Politics

4:44pm

Thu July 26, 2012
London 2012: The Summer Olympics

Romney Scrambles After Doubting London's Olympics

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 6:24 pm

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is in the United Kingdom for the first leg of a foreign trip that also takes him to Israel and Poland. Audie Cornish talks with Philip Reeves about Romney's meetings today with current and former British officials.

2:30pm

Thu July 26, 2012
The Two-Way

NPR Taps Lobbying Firm To Help Make Case On Public Funding

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 5:47 pm

Our colleague David Folkenflik reports for the Newscast Desk that:

"NPR has hired an outside lobbying firm to help make its case with lawmakers on Capitol Hill as some House Republicans seek to make deep funding cuts to public broadcasting.

"Recent disclosure forms show NPR has paid $10,000 to Navigators Global, a firm founded by Republican political figures including strategist and pundit Mike Murphy.

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1:53pm

Thu July 26, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney Backer Explains Why Obama's Wrong, Despite Her Firm's Gov't Contracts

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 3:48 pm

Rebecca Smith, owner of A.D. Morgan, speaks Thursday at a Tampa, Fla., event to denounce President Obama's statements about small businesses. The event was organized by the Romney campaign. At left is Lou Ramos of Value Enterprise Solutions.
Daniel Wallace Tampa Bay Times/ZUMAPRESS.com

Rebecca Smith owns a Tampa, Fla., construction-management firm that does a lot of work overseeing the building of schools and jails, and other projects for state and local governments.

But even though much of her firm's $80 million in annual revenue comes from contracts with government agencies, she says she was "disgusted" by President Obama's thesis that government had a significant role in her business achievements.

Obama's actual words, from a July 13 speech in Virginia, were:

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10:18am

Thu July 26, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

'Calling My Children' And The Faces Of AIDS

Originally published on Sat February 2, 2013 10:06 am

David Binder

Photographer David Binder began documenting stories about AIDS in the late 1980s and became well known for humanizing the epidemic for various publications, including Life magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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7:28am

Thu July 26, 2012
Election 2012

Obama Talks Jobs, Guns At Urban League Meeting

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 10:35 am

President Obama was in New Orleans Wednesday to address the National Urban League, a largely African-American crowd and a key constituency for his re-election campaign. Obama spoke of the need to broaden economic opportunity, but he also took the occasion to call for steps to control gun violence in the wake of last week's shootings in Aurora, Colo.

7:28am

Thu July 26, 2012
Election 2012

Romney's London Trip Highlights His Olympic Pedigree

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 12:53 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives at Downing Street in London on Thursday to meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was in London on Thursday to raise money for his campaign, to meet with former and current British leaders and to remind voters of his experience running the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Romney is scheduled to attend the opening ceremony of the London Games on Friday, after meeting with American athletes. The visit seems designed to bolster a key element of Romney's resume.

In early 2002, Romney went from CEO of the Salt Lake City Olympics to candidate for Massachusetts governor in just three weeks.

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4:45am

Thu July 26, 2012
Planet Money

Meet The Drug Dealer Who Helps Addicts Quit

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 7:56 am

Suboxone is used in the treatment of opiate dependence.
Drugs.com

A prescription drug called Suboxone helps wean people off of heroin and pain pills, but addicts have a hard time getting prescriptions. So they're turning to the black market.

An Albuquerque man who goes by the name Mystery Man has stepped in to fill the void. He says he illegally sells Suboxone every day.

To get Suboxone, Mystery Man has to find a patient with a Suboxone prescription, and give that person the $50 co-pay to fill it. He gets that money by selling, among other things, crack and guns.

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6:35pm

Wed July 25, 2012
It's All Politics

Interviewing Scalia: Verbal Wrestling Match With A Master

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 2:31 pm

Nina Totenberg interviews Justice Antonin Scalia at the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

I've gotten a lot of email about my interview with Justice Antonin Scalia on Tuesday. People seem to have liked the story because they could see the justice as a human being — combative, funny, engaging and charming.

That's why I and so many other folks always enjoy spending time with him.

So, take this exchange from our interview. Only part of it was in my piece on air, or even the longer piece on the Web.

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5:49pm

Wed July 25, 2012
Money & Politics

Part Of Romney's Foreign Itinerary: Raising Money

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 7:29 pm

A campaign sticker for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is seen on a sign for Romney Street in London on Wednesday, as Romney arrived to meet with leaders, hold fundraisers and attend the opening of the Olympics.
Charles Dharapak AP

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is on a weeklong trip in which he's scheduled to meet with three prime ministers, give two speeches and attend the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics. On a more practical level, he'll also raise some campaign cash.

This trip is designed to highlight how Romney would fix the failings he sees in President Obama's foreign policy.

Romney opened his attack Tuesday while still in the U.S. In an address to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Reno, Nev., he lit into the Obama administration's relationship with Israel.

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5:28pm

Wed July 25, 2012
Election 2012

Black Business Owners Urge Obama To Aid Growth

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 7:29 pm

Then-presidential candidate Barack Obama poses with National Urban League President Marc Morial on Aug. 2, 2008.
Phelan M. Ebenhack AP

President Obama's speech to the National Urban League conference in New Orleans on Wednesday night coincides with a debate over the role of government in helping small businesses succeed.

Some black Americans say they have an especially hard time when it comes to owning and operating their own businesses.

On the northern edge of New Orleans' French Quarter, Shaka Zulu and his wife, Na'imah, are trying desperately to protect a slice of local culture that sometimes gets lost here.

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