Politics

6:01pm

Fri July 12, 2013
It's All Politics

'Illusioning Victory From Defeat': A Washington Story

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 6:39 pm

New York Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer speaks at a news conference on gun legislation earlier this year.
Win McNamee Getty Images

At the end of another demoralizing and unproductive Washington week, it struck us that the messaging of failure is a very delicate business — for members of both flailing parties.

New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer's straight-faced characterization of the House GOP's rejection of his immigration bill as "encouraging" best illustrated the problem.

For nothing was hopeful and nobody was a winner in the nation's capital this week.

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4:39pm

Fri July 12, 2013
National Security

Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano To Resign

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 6:19 pm

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is stepping down to take charge of the University of California system.

12:32pm

Fri July 12, 2013
Business

Does The Canadian Rail Explosion Make Pipelines Look Safer?

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 1:48 pm

A police photograph shows burned and wrecked crude oil carrying rail tankers piled up in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, on Monday. Dozens of people died in the disaster.
EPA/Landov

When an oil-laden train derailed last weekend, it turned into an inferno that killed dozens in Lac-Megantic, a small town in Quebec.

This week, the Canadian tragedy is morphing into something very different. It is becoming Exhibit A in the political case for building pipelines — as well as for opposing them.

How could the same tragedy prove opposite points? Listen in to the debate:

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12:10pm

Fri July 12, 2013
It's All Politics

Remembering A Scholar Who Reshaped States

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 12:54 pm

For an academic, Alan Rosenthal had unusual political clout at the Capitol in New Jersey, his home state.
Tim Larsen AP

You've probably never heard of Alan Rosenthal, but few people have done more over the past half-century not only to describe state governments, but redefine how they operate.

Rosenthal, a longtime political scientist at Rutgers University and a giant in his field, died Wednesday at age 81, after battling cancer. He wrote nearly 20 books, but his value was not purely academic.

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10:43am

Fri July 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano Is Stepping Down

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 1:14 pm

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Kevin Dietsch UPI/Landov

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Saying the post has been "the highlight of my professional career," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Friday morning that she is stepping down to become president of the University of California.

Her statement followed a Reuters report that broke the news.

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9:57am

Fri July 12, 2013
It's All Politics

Top Democrat Says Documents Show IRS Also Targeted Liberals

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 12:04 pm

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (right) speaks with the committee's ranking Democrat, Elijah Cummings, during a hearing last month.
Charles Dharapak AP

Newly released documents appear to further undermine the idea that Tea Party groups were the only ones given extra scrutiny by the IRS for potential political activity.

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8:51am

Fri July 12, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: 'I Need Help' San Diego Mayor Says

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner in the video statement he released Thursday.
City of San Diego

In a video statement to the people of his city, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner conceded Thursday that he has "failed to fully respect the women who work for me and with me, and that at times, I have intimidated them."

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5:29am

Fri July 12, 2013
Politics

Senate Democrats Fed Up With Filibusters On Nominations

Senate Democrats are once again threatening a rules change to allow President Obama to win approval for his executive branch appointments on a simple majority vote. Republicans complain that this strike against the filibuster is both unfair and a bad precedent.

5:29pm

Thu July 11, 2013
The Two-Way

House Passes Farm Bill Without Food Stamps

House Speaker John Boehner discusses the farm bill vote at a news conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

House Republicans have approved a farm bill sans food stamps, leaving a gaping hole in the middle of the measure for the first time in 40 years.

The 216-208 vote was largely on party lines, with no Democrats supporting it. Twelve Republicans also voted against it.

The decision to cleave food stamps — formerly called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, from the rest of the farm bill gives Republicans a victory after GOP lawmakers in the House turned down the full measure last month.

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5:08pm

Thu July 11, 2013
Politics

Some House Republicans Optimistic About Passing Immigration Reform

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 5:55 pm

The prospects for a sweeping immigration overhaul dimmed as House Republican leaders said they would not take up a comprehensive bill passed by the Senate last month. Instead, they argued for a slower, step-by-step approach. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R, Fla.) tells Audie Cornish that he remains optimistic that the House can still pass a bill to fix the immigration system.

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