Politics

9:53am

Sun September 9, 2012
It's All Politics

For Both Parties, Spanglish Is The Unofficial Convention Language

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 11:34 am

Cristina Saralegui waves at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

If you grew up in a bilingual Hispanic household, listening to the Democratic and Republican conventions may have sounded a lot like home.

It's no coincidence that both parties highlighted politicians like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.

Rubio, whose parents are from Cuba, introduced Mitt Romney at the Republican convention; Castro, whose grandmother immigrated from Mexico, became the first Latino to give the Democrats' keynote address.

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7:24am

Sun September 9, 2012
Presidential Race

Obama Pitches Recovery On Florida Tour

Originally published on Sun September 9, 2012 1:43 pm

Transcript

DON GONYEA, BYLINE: This is Don Gonyea in Florida, the perpetual battleground state that President Obama is touring by bus this weekend.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Hello, St. Pete.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)

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7:24am

Sun September 9, 2012
Presidential Race

Post-Convention, Democrats Gain Momentum

Originally published on Sun September 9, 2012 1:43 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

We're joined now by NPR's national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Good morning, Mara.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Good morning, Linda.

WERTHEIMER: So, Mara, as we heard, President Obama and Mitt Romney are back on the road again, their conventions behind them. According to national polls, it looks like the Democrats got some momentum from their time in Charlotte.

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7:24am

Sun September 9, 2012
House & Senate Races

Eyes Off The White House: Other Races To Watch

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 1:42 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

Just under two months to go before Election Day. The national conventions are over. We're weeks away from debates. And while Democrats and Republicans try to win the White House, they are also locked in a battle for control of Congress. Republicans made historic gains in the House in 2010. And while the GOP didn't quite get a majority in the Senate, they had great expectations of this year because the numbers are in their favor.

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7:24am

Sun September 9, 2012
Presidential Race

Romney Hopes To Swing Va. Back To GOP

Originally published on Sun September 9, 2012 1:43 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

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5:48am

Sun September 9, 2012
Education

Chicago Teachers May Strike, Teach Political Lesson

Originally published on Sun September 9, 2012 1:43 pm

Members of community group Parents 4 Teachers display pro-teacher posters outside City Hall Friday in Chicago. The Chicago Teachers Union has threatened to strike Monday if negotiations fail.
Sitthixay Ditthavong AP

Twenty-five thousand Chicago teachers are planning to walk off the job Monday if they don't have a contract by midnight Sunday. As the Democrats look to unions to help them get out the vote, a strike by Chicago teachers might just put a crimp in those plans.

On Friday during rush hour, a handful of parents and students stood on a bridge over the Eisenhower Expressway, holding signs that read, "Honk if you support teachers." Among them is Rhoda Gutierrez, who has two children in a Chicago public elementary school.

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5:45am

Sun September 9, 2012
House & Senate Races

GOP Has Rare Shot At Winning House Seat In Mass.

Originally published on Sun September 9, 2012 1:43 pm

Richard Tisei is running for U.S. House in Massachusetts, where he could be the first Republican in that seat in 15 years.
Josh Reynolds AP

U.S. House candidate Richard Tisei is openly gay. He's also openly Republican.

"You know what, in Massachusetts, it's a lot easier to be gay than be a Republican," he says, "as far as trying to get elected to office."

But Tisei could make political history for the Massachusetts GOP. Not just because they could win their first U.S. House seat in 15 years, but also because Tisei would be the first openly gay Republican to be elected to a term in Congress.

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5:12pm

Sat September 8, 2012
The Salt

America's Best Chefs Answer The Call To Serve Their Nation

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 4:10 pm

America's state chefs might be called on to prepare state dinners, travel abroad or host culinary experts from around the world.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

The State Department is deploying a new, elite force onto the precarious stage of international diplomacy. More than 80 top chefs from across the nation were inducted into the first-ever American Chef Corps on Friday.

How will these culinary soldiers serve their country? The Associated Press says:

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5:04pm

Sat September 8, 2012
Politics

Is The 'Better Off' Question The Right One?

Originally published on Sat September 8, 2012 8:55 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Hello, St. Pete.

RAZ: President Obama campaigning today in St. Petersburg, Florida, two days after accepting his party's nomination for president...

OBAMA: I am fired up.

RAZ: ...where his new stump speech emphasizes job creation.

OBAMA: We can keep giving more tax breaks to companies that are shipping jobs overseas just like the other side is arguing for.

(SOUNDBITE OF BOOING)

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5:04pm

Sat September 8, 2012
Politics

Social Issues Hold Sway Over Ohio's Black Voters

Originally published on Sat September 8, 2012 8:55 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

In 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama won nearly all the African-American vote. And this year, a recent poll found that less than 1 percent of black voters will back Mitt Romney. But in Ohio, as NPR's Allison Keyes found out, some black voters are agonizing over whether to vote in November at all.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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