Politics

1:36pm

Thu September 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama Was 'Spewing Coals' When Budget Deal Collapsed, Boehner Says

August 2011: President Obama (right) and House Speaker John Boehner at the White House as they and other lawmakers worked to head off a government shutdown that loomed.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Some details are emerging from Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward's new book about the 2011 battle between President Obama and congressional Republicans over the budget, taxes and deficit reduction.

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1:36pm

Thu September 6, 2012
It's All Politics

'My Two Moms' Author Hopes To Highlight Gay Rights At Convention

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 4:09 pm

Zach Wahls is shown on March 24 at the GLAAD Media Awards in New York.
Fernando Leon Getty Images

In another sign of Democrats' growing embrace of gay-rights issues, an Iowa man who gained national attention for his story of growing up with lesbian mothers was to address the party's national convention Thursday.

Zach Wahls became a bit of an Internet star last year after testifying against a proposed same-sex marriage ban before members of the Iowa House of Representatives. A video of his statement went viral online, garnering millions of views.

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12:37pm

Thu September 6, 2012
It's All Politics

In High-Stakes Speech, Obama Seeks To Shift The Argument Forward

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 2:15 pm

President Obama speaks during a campaign event at a high school in Toledo, Ohio.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

President Obama won't be giving the speech he might wish to give tonight.

All presidents accepting their party's renomination seek to shift from a message of hope and change to one of progress and accomplishment. Although Obama will certainly talk up the highlights of his term, he won't want to sound triumphant — not with a jobs report due tomorrow that's expected to show a 43rd straight month of U.S. unemployment above 8 percent.

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12:03pm

Thu September 6, 2012
Education

When It Comes To Education, Two Peas In A Pod?

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 9:02 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, fall is here and that means a new round of television shows are starting up. We've invited television critic Eric Deggans to tell us what's different this season, especially during daytime. That's in just a minute.

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12:03pm

Thu September 6, 2012
Election 2012

Do Democrats Have A Gender Gap Problem?

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 2:28 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, for the first time, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Mormon, is leading the Republican presidential ticket. In recent years, Mormons have often been identified with conservative politics, but not all agree. We'll meet a group of Mormon Democrats in a few minutes.

But first, it was another big night for the comeback kid.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

BILL CLINTON: We are here to nominate a president, and I've got one in mind.

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12:03pm

Thu September 6, 2012
Faith Matters

Mormon Democrats On Drawing On Faith For Politics

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 9:02 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Just ahead, it's early fall and, as we've been talking about, the presidential campaigns are now in full swing and it's also the beginning of school, so we decided to give you a crash course on education policy and who stands for what. That's in a minute.

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10:28am

Thu September 6, 2012
It's All Politics

What The Democrats' Do-Over Really Says About Party Platforms

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 11:17 am

Los Angeles Mayor and Democratic Convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa calls for a vote to amend the platform Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
Charles Dharapak AP

Party platforms are like contracts: No one bothers to read them until something bad happens.

We all know that parties to any agreement should study the fine print in advance, and surely that applies to the national political parties. The delegates really ought to spend some of their time in the host city studying the document they are voting to adopt.

But hey, it's a convention. It's a party. Who wants to sit in their hotel room and read?

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7:23am

Thu September 6, 2012
It's All Politics

Clinton And Other Dems Did Some Cherry-Picking, Fact Checkers Say

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 12:28 pm

Former President Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday night.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images
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5:43am

Thu September 6, 2012
Election 2012

Never Too Early To Prepare For Presidential Debates

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 10:17 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

Mitt Romney has not done any campaigning the last few days. He's in Vermont with senior aides, preparing for debates next month. And even as President Obama prepares for tonight's big speech, campaign aides say he has been preparing for debates, too. NPR's Ari Shapiro asked past debate coaches what happens behind the scenes.

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5:35am

Thu September 6, 2012
Election 2012

Bill Clinton Captivates Delegates, Nominates Obama

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 10:17 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. Renee Montagne is back at NPR West. Renee, welcome back.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Thank you very much. After a nice vacation, and so glad to be here, because big news: President Obama speaks to the Democratic Convention tonight. Just as with Mitt Romney last week, the president will have a huge audience to make his case.

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