Politics

4:15pm

Sun September 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Says He And Iran's Rowhani Have Exchanged Letters

Originally published on Sun September 15, 2013 4:29 pm

Iran's President Hasan Rowhani, who was elected in June, has exchanged lettes with President Obama, the U.S. leader said in an interview that aired Sunday. Here, Rowhani speaks to Iran's Parliament in Tehran.
Atta Kenare AFP/Getty Images

In the weeks since Iran's President Hasan Rowhani was elected this summer, he and President Obama have swapped letters, Obama says. The U.S. president discussed the exchange for the first time publicly in an interview with George Stephanopoulos that aired on ABC's This Week Sunday.

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2:43pm

Sun September 15, 2013
It's All Politics

After Faltering Weeks For Obama, What Counts Is Winning

Originally published on Sun September 15, 2013 3:56 pm

Protesters gather outside the White House on Tuesday before President Obama addressed the nation about the situation in Syria. Obama said he was asking Congress to delay authorizing a strike on Syria to allow a diplomatic plan to work.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Sometimes presidents have to make things up as they go along.

President Obama's decisions have had an improvisational air these past three weeks. His course on Syria kept shifting, at times seemingly guided by offhand remarks.

But the results are what count.

"If it works out in the end, the president's allowed to be uncertain," says Tim Naftali, a former director of the Nixon presidential library. "Oftentimes, the judgment you get during the crisis is not the judgment you get at the end."

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8:02am

Sun September 15, 2013
Shots - Health News

Deadly Amoeba Found For First Time In Municipal Water Supply

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 10:32 am

Kali Hardig, 12, was released from a hospital in Little Rock, Ark., on Sept. 11 after surviving a brain infection caused by amoebas.
Danny Johnston Associated Press

A 4-year-old child who died of a rare brain infection in early August has led Louisiana health officials to discover that the cause is lurking in the water pipes of St. Bernard Parish, southeast of New Orleans.

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7:51am

Sun September 15, 2013
Politics

Did U.S.-Russia Deal Save Obama From Defeat On Syria?

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 8:50 am

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4:27pm

Sat September 14, 2013
It's All Politics

How 'J-Lho' May Keep Democrats Out Of New York Mayor's Office

Originally published on Sun September 15, 2013 2:25 pm

Joe Lhota, the Republican nominee for mayor of New York City, is former head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Republican Joe Lhota wants to be the next mayor of New York.

His odds are long — Democrats outnumber Republicans 6-to-1 in a city President Obama won in 2012 with 81 percent of the vote.

But Democrats have been out of the mayoral office since 1994, when Republican Rudy Giuliani was elected, followed by Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Big-Gulp-banner Michael Bloomberg.

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7:47am

Sat September 14, 2013
Politics

Colorado Voters Recall Two Gun Control Backers

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 11:28 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Another Colorado story now. Gun control advocates had hoped that last year's shootings in Newtown, Connecticut and Aurora, Colorado might move more Americans to call for stricter gun laws. Gun control measures ground down in the U.S. Congress but some states did pass legislation, including Colorado. Yet this past week, Colorado voters recalled two lawmakers who had backed the legislation.

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6:04pm

Fri September 13, 2013
Politics

Week In Politics: Syria And The Colorado Recall

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And for more analysis on Syria and some of the week's domestic politics, we turn to our weekly commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution. Hey there, E.J.

E.J. DIONNE: Good to be with you.

CORNISH: And David Brooks of the New York Times. Hi, David.

DAVID BROOKS: How are you?

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6:04pm

Fri September 13, 2013
Politics

In Highest-Profile Role Yet, Kerry's Legacy Hangs On Syria

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish. The week began with President Obama seeking congressional approval for military action. Now, it is ending with talks in Geneva aimed at a diplomatic solution. In this part of the program, the politics of the crisis in Syria. We'll talk to our regular weekly commentators and we'll start with a report on the man leading the U.S. diplomatic effort, Secretary of State John Kerry.

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4:21pm

Fri September 13, 2013
It's All Politics

Vote For The Creature From The Black Lagoon

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 9:36 pm

How do you break out of the pack if you're in a mayoral race with dozens of other candidates?

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11:09am

Fri September 13, 2013
NPR Story

Oklahoma State Slammed By Sports Illustrated

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 2:30 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for our weekly visit to the barbershop where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds. Sitting in the chairs for a shape-up this week are writer Jimi Izrael, with us from Cleveland. Here in our Washington, D.C. studios, sports writer and journalism professor Kevin Blackistone, Corey Dade, contributing editor for The Root, and NPR editor Ammad Omar decided to stick around. What do you know?

AMMAD OMAR, BYLINE: Hey, why not?

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