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11:40am

Fri January 25, 2013
Politics

Forget 2016. The Pivotal Year In Politics May Be 2020

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 1:26 pm

Latino voters, shown here on Election Day in Los Angeles, will grow in electoral power by the year 2020.
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Now that President Obama is ensconced in his second term, speculation about the future of American politics is wildfire-ish.

In a post-inaugural story, the Associated Press reports that the name of Democratic Vice President Biden "has surfaced as a potential presidential candidate in 2016." Politico says Biden is intoxicated by the prospect.

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11:06am

Fri January 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama To Name New Chief Of Staff, New Counterterrorism Adviser

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 1:05 pm

New White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough (left), at Friday's announcement. Behind the president: outgoing Chief of Staff Jacob "Jack" Lew, who has been nominated to be Treasury secretary.
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Saying he is choosing "one of my closest friends and one of my closest advisers" for the job, President Obama on Friday said that longtime aide Denis McDonough will be his next chief of staff.

During a midday event at the White House that was remarkable for the expansive comments the president made about his friend's character, his dedication and the respect he gets from those who work in the administration, Obama said McDonough has "the kind of heart that I want in the White House."

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9:28am

Fri January 25, 2013
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, Jan. 24, 2012

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 2:31 pm

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This week, NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving lip sync the entire podcast, focusing on the themes from the inauguration as well as musing over what has changed since 2009 — for America as well as President Obama. Plus: Hillary Clinton's give-and-take with congressional Republicans over Benghazi and a sleight-of-hand move by the GOP in Virginia.

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7:21am

Fri January 25, 2013
The Two-Way

'March For Life' Rally Draws Large Crowd In Washington

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 7:54 pm

An anti-abortion activist at the March for Life rally Friday in Washington, D.C.
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Organizers say today's March for Life rally in the nation's capital may bring more anti-abortion activists to the streets than last year's estimated 400,000. By midday, a large crowd was gathered in the National Mall, listening to speeches from former GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum and others and preparing to march toward the Capitol and the Supreme Court.

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6:46am

Fri January 25, 2013
Politics

GOP To 'Aggressively Court' Minority Voters

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 9:14 am

GOP leaders are in Charlotte, North Carolina, trying to map out a comeback from the drubbing they took in the November elections. The Republican National Committee says it will not abandon core conservative principles. But party officials are looking to attract Latinos and other minority voters, along with young people.

5:21am

Fri January 25, 2013
Politics

Ex-Prosecutor Mary Jo White Nominated To Head SEC

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 9:14 am

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Of all the prosecutors' jobs in America, the one with the highest profile may well be the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York - that federal prosecutor overseas investigations of everything from the mafia to terrorism to financial crimes. During an especially busy time in the 1990s, that U.S. Attorney became Mary Jo White.

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5:15am

Fri January 25, 2013
Politics

Kerry Sails Through Confirmation Hearing

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 9:14 am

Secretary of State nominee John Kerry testified at his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday. He pledged to prevent Iran from securing nuclear weapons and urged Congress to work out its issues over the federal budget.

5:15am

Fri January 25, 2013
Politics

Senate Changes Filibuster Rules

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 9:14 am

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When and if the U.S. Senate is ready to confirm Mary Jo White to head the SEC, she may find her path somewhat smoother - thanks to a rule change the Senate agreed to last night. The new Senate rule makes it just a little bit harder to block nominations, and a little easier to reach resolution than it was for President Obama's nominees in his first term. It's part of a subtle revision of the most potent weapon of the minority party: the filibuster. Here's NPR's David Welna.

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2:49am

Fri January 25, 2013
It's All Politics

Sponsors Of Assault Weapons Ban Hope Newtown Shooting Changes Minds

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 9:14 am

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., speaks at a news conference Thursday announcing her plan to introduce a bill to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
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Congressional Democrats appeared on Capitol Hill Thursday to push for a new ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

The bill's author, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, started her remarks with a roster of tragedy: "Columbine. Virginia Tech. Aurora. Tucson. Oak Creek. The common thread in these shootings is each gunman used a semiautomatic assault weapon or large-capacity ammunition magazine."

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5:26pm

Thu January 24, 2013
It's All Politics

Senate Filibuster Changes: More Evolution Than Revolution

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 9:28 pm

Actor Jimmy Stewart in a scene from the 1939 movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, which popularized the notion of a "talking filibuster." Even under changes negotiated in the Senate, the talking filibuster remains a thing of the past.
AP

Update at 9:25 ET Senate OKs Filibuster Deal

The Senate voted Thursday to limit filibusters in a rare bipartisan vote that would reduce but not end the number of times opponents can use the procedure.

Here's more from The Associated Press:

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