Politics

4:42pm

Wed December 19, 2012
It's All Politics

Robert Bork's Supreme Court Nomination 'Changed Everything, Maybe Forever'

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 8:31 pm

Robert Bork, nominated by President Reagan to the Supreme Court, is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee at his confirmation hearing, Sept. 15, 1987.
John Duricka AP

Robert Bork, whose failed Supreme Court nomination provoked a lasting partisan divide over judicial nominations, died Wednesday at age 85.

A former federal judge and conservative legal theorist, he subsequently became a hero to modern-day conservatives. And as solicitor general in the Nixon administration, he played a small but crucial role in the Watergate crisis. In what came to be known as the Saturday Night Massacre, he fired Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox after the attorney general and deputy attorney general refused President Nixon's firing order and quit.

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4:39pm

Wed December 19, 2012
Politics

Boehner: House Will Pass 'Plan B' Fiscal Cliff Legislation

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 5:43 pm

With days ticking down to the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts deadline, President Obama took his case to the American public again on Wednesday — and House Republicans were not happy about it. House Speaker John Boehner responded with a statement that barely lasted a minute as the House prepared to vote on competing plans to avert the tax hikes but which do not address the spending cuts.

4:36pm

Wed December 19, 2012
Shootings In Newtown, Conn.

Obama Moves Forward On New Gun Legislation

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 5:43 pm

President Barack Obama said that gun control would be a "central issue" in his second term on Wednesday. He also announced that Vice President Joe Biden will head up a panel that will offer proposals by mid-January to curb gun violence. The announcement, however, turned to an impromptu press conference, in which the president pivoted to questions about the fiscal cliff. He said the events in Newtown, Conn., should "give us some perspective" on the debate and urged quick action in Congress.

4:31pm

Wed December 19, 2012
Politics

Fiscal Cliff Talks Stall As Obama, Boehner Dig Heels In

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 5:43 pm

President Obama tapped Vice President Biden to lead a new government effort against gun violence on Wednesday. It's the first step toward what Mr. Obama promised as "meaningful action" in the wake of deadly shootings at Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut.

12:29pm

Wed December 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama Asks Biden To Draft 'Concrete Proposals' On Guns By January

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 1:28 pm

Vice President Biden watched as President Obama spoke earlier today in the White House briefing room.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Saying the nation has a "deep obligation" to take steps to reduce gun violence, President Obama confirmed Wednesday that he's asked Vice President Biden to head a task force charged with drafting "concrete proposals, no later than January."

And, Obama said, he will push them "without delay."

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12:27pm

Wed December 19, 2012
Politics

The Politics Of Gun Control On Capitol Hill

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 1:03 pm

The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. prompted new conversations about gun regulation in America. President Barack Obama has vowed to take "meaningful action," but the current political landscape poses challenges for the administration and members of Congress who want stricter gun legislation.

11:48am

Wed December 19, 2012
Economy

Why Not Go Over The Fiscal Cliff?

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 11:58 am

The White House is promising to veto a new tax proposal from House Speaker John Boehner. But who's bluffing and what's believable when it comes to fiscal negotiations? And what happens if talks break down? For Tell Me More's 'Why Not?' series, host Michel Martin takes a look at what might be on the other side of the fiscal cliff.

11:48am

Wed December 19, 2012
Politics

Newtown: How Much Media Coverage Is Too Much?

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 11:58 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, when rap pioneer Run from the group Run-DMC decided to get active in church, he had no idea how far it would go. We'll talk with him about his transition from rapping to preaching. That's later in the program.

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10:42am

Wed December 19, 2012
The Two-Way

White House Says Obama Would Veto GOP's 'Plan B' For Avoiding 'Fiscal Cliff'

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 11:22 am

The president would use his pen to just say no, White House promises.
Kristoffer Tripplaar/Pool Getty Images

Making the case that the "Plan B" proposed by House Republicans to keep the federal government from going over the so-called fiscal cliff at the end of the year "does not meet the test of balance," the White House announced this morning that President Obama would veto such legislation if it came to his desk.

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10:19am

Wed December 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Robert Bork, Who Was Turned Down For Supreme Court, Dies

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 1:26 pm

Judge Robert Bork in September 1987, at the Senate hearing on his nomination to the Supreme Court.
Charles Tasnadi AP

Robert Bork, who was at the center of Senate hearings that "marked the modern battle lines over judicial nominations," as NPR's Nina Totenberg has said, is dead, according to The New York Times, Fox News and The Associated Press.

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