Politics

6:42pm

Tue February 19, 2013
Shots - Health News

How The Sequester Could Affect Health Care

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 6:56 pm

On Tuesday, President Obama urged congressional action to prevent automatic spending cuts scheduled to begin on March 1.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA/Landov

It's looking increasingly likely that $85 billion of automatic federal budget cuts known as a sequester will come to pass if Congress doesn't act by March 1.

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5:39pm

Tue February 19, 2013
It's All Politics

Supreme Court Takes Case That Could Puncture A Key Campaign Cash Limit

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 6:48 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to campaign-finance laws that could open the door to further money in politics beyond what Citizens United achieved.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Barely three years after the Supreme Court's landmark Citizens United ruling, which liberated corporations to spend freely in elections, the justices say they'll take up another campaign finance case — this time aiming at one of the limits on the "hard money" that goes directly to candidates and party committees.

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5:09pm

Tue February 19, 2013
Politics

Obama Paints Bleak Picture Of Life After Automatic Government Spending Cuts

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 6:42 pm

On Tuesday, President Obama continued his campaign against the automatic across-the-board budget cuts set to take effect on March 1.

5:08pm

Tue February 19, 2013
It's All Politics

Whose Sequester Is It Anyway?

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 6:02 pm

President Obama, accompanied by emergency responders — workers the White House says could be affected if state and local governments lose federal money as a result of budget cuts — speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office building in Washington on Tuesday.
Charles Dharapak AP

By now, it's widely accepted that indiscriminate spending cuts in defense and domestic programs due to start March 1 are likely to occur owing to the failure of President Obama and the Republican-led House to reach an agreement to avoid the budgetary cleaver.

So now, the contest boils down to each side scampering for the higher ground of moral indignation.

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3:52pm

Tue February 19, 2013
Political Junkie

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Ken Rudin collection

One category that, regrettably, won't be discussed during next Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony: best on-line button puzzle.

I don't know about you, but in my book that would be ScuttleButton.

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3:41pm

Tue February 19, 2013
It's All Politics

McConnell Ad Spoofs 'Obama's Kentucky Candidate'

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 5:01 pm

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is out with his first ad of the 2014 election cycle. It's a three-minute, Web-only spoof that pokes fun at President Obama and an array of Democrats who might challenge McConnell, the five-term Kentucky senator.

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12:33pm

Tue February 19, 2013
Politics

Obama Again Calls For Balanced Plan For Cuts

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And I'm Linda Wertheimer.

Earlier this hour, President Obama spoke in the White House about the impacts of deep spending cuts that are scheduled to take effect a week from Friday. A group of first responders in uniforms stood behind him. The president said if Congress does not stop these cuts, these men and women in uniform will not be available to help communities respond to, and recover from disasters.

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11:58am

Tue February 19, 2013
Politics

Sequestration: Are the Negations Just 'Theater?'

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 11:29 am

The Defense Department and other government agencies are preparing for the possible government budget cuts known as sequestration. Host Michel Martin talks with Lieutenant Colonel Elizabeth Robbins of the Defense Department and Washington Post 'Federal Diary' columnist Joe Davidson about who'll be affected.

11:09am

Tue February 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Pushes Congress To Avoid Automatic Cuts; GOP Says It's Not The Problem

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 11:54 am

As he pressed Congress for action Tuesday, President Obama stood before a group of first responders. He made the case that their departments will be hurt if automatic budget cuts go into effect March 1.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Standing in front of first responders who he says could lose their jobs, President Obama pushed Tuesday for Congress to act now to avoid $85 billion in "automatic, severe budget cuts" set to kick in starting on March 1.

The cuts due because of the so-called sequestration "are not smart, they are not fair [and] they will hurt our economy," the president said.

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6:33am

Tue February 19, 2013
Political Junkie

Nebraska Sen. Johanns Won't Run Again; Was Support For Hagel Nomination A Factor?

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 12:25 pm

Nebraska governors have often moved on to the Senate. Will Heineman be next?
Ken Rudin collection

Nobody saw this one coming.

Sen. Mike Johanns, a reliably conservative Republican from Nebraska, announced yesterday (Feb. 18) he would retire rather than seek a second term in 2014 ... one where he was considered the overwhelming favorite. A former two-term governor and agriculture secretary under President George W. Bush, Johanns wrote his constituents an open letter that was also signed by his wife Stephanie:

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