Politics

9:08am

Sun June 28, 2015
It's All Politics

A Less-Restrained Obama Finally Says 'Bucket'

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:07 pm

With less than two years left in his presidency, President Obama has been less scripted and appears less confined by politics.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

7:51am

Sun June 28, 2015
Politics

Health Care Law Stands, Marriage Equality Expands: What Now For Republicans?

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 11:19 am

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7:03am

Sun June 28, 2015
It's All Politics

One-Third Of Congressional Districts Could Be Affected By Supreme Court Ruling

As a staff member takes down the Arizona redistricting map, Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission chair Colleen Mathis gets a hug from Frank Bergen, a Pima County Democrat, at a 2012 meeting.
Ross D. Franklin AP

On the final day of the Supreme Court's term on Monday, they will issue a ruling that could affect as many as one-third of congressional districts — possibly dramatically remaking the partisan makeup of the next Congress ahead of the 2016 elections.

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7:03am

Sun June 28, 2015
It's All Politics

How Well Do Hate Crime Laws Really Work?

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 1:14 pm

Flowers line the sidewalk in front of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.
Stephen B. Morton AP

Federal officials are investigating last week's Charleston, S.C. church shooting as a hate crime, and the U.S. Justice Department could weigh in in the coming weeks with a federal hate crimes charge.

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5:10am

Sun June 28, 2015
It's All Politics

Presidential Aspiration Born From A Modest, And Tragic, Beginning

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 4:08 pm

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. announces his candidacy for president in Central, S.C. on June 1.
Jessica McGowan Getty Images

This story is part of NPR's series Journey Home. We're going to the places that presidential candidates call home and finding out what those places tell us about how they see the world.

Greg Demetri hit the jackpot. When he picked the location for Villa Toscana, his nearly one-year-old Italian restaurant on the main stretch of businesses in Central, S.C., he had no idea that the building had once been owned by the town's most famous resident, Sen. Lindsey Graham.

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5:36pm

Sat June 27, 2015
Governing

For Families Of U.S. Hostages, New Policy May Bring New Hope

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 6:36 pm

Linda Boyle (left) and Lyn Coleman hold a photo of their children, who were kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012. Caitlan Coleman, an American married to Canadian Joshua Boyle, was pregnant when the couple was abducted.
Bill Gorman AP

More than 80 Americans have been taken hostage abroad since Sept. 11, 2001. Currently, 30 Americans are being held around the world.

Until this week, the families of those hostages would have faced the threat of prosecution from the U.S. government for trying to pay a ransom to kidnappers.

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5:08pm

Sat June 27, 2015
Shots - Health News

In Bid For Stricter Vaccine Rules, Officials Grapple With Decades-Old Distrust

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 9:47 am

Parents rally against SB 277, a California measure requiring schoolchildren to get vaccinated, outside the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

California is on the brink of passing a law that would require nearly all children to be vaccinated in order to attend school. The bill has cleared most major hurdles, but public health officials have grappled with a strong, vocal opposition along the way.

There's actually a long history to the anti-vaccination movement.

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8:11am

Sat June 27, 2015
Politics

Ground Shifts As Politicians Try To Stake Out Positions On Gay Marriage

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 1:39 pm

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7:03am

Sat June 27, 2015
Code Switch

Grace Lee Boggs, Activist And American Revolutionary, Turns 100

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 10:47 pm

Grace sits before a "Welcome Friends" sign in her home.
Courtesy of American Revolutionary

Grace Lee Boggs, who has spent much of her life advocating for civil rights and labor rights, became such a noted figure in Detroit's Black Power movement that people assumed she must be partially black. In some of her FBI files, Boggs, who is Chinese-American, was described as "probably Afro Chinese."

(We'll let that sit with you for a moment.)

And that's not the only assumption she's defied. For almost a century — she turned 100 Saturday — she's challenged how people think about their own activism.

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8:06pm

Fri June 26, 2015
The Two-Way

New Volley In Trump Vs. Univision Fight

No golf for Univision at Donald Trump's course in Doral, Fla. He banned network execs after Univision took offense at his remarks disparaging Mexican immigrants and dumped his beauty pageant.
Wilfredo Lee AP

The spat between Donald Trump and Univision has taken another twist. Trump has told the cable channel to stop work on a gate between a golf resort he owns in Miami and adjacent Univision property, and in so many words, to "get off his lawn."

Although it's not clear that any work has begun on such a gate, Univision has told it's employees to stay away from the resort, according to the Miami Herald:

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