Politics

3:24am

Fri May 3, 2013
It's All Politics

Why Lobbying Is Now Increasingly In The Shadows

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 12:14 pm

The lobbying industry in Washington is becoming more secretive.
Bill Ingalls/NASA Getty Images

While ideological gridlock continues to immobilize Capitol Hill, another of Washington's institutions is morphing behind the scenes.

The lobbying industry is becoming more secretive — reversing a trend that dates back to the 1990s. And campaign money now looms ever larger as a critical element in the persuasion business.

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5:41pm

Thu May 2, 2013
It's All Politics

Ayotte Becoming Gun Control Lightning Rod

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 6:37 pm

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., has drawn the focus of gun control proponents for voting against a bid to expand criminal background checks for gun buyers.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Of the senators who have become lightning rods for voting against expanded criminal background checks for gun buyers, New Hampshire Republican Kelly Ayotte is drawing the most bolts.

Video of Ayotte being questioned by the daughter of the principal killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn., has gone viral.

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4:48pm

Thu May 2, 2013
Politics

Two Nominations Round Out Obama's Second-Term Cabinet

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 5:27 pm

President Obama rounded out his cabinet on Thursday by naming Chicago benefactor Penny Pritzker as Commerce Secretary and White House aide Michael Froman as U.S. trade representative.

4:48pm

Thu May 2, 2013
Politics

On Recess, Senators Get An Earful Over Failed Gun Vote

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 5:27 pm

Senators whose votes on the gun bill got attention back home have been getting an earful during the recess week, when many are back in their states.

4:48pm

Thu May 2, 2013
Politics

Obama Nominates Campaign Fundraiser For Commerce Secretary

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 5:27 pm

Influential Chicagoan Penny Pritkzer has been tapped by President Obama to lead the Commerce Department.

4:35pm

Thu May 2, 2013
News

When It Comes To Guns, How Young Is Too Young?

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 5:27 pm

A woman holds a .22-caliber Crickett youth rifle at a Gander Mountain store in Flint Township, Mich. This type of gun, which is marketed to children and comes in a variety of colors, was involved in the shooting death of a 2-year-old girl in Kentucky.
Steve Jessmore The Flint Journal/Landov

The shooting death of a 2-year-old girl in Kentucky at the hands of her 5-year-old brother has opened up yet another debate about gun control.

While no one favors the idea of 5-year-olds using weapons without supervision, there is no consensus on the appropriate age to start hands-on training with firearms.

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10:31am

Thu May 2, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Picks Major Fundraiser To Be Next Commerce Secretary

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 11:29 am

Penny Pritzker, who is being nominated to be the next secretary of commerce, in February.
Nancy Stone MCT /Landov

Penny Pritzker, one of the nation's richest people and a "longtime political supporter and heavyweight fundraiser," as The Chicago Tribune writes, is President Obama's choice to be his next secretary of commerce.

The president announced the news this hour at the White House. He also said that one of his economic advisers, Michael Froman, is his choice to be the next U.S. trade representative.

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10:09am

Thu May 2, 2013
Politics

Obama Announces Commerce, Trade Nominees

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with two new cabinet appointments.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MONTAGNE: This morning, President Obama appointed Penny Pritzker to run the commerce department.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Pritzker is an heiress to the Hyatt hotel empire. She also served on the president's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, and she is a long time financial backer of the president's political campaigns. Forbes ranks her as one of 300 richest Americans.

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4:41am

Thu May 2, 2013
Politics

Ahead Of Obama Trip, Mexico Alters Cooperation Agreements

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 10:09 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. Mexico's agonizing war on its drug cartels is about to change and President Obama is about to hear it personally from Mexico's new president. On a trip to Mexico that begins today, Mr. Obama will also focus on trade and economic opportunities between the two countries.

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3:04am

Thu May 2, 2013
It's All Politics

How Will Obama Make His Case On Syria?

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 10:09 am

President Obama speaks at a news conference Tuesday. He addressed the use of chemical weapons in Syria and said he's weighing his options.
Alex Wong Getty Images

The U.S. role in the civil war in Syria has been limited to humanitarian aid and nonlethal equipment for the rebels. But that may change with recent revelations about the use of chemical weapons.

Polls show that Americans are still not paying close attention to the conflict, but there is a reluctance to intervene — a byproduct of the experience in Iraq.

President Obama says he's weighing all options. Whatever he decides, he'll have to make a case to the U.S. public.

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