Politics

5:01pm

Thu April 11, 2013
Politics

Gun Control Legislation Headed For Debate On Senate Floor

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 5:49 pm

Congress took a major step toward its first gun bill in nearly two decades on Thursday morning, as Democratic leaders broke a Republican filibuster to stop a proposal expanding criminal background checks for gun buyers. Sixteen Republican joined all but two Democrats to move forward with the bill. Ailsa Chang joins Audie Cornish from the Capitol to explain what it means, and what happens next.

4:09pm

Thu April 11, 2013
It's All Politics

On Message: Who Wants To Cut Social Security?

A sign outside the White House on Tuesday protests part of President Obama's proposed federal budget.
Kevin G. Hall MCT/Landov

The president's $3.77 trillion fiscal 2014 budget plan is expansive. But the part getting the most attention is his proposal to change the way the government calculates inflation using a measure known in economics-speak as chained CPI.

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3:21pm

Thu April 11, 2013
It's All Politics

Notes On A Sex Scandal: Rebounding From Disgrace

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 6:26 pm

Mayor Weiner? Anthony Weiner, pictured in May 2011 addressing his sexting scandal, says he is considering a run to succeed Michael Bloomberg in New York City.
Alex Wong Getty Images

It's comeback season for public figures who have been disgraced by their own sex lives.

Former South Carolina Republican Gov. Mark Sanford, who received national attention after leaving the country to pursue an extramarital affair five years ago, is favored to win a May 7 special House election. He won Speaker John Boehner's endorsement this week.

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12:05pm

Thu April 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Ryan Says He's 'Cautiously Optimistic' On A Bipartisan Budget Deal

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 10:55 am

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan speaks about his new budget plan after a March 19 party conference.
T.J. Kirkpatrick Getty Images

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan tells NPR that he's "cautiously optimistic" that a budget deal can be reached with the White House.

Speaking to NPR a day after President Obama unveiled a 2014 budget proposal that includes cuts to Social Security and Medicare, as well as tax increases and new investments in education and infrastructure, Ryan said he was encouraged by the broad outlines from the White House.

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11:47am

Thu April 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Gun Bill Clears First Hurdle In Senate

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 12:45 pm

The first national gun control legislation since the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., is going to be debated on the floor of the Senate and appears headed for a vote sometime next week.

Supporters in the Senate on Thursday morning rounded up more than the 60 votes necessary to clear a procedural hurdle that could have held up consideration of the Democratic-crafted package. The vote was 68-31 in favor of blocking a bid by some Republicans to filibuster the legislation.

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11:40am

Thu April 11, 2013
Politics

Rand Paul And Minorities, 'A Date Or A Relationship?'

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 12:03 pm

Senator Rand Paul is reaching out to African-American voters. He recently visited Howard University, one of the country's most prominent historically black universities. Senator Paul talks to host Michel Martin about why he's reaching out, and what his message is for minorities.

11:40am

Thu April 11, 2013
Politics

Rand Paul's Philosophies: Rhetoric or Reality?

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 12:03 pm

Host Michel Martin continues her interview with Senator Rand Paul. She asks whether his actions really line up with his libertarian philosophies.

10:06am

Thu April 11, 2013
Shots - Health News

Why Obama's Budget Could Make Health Waves

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 3:16 pm

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (center), flanked by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner (left) and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, speaks during a budget briefing in Washington on Wednesday.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

OK, the conventional wisdom about the budget President Obama sent to Congress yesterday is that's irrelevant.

It's two months late, after all, and the House and Senate have already approved their own spending blueprints for fiscal 2014.

But here's why it matters when it comes to health.

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9:53am

Thu April 11, 2013
Politics

Paul Ryan Talks About The President's 2014 Budget

The House of Representative Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan says he sees hope for a bipartisan budget agreement for the first time since President Obama came to office.

5:15am

Thu April 11, 2013
Law

D.C. Circuit Court Operates With Four Vacancies

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 10:59 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. is second only to the United States Supreme Court in terms of the important cases it decides. But the court, known as the D.C. Circuit, has been limping along with four vacancies. President Obama's first nominee recently withdrew after two Senate filibusters blocked her path. The White House is hoping its other nominee will have an easier ride.

Here's NPR's Carrie Johnson.

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