Politics

4:38am

Fri March 22, 2013
Politics

GOP Encouraged To Shift Positions On Immigration, Gay Marriage

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 10:55 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

With his journey, the president temporarily left behind a changing American political scene. The Republican Party is struggling with that change. Public opinion on immigration and gay marriage is changing quickly. That forces Republicans to try a balancing act, as NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson reports.

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6:28pm

Thu March 21, 2013
The Salt

Did Congress Just Give GMOs A Free Pass In The Courts?

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 2:58 pm

Farmers harvest a sugar beet crop in Gilcrest, Colo.
Matthew Staver Landov

Tucked inside a short-term funding measure that Congress approved Thursday is a provision that critics are denouncing as a "Monsanto Protection Act."

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6:00pm

Thu March 21, 2013
Politics

Mark Sanford's Affair Follows Him On Campaign Trail For South Carolina House Seat

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 10:15 am

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Now to the ever-entertaining world of South Carolina politics. Candidates in a special election for Congress include a former governor who gave hiking the Appalachian Trail entirely new meaning. That's Republican Mark Sanford, who wasn't hiking back in 2009, as reported by his staff, but was having an extramarital affair in Argentina that ended his marriage and his political aspirations for a time.

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5:53pm

Thu March 21, 2013
It's All Politics

NRA-Driven Gun Provisions Pass Along With Spending Bill

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 6:32 pm

Customers shop for guns at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store in Tinley Park, Ill., in January. One of the gun provisions in the spending bill prevents the Justice Department from requiring gun dealers to conduct an inventory to see if guns are lost or stolen.
Scott Olson Getty Images

The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve a temporary measure to keep the government funded through the end of September. Government shutdown averted.

But it turns out the continuing resolution didn't just address spending. It contains six measures that limit how federal agencies deal with guns.

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4:37pm

Thu March 21, 2013
Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court

Meet The 83-Year-Old Taking On The U.S. Over Same-Sex Marriage

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 8:34 pm

Edith Windsor in her New York City apartment in December 2012. Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court hears her challenge to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.
Richard Drew AP

The tiny dynamo asking the U.S. Supreme Court to turn the world upside down looks nothing like a fearless pioneer. At age 83, Edith Windsor dresses in classic, tailored clothes, usually with a long string of pearls, and she sports a well-coiffed, shoulder-length flip. She looks, for all the world, like a proper New York City lady.

Proper she may be, and a lady, but Windsor, who likes to be called Edie, is making history, challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA. The law bans federal recognition and benefits for legally married same-sex couples.

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2:12pm

Thu March 21, 2013
The Two-Way

John Lennon's Bloodied Glasses Used In Plea On Gun Violence

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 10:36 pm

Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono, the widow of slain Beatle John Lennon, has weighed in on the issue of gun control by tweeting a photo of the blood-spattered eyeglasses worn by the legendary musician when he was fatally shot by a deranged fan more than three decades ago.

Her tweet, on the 44th anniversary of the couple's marriage:

"Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980."

In a series of follow-up tweets:

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1:20pm

Thu March 21, 2013
The Two-Way

House OKs Bill To Keep Government Funded Through September

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 5:02 pm

Alex Wong Getty Images

The House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday that avoids a federal shutdown and keeps the government open through the end of the 2013 fiscal year, which winds up Sept. 30. The Senate approved the same measure Wednesday, so the bill now goes to the president for his signature.

The New York Times characterizes the measure, which passed the House on a 318-109 vote, this way:

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12:11pm

Thu March 21, 2013
Around the Nation

NRA Represents Only A Fraction Of Gun Owners

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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
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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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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