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3:59am

Thu September 19, 2013
Politics

Senators, Economists Lobby For Yellen To Be Fed Chairman

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 9:44 am

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When the Federal Reserve explained its decision to keep pumping money into the financial system, it pointed to stubbornly high unemployment.

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That has long been a concern for the number two official at the Fed, Janet Yellen. She is now considered the leading candidate to replace Ben Bernanke, when he steps down as Fed chairman. His term expires in January.

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3:59am

Thu September 19, 2013
Around the Nation

Mother Of Mass Shooting Victim Becomes Gun-Control Advocate

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 9:44 am

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Sandy Phillips will travel this week from her home in Texas to Washington, D.C. She was on her way to lobby for gun legislation. She expected to testify at a congressional hearing but it was canceled due to the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. Phillips stayed in Washington anyway.

So how many senators or representatives have you met?

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3:59am

Thu September 19, 2013
Politics

Sen. McConnell In No-Win Situation On Obamacare

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 9:44 am

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6:48pm

Wed September 18, 2013
It's All Politics

Poll: Half Of Americans See Russia As 'Unfriendly' Or Worse

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 7:08 pm

President Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Northern Ireland on June 17. A new Gallup poll says Americans are increasingly viewing both Putin and Russia less favorably.
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During the 2012 presidential race, Republican Mitt Romney was mocked by President Obama during a debate for calling Russia — and not al-Qaida — the "No. 1 geopolitical foe" of the United States.

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5:24pm

Wed September 18, 2013
Law

Push To End Mandatory Minimums Makes Strange Bedfellows

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 8:01 pm

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On Capitol Hill today, a rare acknowledgement from lawmakers that they are partly to blame for the country's crowded prisons. Senator Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, opened a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this way.

SENATOR PATRICK LEAHY: We must reevaluate how many people we send to prison and for how long.

SIEGEL: Leahy wants to dial back the long prison sentences that Congress approved during the war on drugs and he's got some surprising allies.

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5:24pm

Wed September 18, 2013
Politics

Obama Looks To Businesses For Back Up In Budget, Debt Fights

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 8:01 pm

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That threat of a government shutdown or worse, default, is taking a toll on the country's businesses. Half of the CEOs surveyed by the Business Round Table say the gridlock in Washington is making them less likely to hire. Today, President Obama tried to enlist business leaders in a campaign to press Congress. Their message: Keep the government open and raise the debt ceiling. NPR's Scott Horsley has the story.

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5:24pm

Wed September 18, 2013
Politics

House GOP Leaders Now Say Defund Obamacare Or Face Shut Down

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 8:01 pm

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. We have said this before and in the next week and a half you're likely to hear it repeated. If Congress does not act, the government will shut down on October 1st. Today, House Speaker John Boehner unveiled a new strategy designed more to appease the hardliners in his own conference than to avoid a shutdown.

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5:13pm

Wed September 18, 2013
It's All Politics

Atheists Start PAC To Elect Nonreligious Candidates

Bishop McNeil, who isn't a cleric despite his name, speaks to reporters Wednesday at a news conference to introduce the Freethought Equality Fund PAC.
Frank James NPR

Americans who count themselves among the "nones" — as in atheists, agnostics or those of no definite religious affiliation — have launched a new political action committee.

The goal? To support the election of like-minded lawmakers or, at a minimum, candidates committed to upholding the constitutional separation between church and state.

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2:43pm

Wed September 18, 2013
It's All Politics

Sen. Mitch McConnell's Newest Headache

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 3:36 pm

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters following a Republican caucus at the Capitol Tuesday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

As House Republican leaders acquiesce to their Tea Party faction and tie a government spending renewal to the defunding of Obamacare, don't look for much cheering from the Senate minority leader's office.

That's because what had largely been House Speaker John Boehner's problem now becomes Kentucky GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell's problem — at least for the next steps of this drama.

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12:15pm

Wed September 18, 2013
Economy

Minority-Owned Banks Play A Real Role In Recovery?

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 5:51 pm

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