Politics

5:04am

Mon June 29, 2015
It's All Politics

Cruz: Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage Will Be 'Front And Center' In 2016 Campaign

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 12:40 pm

Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz says the Supreme Court overstepped its bounds on same-sex marriage and health care.
Lydia Thompson NPR

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz intends to make his opposition to the Supreme Court's decision last week to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide "front and center" in his presidential campaign.

In an interview with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep on Sunday in New York City, the GOP presidential hopeful doubled down on his belief that the court had overstepped its bounds in both the marriage decision and in upholding Obamacare. And as a result, Cruz said, the justices should be subject to elections and lose their lifetime appointments.

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2:25pm

Sun June 28, 2015
Shots - Health News

Texas Defends A Woman's Right To Take Her Placenta Home

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 10:19 am

Melissa Mathis holds a container of freeze-dried placenta capsules.
Carrie Feibel/Houston Public Media

After giving birth, some women save the placenta in order to consume it in the following weeks. In fact, Texas just passed a law giving women the right to take the placenta home from the hospital, the third state to do so.

Science doesn't support a lot of the claims of its purported benefits. But for Melissa Mathis, it's about her rights. Last year she had her baby, Betsy, in a Dallas hospital. When Mathis took Betsy home, she wanted to take the placenta home, too.

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9:08am

Sun June 28, 2015
It's All Politics

A Less-Restrained Obama Finally Says 'Bucket'

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:07 pm

With less than two years left in his presidency, President Obama has been less scripted and appears less confined by politics.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

7:51am

Sun June 28, 2015
Politics

Health Care Law Stands, Marriage Equality Expands: What Now For Republicans?

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 11:19 am

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7:03am

Sun June 28, 2015
It's All Politics

One-Third Of Congressional Districts Could Be Affected By Supreme Court Ruling

As a staff member takes down the Arizona redistricting map, Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission chair Colleen Mathis gets a hug from Frank Bergen, a Pima County Democrat, at a 2012 meeting.
Ross D. Franklin AP

On the final day of the Supreme Court's term on Monday, they will issue a ruling that could affect as many as one-third of congressional districts — possibly dramatically remaking the partisan makeup of the next Congress ahead of the 2016 elections.

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7:03am

Sun June 28, 2015
It's All Politics

How Well Do Hate Crime Laws Really Work?

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 1:14 pm

Flowers line the sidewalk in front of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.
Stephen B. Morton AP

Federal officials are investigating last week's Charleston, S.C. church shooting as a hate crime, and the U.S. Justice Department could weigh in in the coming weeks with a federal hate crimes charge.

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5:10am

Sun June 28, 2015
It's All Politics

Presidential Aspiration Born From A Modest, And Tragic, Beginning

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 4:08 pm

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. announces his candidacy for president in Central, S.C. on June 1.
Jessica McGowan Getty Images

This story is part of NPR's series Journey Home. We're going to the places that presidential candidates call home and finding out what those places tell us about how they see the world.

Greg Demetri hit the jackpot. When he picked the location for Villa Toscana, his nearly one-year-old Italian restaurant on the main stretch of businesses in Central, S.C., he had no idea that the building had once been owned by the town's most famous resident, Sen. Lindsey Graham.

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5:36pm

Sat June 27, 2015
Governing

For Families Of U.S. Hostages, New Policy May Bring New Hope

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 6:36 pm

Linda Boyle (left) and Lyn Coleman hold a photo of their children, who were kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012. Caitlan Coleman, an American married to Canadian Joshua Boyle, was pregnant when the couple was abducted.
Bill Gorman AP

More than 80 Americans have been taken hostage abroad since Sept. 11, 2001. Currently, 30 Americans are being held around the world.

Until this week, the families of those hostages would have faced the threat of prosecution from the U.S. government for trying to pay a ransom to kidnappers.

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5:08pm

Sat June 27, 2015
Shots - Health News

In Bid For Stricter Vaccine Rules, Officials Grapple With Decades-Old Distrust

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 9:47 am

Parents rally against SB 277, a California measure requiring schoolchildren to get vaccinated, outside the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

California is on the brink of passing a law that would require nearly all children to be vaccinated in order to attend school. The bill has cleared most major hurdles, but public health officials have grappled with a strong, vocal opposition along the way.

There's actually a long history to the anti-vaccination movement.

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8:11am

Sat June 27, 2015
Politics

Ground Shifts As Politicians Try To Stake Out Positions On Gay Marriage

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 1:39 pm

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