Politics

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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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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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4:27am

Wed September 18, 2013
Latin America

Brazil's President Postpones U.S. Visit Over Spying Concerns

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

A secret surveillance court has issued a very rare public defense of the U.S. program that collects massive data on phone calls. The court wrote that this program which stores numbers and call times but not content, we're told, does not violate privacy rights.

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The American Civil Liberties Union countered that it is folly to trust privacy decisions to a secret court.

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4:27am

Wed September 18, 2013
Around the Nation

Gun Control Advocates Say Little After Navy Yard Shooting

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 5:19 am

In the aftermath of this week's shooting rampage at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., there has been no revival of the debate over gun control. In fact, the response from both sides in the debate has been muted. That's very different from what happened after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in December.

4:27am

Wed September 18, 2013
Business

Home Care Workers To Be Included In Wage And Overtime Law

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Almost 2 million Americans are employed as home care workers. Wow. Many of them are not covered by minimum wage and overtime laws, but that is about to change. NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports.

WENDY KAUFMAN, BYLINE: The new rules, announced by the White House, cover in-home aides who assist the elderly or the disabled with things like dressing, feeding and taking medications.

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6:53pm

Tue September 17, 2013
It's All Politics

Dad, I'm 'A Massachusetts Liberal'

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 3:04 pm

Campaign ad from Carl Sciortino, the Massachusetts Democrat running in the Oct. 15 House special election primary.
Campaign ad

A candidate in a crowded House special election is trying to break away from the pack by coming out of the closet — as a Massachusetts liberal.

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5:34pm

Tue September 17, 2013
Politics

Frontrunner For Fed Chair Saw Financial Crisis Coming

Now that Larry Summers has withdrawn his name from consideration to lead the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, Vice Chair of the Fed, has emerged as the frontrunner. For more on Yellen and her career, Audie Cornish talks with Alan Blinder, a professor of economics at Princeton University.

5:34pm

Tue September 17, 2013
Latin America

Brazil President Postpones U.S. Visit After NSA Revelations

In a slap to the United States, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced she is postponing her state visit to Washington. It was scheduled for Oct. 23 and would have been the first state visit of President Obama's second term. The postponement follows revelations that the National Security Agency spied on Rousseff, her top aides and Brazil's state-run oil company.

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