Politics

4:38pm

Wed November 28, 2012
Politics

Obama Uses Twitter To Ramp Up Fiscal Cliff Pressure

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 5:47 pm

President Obama met with middle class taxpayers on Wednesday who had written to the White House about the impact of tax hikes on their pocket books.

3:19pm

Wed November 28, 2012
Politics

Who Is Susan Rice?

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 3:21 pm

Ambassador Susan Rice speaks at U.N. headquarters on April 14.
Craig Ruttle AP

Susan Rice is in many ways a prototypical Obama administration official: young, ambitious and accomplished, with a reputation for being direct and — at times — confrontational.

But unlike her colleagues, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is embroiled in a lingering controversy, over what she knew and what she said in the days after September's attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

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3:13pm

Wed November 28, 2012
It's All Politics

Roughing Up Rice: GOP Senators Play The Personal And Political

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 5:30 pm

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice leaves a meeting with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
Evan Vucci AP

The GOP's roughing up of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, thought to be President Obama's top pick for his second-term secretary of state, brings to mind the last time the Senate rejected a commander in chief's choice for that most crucial position.

It was some six decades ago, and after bitter and tumultuous hearings — think allegations of communism and homosexuality, as well as a high-profile suicide — that senators dumped the president's nominee by a vote of 74-24.

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11:27am

Wed November 28, 2012
The Salt

Milk: Symbol Of Purity, Symbol Of Conflict

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 12:19 pm

European dairy farmers spray police officers with milk during a demonstration outside the European Parliament in Brussels on Monday.
Geert Vanden Wijngaert AP

Food fight!

Earlier this week, European Union dairy farmers decided to protest milk price controls by spraying police with high-pressure hoses filled with milk. It certainly wasn't the first time that food has been both subject and symbol of unrest (see food riots). But this one stands out because of the dramatic images.

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10:55am

Wed November 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Romney To Have Lunch With Obama At The White House Thursday

President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney the last time they got together, at their Oct. 22 presidential debate in Boca Raton, Fla.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

The 2012 presidential contenders will break bread at the White House on Thursday.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney "will have a private lunch at the White House with President Obama in the Private Dining Room," the White House says in a statement sent to reporters. "It will be the first opportunity they have had to visit since the election. There will be no press coverage of the meeting."

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7:48am

Wed November 28, 2012
Politics

Sen. Chambliss On Why He's Willing To Raise Taxes

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 12:06 pm

Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep talks with Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss about the prospects of negotiating a bipartisan plan to avert the fiscal cliff and whether lawmakers can reach an agreement over how to raise revenue. Chambliss was a member of the Gang of Six, a bipartisan group of senators that has tried in the past to reach a long-term deal to reduce the deficit.

7:33am

Wed November 28, 2012
Politics

Post-Election, GOP's Immigration Message Evolves

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 12:30 pm

Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas and Jon Kyl of Arizona on Tuesday introduced a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to stay in the country, but would not offer them a path to citizenship.
Alex Wong Getty Images

After an election in which Hispanics voted overwhelmingly for President Obama, the White House and Republicans on Capitol Hill are making overtures about immigration reform.

House Speaker John Boehner says he's sure he can make a deal next year with the White House on a comprehensive bill. A steady procession of prominent GOP leaders are warning that Republicans won't win the White House again without improving their outreach to Latino voters. On Monday, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio explained the problem this way.

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6:46am

Wed November 28, 2012
Politics

Incoming GOP Rep. Yoho Rejects Norquist Pledge

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 7:48 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Congress is negotiating with President Obama over ways to avoid higher taxes and spending cuts at the end of this year, while still reducing the federal deficit.

MONTAGNE: Democrats face pressure to reshape entitlement programs.

GREENE: And Republicans face the pressure we'll discuss this morning: pressure to accept higher taxes.

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4:59pm

Tue November 27, 2012
Politics

Obama Keeps Pressure On Congress Over Fiscal Cliff

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 5:55 pm

In his push for a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, President Obama met with small business leaders Tuesday at the White House.

4:55pm

Tue November 27, 2012
Politics

'Achieve Act' A Republican Answer To Dream Act

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 5:55 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

I'm Melissa Block. And we begin this hour with talk of immigration reform. Dealing with the estimated 12 million immigrants now in the U.S. illegally has long been a priority, primarily of Democrats. Three weeks ago, Latinos voted overwhelmingly for President Obama. As NPR's David Welna reports, Senate Republicans weighed in today, unveiling legislation that would give some undocumented immigrants a path to legal status.

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