Politics

4:51am

Mon September 23, 2013
Around the Nation

Most Agree 'Welfare For Farmers' Has To Go

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 10:35 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

As if the battle over the budget as well as the looming fight over the debt ceiling were not enough, there's a Farm Bill. Congress extended the Farm Bill after the fiscal cliff deal in January, but that extension expires at the end of the month. Congress is bitterly divided on food stamps and other issues. But both parties agree on something: The $5 billion-a-year farm subsidy called direct and countercyclical payments must go.

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4:51am

Mon September 23, 2013
Around the Nation

Obama Comforts Families Of Navy Yard Shooting

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 10:35 am

President Obama spoke at a memorial service Sunday for the victims of last week's shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. The president and first lady also met with families of the dead. Twelve people were killed in addition to the gunman, who died in a shootout with police.

3:27am

Mon September 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Scripps College Honors Ex-Rep. Giffords For Public Service

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 4:02 am

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, accompanied by her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, speaks during a news conference in Manchester, N.H., in July. They were there to encourage state political leaders to have courage in the fight to expand background checks on gun purchases.
Mary Schwalm AP

Former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was honored over the weekend for her service to the public by Scripps College. Giffords' alma mater awarded her the school's highest level of recognition: the Ellen Browning Scripps Medal.

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5:29pm

Sun September 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama At Navy Yard Memorial: 'Once More, Our Hearts Are Broken'

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 6:07 am

President Obama speaks during a memorial service at the Marine Barracks Sunday in Washington, D.C., honoring victims of Monday's shooting at the Navy Yard.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

President Obama spoke at a memorial service Sunday to honor the 12 victims of Monday's Navy Yard shootings.

"The tragedy and the pain that brings us here today is extraordinary. It is unique," he said.

But Obama also noted Monday's incident is the fifth mass shooting he has witnessed as president. "Once more, our hearts are broken," he said.

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2:53pm

Sun September 22, 2013
It's All Politics

EPA Gives Coal-State Democrats A Chance To Sound Republican

State and local leaders break ground at a Louisville, Ky., coal-burning power plant in November 2012.
Dylan Lovan AP

For Democrats running in coal-producing states like Kentucky and West Virginia, the Environmental Protection Agency's new limits on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants provide a carboniferous chance to demonstrate independence from President Obama.

Those Democrats will probably take advantage of every chance they get to separate themselves from the president in voters' minds, since their Republican opponents will be working overtime to portray them as reliable Obama votes if they're elected to Congress.

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5:36am

Sun September 22, 2013
It's All Politics

Obama's Passing Up Chances To Turn On The Charm

Originally published on Sun September 22, 2013 11:20 am

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive at last year's congressional picnic on the South Lawn of the White House. This year, the picnic — seen as a chance for lawmakers to socialize beyond party lines — was canceled.
Susan Walsh AP

President Obama isn't known as a schmoozer like Bill Clinton or a back-slapper like George W. Bush. But he does know that a personal touch can woo allies and soften adversaries.

Right now, domestic and international crises are looming on all sides of the president. Although a little tenderness might come in handy, Obama is repeatedly passing up opportunities to wage a charm offensive.

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7:46am

Sat September 21, 2013
Politics

Benghazi Attacks Still Resonate On Capitol Hill

Originally published on Sat September 21, 2013 11:34 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

It's been a little more than a year since four Americans died during attacks on U.S. installations in Benghazi, Libya. Many congressional hearings have delved into the matter almost always at the behest of Republicans. But this week it was Democrats, and the House Government and Oversight Committee who demanded the latest session on Benghazi. It featured the two lead investigators of an independent report on that episode testifying for the first time in public about their conclusions.

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7:46am

Sat September 21, 2013
Politics

What's Next In The Congressional Budget Showdown?

Originally published on Sat September 21, 2013 11:34 am

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks at a Republican rally Friday after the House passed a measure that would temporarily fund the government while crippling President Obama's health care law. The Senate is not expected to follow suit.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

The House has passed a stopgap spending bill that would keep the government open through Dec. 15. It passed almost entirely along party lines: In addition to funding the government, it calls for defunding of the Affordable Care Act.

The White House has said President Obama would veto the bill, were it to come to his desk in this form. And it most likely won't. Democrats, who control the Senate, won't pass a bill that defunds Obamacare.

Which raises the question, now what?

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7:46am

Sat September 21, 2013
Politics

New York's Next Mayor, Bound To Be A Brooklynite

Originally published on Sat September 21, 2013 4:04 pm

Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota speaks at a news conference Monday.
Frank Franklin II AP

This week, the center of New York City's political universe was downtown Brooklyn.

With the dust settling from the mayoral primary, the two candidates who will be on the ballot to replace outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg both live in the city's biggest borough.

On Thursday, Republican candidate Joe Lhota shook hands with voters pouring out of the subway a few blocks from his home in Brooklyn Heights.

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7:33am

Sat September 21, 2013
It's All Politics

Obamacare Stars As Villain In Alabama Special Election

Wells Griffith

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