Fri June 7, 2013

Senator Clarifies Alleged Ties To White Nationalist Group

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 4:53 pm



And now it's time for Backtalk, that's the time when we hear from you. Editor Ahmad Omar is with us today. What is going on?

AHMAD OMAR: Celeste, we have a little clarification. In our political chat last week, we talked about a staff shakeup for South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. The co-chair of her reelection committee resigned over connections to the Council of Conservative Citizens. The Southern poverty Law Center calls that a white nationalist group.


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Fri June 7, 2013
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, June 6, 2013

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N.J. Gov. Chris Christie's political future is affected by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, President Obama dares Republicans to stop his court nominees and Michigan's John Dingell makes history in Congress. NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin review it all in the latest It's All Politics podcast.

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Fri June 7, 2013
The Two-Way

'Profound Questions About Privacy' Follow Latest Revelations

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 12:32 pm

The National Security Agency's headquarters in Fort Meade, Md.
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  • From 'Morning Edition': Glenn Greenwald on the data spy agencies are collecting
  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Dina Temple-Raston
  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Larry Abramson on the nation's secret court

Fresh reports about the massive amount of electronic data that the nation's spy agencies are collecting "raise profound questions about privacy" because of what they say about how such information will be collected in the future, NPR's Dina Temple-Raston said Friday on Morning Edition.

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Fri June 7, 2013
It's All Politics

What Else Has The Longest-Serving Congressman Outlasted?

Originally published on Sat June 8, 2013 11:44 am

This photo provided by Rep. John Dingell's office shows Dingell (left) being sworn in by Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn of Texas in 1955.

Rep. John Dingell made history on Friday, when he surpassed the late Sen. Robert Byrd's record to become the longest-serving member of Congress.

The Michigan Democrat was first elected to the House of Representatives in December 1955, during the first Eisenhower administration. As of Friday, he's served 57 years, five months and 26 days.

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Fri June 7, 2013

Sen. McCain Urges U.S. To Do More For Syrian Rebels

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 2:32 pm



It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.


And I'm Linda Wertheimer. Sen. John McCain is pushing the Obama administration to do more for rebels fighting the Syrian government. This follows his trip last week to opposition-held territory in Syria. McCain warns that a failure to act could send the Middle East deep into sectarian conflict.

His comments come as both the rebels, and the likelihood of planned peace talks, appear to be losing ground.NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.

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Fri June 7, 2013

Former Mass. Chief Justice On Life, Liberty And Gay Marriage

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 1:56 pm

Chief Justice Margaret Marshall asks petitioner to explain a point during arguments before the Supreme Judicial Court in Boston in 2005.
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The U.S. Supreme Court, on the brink of issuing two same-sex-marriage decisions, is facing a question that Margaret Marshall had to resolve for her state a decade ago, as chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Her decision became the first to legalize same-sex marriage in the United States.

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Thu June 6, 2013
It's All Politics

'That Was Me': Recognizing Yourself In A Piece Of History

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 8:21 pm

Henry Kissinger delivers a toast during dinner at Sunnylands. Carol Price is at left.
The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping are meeting this weekend at Sunnylands, an exclusive retreat center near Palm Springs, Calif. On top of 11 lakes, a private golf course and a world-renowned art collection, the compound holds more history than even a 200-acre estate should be able to contain. Obama is the eighth U.S. president to have spent time there. Frank Sinatra married his fourth wife there.

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Thu June 6, 2013
It's All Politics

On National Security, Obama Follows Bush's Lead

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 7:44 pm

President Obama and former President George W. Bush are joined by more than a handshake. Their national security policies link them, too.
Charles Dharapak AP

It's an overstatement to say that it's beginning to look like President George W. Bush's fourth term.

Still, that characterization by former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer carried the ring of truth Thursday with the report that a National Security Agency telecommunications program that Americans first became aware of under Bush has continued under Obama.

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Thu June 6, 2013

Sunnylands: Where Movie Stars And Presidents Play (And Work)

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 5:38 pm

President Bill Clinton with Walter and Leonore Annenberg at the entrance of the historic estate on Feb. 14, 1995.
White House The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands

President Obama arrives in Rancho Mirage, Calif., on Friday to spend two days with China's new president, Xi Jinping, at a 200-acre estate called Sunnylands.

The house at Sunnylands is built of lava stone. The private golf course includes a pink pagoda. And if the presidents feel like fishing in one of the property's 11 lakes, they will hardly be the first world leaders to dip a line in the water.

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Thu June 6, 2013
Around the Nation

Michigan Congressman To Become Longest-Serving Member

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 5:38 pm



Now, a Washington figure who's been around longer than some of the monuments in this city and who is, himself, a living monument on Capitol Hill. Democratic Representative John Dingell, Jr. of Michigan, who is 86 years old, was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1955, and he has been there even since.

Tomorrow, he will surpass the late Senator Robert Byrd's record for congressional longevity when he achieves the tenure of 57 years, five months, and 26 days in Congress.

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