Politics

2:22pm

Thu September 13, 2012
Economy

Smiley, West: Poverty Is A Political Issue

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan.

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9:50am

Thu September 13, 2012
The Salt

Freedom Soda: New York's Ban On Big Sodas Hits Us Where We're Human

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:46 pm

Under New York Mayor Bloomberg's proposed big soda ban, soda sizes at the movies and elsewhere would have to shrink, and so would the fun, some people say.
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UPDATE: 11:37 a.m. As expected, the New York Board of Health passed a rule banning sugary drinks like soda in sizes 16 oz. or larger at restaurants, concession stands and other eateries in an effort to combat obesity today. The ban is expected to take effect in March, but according to the Wall Street Journal, opponents are already considering a legal challenge to prevent that. It passed 8-0.

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6:44pm

Wed September 12, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama's Post-Charlotte Bounce May Owe More To TV Ads Than Convention

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 11:24 am

President Obama gives his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention.
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It's become conventional wisdom that President Obama's new lead in the polls is a bounce, coming out of the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C.

But an analysis from the Wesleyan Media Project suggests that the bounce might be due to TV ads as much as grand speeches. The Obama campaign and its allies laid out $21.1 million for TV during the two weeks of the party conventions. Over that same stretch, Republican Mitt Romney and his backers spent significantly less, $12.9 million.

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5:53pm

Wed September 12, 2012
It's All Politics

Rove's Crossroads GPS Gets Explicit In Anti-Obama Air War

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 11:21 am

Karl Rove co-founded the Republican superPAC Crossroads GPS.
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For months, the tax-exempt Crossroads GPS has argued that its anti-Obama ads were merely issue ads and not political ads. No more. Today the group went up with ads explicitly telling viewers to vote against President Obama.

Co-founded by Republican operative Karl Rove, the group began running a 30-second spot Wednesday morning in Nevada that blames a weak economy and poor housing market on Obama and ends with the wording: "This election ... don't blow another vote on Obama."

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5:06pm

Wed September 12, 2012
Presidential Race

Romney Criticizes Obama's Response To Libya Attack

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 5:58 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

It didn't take long for the attacks in Benghazi and Cairo to become part of the presidential campaign. Mitt Romney jumped in first. In a statement last night before Ambassador Stevens' death had been announced, Romney accused President Obama of sympathizing with those who waged the assault. The Obama campaign responded, saying it was shocked that Romney would launch a, quote, "political attack" at this moment. And the politics have continued today as NPR's Mara Liasson reports.

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5:06pm

Wed September 12, 2012
Education

Rahm Emanuel Walking A High Wire With Teachers

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 5:58 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

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It's the third day of the teachers' strike in Chicago. For the first time in 25 years, teachers are on the picket line and 350,000 students are out of class. The strike poses a unique challenge for Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel. That's because he's also one of President Obama's top fund-raisers and surrogates.

From Chicago, NPR's Sonari Glinton reports.

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5:04pm

Wed September 12, 2012
Digital Life

Facebook Could Be Powerful Tool In Targeting Voters

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 5:58 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Every election season Republicans and Democrats tried to rally their base and to go after undecided voters. They're increasingly using the Internet in Get Out The Vote efforts.

NPR correspondent Shankar Vedantam, who reports on social science research, joins me now to talk about how Facebook could become a potent weapon in going after the biggest untapped voting bloc in the nation. Shankar, welcome.

SHANKAR VEDANTAM, BYLINE: Hi, Melissa.

BLOCK: Who are these mystery voters, this untapped voting bloc that we mentioned?

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5:02pm

Wed September 12, 2012
Politics

New Politics Emerge In Aurora, Colo., After Shooting

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 5:58 pm

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The deadly movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado has become a key issue in at least two tight congressional races in that battleground state. Since the attacks, two Democratic candidates - running in districts in and around Aurora - have called for stricter gun laws. But Republicans have accused them of trying to politicize the tragedy.

From member station KUNC, Kirk Siegler reports.

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2:22pm

Wed September 12, 2012
Middle East

Outrage Builds After U.S. Embassy Attacks

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 2:29 pm

Ambassador Chris Stevens and four other Americans died Tuesday after a mob attacked the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya in protest of a film that mocks Islam. In Egypt, protesters stormed the U.S. embassy in Cairo. These attacks raise concerns about U.S. policy in the region.

2:19pm

Wed September 12, 2012
It's All Politics

With No Latino Moderators For Debates, Univision Announces Its 'Own Party'

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 2:54 pm

Univision host Jorge Ramos will be one of the moderators at the "Meet the Candidate" events featuring President Obama and rival Mitt Romney.
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Spanish-language network Univision announced Wednesday that, along with Facebook, it will host discussions with the presidential candidates next week, calling them "the first-ever events of their kind targeting Hispanic Americans."

The "Meet the Candidate" events — featuring Republican nominee Mitt Romney on Sept. 19 and President Obama on Sept. 20 — will be held at the University of Miami and will be broadcast on Univision and streamed online in English.

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