Politics

2:54pm

Wed January 16, 2013
It's All Politics

Dear Mr. President: Tell Obama Your Priority For His Second Term

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 7:16 am

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In anticipation of Inauguration Day, NPR photographer Becky Lettenberger and producer Justine Kenin visited 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to ask Americans: "What do you want President Obama to remember in his second term?"

This video shows some of the answers we received outside the White House. But that was just the start of a project that we're calling "Dear Mr. President."

Now we want to hear from you.

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2:05pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Politics

The Secret Keys Of A Second Inaugural Address

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 2:15 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Rockefeller won't run again, Treasury kills the trillion-dollar coin, and the president calls on Congress to pony up. It's Wednesday, and time for a ...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Deadbeat.

CONAN: ...edition of the Political Junkie.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDINGS)

RONALD REAGAN: There you go again...

WALTER MONDALE: When I hear your new ideas, I'm reminded of that ad - where's the beef?

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1:48pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Politics

The President's Plans To Reduce Gun Violence

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 2:29 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

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12:12pm

Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama On Gun Violence: Americans Must Stand Up And Say 'Enough'

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 3:09 pm

President Obama at the White House today, with Vice President Biden in the background.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

At a White House event with children who wrote him letters after the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., President Obama today said the nation cannot wait any longer to do what can be done to reduce gun violence.

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11:57am

Wed January 16, 2013
Politics

Obama Administration Goes After Guns

Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama are touting new proposals aimed at curbing gun violence. Host Michel Martin learns more from Paul Barrett, author of 'Glock: The Rise of America's Gun' and Craig Whitney, author of 'Living With Guns, A Liberal's Case for the 2nd Amendment.'

11:57am

Wed January 16, 2013
Law

New York Bans Assault Weapons

Lawmakers in New York are getting tough on guns. They passed a new law expanding the state's ban on assault weapons. It's also meant to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. Host Michel Martin speaks to Thomas Kaplan of The New York Times about the legislation.

10:45am

Wed January 16, 2013
Around the Nation

Saying No To The Inauguration

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 3:22 pm

A U.S. Capitol Police officer secures the area surrounding the west front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 5 as preparations are under way for President Obama's second inauguration.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

As supporters of President Obama prepare for his toned-down but glammed-up second inauguration over the long weekend of Jan. 19-21, the president's detractors are making other plans.

Across the country, disenchanted Americans are engaging in forms of protest — some public, some private — to signal their displeasure with November's election outcome.

How do they NOT love Obama? Let us count the ways.

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9:51am

Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Before Obama's Plan Is Out, NRA Calls Him An 'Elitist Hypocrite'

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 11:50 am

National Rifle Association
  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Ari Shapiro reports

8:24am

Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Interior Sec. Salazar Is Latest Member Of Cabinet To Announce Departure

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 9:58 am

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.
Streeter Lecka Getty Images

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar intends to step down at the end of March, his office confirms to NPR's Jeff Brady.

Word of Salazar's plan broke over night. According to The Denver Post, the former senator from Colorado intends to "return to Colorado to spend time with his family."

As the Post writes:

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5:37am

Wed January 16, 2013
Law

New York Quickly Passes Gun Control Measure

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 6:29 am

The state legislature in New York has voted to approve a sweeping gun control measure. It bans assault weapons and makes it harder for seriously mentally ill people to legally obtain firearms.

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