Politics

5:32am

Tue September 10, 2013
Politics

Tea Party Won't Let Congress Forget Obamacare Issues

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 7:08 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. Congress did not expect to spend September debating Syria. Many Republicans, instead, were planning battles over the budget and over the healthcare law that's about to take affect. Tea Party activists are going ahead with meetings on their issues. One event comes in Washington D.C. today. NPR's Don Gonyea has been talking with activists.

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5:29am

Tue September 10, 2013
History

Analyzing How Presidents Wage War

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 7:08 am

Virtually every president before President Obama has viewed the 1973 War Powers Act as unconstitutional, says historian Michael Beschloss. In a conversation with Renee Montagne, Beschloss analyzes Obama's decision to seek congressional approval for military action in Syria — and what it says about his presidency.

5:11am

Tue September 10, 2013
Middle East

Obama Prepares For Speech On Syria

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 7:08 am

On Tuesday night, President Obama will address the nation — asking for support of his plan to punish the Syrian regime for a chemical weapons attack near Damascus last month. The president must deal with widespread skepticism about his plan.

5:11am

Tue September 10, 2013
Middle East

2 Democratic Senators Propose Alternate Plan For Syria

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 7:08 am

President Obama on Tuesday meets with Democratic senators to press his case for military action against Syria. Two moderate senators are offering an alternative plan. It would delay military action for 45 days, and give Bashar Assad another chance to get rid of his chemical weapons. Steve Inskeep talks to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota about the plan.

5:11am

Tue September 10, 2013
Around the Nation

New York's Gun Control Law Gets Even More Controversial

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 7:08 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The shooting last year at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut just before Christmas and leaving little children dead looked for a moment like it would change gun laws. It didn't, expect in a couple of places. New York was one. That state quickly passed one of the toughest gun control laws in the nation, but it was hugely controversial, especially in rural parts of the state.

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3:36am

Tue September 10, 2013
Politics

Colorado Voters To Decide 2 Lawmakers' Fates In Recall Elections

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 2:01 pm

State Sens. Angela Giron and John Morse, both Democrats, face recall elections Tuesday. The battle in Colorado has attracted major players from across the nation, reflecting the sustained intensity over the issue of gun rights.
Ed Andrieski AP

Two prominent Democratic state senators could lose their jobs after lawmakers passed sweeping gun control laws following the theater shooting in Auro, Colo., and the Newtown school shooting in Connecticut. Gun rights activists collected enough signatures to force the historic recall elections.

The recalls follow a combative and bitter legislative session. Among the most controversial measures passed were universal background checks and limiting high-capacity magazines to 15 rounds.

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5:42pm

Mon September 9, 2013
It's All Politics

Constituent Mailbag: A Deluge Of Opposition To Syria Strikes

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 6:28 pm

Protesters against U.S. military action in Syria march to Capitol Hill from the White House on Saturday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Rep. Jim Himes is willing to vote against the wishes of his constituents. Probably not this time, though.

"Like the rest of the country, my constituency is pretty much opposed to the intervention in Syria," says the Connecticut Democrat. "Since health care reform, I haven't seen an issue that energized as many people."

His colleagues in the House and Senate report the same.

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5:02am

Mon September 9, 2013
Politics

Congress Returns Facing Work Besides Syria Resolution

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 7:25 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now, when Representative Cole and his colleagues return to Capitol Hill today, they will hear about Syria from administration officials.

NPR congressional correspondent Tamara Keith reports.

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5:02am

Mon September 9, 2013
Politics

Rep. Cole Weighs In On Syria Resolution

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 7:25 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. Seeking to win support in Congress for air strikes on Syria, President Obama addresses the nation tomorrow and also gives a series of TV interviews today. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is also going to America's airwaves. Asked on CBS if a strike on his country could provoke a retaliation involving chemical weapons, this was his response.

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3:28am

Mon September 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Presses Lawmakers For Authorization On Syria

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 12:02 pm

Vice President Joe Biden stands in front of his residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, as President Obama arrives at a dinner Biden is hosting for Republican senators.
Charles Dharapak AP

President Obama is ratcheting up pressure on lawmakers to support his request for limited U.S. military strikes in Syria. The White House says the Syrian government is responsible for a chemical weapons attack last month near the capital, Damascus.

On Sunday night, the president stopped by a dinner Vice President Joe Biden was holding for Republican senators.

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