Politics

12:49pm

Mon June 3, 2013
Law

Pick 'Em Up, Lock 'Em Up: Getting Tough On Gangs II

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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10:34am

Mon June 3, 2013
The Two-Way

Supreme Court Upholds Warrantless Collection Of DNA

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 4:24 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court building
Zhang Jun Xinhua/Landov

By a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a Maryland law that allows police to collect DNA, without first getting a warrant, from persons who are arrested.

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10:33am

Mon June 3, 2013
The Two-Way

Sen. Frank Lautenberg Dies At 89

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 11:07 am

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., in October 2012.
Jason Kempin Getty Images

New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg died early Monday, his office says in a statement sent to reporters.

He was 89. According to the statement, the Democratic senator "passed away due to complications from viral pneumonia at 4:02 a.m. today at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell."

As the senator's office adds, Lautenberg was "the last remaining World War II veteran serving in the Senate."

He announced in February that he would not be seeking a sixth term in the Senate.

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6:17am

Mon June 3, 2013
Economy

Big Or Small, Sequestration Cuts Felt Nationwide

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 10:23 am

It's been three months since the start of across-the-board, federal spending cuts. Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel, economics editor at The Wall Street Journal, about how badly the sequestration is cutting into the economy.

3:33am

Mon June 3, 2013
Around the Nation

Cash-Strapped Cities Struggle To Bury Their Unclaimed Dead

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 11:34 am

Detroit's finances are so tight that unclaimed bodies can wait months or years for a pauper's burial. To help, Perry Funeral Home in Detroit has been holding free memorial services and cut-rate burials for unclaimed remains for years, like this service in 2009.
Carlos Osorio AP

Shrinking government budgets are changing not only how people live, but also how some municipalities deal with death. In Detroit, funding is so tight that when a homeless person dies, it can take a year or more to receive even a simple pauper's burial.

I met T.C. Latham several years ago, panhandling in downtown Detroit. He was short with a scraggly beard, bent glasses missing one lens and, for the most part, on the good side of the police.

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5:21am

Sun June 2, 2013
It's All Politics

Ted Cruz: 'The New Voice' Of The GOP?

Originally published on Sun June 2, 2013 10:56 am

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, accompanied by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks during a news conference with Tea Party leaders on May 16. Bachmann, chairwoman of the Tea Party Caucus, announced this week she won't seek re-election. Meanwhile, Cruz's fortunes continue to soar.
Molly Riley AP

On the same day this week that House Tea Party Caucus co-founder Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., announced she won't seek re-election, the fortunes of another Tea Party favorite continued to soar.

Freshman GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas headlined a big fundraiser thrown by the New York Republican Party in the heart of Manhattan. More than 600 Republicans gathered to write checks to their struggling party, which has no statewide officeholders.

But it was not exactly a welcoming committee that awaited Cruz outside the Grand Hyatt hotel.

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3:52pm

Sat June 1, 2013
Politics

Week In News: Bachmann's Decision, Obama To Meet China's President

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 6:11 pm

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REPRESENTATIVE MICHELE BACHMANN: I will not seek a fifth congressional term to represent the wonderful people of the 6th District of Minnesota.

WADE GOODWYN, HOST:

That's Republican Representative Michele Bachmann announcing her decision in a video released early on Wednesday morning. James Fallows of The Atlantic joins us, as he does most Saturdays. Hello, Jim.

JAMES FALLOWS: Hello, Wade.

GOODWYN: Michele Bachmann, a Tea Party darling - are you surprised?

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6:39am

Sat June 1, 2013
Politics

What's On Obama's Agenda With China's President?

Next week, President Obama will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at an estate in California. Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon speaks with Ken Lieberthal of the Brookings Institution about what issues the two world leaders are likely to discuss.

5:23am

Sat June 1, 2013
It's All Politics

Obama's Economic View: A Glass Half-Full And Half-Empty

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 6:39 am

President Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House on Friday. He said the economy is seeing progress but added that too many people are still struggling.
Win McNamee Getty Images

It has been a good week for economic news. Here's a quick rundown of the positive signs: Home prices showed their best gains in seven years. Consumer confidence hit a five-year high. The stock market set a new record. All just this week.

"We're seeing progress," President Obama said in the White House Rose Garden on Friday morning, "and the economy is starting to pick up steam. The gears are starting to turn again, and we're getting some traction."

You could tell from the tone of his voice that he was leading up to a "but."

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4:37pm

Fri May 31, 2013
Politics

Week In Politics: Taking Stock Of Obama, GOP

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 9:23 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Now, our Friday politics session with columnists E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution and David Brooks of the New York Times. Good to see you both.

DAVID BROOKS: Good to see you.

E.J. DIONNE: Good to be with you.

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