Politics

4:00pm

Fri July 4, 2014
Remembrances

Richard Mellon Scaife, Champion Of Conservative Causes, Dies At 82

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 6:54 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

We're going to remember now an influential figure and financier of the American conservative movement. Richard Mellon Scaife has died. He was a Pittsburgh newspaper publisher and philanthropist. He used his billions to bankroll numerous right-wing causes. NPR's Hansi Lo Wang has more.

HANSI LO WANG, BYLINE: The name Richard Mellon Scaife may not ring a bell for many political conservatives today.

RICHARD VIGUERIE: Richard Scaife, through his generosity, through his media outlets, was very much below the radar.

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4:00pm

Fri July 4, 2014
Commentary

Week In Politics: Hobby Lobby, Jobs Numbers And Immigration Protests

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 6:54 pm

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Ramesh Ponnuru of The National Review, discuss the Supreme Court's decision on contraception, June jobs numbers and immigration protests in the California city of Murrieta.

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10:46am

Fri July 4, 2014
It's All Politics

Calif. Town Thrusts Heated Immigration Debate Into National Spotlight

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 1:49 pm

Human-rights activist Enrique Morones, at podium, speaks during a rally in support of immigrants on Wednesday in San Diego. A group of about 70 people rallied in support of migrant children and families Wednesday, a day after U.S. Homeland Security buses carrying the migrants were routed away from American flag-waving protesters in Murrieta, Calif., and transported to a facility in San Diego.
Gregory Bull AP

As the saying goes, all politics is local. And that couldn't have been clearer this week in and around Murrieta, Calif., a sleepy conservative enclave 60 miles north of San Diego.

Local leaders here made a loud stand against the planned movement of immigrant detainees to their city from overcrowded U.S. Border Patrol stations in Texas — and in the process rather purposefully thrust their city into the national political spotlight.

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4:48pm

Thu July 3, 2014
It's All Politics

Red State Democrats Tread Lightly On Hobby Lobby Ruling

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 11:28 am

When it comes to the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn must navigate between her state's conservative electorate and her national party.
David Goldman AP

For the typical Democrat running in 2014, frequent condemnation of the Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby decision is a no-brainer as a rallying cry to raise money and energize voters — especially women.

Monday's ruling allows family-owned and other closely held companies to opt out of the federal health law's contraception mandate if they have religious objections.

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4:09pm

Thu July 3, 2014
Politics

Lawmakers' Step Back Toward Disclosure Driven By Optics

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 6:26 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

The House Ethics Committee is undoing a recent change it made to lawmakers' annual financial disclosure forms. The committee had deleted a line asking what free trips members have taken in the previous year. These trips are usually paid for by companies or private interest groups. Members justified the change this week, saying that the information was redundant. But they've now decided to reverse course and put the question back. Joining us from the Capitol to explain this is NPR's Laura Sullivan. And Laura, what started this controversy?

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4:09pm

Thu July 3, 2014
Business

Export-Import Controversy Gives Rise To A Tale Of Two Washingtons

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 6:26 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. A debate has been raging in Washington, D.C. over the future of an obscure federal agency - the Export-Import Bank. And all the way across the country in the other Washington - Washington state - businesses, labor unions and politicians say the bank's demise would have severe consequences. Ashley Gross of member station KPLU in Seattle reports.

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1:50pm

Thu July 3, 2014
U.S.

Federal Highway Program Could Run Out Of Money Next Month

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 3:35 pm

The White House has warned that without more money for the federal Highway Trust Fund, which helps states pay for road and infrastructure projects, construction delays will put thousands out of work.
Seth Perlman AP

Congress has yet another problem it can't solve.

For years, the main federal transportation program has been spending more money than it takes in. This year, the Congressional Budget Office estimates the Transportation Department will disburse $45 billion while collecting only $33 billion for its Highway Trust Fund.

As a result, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx warned states on Tuesday that they will start seeing cuts of 28 percent in federal funding for roads and bridges next month unless Congress comes up with some extra money.

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1:41pm

Thu July 3, 2014
Barbershop

Is Robin Thicke Just A 'Creepy Crooner'? The 'Shop' Guys Weigh In

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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12:53pm

Thu July 3, 2014
It's All Politics

Will Texas GOP Candidate's Actions On Chemicals Prove Toxic?

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 2:24 pm

Texas Republican Greg Abbott, who's been cruising toward easy victory in the governor's race against Democrat Wendy Davis, is making some campaign news this week — and not the good kind.

His actions and comments have brought his relationship to the state's chemical industry under scrutiny.

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9:54am

Thu July 3, 2014
The Two-Way

Saudi Arabia Reportedly Moves 30,000 Troops To Iraqi Border

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 7:20 am

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Jeddah last month. Saudi Arabia has reportedly moved 30,000 troops to its border with Iraq.
Reuters/Landov

Amid reports that Saudi Arabia has deployed some 30,000 troops to its border with Iraq, President Obama has called King Abdullah to discuss the developments in the region.

Reuters quotes Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television as saying the kingdom has deployed forces to its border after Iraqi troops abandoned their positions amid a Sunni-led insurgency.

According to Reuters:

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