Politics

7:42pm

Wed July 24, 2013
It's All Politics

King Wing Presents Both A Problem And An Opportunity For GOP

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 3:37 pm

Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican, is taking heat for comparing many young immigrant DREAMers to drug mules.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Both for the Republican Party, in general, and the GOP House leadership, in particular, Rep. Steve King's controversial comments about young immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally are a setback, to put it mildly.

King, as anyone knows who hasn't been single-mindedly focused in recent days on the birth of Prince George Alexander, caused a sizable ruckus with comments that are being called "hateful," "inexcusable" and "reprehensible" — even by some of his fellow House Republicans.

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7:03pm

Wed July 24, 2013
National Security

House Rejects Measure That Would Have Curbed NSA Program

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 7:58 pm

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

On Capitol Hill, an effort to limit the authority of the National Security Agency has fallen short. It was the first chance for House lawmakers to vote on the government's phone surveillance program since news of it was leaked by Edward Snowden. They rejected an amendment that the White House and top intelligence officials had lobbied hard against.

NPR's Tamara Keith joins us from Capitol Hill. And, Tamara, the amendment was defeated. How close was it?

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4:45pm

Wed July 24, 2013
Education

Senate Passes Student Loan Legislation To Lower Interest Rates

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 9:31 am

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

After a long wait, the Senate has finally passed student loan legislation. It would restore lower interest rates for undergraduates. Many of them saw their rates double on July 1st when the Senate missed its deadline.

As NPR's Ailsa Chang reports, the new measure closely resembles both what the president wanted and what the House has already passed.

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4:45pm

Wed July 24, 2013
Politics

Obama Speech Part Of Attempt To Refocus Economic Policy

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 7:21 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Joining us from the White House is Gene Sperling, director of the president's National Economic Council. Welcome to the program once again.

GENE SPERLING: Well, thank you for having us.

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4:45pm

Wed July 24, 2013
Politics

Obama Kicks Off Economic Speaking Tour In Illinois

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 7:21 pm

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

President Obama went on the road today to reboot his economic agenda with a message that he called a better bargain for the middle class. He returned to Knox College in the small town of Galesburg, Illinois, to launch an economic speaking tour. Galesburg is where, eight years ago, the newly elected Senator Obama delivered his first big economic speech. And as NPR's Ari Shapiro reports, many of the themes haven't changed since then.

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12:52pm

Wed July 24, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. Is 'Through The Worst Of Yesterday's Winds,' Obama Says

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 2:26 pm

President Obama during his address Wednesday at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

President Obama on Wednesday launched another effort to lay out his vision for how to strengthen the U.S. economy with a midday speech at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., in which he hit themes familiar to those who followed his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.

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11:55am

Wed July 24, 2013
NPR Story

Immigration Path Too Slow To Follow The Rules?

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi is a legend, not just in his native Zimbabwe, but all over the world. He's 60 years old and he's now put out more albums than he's had birthdays. He joins us in studio for a very special performance chat. He'll talk about the tragedy that inspired his latest album and he'll play some songs for us, as well. That's in just a few minutes. But first, we want to continue this discussion about immigration.

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11:55am

Wed July 24, 2013
NPR Story

Jorge Ramos On Latinos And The Future Of U.S. Politics

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 2:16 pm

Univision newscaster Jorge Ramos anchors Noticiero Univision, the top-ranked newscast on Spanish-language TV.
Alan Diaz AP

Jorge Ramos anchors the top-ranked newscast on Spanish-language TV, Noticiero Univision, alongside Maria Elena Salinas. Sometimes called "the Spanish-language Walter Cronkite," Ramos has been a vocal — and influential — proponent of an immigration overhaul. (In recent summers, Ramos' network Univision has topped the prime-time TV ratings for all networks in the U.S.

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7:12am

Wed July 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Weiner's Own Words: Saying One Thing, Doing Another?

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 9:25 am

Anthony Weiner during an appearance Tuesday in which he admitted that he had continued to "sext" after resigning from Congress in 2011.
John Moore Getty Images
  • The statement Anthony Weiner made when he resigned from Congress on June 16, 2011.

7:06am

Wed July 24, 2013
Economy

As Obama Renews Jobs Push, How Is The Economy Doing?

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 10:35 am

Workers line up pipe while drilling for oil outside Watford City, N.D. While the energy sector has been strong, millions of Americans have been out of work since the recession ended.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

The U.S. economy has been growing for four straight years — each under the leadership of President Obama.

But the pace of improvement has been disappointing to many, especially the nearly 12 million people still looking for work.

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