Politics

6:04pm

Thu September 20, 2012
Election 2012

Parties Debate Meaning, Value Of 'Redistribution'

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 6:19 pm

Mitt Romney speaks in Miami on Wednesday.
J Pat Carter AP

Cuban-Americans know a thing or two about what can happen when a government seizes wealth and redistributes it, as Fidel Castro's regime did five decades ago in Cuba.

So Mitt Romney had an especially receptive audience Wednesday night at a rally of Cuban-Americans in Miami, when he launched his campaign's latest line of attack on President Obama.

"He said some years ago something which we're hearing about today on the Internet," Romney told the crowd. "He said that he believes in redistribution."

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5:46pm

Thu September 20, 2012
It's All Politics

Despite Obama's High Latino Support, Univision Puts Him On Hot Seat

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 6:46 pm

President Obama got few if any softball questions when he had his turn at a Univision forum for the two major-party presidential candidates.
Carolyn Kaster AP

President Obama may have the overwhelming support of Latino voters in his race against Republican Mitt Romney, but that didn't get him a free pass during his appearance Thursday at Univision's presidential candidate forum.

Obama faced repeated tough questions from the hosts of the forum on the Spanish-language channel, and from some in the audience, for his failure to deliver on his promise as a candidate in 2008 to push comprehensive immigration reform during his first year in the White House.

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5:19pm

Thu September 20, 2012
Presidential Race

Obama Answers Questions From Latino Voters

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 6:04 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. This week, President Obama and Mitt Romney are trying to burnish their credentials with Latino voters. Yesterday, Romney appeared on a special Univision broadcast fielding questions from hosts and the audience. Today, the president did the same at a studio in Miami. NPR's Scott Horsley was there and joins us now.

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4:43pm

Thu September 20, 2012
National Security

Automatic Budget Cuts Still Loom Over Defense Dept.

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 6:05 pm

Republicans continue to press the Obama administration for more details on how they would cut billions from the defense budget if sequestration is put into place in January. The Department of Defense will now have to explain why it has not planned for an event that is becoming increasingly likely.

1:00pm

Thu September 20, 2012
It's All Politics

Tim Pawlenty Exits Romney Campaign To Lead Bank Lobbying Group

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 2:03 pm

Tim Pawlenty at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
Charles Dharapak AP

With less than seven weeks to go before the presidential election, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is leaving his job as co-chairman of the Mitt Romney campaign to take a top Washington lobbying job.

Pawlenty, 51, will become the next CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable, whose 100 members include many of the nation's largest banks and insurance and securities companies.

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12:04pm

Thu September 20, 2012
It's All Politics

Ohio Senate Race Gets Nasty Amid Flood Of Ads And Cash

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 1:37 pm

11:55am

Thu September 20, 2012
It's All Politics

Hispanics Certain To Back Obama, But In What Numbers?

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 10:13 am

Four years ago, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama was greeted warmly at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's awards gala in Washington, D.C. Polls show Obama retains strong Hispanic support this year, but also that many who are eligible don't plan to vote.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

There appears to be no question that President Obama will win the lion's share of Hispanic support. But there are still very big questions to be answered about how many votes such support will translate into.

"What we know is that we don't know," says Ruy Teixeira, a political analyst at the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank.

"If you're the Obama campaign, there's cause for concern, because at least so far, [Hispanic support] is not translating into encouraging data on the turnout front," he says.

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11:16am

Thu September 20, 2012
Election 2012

Is 'Tough On Crime' No Longer A Talking Point?

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 2:21 pm

There's a growing bipartisan consensus that criminal justice policy needs to change, because of the costs and social consequences of keeping more than 2 million Americans behind bars. Host Michel Martin discusses the parties' platforms on criminal justice with the Sentencing Project's Marc Mauer and Marc Levin of the group Right On Crime.

11:04am

Thu September 20, 2012
Planet Money

The Fiscal Cliff, In Three And A Half Graphics

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 11:50 am

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

For more, see this story from NPR's Marilyn Geewax on how Congress might pass some stopgap measures to blunt the effect of the fiscal cliff.

A bunch of federal tax increases and spending cuts are scheduled to kick in around Jan. 1, 2013. This is what people are talking about when they talk about the "fiscal cliff."

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5:14am

Thu September 20, 2012
Election 2012

Romney: Immigration System Needs To Be Fixed

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 5:24 am

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney promised to pursue a permanent fix for the country's "broken" immigration system during a Univision forum. Despite pointed questioning, Romney offered few details about how he would deal with millions of immigrants who are already in this country illegally.

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