Politics

1:09pm

Thu August 22, 2013
The Two-Way

President Unveils Plan To Boost College Affordability

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 7:25 pm

President Obama speaks on education at University at Buffalo, State University of New York, on Thursday.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Saying a college education is the "surest path to the middle class," President Obama announced a plan Thursday to allocate federal aid to colleges and universities based in part on their affordability.

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7:49am

Thu August 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Speculation Builds That San Diego Mayor Is On His Way Out

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 3:50 pm

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (D).
Fred Greaves Reuters/Landov

Update at 3:40 p.m. ET. 'Tentative Agreement':

The law firm that has helped San Diego Mayor Bob Filner navigate the accusations of sexual harassment, says he and representatives of the city have "reached a tentative agreement," but declined to elaborate:

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5:01am

Thu August 22, 2013
Around the Nation

New York City Council To Vote On Tough Police Oversight Laws

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 12:43 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

In New York, the city council is poised to vote today on some of the toughest police oversight laws in decades. The vote comes just weeks after a judge ruled that the NYPD violated the civil rights of minorities with its practice of stopping mostly young men of color on the streets.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is appealing the judge's ruling and refusing to back down on a policing program he has championed. NPR's Joel Rose reports.

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2:59am

Thu August 22, 2013
It's All Politics

Future Historians: Good Luck Sifting Through Obama Video

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 12:43 pm

President Obama is seen on a video camera as he delivers a speech in Youngstown, Ohio, in 2010. In addition to footage of official events, the White House now has thousands of hours of behind-the-scenes video that it will archive.
Jeff Swensen Getty Images

6:17pm

Wed August 21, 2013
It's All Politics

Gender Gap Doesn't Budge In Virginia Governor's Race

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 7:05 pm

Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican nominee for Virginia governor, (left), is trailing Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe (right) among female voters.
Steve Helber AP

Here's one takeaway from a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday: Republicans have their hands full if they hope to close the gender gap in the Virginia governor's race.

The poll of likely voters reports that Democrat Terry McAuliffe has a 6-percentage-point overall lead in his contest with Republican Ken Cuccinelli.

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5:50pm

Wed August 21, 2013
It's All Politics

Obama Heads Back To School To Talk College Affordability

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 6:51 pm

President Obama steps off his bus, nicknamed "Ground Force One," as he arrives for breakfast at the Ossorio Bakery and Cafe in Cocoa, Fla., during a two-day bus tour last year.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

It's back-to-school season for college students — and President Obama plans to be right there with them.

The president will spend the next two days on a bus tour of New York and Pennsylvania that includes stops at three colleges and a high school. At each stop, he'll be talking about ways to make college more affordable.

The president's big black bus will make its first stop at the University at Buffalo on Thursday — the same day incoming freshmen will be moving in, hauling suitcases and mini-refrigerators.

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11:55am

Wed August 21, 2013
Politics

Shaking Up The Grand Old Party

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

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5:27am

Wed August 21, 2013
Around the Nation

Efforts Continue To Remove San Diego Mayor From Office

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 12:03 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

There are alarming reports from Syria this morning of a chemical weapons attack near the capital. Syrian opposition activists say government forces have killed hundreds of people in air raids and shelling on rebel neighborhoods close to Damascus and a sizeable number of people, they claim, have died from poison gas. Those claims have not been confirmed and the Syrian government has strongly denied the accusations.

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5:22pm

Tue August 20, 2013
National Security

Patriot Act Architect Criticizes NSA's Data Collection

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

On this side of the Atlantic, the debate over the Snowden leaks and the NSA data sweeps have revealed renewed civil liberties concerns and criticism of the Patriot Act. A key provision of the act known as Section 215 allows investigators to seek business records or, quote, "any tangible things as long as they are relevant to a counter terror investigation." It's a mile-wide definition and the legal foundation that the Obama administration has used to justify its mass collection of Americans' phone logs.

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5:22pm

Tue August 20, 2013
Shots - Health News

Fla. Balks At Insurance Navigators As Obamacare Deadline Nears

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 10:02 pm

The federal government has awarded about $67 million in grants to groups around the country that will help people shop for health coverage. But Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the guidelines for these so-called navigators are inadequate.
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A key part of the Affordable Care Act takes effect on Oct. 1. That's when Americans shopping for health insurance can begin enrolling in the program.

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