Politics

1:35pm

Tue January 22, 2013
The Two-Way

White House 'Welcomes' House Vote On Extending Debt Limit

White House spokesman Jay Carney.
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President Obama "welcomes" the plan by House Republicans to vote Wednesday on a three-month extension of the nation's borrowing limit, White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters today, and "would not stand in the way of the bill becoming law." (The Hill)

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1:28pm

Tue January 22, 2013
Around the Nation

'We Have No Choice': A Story Of The Texas Sonogram Law

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 9:19 am

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Tuesday marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. But in some states, access to facilities that perform abortions remains limited.

In part, that stems from another Supreme Court ruling from 20 years ago that let states impose regulations that don't cause an "undue burden" on a woman's abortion rights.

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1:26pm

Tue January 22, 2013
Around the Nation

Involved For Life: Pregnancy Centers In Texas

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 4:12 pm

Carolyn Cline is the president and CEO of Involved for Life.
Courtesy of Carolyn Cline

While the number of abortion providers has been decreasing, the number of pregnancy centers has been increasing. According to The New York Times, there are now approximately 1,800 abortion providers around the country, compared with 2,500 pregnancy centers. These centers, largely run by Christian groups, discourage women from getting abortions and offer help during their unplanned pregnancies.

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11:54am

Tue January 22, 2013
NPR Story

Obama's Unfinished Business: Latin America

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 12:09 pm

As President Obama starts his second term, host Michel Martin takes a look at his foreign policy agenda. She speaks with NPR's Juan Forero about upcoming opportunities and challenges in Latin America — from drug trafficking, to changes in leadership, to the evolution of the U.S. relationship with Cuba.

6:33am

Tue January 22, 2013
Political Junkie

Monday Was All About Obama. Now All He Needs Is A Cabinet.

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 1:37 pm

President Barack Obama, center, makes a statement to the media before the start of a meeting with his Cabinet on Nov. 28, 2012.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

The day had history and symbolism written all over it: the inauguration of President Barack Obama, coming on the very day the nation was honoring the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The pomp, the ceremony, the speech, the festivities, the parade, the emotions, the hugs, the tears. It's all part of America's finest moment, and yesterday was no exception.

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4:52am

Tue January 22, 2013
Politics

Obama Urges Crowd To Seize Moment Together

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 10:06 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

Many inaugural addresses play on themes that President Obama touched on yesterday.

GREENE: He cited the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, our tradition of self-government and earlier inaugural addresses.

INSKEEP: That's all pretty normal. What is different about each inauguration address is how the president molds those themes into the moment.

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4:52am

Tue January 22, 2013
Politics

Generations Trek To The Mall To Hear Obama's Speech

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 10:06 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

OK, if you stood near where the president stood yesterday at the west front of the Capitol, looking down from there, you see down the long strip of grass that is the National Mall, past the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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4:52am

Tue January 22, 2013
Politics

Inaugural Balls Celebrate Obama's 2nd Term

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 10:06 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Alright, an inauguration is never complete without a night of inaugural balls. Both official events were held at the Washington Convention Center.

NPR's Allison Aubrey went to check out the scene and meet the guests who were there. Turns out, when you get a ticket to a ball with the president of the United States, you just get to Washington. Who needs a hotel?

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4:52am

Tue January 22, 2013
Politics

Obama's 2nd Term Rankles Die Hard Republicans

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 10:06 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

In his inaugural address yesterday, President Obama pressed Americans to put aside mindless partisanship. He said we cannot treat name-calling as reasoned debate. At the same time, he strongly defended his political views, voicing support for gay rights and the role of government.

The crowd of supporters out on the National Mall liked it. Republicans watching in Texas had a different view. Here's NPR's Wade Goodwyn.

JASON'S GRANDMOTHER: You want to do it?

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4:52am

Tue January 22, 2013
Politics

Republican, Democratic Lawmakers Weigh In On Obama's Speech

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 10:06 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

OK. It is not clear if Congress and the White House will figure out how to work together but they at least figured out how to eat a buffalo.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

After the inauguration, members of Congress welcomed the president to a lunch of bison tenderloin. Afterwards, some told reporters what they thought of the speech. Here's NPR's David Welna.

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