Politics

5:15pm

Mon May 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Card-Carrying Cajuns? Louisiana Lawmakers Weigh ID Change

Louisiana drivers would be able to add the message "I'm a Cajun" on their licenses, under a bill making its way through the statehouse. Here, shrimp fisherman Merlin Boudreaux holds up part of his catch in Morgan City, St. Mary Parish, La.
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A bill making its way through the Louisiana Legislature would let Cajun citizens celebrate their ancestry by customizing their driver's license, adding the phrase "I'm a Cajun" below their photograph.

It would cost $5 to add the message; the money would go toward "scholarships distributed by the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana, a program promoting French language and culture in the state," reports NOLA.com.

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5:05pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Around the Nation

IRS Under Fire For Targeting Conservative Groups

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 5:42 pm

Tea Party activists gather on Capitol Hill in 2011. A surge in applications for 501(c)(4) status in recent years has revealed sometimes murky and contradictory rules governing the political activities of tax-exempt groups.
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President Obama expressed outrage Monday over the Internal Revenue Service's admission that it targeted certain conservative groups for extra scrutiny. By the time the president weighed in, members of both parties in Congress had already begun preparing hearings to grill IRS officials on the issue.

The controversy is rooted in a question neither the IRS nor Congress has answered clearly: Exactly what kind of political activity is allowed for tax-exempt groups — particularly those with secret donors?

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4:24pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Politics

White House On Defense Over IRS Audits, Benghazi

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 5:42 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish. The Obama administration is playing defense on multiple fronts. One topic, the IRS; officials there have admitted they targeted conservative groups that were applying for tax-exempt status. The other issue is Benghazi. Republicans are once again hammering the White House for editing talking points about last September's deadly attack in Libya.

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4:24pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Politics

Does Obama Administration Have The Second Term Curse?

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 5:42 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

As we just heard, it's been a rocky few weeks for the Obama administration. And joining us now for some analysis of the politics of the moment is NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Hey there, Mara.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Hi, Audie.

CORNISH: So what's going on here? Is the White House, you know, in the grip of that second term curse?

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2:07pm

Mon May 13, 2013
World

Drawing Security Lessons From Benghazi Mission Attack

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 2:33 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

The disclosure White House emails is the latest twist in the controversy of how the Obama administration handled the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi last September. Much of the debate here in Washington is over what happened afterwards and the roles of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama.

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2:07pm

Mon May 13, 2013
U.S.

Understanding Tax Exempt Status

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 3:26 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan.

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1:38pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Author Interviews

In 'Passage', Caro Mines LBJ's Changing Political Roles

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 3:39 pm

Vice President Spiro Agnew (right) and former President Lyndon Johnson view the liftoff of Apollo 11 from the stands at the Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969.
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For the past 37 years, Robert Caro has devoted his life to writing the definitive biography of Lyndon Johnson. So far, The Years of Lyndon Johnson has four acclaimed volumes and has shown readers just how complex the 36th president was, as both a politician and a man.

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1:13pm

Mon May 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Benghazi Talking Points Debate Is A 'Sideshow,' Obama Says

Republican questions about how and when changes were made to his administration's "talking points" about last September's attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, are a "sideshow," President Obama told reporters at the White House on Monday.

"There's no there, there," the president declared.

"What we have been clear about throughout," Obama insisted, is that "we were not clear who exactly had carried this out."

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12:10pm

Mon May 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama On IRS Actions: 'Outrageous' If True

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 1:13 pm

President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron in the Oval Office of the White House on Monday.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

It's "outrageous and there's no place for it" if the Internal Revenue Service did, as it has admitted, single out some conservative groups for extra scrutiny in recent years, President Obama said Monday morning during a news conference at the White House.

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11:57am

Mon May 13, 2013
Around the Nation

Should Food Stamps Pay To Indulge A Sweet Tooth?

Millions of Americans rely on food stamps to keep from going hungry. They can also use them to buy sugary drinks. Some groups, including the National Center for Public Policy Research, say that's not right. Host Michel Martin discusses this with the Center's Justin Danhof, and University of Illinois Professor Craig Gundersen.

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