Politics

5:47am

Sat July 27, 2013
News

Emergency Summit On Urban Violence Opens In Chicago

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 12:59 pm

A sidewalk memorial in Chicago remembers Eugene Clark, 25, who was shot and killed last weekend. In the same weekend, the city had at least 6 people killed and 22 wounded by gunfire. This weekend, the Congressional Black Caucus held a summit in Chicago to discuss violence in urban areas.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Rep. Robin Kelly, one of the hosts of the urban violence summit in Chicago, said at the outset Friday that this wouldn't be just another summit.

"Maybe just some of you are tired of having your leaders hold summits that are long on talk and short on action," she told attendees. "Today's summit aims to be different."

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3:59pm

Fri July 26, 2013
Politics

NYC Tabloids Go Gaga Over Naughty Pols

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 4:38 pm

March 2008 front pages
New York Post/New York Daily News

Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer have been very good to the New York tabloids.

First, they delivered lurid scandals for cheeky newspaper headline writers to work with. That's like rocket fuel for the tabs, which thrive on conflict and scandal and aren't nearly as cautious and measured as the broadsheets.

Then, after resigning from office — Weiner from Congress, Spitzer from the governorship — each decided to make an against-all-odds return to elected politics this year.

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3:19pm

Fri July 26, 2013
It's All Politics

McConnell's Kentucky Challenger Gets Her Act Together

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 3:52 pm

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes raises her game in a video about her challenge to GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell.
Grimes For Senate

Maybe the Democrat who hopes to unseat Sen. Mitch McConnell is ready for prime time after all.

That's one way to view the highly polished Web video in which Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's secretary of state, appears, employing humor, pathos, earnestness and her grandmothers to skewer the leader of the Senate Republicans.

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12:08pm

Fri July 26, 2013
Barbershop

Have New Yorkers Seen Too Much Of Anthony Weiner?

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

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12:08pm

Fri July 26, 2013
NPR Story

What's On The National Urban League's Agenda This Year?

Jobs are the focus of this year's National Urban League Conference in Philadelphia. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with President and CEO Marc Morial, about how the League has progressed on that front, and asks about the biggest issues facing African-Americans today.

12:08pm

Fri July 26, 2013
Politics

Should Congress Stop 'Drawing Lines In The Sand'?

Guest host Celeste Headlee gets a wrap of the week's political news with journalist Callie Crossley and conservative commentator Lenny McAllister. They talk about President Obama's push to get the economy back on track, and the battle over the President's health care law.

9:25am

Fri July 26, 2013
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, July 25, 2013

Eric Thayer Reuters /Landov
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All good things must come to an end. NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving, for the final time, weigh in on the political news of the week. New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner is enbroiled in another sexting saga, President Obama delivers his most expansive comments on race and Mitch McConnell now has a Tea Party challenger. The guys also make 2014 and 2016 predictions, plus read farewell comments from The Listener.

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7:10am

Fri July 26, 2013
The Two-Way

San Diego Mayor Says He Will Enter Treatment Clinic

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 3:19 pm

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (D) on Thursday.
Sam Hodgson Reuters/Landov

Update at 3:07 p.m. ET. Entering Treatment Clinic:

The besieged San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will not resign, but during a press conference, just minutes ago, said he "must take responsibility" for his actions and will therefore be entering a "behavior consulting counseling clinic," beginning August 5.

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6:48am

Fri July 26, 2013
Politics

White House Tries Star Power To Sell Health Insurance

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 7:33 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And today's last word in business is: A healthy resistance.

The success of President Obama's health care law depends a lot on whether healthy 20- and 30-somethings will end up buying insurance. At first, the administration was hoping to recruit pro football stars in its PR push, but after a couple of Republicans sent the NFL a letter, that didn't happen. So now the White House is turning to celebrities - names like Michael Cera, Jennifer Hudson and Amy Poehler were reportedly in Washington this week.

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7:36pm

Thu July 25, 2013
It's All Politics

For Holder, An Intersection Of The Personal And Political

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 7:45 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks Thursday at the National Urban League annual conference in Philadelphia.
Matt Rourke AP

Hours before Attorney General Eric Holder announced he would seek new federal powers to protect minority voters in the state of Texas, the country's top law enforcement officer mingled at a Washington event about a topic that hit close to home.

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