Politics

12:22pm

Tue January 15, 2013
Economy

Has Obama Leveled The Economic Playing Field?

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12:08pm

Tue January 15, 2013
The Two-Way

House Set For 'Marathon Debate' On Sandy Aid; Final Vote Likely Tonight

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 7:39 pm

Shattered homes lined the beach front in Mantoloking, N.J., after Sandy tore through. The superstorm caused billions of dollars in damage to New Jersey, New York and surrounding states.
Tom Mihalek Reuters /Landov

Update at 7:35 p.m. House Passes Measure

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to approve $50.7 billion in aid for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

The vote was 241-80; the measure now goes to the Senate, which is expected to take it up next week.

Here's more from The Associated Press:

"Northeast lawmakers from both parties have been pressing for the aid for more than two months.

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10:49am

Tue January 15, 2013
U.S.

The Politics Of Disaster Aid Are Starting To Shift

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 12:11 pm

A U.S. flag still hung on the remains of homes in the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., in December, nearly two months after Superstorm Sandy tore through the area.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

House Republicans are taking a Solomonic approach to relief for areas ravaged by Superstorm Sandy.

Having already split financial aid for the Northeast into two votes, House leaders are now splitting the second package itself into two, giving conservatives the opportunity to oppose spending provisions they don't like.

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7:22am

Tue January 15, 2013
The Two-Way

White House Plan On Guns To Include 19 Executive Actions, Lawmakers Say

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 1:30 pm

At a gun shop in Phoenix, a customer holds a handgun. Among the executive actions President Obama is expected to propose is an expansion of background checks for gun buyers.
Ralph D. Freso Reuters /Landov

Update at 1:25 p.m. ET. Announcement on Wednesday:

The White House says President Obama and Vice President Biden will unveil the steps they intend to take and legislation they recommend to reduce gun violence at 11:45 a.m. ET on Wednesday.

Our original post:

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6:43am

Tue January 15, 2013
Political Junkie

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Ken Rudin collection

While you're gearing up for the Political Junkie D.C. Live Road Show on Wednesday evening — see below for details — why not try and solve this week's ScuttleButton puzzle first?

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4:22am

Tue January 15, 2013
Politics

Obama Urges Congress To Raise Debt Ceiling

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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In a looming battle over the federal debt ceiling, Republicans in Congress insist they hold the cards. They do have the power to stop federal borrowing, withhold payment of federal debts and cause unknown damage to the world economy. Some want to use that power to force President Obama to reduce federal spending in the way they want.

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6:54pm

Mon January 14, 2013
It's All Politics

Poll Says Gun Rights Supporters Fund Their Cause; Opponents Don't

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 7:20 pm

Rifles are displayed at a gun show in Marietta, Ga., on Dec. 22, 2012. A new poll shows overwhelming and bipartisan support for requiring criminal background checks before the sale of firearms at gun shows, as is already required before store sales.
Mike Stewart AP

A Pew Research Center survey on gun laws shows overwhelming support among Americans on a few issues, like closing the so-called gun show loophole; a wide partisan split on more contentious measures, like banning assault weapons; and a glimpse into why the nation's gun lobby may be so successful.

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5:58pm

Mon January 14, 2013
It's All Politics

Obama's Woman Problem Is A Problem Of His Own Making

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 2:45 pm

President Obama holds a news conference Monday in the East Room of the White House.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Does President Obama have a problem with women?

On the level of appearances, he certainly does. Which is why at his Monday news conference, he found himself responding to criticisms about the lack of diversity in his picks so far for his second-term Cabinet — State, Treasury, Defense and CIA — who have all been white men.

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4:56pm

Mon January 14, 2013
'Radio Diaries'

'Segregation Forever': A Fiery Pledge Forgiven, But Not Forgotten

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 8:17 pm

During his inaugural address on Jan. 14, 1963, newly elected Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace vowed "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever."
Bettmann Corbis

It was just a single line in a speech given 50 years ago today. But that one phrase, "segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever," is remembered as one of the most vehement rallying cries against racial equality in American history.

The year was 1963. Civil rights activists were fighting for equal access to schools and the voting booth, and the federal government was preparing to intervene in many Southern states.

And on Jan. 14, in Montgomery, Ala., newly elected Gov. George Wallace, a Democrat, stepped up to a podium to deliver his inaugural address.

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4:55pm

Mon January 14, 2013
Politics

Dear Mr. President: What Do You Want Obama To Remember?

Becky Lettenberger NPR

President Obama will soon be sworn into office, and whether you voted for him or not, he's everybody's president. What do you want him to remember in his second term?

Share your thoughts at http://inauguration2013.tumblr.com/

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