Politics

12:32pm

Tue February 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Hagel Three-Step: Committee Vote; Floor Fight; Then Confirmation?

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 5:18 pm

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., who has been nominated to be the next secretary of defense.
Ron Sachs DPA /LANDOV

Update at 5:04 p.m. ET. Committee Approves Confirmation:

Voting along party lines, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to approve the nomination of former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to be the country's next defense secretary.

The vote was 14 to 11 with Sen. David Vitter, a Republican of Louisiana not casting a vote.

Our Original Post Continues:

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12:05pm

Tue February 12, 2013
Politics

What to Expect From The President

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 3:09 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, Pope Benedict XVI surprised the world when he announced his resignation yesterday, so we decided to talk about some of the issues facing the church worldwide and to see if there are any potential papal candidates from the developing world, which is where most Catholics actually live. That's coming up later in the program.

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11:56am

Tue February 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Cheney Likes Something Obama's Doing: Drone Strikes

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 1:08 pm

Former Vice President Dick Cheney in October 2011.
Brendan Hoffman Getty Images

"I think it's a good program and I don't disagree with the basic policy that the Obama administration has pursued."

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8:52am

Tue February 12, 2013
It's All Politics

4 Things To Expect In Obama's State Of The Union Address

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 9:32 am

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address last year. On Tuesday night, he will be back at the Capitol for another address to a joint session of Congress.
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President Obama's second inaugural address was widely perceived as a throwing down of the gauntlet in how it framed his progressive faith in government and challenged his Republican political opponents in any number of ways.

Given that, expect to see more glove-throwing Tuesday as the president delivers the first State of the Union speech of his second term.

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6:03am

Tue February 12, 2013
Political Junkie

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Ken Rudin collection

Knowing you the way I do, I figured it would make no sense putting up ScuttleButton later in the day today. Not while you're getting ready for President Obama's State of the Union address to Congress.

So I decided to have it ready early this morning, giving you more time to solve this week's puzzle. And, I daresay, it's a bit harder than usual.

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4:47am

Tue February 12, 2013
Politics

Obama Speech To Set Second Term's Tone

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 5:00 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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3:45am

Tue February 12, 2013
It's All Politics

Fixing Long Lines At The Polls May Be Harder Than You Think

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 5:00 am

Minutes after he was re-elected in November, President Obama vowed to fix the long lines that many voters faced at the polls. He mentioned the problem again in his inaugural address. And now, the president is expected to raise it once more in the State of the Union address on Tuesday — this time with some possible solutions.

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3:43am

Tue February 12, 2013
Politics

Sen. Rubio's Response Gives GOP A Chance To Woo Hispanics

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 8:44 am

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during a fundraiser in Altoona, Iowa, on Nov. 17. He is delivering the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Republican leaders have tapped Marco Rubio, a 41-year-old Cuban-American senator from Florida, to deliver the official GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.

It's a chance for a party that has fared badly with both young and Hispanic voters to showcase a fast-rising, youthful Latino with a new stance on immigration.

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3:40am

Tue February 12, 2013
Governing

Treasury Nominee's Citigroup Experience Raises Questions For Some

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 9:02 am

Jack Lew testifies before a House budget panel in 2011. The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to consider Lew's nomination to be Treasury secretary on Wednesday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Jack Lew, the man President Obama has chosen to help oversee the country's biggest banks, has said it plainly — he's no expert on banking. Lew said as much when the Senate was vetting him to head the White House Office of Management and Budget in 2010.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., asked Lew if he thought deregulation of Wall Street caused the financial crisis. Lew said he didn't consider himself the best person to answer that question.

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5:30pm

Mon February 11, 2013
It's All Politics

Report: Emails Show Sen. Menendez Focused On Port Security Contract

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 5:47 pm

Emails between Sen. Robert Menendez's office and the Department of Homeland Security suggest that the New Jersey Democrat urged action that would help a company holding a port security contract in the Dominican Republic, The New York Times reported Monday.

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