Politics

12:11pm

Thu March 21, 2013
Around the Nation

NRA Represents Only A Fraction Of Gun Owners

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, Oscar nominated actress Angela Bassett and film director Antoine Fuqua are here and they will tell us about their latest project, the action thriller "Olympus Has Fallen." It may make you rethink that White House tour you'd been planning. That's later in the program.

But now we want to take another look at the issue of gun rights and gun safety in this country. We've been hearing a variety of perspectives on this program.

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12:00pm

Thu March 21, 2013
Movie Interviews

Director Fuqua Melds Timely Plot, 'Dream' Cast In 'Olympus'

Angela Bassett portrays Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs and Morgan Freeman is acting President/Speaker of the House Allan Trumbull in Olympus Has Fallen.
Philip Caruso Film District

In director Antoine Fuqua's new action thriller, Olympus Has Fallen, the White House — code-named "Olympus" — is invaded by North Korean terrorists. The president and his staff are held hostage in an underground bunker, and their only hope of coming out alive is a disgraced Secret Service agent.

In theaters March 22, the film opens at a politically sensitive time, perhaps by coincidence. North Korea is much in the news for its nuclear threats and its rocky relationship with South Korea.

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12:00pm

Thu March 21, 2013
Can I Just Tell You?

When Should Politicians' Life Experience Determine Policy?

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 4:31 pm

From left to right, son Will Portman, wife Jane Portman, and Sen. Portman.
Office of U.S. Sen. Rob Portman ASSOCIATED PRESS

I have been thinking about Ohio Sen. Rob Portman.

The Republican was on the short list for the vice presidential nomination in the last election. While he has not been outspoken on the subject of same-sex marriage, he has consistently opposed it — until now.

Recently, Portman announced that he changed his mind. He says this is because his son Will is gay.

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5:03am

Thu March 21, 2013
History

Timeline: Gay Marriage In Law, Pop Culture And The Courts

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 1:35 pm

Mike McConnell (left) and Jack Baker --€” the couple in the Baker v. Nelson case — attempt to get a marriage license in Minneapolis in May 1970. The AP reported in December 2012 that the two are still together.
R. Bertraine Heine/Minnesota Historical Society AP
  • Actor Wilson Cruz
  • Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean
  • Mike Bowers, prosecutor in 'Bowers v. Hardwick'
  • Missouri state Rep. Kevin Engler

3:04am

Thu March 21, 2013
U.S.

As Gay Marriage Heads To Court, A Look Back At The Bumpy Ride

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 4:28 pm

David Wilson (left) and Rob Compton embrace after being married by a Unitarian minister at the Arlington Street Church in Boston on May 17, 2004. They were one of the first couples in Massachusetts to be legally wed.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Gays and lesbians have adopted the phrase "it gets better" as a kind of slogan to assure young people that life won't always be so tough.

Looking back, life has gotten dramatically better for LGBT people in the United States in a very short period of time. The modern gay rights movement began less than 50 years ago. Today, supporters of same-sex marriage outnumber opponents.

Now, the Supreme Court is about to hear two big cases that could shift the landscape for gay rights again.

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6:53pm

Wed March 20, 2013
Interviews

Interview With Vice President Joe Biden

The Obama administration is still fighting for a ban on assault weapons to be included in a larger bill in Congress, Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview with NPR.

After the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., last December, President Obama appointed Biden to lead a task force that would recommend changes to the nation's gun laws. Besides proposing a ban on assault weapons, the group also suggested limiting high-capacity magazines, such as those used in the deadly shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary.

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5:44pm

Wed March 20, 2013
Politics

Senate Approves Plan To Keep Government Funded Through September

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 6:43 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

In Congress this week, there's a lot of action related to the federal budget. Today, the Senate approved a measure known as the continuing resolution. It would avoid a shutdown, keeping government operations funded through September. The House is expected to sign off on the same measure quickly. Also this week, both the House and Senate are expected to pass budget resolutions.

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5:44pm

Wed March 20, 2013
Law

Assault Weapons Ban Not Expected To Make It Out Of Congress

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 6:43 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block.

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5:00pm

Wed March 20, 2013
It's All Politics

Administration Still Fighting For Assault Weapons Ban, Biden Says

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 12:00 pm

Vice President Biden at a December 2012 meeting of police chiefs on gun control, held in Washington, D.C.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Vice President Joe Biden told All Things Considered co-host Melissa Block in an interview Wednesday that he and the Obama administration plan to continue to fight for a ban on assault weapons to be included in a larger bill in Congress.

That despite signs that such a ban doesn't have enough support, even from members of Biden's own party, to make it through the Democratic-controlled Senate.

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3:45pm

Wed March 20, 2013
It's All Politics

Pew Poll: For Many Who've Changed Same-Sex Marriage Views, It's Personal

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 4:09 pm

Frank Capley (left) and Joe Alfano protest the San Francisco county clerk's denial of marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Feb. 14.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio conservative Republican who recently said he now supports same-sex marriage because he has a gay son, evidently has plenty of company.

A new poll from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press suggests that many Americans have changed their minds — going from opposing to supporting same-sex marriage — because they personally know someone who is gay.

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