Politics

2:37pm

Fri May 3, 2013
It's All Politics

Democrats Have High Hopes Of Defeating Sanford In S.C.

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 8:28 pm

Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch looks over at former Republican Gov. Mark Sanford during a debate Monday in Charleston, S.C., in the 1st Congressional District race.
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Democrats have their best chance in more than three decades to win a South Carolina congressional seat in a special election Tuesday.

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1:27pm

Fri May 3, 2013
Economy

Reality Check: Strapped States Cutting Unemployment Benefits

California saw unemployment benefit cuts of 18 percent go into effect this week, reducing checks for more than 400,000 people.
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The jobs report for April showed some improvement — but not much — in the unemployment rate and the total number of unemployed workers.

It's not great news for people looking for work, and it's also not great for states. After years of persistently high unemployment, states have drained their unemployment trust fund accounts.

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12:44pm

Fri May 3, 2013
Barbershop

By Coming Out, Has Jason Collins Changed The Game?

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 12:49 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for our weekly visit to the Barbershop where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds.

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12:43pm

Fri May 3, 2013
NPR Story

The Changing Face Of The Working Poor

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 12:49 pm

The latest employment figures are out and they show gains in hiring. The Wall Street Journal's Sudeep Reddy joins host Michel Martin to talk about the report, and the millions of working Americans who still fall below the poverty line.

10:38am

Fri May 3, 2013
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, May 2, 2013

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The president celebrates the 100th day of his second term by holding a news conference in which he seems unsure as to why he held a news conference in the first place. As Obama discusses "rumors of my demise," Massachusetts voters pick Senate nominees, and South Carolina's 1st District prepares for a special — and surreal — election.

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4:41am

Fri May 3, 2013
Politics

Congress, Staffers Caught Up In Health Act's Sticky Political Situation

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

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4:41am

Fri May 3, 2013
Politics

Political Battle Over Health Law Starts Next Chapter

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

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

It's one of the basic lessons in school - how a bill becomes a law - sounds so finite. Of course the part they don't always teach is how the political debate over a law can just keep going. The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is now the law of the land. The Supreme Court ruled it constitutional.

But as NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson reports, the fight of the law will likely just intensify ahead of the next elections.

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4:41am

Fri May 3, 2013
Politics

Sen. McCain Calls For U.S. To Intervene In Syria

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

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

On a Friday morning, this is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene. Earlier this week, President Obama said that the use of chemical weapons in Syria would be a game changer. And although there is evidence that chemical weapons have been used, the president insists he needs all the facts before taking further action - the who, the how, the when.

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4:41am

Fri May 3, 2013
Politics

Gun Background Vote Causes Heat At Home For N.H. Sen. Ayotte

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

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

After any contentious debate in Washington, it's often interesting to see how a lawmaker is welcomed home, depending on how he or she voted. Some of the senators who voted down bipartisan gun control legislation last month are taking heat in the aftermath of December's mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the state of Connecticut. The bill would have expanded background checks, and the only New England senator who opposed it was New Hampshire Republican Kelly Ayotte. NPR's David Welna traveled to her state and sent this report.

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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.
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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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