Politics

4:52pm

Tue April 23, 2013
Business

Online Retailers Take Opposite Sides On Sales Tax Bill

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 8:04 pm

Humberto Manzano Jr. moves a pallet of goods at an Amazon.com fulfillment center in Phoenix in 2010. Amazon has endorsed a bill making its way through the Senate that would require more online retailers to collect sales tax.
Ross D. Franklin AP

More online retailers would have to collect sales tax under a bill making its way through the U.S. Senate this week. The measure won strong bipartisan backing on a procedural vote Monday, and President Obama has said he would sign it.

The political battle over the bill pits online retailers against brick-and-mortar stores — and, in some cases, against other online sellers.

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4:16pm

Tue April 23, 2013
Politics

Mont. Senator Baucus To Retire After 36 Years In Congress

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 8:04 pm

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And one other piece of news from the Senate, Democrat Max Baucus is retiring. The powerful chair of the Senate Finance Committee has represented Montana since 1978. Baucus is the sixth Senate Democrat to announce he won't run for reelection in 2014. NPR congressional correspondent Tamara Keith has that story.

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3:54pm

Tue April 23, 2013
Explosions At Boston Marathon

Boston Search Shines Spotlight On Surveillance Cameras

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 8:04 pm

An investigator inspects the area near a surveillance camera on the roof of the Lord & Taylor store near the Boston Marathon finish line on Thursday. That camera provided the first glimpse of the men who allegedly planted the bombs.
Julio Cortez AP

Footage from surveillance cameras along the Boston Marathon route gave the FBI early clues about the bombing suspects. And prosecutors say they'll use some of those images to try to prove their criminal case against 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. But the proliferation of cameras in America's big cities is raising some tricky questions about the balance between security and privacy.

It was pictures of two brothers taken by a camera outside the Lord & Taylor department store that provided the first glimpse of the men who allegedly bombed the Boston Marathon.

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1:46pm

Tue April 23, 2013
It's All Politics

Bush Sees Approval Hike, But Trumanesque Recovery? Unlikely

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 12:45 pm

Former President George W. Bush gives a tribute for Van Cliburn at his March 3 funeral in Fort Worth, Texas. This week, Bush's presidential library will open in Dallas.
Joyce Marshall AP

A poll released days before the opening of George W. Bush's presidential library in Dallas is serving as fodder for some sequestered GOP nostalgia about his two terms in the White House.

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1:41pm

Tue April 23, 2013
Intelligence Squared U.S.

Debate: Will The GOP Die If It Doesn't Seize The Center?

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 2:41 pm

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Laura Ingraham and Ralph Reed argue against the motion "The GOP Must Seize the Center or Die" in an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
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Following the Republican Party's losses in the 2012 elections, there has been a lot of hand-wringing about what the party should do to improve its electoral fortunes.

Some argue that the GOP should moderate its positions on social issues, as well as policies that affect income inequality and social mobility, and that it should embrace compromise as a way to attract more voters. But others say that changing its positions risks alienating the core Republican base and diluting the party's conservative message — doing more damage in the end.

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12:27pm

Tue April 23, 2013
It's All Politics

Montana's Max Baucus To Retire; Republicans Eye 2014 Chances

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 1:16 pm

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, will not seek a seventh term in 2014.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, an influential red-state Democrat who helped craft Obamacare but bucked his party last week in voting against expanded background checks for gun sales, will retire in 2014, he announced Tuesday.

The chairman of the influential Senate Finance Committee, Baucus was expected to face a potentially tough race for a seventh term after four decades on Capitol Hill. He becomes the sixth Senate Democrat to announce his retirement, as Republicans look for an opportunity to retake Senate control in the midterm elections.

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6:43am

Tue April 23, 2013
Political Junkie

It's ScuttleButton Time!

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Lots of people have been inquiring about the future of ScuttleButton. While I wish I had an answer — I don't, not yet — I'd like to suggest that you sign up for the Political Junkie/ScuttleButton mailing list. That way, I will be able to share the information once I have it (see info below).

And what exactly IS ScuttleButton, you may ask?

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5:23am

Tue April 23, 2013
Politics

Boston Case Casts Shadow Over Capitol Hill Immigration Hearing

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 5:46 am

The Senate Judiciary Committee turned its attention back to the immigration overhaul proposal Monday, even as opponents began to use the Boston bombers' journey to the United States as a cautionary tale.

6:14pm

Mon April 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Anthony Weiner Makes Twitter Comeback

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner announces his resignation from Congress on June 16, 2011, in New York. The disgraced former congressman is reportedly considering a run for New York mayor.
Richard Drew AP

Anthony Weiner is back — on Twitter, that is.

The disgraced politician who resigned his congressional seat after sending sexual images to female followers on the social networking site — and then lying about it — rejoined Twitter on Monday.

As of 5:50 p.m. ET, Weiner had 4,322 followers.

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5:28pm

Mon April 22, 2013
Business

Airport Delays Raise Questions About Controller Furloughs

Passengers check their flight status at Los Angeles International airport on Monday. The FAA said staffing cuts were causing delays in the Eastern U.S.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Some air travelers faced delays Monday as furloughs of air traffic controllers began taking effect.

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