Politics

2:19pm

Mon March 18, 2013
It's All Politics

Republicans' Secret To Success? Sound And Act More Like Democrats

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 7:17 pm

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Monday.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Updated at 3:40 p.m. ET

If Republicans hope to recapture the White House in the foreseeable future, they basically need to sound and campaign more like Democrats.

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12:38pm

Mon March 18, 2013
Politics

Justice Department's Tom Perez Tapped For Labor Secretary

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a new labor secretary.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MONTAGNE: President Obama has chosen justice department lawyer Thomas Perez for the post. Perez is the son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic. He ran the labor department in his home state of Maryland and he will add a high profile Latino voice to the cabinet. But, NPR's Carrie Johnson reports, his nomination is not without controversy.

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12:11pm

Mon March 18, 2013
Governing

Break Down In Motor City Over New Manager?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, R&B heavyweight Brian McKnight has sold more than 20 million albums over the course of his 20 year career. He'll tell us about his latest and he pushes back against some critics and the fans who think he may have gotten just a little too grown for their taste. We'll tell you what we mean in just a few minutes.

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12:10pm

Mon March 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Hillary Clinton Announces Her Support Of Gay Marriage

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 12:57 pm

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced that she supports same-sex marriage, saying gays and lesbians are "full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship."

"That includes marriage," Clinton says in an online video released Monday by the gay rights advocacy group Human Rights Campaign. Clinton adds that she backs gay marriage both "personally and as a matter of policy and law."

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8:01am

Mon March 18, 2013
It's All Politics

Sanford's House Bid A Test Of S.C. Voters' Will To Forgive

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 12:38 pm

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford chats with a diner at a restaurant in Charleston, S.C. Sanford is one of 16 Republicans in Tuesday's GOP primary for the special election to fill the vacant 1st Congressional District seat.
Bruce Smith AP

Two Democrats and 16 Republicans are running for South Carolina's 1st Congressional District seat in a special election Tuesday. The seat is open because former Rep. Tim Scott was tapped to replace Sen. Jim DeMint, who retired midterm.

The biggest name in the race is former Gov. Mark Sanford, whose infamous affair led to his political downfall. Sanford is trying to stage the political comeback of a lifetime.

And he's doing it one diner at a time — greeting customers over eggs and grits at Page's Okra Grill, just outside Charleston in Mount Pleasant.

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6:18am

Mon March 18, 2013
Political Junkie

Gay Marriage, DOMA And The Dramatic Shift In Public Opinion In One Year

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 11:36 am

For a brief time in 2004, then-S.F. Mayor Gavin Newsom issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Ken Rudin collection

It is remarkable how fast the issue of same-sex marriage has moved the American public. Of course, some long-time proponents will argue the opposite, that it has taken far too long for it to gain acceptance. And they say that there is no shortage of efforts around the country to block or overturn the practice.

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3:19am

Mon March 18, 2013
Law

Can States Go Beyond Federal Law On Voter Registration?

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 12:38 pm

A voter fills out her ballot during early voting before the 2012 presidential election at the Gila County Recorder's Office in Globe, Ariz., on Oct. 26.
Joshua Lott Reuters/Landov

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in a case that could upend the federal effort to spur and streamline voter registration.

At issue is an Arizona law that requires prospective voters to provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote. A federal appeals court ruled last year that the state law must fall because it conflicts with federal law.

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5:52am

Sun March 17, 2013
Middle East

Reframing The Argument: Brokering Middle East Peace

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 9:16 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Palestinian scholar Rashid Khalidi has closely watched the role of the United States as mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In his new book "Brokers of Deceit," he argues that U.S. involvement has made the goal of a lasting peace less attainable than ever. Rashid Khalidi is with us now from our studios in New York.

Welcome to the program.

RASHID KHALIDI: Thank you, Rachel.

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5:52am

Sun March 17, 2013
Politics

Planning Trips Worthy Of A President

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 11:32 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

President Obama's trip to Israel presents all sorts of diplomatic difficulties, as we've heard. And there are plenty of logistical challenges too. That's a job for the White House advance team, responsible for planning and executing every scheduling and security detail of the president's trips at home and abroad, down to the minute.

Spencer Geissinger served eight years as President George W. Bush's advance man. His travels took him to over 98 foreign countries. He gave us a sense of what the work entails.

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5:52am

Sun March 17, 2013
Politics

Week In Politics: Budgets, Gay Marriage And A Straw Poll

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 11:32 am

Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Mara Liasson about the past week's political news, including the latest in the budget debate and Sen. Rob Portman's reversal on same-sex marriage.

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