Politics

5:05am

Fri September 6, 2013
National Security

Secretary Napolitano Finishes Up At Homeland Security

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 12:40 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Today is Janet Napolitano's last day as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Napolitano is leaving Washington D.C., heading for California, to become at the end of this month, president of the University of California System. NPR's Brian Naylor sat down with Napolitano yesterday for a look back at her tenure as head of one of the government's largest and most complex departments.

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5:05am

Fri September 6, 2013
Around the Nation

Rural County Wants To Secede From California

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 12:40 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Let's talk next with a man who wants to secede from his state. The Board of Supervisors of a northern California county voted this week to take their county out of California. Michael Kobseff is one of the supervisors who voted yes in Siskiyou County with an eye to joining other counties in northern California, as well as southern Oregon, to form their own state. He's on the line. Welcome to the program, sir.

MICHAEL KOBSEFF: Thank you.

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5:05am

Fri September 6, 2013
Politics

Primary Election For NYC Comptroller Heats Up

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 12:40 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

When Eliot Spitzer, the former governor of New York who quit in disgrace, entered the race for the lower profile job of New York City comptroller, that sleepy contest was suddenly front page news. Many observers started writing political obituaries for Spitzer's opponent. But with just days to go, the race is not too close to call, as NPR's Joel Rose reports.

JOEL ROSE, BYLINE: Eliot Spitzer is the first to admit he's made a few mistakes.

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2:54am

Fri September 6, 2013
Shots - Health News

After A Decade, Congress Moves To Fix Doctors' Medicare Pay

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 7:59 am

I think I see the problem.
iStockphoto.com

Hear the words health care and Congress, and you think fight, right?

And you'd be forgiven, particularly because the House has now voted some 40 times in the past two years to repeal or otherwise undo portions of the Affordable Care Act.

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6:31pm

Thu September 5, 2013
It's All Politics

Even In An Obama Stronghold, Voters Saying 'No' On Syria

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., gestures as he speaks in an Oversight Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in May 22.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Among the hurdles in the House to authorizing U.S. strikes on Syria: Many lawmakers say that back home there's very little support for military action.

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1:45pm

Thu September 5, 2013
It's All Politics

The Senator Who Dodged The Syria Vote

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 3:09 pm

President Obama and now-Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., wave during a campaign rally for Markey in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood on June 12.
Elise Amendola AP

It's hard to imagine a rookie senator who's better equipped to confront a complicated issue like Syria than Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey.

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11:56am

Thu September 5, 2013
Education

Ranking Schools Based On What Matters

President Obama recently proposed a new college ranking system, based on more than test scores. The Washington Monthly has been doing that for years. Host Michel Martin finds out more.

11:56am

Thu September 5, 2013
Politics

Progressive Democrats Doubt Syria Strategy

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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7:15am

Thu September 5, 2013
It's All Politics

Presidential Hopefuls Stake Out Syria Positions

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 8:35 pm

Books by would-be 2016 presidential candidates, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., share a table display at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on March 15. Both Rubio and Paul on Wednesday voted against military action in Syria.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters /Landov

Voting in favor of war or military strikes has proved to have long-lasting political consequences for politicians angling for the highest office in the land.

Just ask former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose 2002 vote for the Iraq War resolution as a U.S. senator contributed to her failure to secure the Democratic presidential nomination six years later.

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6:03am

Thu September 5, 2013
It's All Politics

The Syria Vote: A Guide To The Congressional Factions

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 6:59 am

President Obama gestures during his joint news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Wednesday in Stockholm. The president said the credibility of the international community, Congress and America is on the line with the response to Syria.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

This won't be a standard party-line vote. Big factions within both parties remain skeptical about President Obama's plans to launch punitive airstrikes against Syria.

If the vote were held today, it might not pass. Obama and his allies — including top House leaders of both parties — have a big selling job yet to do to persuade a majority of members to authorize military action.

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