade. The agreement is meant to stem the flow of weapons to conflict zones around the world. Human rights activists are hailing the decision, but the Obama administration will have an uphill battle getting the treaty ratified by Congress. NPR's Michele Kelemen has more from the United Nations.

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6:03pm

Wed September 25, 2013
Politics

Sen. Wicker: Obamacare Should Go But Shutdown Won't Kill It

Robert Siegel speaks with Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) about defunding Obamacare, the continuing resolution battle and debt ceiling.

6:03pm

Wed September 25, 2013
Politics

Senate Inches Closer To Resolution To Stave Off Shutdown

The Senate took the next step on its weeklong road to passing a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown next week. The legislative movement follows on the heels of a 21-hour talk-a-thon by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is hoping to defund Obamacare.

5:15pm

Wed September 25, 2013
Politics

Every Move She Makes, Pundits Are Watching Hillary Clinton

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 11:09 pm

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York City on Wednesday.
Ramin Talaie Getty Images

When she left the Obama administration, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she just wanted to sleep late and walk her dog. But that hasn't happened.

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5:11pm

Wed September 25, 2013
It's All Politics

A Tale Of Two Talks: Ted Cruz Outlasts Rand Paul By 8 Hours

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 6:23 pm

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to the media Wednesday after delivering a marathon Senate floor speech.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

OK, so it wasn't a real filibuster, as no Senate action was actually blocked or delayed. But Texas Republican Ted Cruz's talk-fest did succeed in one key measure: duration.

At 21 hours and 19 minutes, Cruz held the Senate floor 8 hours and 27 minutes longer than Kentucky Republican Rand Paul did in March when he staged an actual filibuster over the country's drone policy.

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