Politics

6:34am

Sun July 29, 2012
It's All Politics

Politics Doesn't Trump All: A Bipartisan Love Story

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 9:47 am

Jessica Grounds and Wes McClelland say their Christian faith helps ease the tension of their disparate professional identities.
Marissa Alioto NPR

He advises a powerful House Republican. She recruits women into politics after years as a consultant for Democratic candidates.

He grew up conservative and likes to joke about the "money tree" at the Democratic National Convention. Her childhood home was politically progressive and included an autographed portrait from the Clinton White House.

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5:59am

Sun July 29, 2012
Election 2012

Does Sen. Thune Have The Right Stuff For Romney?

Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 11:47 am

Mitt Romney gets a kick out of South Dakota Sen. John Thune's comments during a January rally in Dubuque, Iowa.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Mike Lee is one of the most conservative members of the Senate. The freshman Utah Republican was elected with strong Tea Party backing and, like Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, he's a man of the West.

Mention the possibility that Thune, 51, might team up with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and Lee's eyes light up: "I love John," he says. "He's articulate, passionate, collegial. I mean ... I think he'd be great."

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5:57am

Sun July 29, 2012
Politics

Forget The Debt Ceiling? The 'Avalanche' Is Coming

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 2:21 pm

If Congress doesn't make a deal before January, massive spending cuts will go into effect automatically in 2013.
iStockphoto.com

In August, lawmakers will be heading home to their districts for the month's recess. Last summer, things weren't quite so calm.

A year ago at this time, Congress was in a nasty and protracted battle over whether to raise the debt ceiling. If they didn't make a decision, the government was going to go into default. It's a fight that cost Congress its already waning public support, and cost American taxpayers $1.3 billion.

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7:52am

Sat July 28, 2012
Law

The NRA's Lock On The Gun Control Debate

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 8:10 pm

A supporter of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney holds an NRA baseball cap during at a campaign rally in Craig, Colo., in May.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

It's been just over a week since moviegoers in Aurora, Colo., were mowed down in a hail of bullets. There have been expressions of sorrow from the nation's political leaders, but no attempts at rewriting laws to head off yet another massacre in the commons.

Election-year politics may be one explanation; another may be the sway a powerful interest group holds over Congress.

This Conversation Didn't Happen

Earlier this week, Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette joined three other Democratic lawmakers at the Capitol to make a plea.

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5:26pm

Fri July 27, 2012
Election 2012

Eyeing Jewish Vote In U.S., Romney Goes To Israel

Originally published on Sun July 29, 2012 9:20 am

Mitt Romney meets Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Jan. 13, 2011.
Handout Getty Images

Mitt Romney flies to Israel this weekend on the second leg of his overseas tour. He'll meet with top Israeli officials as well as the Palestinian prime minister.

Romney's supporters in Israel say the Republican presidential candidate is using the trip to court the Jewish vote, which went overwhelmingly for Barack Obama in 2008.

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4:12pm

Fri July 27, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama Pre-Empts Romney's Israel Visit With Security Aid Bill Signing

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 9:47 am

President Obama is flanked Friday by congressional sponsors and officials with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee at a signing ceremony in Washington, D.C., for legislation increasing U.S. security aid to Israel.
Susan Walsh AP

It may have just been a coincidence that on the eve of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's visit to Israel, President Obama signed legislation that increases U.S. military and security aid to the Jewish state.

But the timing was nonetheless fortuitous for the president, and showed once again the benefits of incumbency in an election year.

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1:43pm

Fri July 27, 2012
Politics

Why Science Is A Non-Issue In The Election...Again

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow.

A flurry of extreme weather events, including wildfires, heat waves and droughts may have convinced more Americans that the planet is warming. A poll by the Brookings Institute found that 62 percent of Americans now believe in global warming, and nearly half of them have cited warmer temperatures or change in weather patterns as the reason for their belief.

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11:46am

Fri July 27, 2012
Politics

Is Romney 'Nervous' In London?

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 11:57 am

The Olympics kick off with the opening ceremony Friday, but the race for the White House is already in full swing. Mitt Romney is oversees trying to boost his foreign policy credentials, while President Obama is speaking out about gun violence here in the United States. Host Michel Martin speaks with two former White House communications staffers: Corey Ealons and Mary Kate Cary.

11:37am

Fri July 27, 2012
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, July 26, 2012

Charles Dharapak AP
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Mitt Romney figures, why just create gaffes in the United States when I can do the same in Europe? But before he leaves he socks it to the president at the VFW. Also, a look ahead to Tuesday's Republican Senate runoff in Texas. And Alaska Republican Don Young and Hawaii Democrat Mazie Hirono make nice in a most unusual commercial.

Join NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving in the latest installment of the It's All Politics podcast.

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6:16am

Fri July 27, 2012
Election 2012

Romney's Remarks Cause A Stir In London

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 11:44 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Mitt Romney has begun an overseas trip meant to burnish his foreign policy credentials, but his first day veered severely off-script. His visit to London yesterday offered an opportunity to highlight his experience turning around the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah. Instead, Romney caused a diplomatic incident that snowballed as the day went on. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports.

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