Politics

6:10am

Fri March 15, 2013
Planet Money

A Surprisingly Uncontroversial Program That Gives Money To Poor People

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 9:58 am

William Thomas Cain Getty Images

Last year, a federal program called the Earned Income Tax Credit took about $60 billion from wealthier Americans and gave it to the working poor. And here's the surprising thing: This redistribution of wealth has been embraced by every president from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama.

"This program worked," says Richard Burkhauser, an economist at Cornell University and the American Enterprise Institute. "And there's not a hell of a lot of these programs where you can see the tremendous change in the behavior of people in exactly the way that all of us hoped it would happen."

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5:12am

Fri March 15, 2013
Politics

At CPAC, GOP Makes Push For Young Voters

Winning over young voters is one of the biggest challenges facing conservatives. At this year's CPAC, there's an extra push to counter the advantage Democrats have enjoyed with voters under 30 in the past two presidential elections.

5:12am

Fri March 15, 2013
Law

50 Years After Key Case, Problems Defending The Poor Persist

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 6:50 am

Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in which the justices unanimously ruled that defendants facing substantial jail time deserved legal representation in state courts, even if they couldn't afford to pay for it.

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6:26pm

Thu March 14, 2013
It's All Politics

Marco Rubio, Rand Paul Bring Charisma, Red Meat To Receptive CPAC

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 6:55 pm

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., addresses the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday in Maryland's National Harbor outside Washington, D.C.
Alex Wong Getty Images

The next Republican presidential primary is so far off that some of those attending the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday could be spotted wearing stickers for two potential candidates: Rand Paul and Marco Rubio.

It's just too early to choose.

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6:00pm

Thu March 14, 2013
Politics

Obama's 'Organizing For Action' Inherited His Campaign's Resources

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 6:49 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

While Republicans are trying to bridge their differences, Democrats find themselves broadly united behind the president's second term agenda. That doesn't mean the work will automatically get done, however, so as NPR's Ari Shapiro reports, some of Obama's biggest supporters are meeting in Washington to turn the president's campaign momentum into policy.

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6:00pm

Thu March 14, 2013
Politics

Conservative Conference A Parade Of Potential Candidates For 2016

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 6:49 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. Here in the nation's capitol, today is a day to talk about future agendas. For Democrats, it's about the second Obama term; for conservatives, it's the future of the Republican Party. We'll hear about both in the next few minutes, beginning with CPAC - that's the annual Conservative Political Action Conference that opened today.

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3:19pm

Thu March 14, 2013
The Two-Way

'47 Percent' Video Maker: 'Didn't Go There With A Grudge Against Romney'

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during an October 2012 campaign rally in Fishersville, Va.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

The man who videotaped 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney infamous comments about the "47 percent" has stepped out of the shadows.

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12:57pm

Thu March 14, 2013
It's All Politics

Jeb Bush Opts Out Of CPAC Straw Poll

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 2:54 pm

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has asked that his name not be among a long list of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates in this week's Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll.
Eric Gay AP

Jeb Bush got headlines last week when he opened the door to a presidential run, after years of insisting he was not interested.

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11:39am

Thu March 14, 2013
Remembrances

A First For Latinos: Remembering Raymond Telles

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 12:03 pm

The late Raymond Telles may not be a household name, but he was a trailblazer for Latinos in politics; he was the first Latino elected mayor of El Paso, Texas and later became a U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica. Host Michel Martin looks back on Ambassador Telles' life with former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Henry Cisneros.

9:23am

Thu March 14, 2013
It's All Politics

Will CPAC Tell Us Which Way The GOP Is Headed?

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 1:36 pm

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul filibusters John Brennan's nomination as CIA director last week. Paul is scheduled to speak Thursday at CPAC.
AP

Which way the Republican Party?

In the hope of getting answers to that and other questions, many activists, party big wigs and political journalists have descended on a hotel in a Washington suburb to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference, which started Thursday.

This annual CPAC gathering is the first since President Obama thwarted Republican efforts to retake the White House, a defeat of Mitt Romney that many in the GOP didn't see coming.

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