Politics

11:50am

Thu September 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Tom DeLay's Conviction Overturned On Appeal

Former House Majority Leader Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, in 2011.
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An appeals court in Texas has overturned the 2010 conviction of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who had been found guilty of illegally funneling corporate money to Texas candidates during the 2002 campaign cycle.

DeLay, a Republican, had been out on bail while appealing his conviction and the three-year prison sentence he was handed afterward.

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11:48am

Thu September 19, 2013
The Protojournalist

Are There Too Many 'Hillionaires' In Washington?

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 12:08 pm

House Oversight Committee chairman and megamillionaire Darrell Issa is reportedly worth more than $355 million.
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Capitol Hill is rife with rich people — "hillionaires," if you will.

Writing in The New York Times, Nicholas Carnes, a public policy professor at Duke University, points out that millionaires show up in only 3 percent of American families. But more than 60 percent of the Senate, most members of the House of Representatives and the Supreme Court — and the president himself — are millionaires.

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10:15am

Thu September 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Putin 'Doesn't Believe In You,' McCain Tells Russian People

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 11:50 am

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
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In a stinging response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's put-down of "American exceptionalism," Arizona Sen. John McCain told Russians Thursday that Putin "doesn't believe in you."

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6:33am

Thu September 19, 2013
It's All Politics

Lobster Boy Looms Large In Food Stamp Debate

Jason Greenslate was shown using food stamps to purchase lobster in a Fox News report.
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Before Fox News turned its cameras on him, Jason Greenslate was an anonymous Southern California beach bum, hanging with his surfer pals, playing in a demonstrably awful band and, in his words, "livin' the ratt life."

He doesn't work and gets $200 a month in food stamp assistance that he sometimes uses to buy lobster.

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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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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

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And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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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It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

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And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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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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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

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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