Politics

5:02pm

Tue September 18, 2012
It's All Politics

'Mother Jones' Journalist: Video Not An Attempt To 'Catch Mitt Romney'

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 9:43 am

The Mother Jones journalist behind the release of a surreptitiously shot fundraising video says the source "did not go there looking to catch Mitt Romney in the act."

David Corn, the magazine's Washington bureau chief, tells NPR's Michel Martin on Tell Me More:

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4:59pm

Tue September 18, 2012
Law

Court Reverses Ruling On Political Donor Disclosure

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:09 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. The news today wasn't all bad for Mitt Romney and his team. A panel of three federal appeals judges reversed a lower court decision, one that would have required more disclosure of big political donors. As NPR's Peter Overby reports, that threat of disclosure was troubling to pro-Romney outside groups which have far outspent the Romney campaign on television.

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4:59pm

Tue September 18, 2012
Presidential Race

Romney's '47 Percent' Argument Counterproductive

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:09 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Some conservatives have denounced Romney's remarks. The "Weekly Standard's" Bill Kristol called them arrogant and stupid. In the New York Times, David Brooks wrote that it shows Mitt Romney doesn't understand the country or its culture. But others, such as radio personality Rush Limbaugh, have come to the candidate's defense.

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4:59pm

Tue September 18, 2012
Presidential Race

Biden A Vital Surrogate For Obama On Campaign Trail

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:09 pm

Vice President Joe Biden has been an important surrogate for President Obama this year, as he was four years ago. Biden especially excels at connecting with white, working-class voters — a group with which the president has struggled.

4:59pm

Tue September 18, 2012
Presidential Race

Romney Still Doing Damage Control For '47 Percent'

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:09 pm

Anytime a candidate calls an unexpected press conference in the evening, you know it's not good news. We look at the latest news and political fall out from the release of Mitt Romney's remarks at a private fundraiser. The comments were made in May and the recording was released by Mother Jones magazine.

4:59pm

Tue September 18, 2012
Media

How 'Mother Jones' Got The Secret '47 Percent' Video

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:09 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Mother Jones magazine is known for its small but passionate following of liberal readers. And right now, it's getting a huge amount of attention. NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik joins us now for more on Mother Jones and how it got this story. Hi there, David.

DAVID FOLKENFLIK, BYLINE: Hey, Audie.

CORNISH: So this video of Mitt Romney was recorded a while back. Some of the clips were living on YouTube months ago. So what did Mother Jones do to acquire the story and get so much attention for it now?

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4:59pm

Tue September 18, 2012
Presidential Race

Some Florida Seniors Divided On '47 Percent' Reaction

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:09 pm

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The fundraiser where the Romney video was recorded was held in Florida. And today, in that politically important state, reaction was mixed about Romney's unscripted remarks. NPR's Kathy Lohr gathered some views from people at a retirement community.

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3:54pm

Tue September 18, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney's '47 Percent' Comments Complicate Swing-State Fortunes

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:42 pm

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks to reporters Monday in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Charles Dharapak AP

The question of whether Mitt Romney's presidential campaign will be hurt by his characterization of 47 percent of Americans as people who believe they are victims, entitled to health care, food, housing, "you name it," is fairly settled.

Yes, it will — at least in the short run. Romney's problem? There's not much more campaign left than a short run.

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2:04pm

Tue September 18, 2012
Politics

Full Romney Video Puts Comments In Context

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:14 pm

Mother Jones released the full video of Mitt Romney at a Florida fundraising event in May that included the clips they made public of Mitt Romney commenting on the "47 percent." NPR senior Washington editor Ron Elving talks about the tape and how it could affect the presidential campaign.

1:00pm

Tue September 18, 2012
Intelligence Squared U.S.

Are SuperPACs Good For Democracy?

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 1:44 pm

John Donvan of ABC News moderates an Intelligence Squared debate on the regulation of money in politics.
Samuel LaHoz
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Money is flowing through this election season like never before. The proliferation is due in part to the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision and other recent rulings, which paved the way for superPACs, other outside groups and massive, secret donations from individuals, corporations and unions.

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