Politics

11:32am

Tue March 26, 2013
Around the Nation

The Browning Of A Nation

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 9:45 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

You've probably been hearing a lot about how America's racial and ethnic makeup is changing. Now it seems as though some of these population tipping points are happening sooner than expected. In a few minutes we will talk about the implications of this in areas like the economy and pop culture.

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11:32am

Tue March 26, 2013
Around the Nation

How Will America Cope With Diversity Changes?

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 9:45 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We want to continue our conversation about this country's changing population. We hope you just heard my conversation with demographer William Frey of the Brookings Institution and the University of Michigan and he told us that in just five years the majority of Americans under 18 will be members of groups that are minorities now, which is to say not white. That's a lot sooner than demographers had expected that to happen.

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11:32am

Tue March 26, 2013
Economy

Indian Nations Squeezed By Sequester

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 9:45 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, when regular jobs can't be found or don't pay all the bills, many Americans turn to the so-called shadow economy, which is bigger than you might think. We'll talk about that in our conversation about personal finance just ahead. But first, we want to turn, again, to how the government is paying its bills or not. We're talking about the sequestration.

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10:10am

Tue March 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Happening Now: Supreme Court Hears First Of Two Gay-Marriage Cases

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 2:45 pm

The line was long Tuesday outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., as spectators came to hear the oral arguments about California's Proposition 8.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters /Landov
  • NPR's Nina Totenberg: Three key points about Tuesday's court hearing

(Our most recent update was at 12:50 p.m. ET.)

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10:07am

Tue March 26, 2013
It's All Politics

NPR's Twitter Coverage Of Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Arguments

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 10:26 am

People line up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday before the justices hear arguments in the first of two same-sex marriage cases.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

NPR is covering the historic oral arguments before the Supreme Court in a number of ways, including on Twitter.

You can follow our Twitter coverage at @nprpolitics.

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5:39am

Tue March 26, 2013
Economy

Sequester Cuts Affect National Parks

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 3:13 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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7:39pm

Mon March 25, 2013
Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court

In First Of 2 Gay-Marriage Cases, Court Turns To Proposition 8

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 9:57 am

Snow covers flowers in front of the Supreme Court building on Monday in Washington, D.C. On Tuesday, the justices hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters /Landov

Outside the Supreme Court, lines began forming nearly a week ago. By Monday, the line had snaked down the court steps and to the corner, with people braving freezing temperatures and snow in anticipation of the historic arguments on same-sex marriage on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The justices are first hearing a constitutional challenge to California's ban on same-sex marriage. A second day is devoted to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to same-sex couples married in the nine states where such unions are legal.

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5:10pm

Mon March 25, 2013
Law

Supreme Court To Examine State Ban On Affirmative Action

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 5:59 pm

A scene outside the Supreme Court on Monday, as the justices announced they would hear another case involving affirmative action in higher education. Many of those waiting in line at the court in a late-season snowfall were hoping to attend oral arguments on gay-marriage cases being heard Tuesday and Wednesday.
Jose Luis Magana AP

As the national spotlight turns to the U.S. Supreme Court this week with two historic arguments on same-sex marriage, the court on Monday made headlines on another high-profile issue: affirmative action.

Just 10 years ago a narrow court majority upheld affirmative action programs in higher education in an opinion written by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. But ever since O'Connor retired and was replaced by the more conservative Justice Samuel Alito, the court has been on a steady march to get rid of all race-conscious programs.

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4:57pm

Mon March 25, 2013
Political Junkie

Is It 2016 Yet? Moves By Hillary Clinton & Rand Paul Suggest Yes

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 3:42 pm

Recent policy announcements by Clinton and Paul have convinced many that they are all about the 2016 presidential campaign.
Saul Loeb/AFP/ Getty Images and Charles Dharapak/AP NPR

If you have any interest in politics at all, you pretty much know two things. One, that the next presidential election, on Nov. 8, 2016, is only 1,324 days away. And two, you won't be surprised if people are focusing on it in March of 2013.

Sometimes the speculation is silly, but sometimes it's not. Judging from what we've seen and heard from Hillary Clinton and Rand Paul, the speculation may be on target.

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11:29am

Mon March 25, 2013
Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court

The Same-Sex Marriage Cases: A Primer

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 11:41 am

People wait through winter weather Monday outside the U.S. Supreme Court, in line hoping to attend oral arguments in the same-sex marriage cases being argued Tuesday and Wednesday.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters /Landov

California Gay Marriage Ban Challenge

The Case: Hollingsworth v. Perry, 12-144 (Argued Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET)

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