Politics

6:28pm

Sun August 26, 2012
It's All Politics

Republicans Are Ready (If Isaac Allows); And We're On The Scene In Tampa

The Republican message: Workers were putting up a sign Sunday inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the 2012 Republican National Convention is set to begin.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Greetings from Tampa, where that old phrase "the calm before the storm" has never been more appropriate.

Tropical storm Isaac is now looking like it will make landfall somewhere along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana east to the Florida Panhandle. And when it gets there Tuesday or Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center is warning, Isaac could be a Category 2 hurricane.

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5:08pm

Sun August 26, 2012
National Security

Obama's Warfare: 'From Power To A Policy'

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 5:30 pm

A boy watches a group of Afghan and U.S. commandos in their up armored Humvee in Shindand Afghanistan. The special forces have become more prominent in the U.S. war effort.
David Gilkey NPR

It's hard to know if 16-year-old Abdulrahman al-Awlaki was a target or collateral damage.

Al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen, was killed last fall at a barbeque with friends. His father, Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaida supporter and also American-born, was killed in a drone strike two weeks earlier in Yemen.

The two of them, plus one more man, now make three Americans — three of thousands — who are believed to have been killed by America's top secret drone warfare program.

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2:30pm

Sun August 26, 2012
Politics

GOP Hopes House Hopeful Will 'Change Impressions'

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 7:42 pm

Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love, who is running for a House seat, speaks at the Republican state convention April 21, in Sandy, Utah. Love would be the first black, female Republican elected to Congress.
Leah Hogsten The Salt Lake Tribune via AP

A Utah congressional hopeful will take the stage Tuesday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Mia Love is the mayor of Saratoga Springs, a small Utah community, but her energy and personal story have Republicans believing she's a winner. If elected, she'd become the first black female Republican in Congress.

Perhaps Love's unofficial audition for a speaking slot in Tampa started when she took the stage at the Utah state GOP convention in April.

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7:32am

Sun August 26, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney's Auto Bailout Stance Complicates Campaign In Battleground Ohio

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 4:00 pm

Cars at the General Motors Assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio, in 2009.
Mark Stahl AP

The auto industry is big business in Ohio. Billions of dollars' worth of cars and auto parts are made in the state each year. Thousands of unionized auto workers live in Ohio, as do the business owners and employees who make it one of the top auto parts suppliers in the nation.

So, the auto bailout is a hot issue — and a complicated one.

For Republicans in Ohio, the bailout is a tough issue — perhaps because of Mitt Romney's initial stance, or perhaps because of the consensus that the bailout worked.

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6:24am

Sun August 26, 2012
Politics

What To Expect At The GOP Convention

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 12:32 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

We're joined now by Mara Liasson, national political correspondent for NPR. Hi, Mara.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Hi, Linda.

WERTHEIMER: We just heard Senator Grassley, the Republican from Iowa, say he reluctantly attend his party's political convention because he has a sense of obligation, which raises the question: what is the point of these conventions anyway? Do you think people still pay attention to them?

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6:24am

Sun August 26, 2012
Politics

Tropical Storm Forces GOP Convention Delay

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 12:32 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

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6:24am

Sun August 26, 2012
Politics

Convention Veteran Checks GOP Mood In Tampa

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 12:32 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Among the Republicans heading for Tampa this week - weather permitting, of course - is Chuck Grassley, the senior senator from Iowa. He's held that office since 1981. We spoke with him Friday, before event organizers delayed the kickoff for the Republican National Convention, and asked him how he thinks Republicans are feeling about the election.

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5:27am

Sun August 26, 2012
Presidential Race

Despite Delay, Republican Stage Is Set In Tampa

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 9:32 am

Workers prepare for the Republican National Convention inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

After a year and a half of preparations, Tampa, Fla., is ready host the Republican National Convention.

Some 70,000 delegates, support personnel, media and protestors are gathering for the party's nominating event. Originally scheduled to start on Monday, the convention was pushed back because of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum — a hockey arena that's been transformed into a high-tech political stage — it's a vision in red, white and blue. There's a nod to tradition, placards marking the sections reserved for each state's delegation.

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5:12pm

Sat August 25, 2012
Presidential Race

Tampa Gears Up For RNC And A Possible Storm

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 8:16 pm

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LAURA SULLIVAN, HOST:

While some 70,000 visitors are expected for the Republican National Convention, it's not the only big event heading towards Tampa. On Tuesday, another important visitor could be on the way, though perhaps not directly through Tampa - Tropical Storm Isaac. As of now, Isaac is still in the Caribbean. But as NPR's Greg Allen reports from Tampa, it's likely to be a hurricane when it passes near the city later in the week.

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5:12pm

Sat August 25, 2012
Law

Voting As A 'Responsibility': How Hard Should It Be?

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 8:29 pm

Demonstrators hold signs at an NAACP-organized rally on the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol to protest the state's new voter identification law on July 24 in Harrisburg, Pa.
Marc Levy AP

Ana Gonzalez, 63, has gone her whole life without a driver's license or a state-issued ID. That wasn't really a problem, until now.

She was born in Puerto Rico but moved soon after with her adoptive parents for the continental U.S., where she grew up. Her husband drives, and her odd jobs over the years have required only a Social Security card, which she has. She's just never needed a birth certificate before.

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