Politics

10:15am

Mon July 22, 2013
Shots - Health News

State Laws Limiting Abortion May Face Challenges On 20-Week Limit

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 4:57 pm

Becca Besaw of Austin, Texas, and Christopher Robertson of Fort Worth, Texas, protest the state's new law restricting access to abortion at a rally in Dallas on July 15.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Banning abortions after a specific point in pregnancy has been a popular trend in the states this year. Last week, GOP Gov. Rick Perry made Texas the 12th state to ban most abortions after 20 weeks.

But how states define the starting point for that 20 weeks may cause headaches for women and their doctors — and ultimately affect whether these laws pass constitutional muster.

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5:21am

Mon July 22, 2013
Politics

Iowa Could Pose Problem For GOP Outreach

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 7:30 am

While the GOP autopsy on the 2012 election talks explicitly about reaching out to women and minorities to expand the party, it does not get into detail about its Iowa problem. Specifically, the state GOP that begins the presidential nominating season is dominated by religious conservatives most resistant to a broader, more inclusive party message.

5:21am

Mon July 22, 2013
Politics

Week In Politics: Obama's Economic Speech

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 7:30 am

Renee Montagne talks to NPR's Cokie Roberts about President Obama's planned economic speech in Illinois this week and other political news.

5:21am

Mon July 22, 2013
Politics

Energy Standards For Ceiling Fans Spin Up D.C. Debate

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 11:48 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

In these dog days of summer, a ceiling fan still offers an inexpensive way to cool down - except maybe in the nation's capital, Washington, D.C., where a partisan battle is heating up over efficiency standards proposed by the Obama administration. The Energy Department is in the early stages of crafting new rules to encourage the spread of ceiling fans that use less electricity, but House Republicans want to put that idea on ice. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

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5:21am

Mon July 22, 2013
Health Care

State Abortion Laws Differ From Doctors In Defining 20 Weeks

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 10:30 am

Texas last week became the 12th state to ban most abortions after 20 weeks. But most of the state laws don't define 20 weeks the same way doctors do.

4:59pm

Sun July 21, 2013
News

Military Sexual Assault Bill Would Reassign Authority

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 5:58 pm

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand speaks to reporters Tuesday. With her Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, all of whom have endorsed her bill on military sexual assault.
Charles Dharapak AP

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is fighting for her bill to curb sexual assaults in the military. Her measure would give independent military prosecutors, rather than commanders, the power to decide which cases should be tried in military court.

Military leaders fiercely oppose moving that authority outside the chain of command, arguing that commanders are responsible for the health and welfare of their soldiers. Removing their authority would undermine their ability to lead, they say.

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8:51am

Sun July 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Japan's Ruling Coalition Wins Control Of Upper House

Japanese Prime Minister and ruling Liberal Democratic Party leader Shinzo Abe delivers a campaign speech in Tokyo ahead of Sunday's polling.
Toshifumi Kitamura AFP/Getty Images

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition has won a decisive election victory, extending its control to the upper house of parliament and setting the stage for the country's first stable government in years.

Based on exit polls, national broadcaster NHK predicts that Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, New Komeito, will take 71 seats, giving them a total of 130 seats, eight more than needed for a majority in the chamber.

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7:44am

Sun July 21, 2013
News

Author: Obama's Personal Take On Race Made Impact

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 12:41 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Another American who listened intently to President Obama's remarks Friday was linguist and commentator John McWhorter. He's written several books about race in America, including "Authentically Black: Essays for the Black Silent Majority." McWhorter says Mr. Obama's emphasis on the police and criminal justice hit an essential problem of black inequality in America.

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5:56am

Sun July 21, 2013
Code Switch

Black Americans Welcome Obama's Entry To Race Discussion

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 12:41 pm

A man holds up a sign at the "Justice for Trayvon" rally in downtown Chicago on Saturday.
Scott Eisen AP

As soon as he made his remarks on race Friday, President Obama was part of an intense conversation around the nation.

In dozens of cities across the country on Saturday, protesters held coordinated rallies and vigils over the not-guilty verdict in the shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. Many African-Americans insist that understanding the context for black distress over the Zimmerman verdict is key to honest discussions about race.

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6:03pm

Sat July 20, 2013
Politics

Return To Iowa

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 6:19 pm

Cyclists pass a grain elevator in The Des Moines Register's annual bike ride across Iowa in 2011. NPR correspondents are joining the ride this year and documenting the journey.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Join three NPR reporters as they explore the Iowa they didn't see on the presidential trail.

Don Gonyea, Scott Horsley and Brian Naylor will tour the state by bike this time around, as part of The Des Moines Register's 41st Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, better known as RAGBRAI.

Follow their travels!

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