Politics

3:25am

Fri June 7, 2013
Law

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.
George Rizer AP

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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7:49pm

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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6:31pm

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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5:37pm

Thu June 6, 2013
Politics

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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4:15pm

Thu June 6, 2013
Around the Nation

Michigan Congressman To Become Longest-Serving Member

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

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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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4:08pm

Thu June 6, 2013
Politics

For China To Invest In Smithfield, Broader Review Needed

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

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

Sunnylands, not the White House. That's the private estate in the California desert where the U.S. and China will hold a summit tomorrow. The meeting between President Obama and China's new president, Xi Jinping, comes as China is buying its way ever deeper into the U.S. economy.

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4:08pm

Thu June 6, 2013
Politics

New Jersey's Christie Names Fill-In For U.S. Senate Seat

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

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he would move quickly to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Democratic Frank Lautenberg, and he did. Today, Christie tapped the state's attorney general, Republican Jeff Chiesa for the job.

But Chiesa's moment in the Senate will be brief, as NPR's Joel Rose reports.

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1:46pm

Thu June 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Christie Names N.J. Attorney General To Be Interim Senator

New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa is going to be New Jersey's interim senator — filling the seat vacated Monday by the death of Democrat Frank Lautenberg.

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1:30pm

Thu June 6, 2013
National Security

The NSA, Verizon And The Future of Domestic Spying

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 2:40 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Later in the program, we'll continue our series of conversations and look ahead with NPR's Deborah Amos, who's been covering the war in Syria. But we begin today with a court order obtained by The Guardian's U.S. team, which authorizes the National Security Agency to collect information on billions of phone calls made by U.S. Verizon customers since late April.

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10:25am

Thu June 6, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Michelle Obama's Face-To-Face With A Heckler

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 11:36 am

The first lady was confronted by a heckler at a private event in Washington on Tuesday.
Evan Vucci AP

CNN has video that lets you see and hear some of what it was like Tuesday night when first lady Michelle Obama confronted a heckler who had interrupted her during a Democratic fundraiser at a home in Washington, D.C.

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