Politics

3:53pm

Thu August 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Federal Court Backs Calif. Ban On Conversion Therapy For Minors

A federal appeals court has reversed an injunction that kept California's law banning conversion therapy from taking effect. This composite image shows sate Sen. Ted Lieu, left, who introduced the original bill, and David Pickup, a marriage and family therapist who is a plaintiff in the suit against it.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

California's pioneering law that prohibits treating young gay people with psychotherapy in an attempt to change their sexual orientation has cleared a constitutional challenge in federal appeals court. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that the ban does not violate essential rights.

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12:35pm

Thu August 29, 2013
The Two-Way

President To Issue New Executive Orders On Guns

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 1:12 pm

A weapon is used on the indoor firing range at the National Armory gun store in Pompano Beach, Fla., in April.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

The White House says President Obama will issue two new executive orders on guns — one to curb the import of military surplus weapons and another that closes a loophole allowing some felons to get around background checks.

The two actions — to be announced by Vice President Joe Biden at the swearing-in of Todd Jones, the new director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — will join 23 others that the president has issued in an effort to reduce gun violence.

They are part of a set of recommendations from the vice president unveiled in January.

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11:31am

Thu August 29, 2013
Shots - Health News

Politician And Health Quality Guru Berwick Consults For U.K.

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 12:23 pm

Gubernatorial hopeful Dr. Donald Berwick speaks at the Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform Convention in July.
Aram Boghosian Boston Globe via Getty Images

Even as Dr. Donald Berwick runs for governor of Massachusetts, he's got a firm foothold in his former life as an expert on health quality.

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6:03am

Thu August 29, 2013
It's All Politics

Maine Governor's Rough And Rude Style Clouds His Future

Gov. Paul LePage speaks to reporters shortly after the Maine House and Senate both voted to override his veto of the state budget on June 26 in Augusta.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

He's called state workers "corrupt." He's joked about blowing up a local newspaper office and used a rape-sans-Vaseline analogy to describe a Democratic legislator's actions.

In his most recent flap, Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage may or may not have accused President Obama of hating white people. Accounts vary.

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6:03am

Thu August 29, 2013
It's All Politics

How California Is Turning The Rest Of The West Blue

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 1:15 pm

Newcomers from California are helping to shake up the politics in the Mountain West.
iStockphoto.com

Colorado's politics have become positively Californian lately. There are new restrictions on guns. Pot is legal. The legislative agenda featured an expansion of alternative-energy use requirements for rural consumers. Gay couples can now enter into civil unions.

There's a reason for all this.

Lots of Californians have moved to Denver and its environs, bringing a progressive strain of politics with them and angering more conservative parts of the state — so much so that 10 northeastern counties are planning symbolic but serious votes on secession this fall.

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5:06am

Thu August 29, 2013
Race

Obama Encourages Next Generation To Carry On King's Vision

Freedom bells rang out in Washington and across the country on Wednesday, as Americans marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. President Obama, who's often noted his own debt to the civil rights leader, praised the tens of thousands of Americans who marched with Dr. King in 1963. He also challenged a new generation to continue to press for racial and economic justice.

3:31am

Thu August 29, 2013
It's All Politics

Yet Another Democrat Takes The Lead In NYC Mayor Race

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 4:45 am

4:41pm

Wed August 28, 2013
U.S.

Transcript: Obama On The Legacy Of 1963 March On Washington

President Obama waves after speaking during a ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Wednesday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

A transcript of President Obama's remarks on the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, as released by the White House:

To the King family, who have sacrificed and inspired so much; to President Clinton; President Carter; Vice President Biden and Jill; fellow Americans.

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4:31pm

Wed August 28, 2013
It's All Politics

Many U.S. Lawmakers Want A Say On Taking Action In Syria

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 7:44 pm

Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va., has gotten dozens of House members to sign on to a letter demanding that President Obama ask for the official blessing of Congress before attacking Syria.
Steve Helber AP

The Obama administration appears poised to attack Syria after concluding Bashar Assad's government used chemical weapons, but many members of Congress say they haven't been briefed enough about why military action is warranted.

Opinions about Syria are all over the map, with many lawmakers saying the president cannot proceed without first getting authorization from Congress.

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11:29am

Wed August 28, 2013
Music

Freedom Singer: 'Without Music, There Would Be No Movement'

Originally published on Sat August 31, 2013 8:32 am

Amy Ta NPR

"Without the songs of the movement, personally I believe that there wouldn't have been a movement," says Rutha Mae Harris, one of the original Freedom Singers.

Fifty years ago, the Freedom Singers performed along with artists like Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Mahalia Jackson at the March on Washington.

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