Politics

6:28pm

Thu July 12, 2012
Election 2012

Arizona Tea Party Activists Say They're Back

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 6:37 pm

Arizona businessman Wil Cardon attends a luncheon in Scottsdale. Cardon faces six-term Rep. Jeff Flake in the Republican primary race for U.S. Senate.
Andrea Hsu NPR

Maricopa County, Ariz., where 3 out of 5 Republicans in the state live, has become a hotbed of Tea Party activism.

That's where the head of the Original North Phoenix Tea Party lives. His name is Wesley Harris, and he used to manufacture precision rifle barrels. These days, his son runs the business, while Harris spends most of his time as a full-time Tea Party activist.

Running Against Disenchantment

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6:11pm

Thu July 12, 2012
It's All Politics

Between Touchdowns And Triple Jumps, Politicians Are Popping Up On Sports TV

Originally published on Fri July 13, 2012 11:10 am

Will these Green Bay fans be cheering as much as they did during the 2011 Super Bowl when their beloved Packer games are interrupted by local political ads this fall?
Matt Ludtke Getty Images

Along with the highlights, the trade rumors and news of misbehaving athletes, viewers of ESPN's SportsCenter are about to get a bigger dose of politics.

The sports giant says it will sell commercial time to candidates in local markets now instead of just nationally. Executives are selling it as a good fit for politicians.

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5:02pm

Thu July 12, 2012
Health Care

Will Affordable Care Act Gain Popularity As It Ages?

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 6:10 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Yesterday, when the House of Representatives voted to repeal the health care law, the vote was almost entirely along party lines. Recently, opinion polls show the public nearly evenly divided about that law and again it's a partisan split.

Well, we thought we'd go back to history to see what Americans thought of other major social programs at their inception - back, say, to 1935.

PRESIDENT FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT: Today, a hope of many years' standing is in large part fulfilled.

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5:02pm

Thu July 12, 2012
Presidential Race

After Romney Is Booed, Biden Is Cheered At NAACP

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 6:10 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block. And we begin the hour with presidential politics in two venues, on stage and on screen. First, the stage. In Houston, Vice President Joe Biden addressed the annual gathering of the NAACP, the nation's oldest civil rights organization. Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, was booed at that meeting yesterday when he called for repeal of President Obama's health care law.

Today, Biden delivered a fiery defense. Here's NPR's Don Gonyea.

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4:58pm

Thu July 12, 2012
Presidential Race

Government Filings Dispute Romney's Time At Bain

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 6:10 pm

Mitt Romney and his campaign have deflected outsourcing charges by explaining that he had left Bain Capital before many of those decisions were made. But filings by the SEC and the state of Massachusetts show that Bain reported Romney as its CEO through 2002. He says he left the position in 1999.

3:56pm

Thu July 12, 2012
It's All Politics

Biden Says It, So Obama Doesn't Have To

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 4:31 pm

Vice President Biden addresses the NAACP annual convention Thursday in Houston.
Pat Sullivan AP

President Obama may have disappointed the NAACP by appearing only via brief video message Thursday at the civil rights group's annual gathering — especially after Mitt Romney had personally taken the stage a day earlier.

But sending in Vice President Biden to stir things up, just 24 hours after Romney was booed while delivering a conservative message meant to resonate beyond the walls of the Houston convention center, seemed to work out just fine for Obama.

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3:25pm

Thu July 12, 2012
It's All Politics

Three Crucial Years Propel Romney's Business Career Back To Center Stage

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 4:00 pm

Thomas Monaghan (left), founder and chairman of Domino's Pizza, signs an agreement to sell a "significant portion" of his stake in the company to Mitt Romney's Bain Capital, in 1998. Romney, then Bain's CEO, maintains that he left the firm the following year.
Scott Gries AP

Three years might not seem like a big deal when looking back over Mitt Romney's two-decade career with Bain Capital.

But a growing number of journalists — and the Obama campaign — think it is.

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2:50pm

Thu July 12, 2012
Planet Money

How To Define Your Terms In 300 Pages

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 4:09 pm

Mary Schapiro, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Gary Gensler, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, before a June congressional hearing. Both agencies adopted hundreds of pages of rules this week.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

In Tuesday's show, economist Luigi Zingales warned that massive, overly complicated laws and regulations go a long way toward undermining public trust in the government. They leave only lobbyists and lawyers reading the rules, in the pursuit of loopholes.

By coincidence, on Tuesday a key federal financial regulator said it had approved a collection of definitions and conditions for regulating a big chunk of the derivatives market.

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1:07pm

Thu July 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Cheers For Biden At NAACP Convention As He Contrasts Obama And Romney

A day after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke to the nation's oldest civil right organization, Vice President Joe Biden appeared at the NAACP's annual convention. He quickly tackled one issue that drew Romney sustained boos — the 2010 health care overhaul.

Biden appeared in place of President Obama, who made a brief videotaped address thanking the group for its work. He walked out to warm applause, and several of his remarks were interrupted by shouts of agreement.

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11:51am

Thu July 12, 2012
Politics

Presidential Campaigns Spar Via NAACP Convention

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MARIA HINOJOSA, HOST:

I'm Maria Hinojosa and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, California's governor has signed a landmark bill meant to protect homeowners from unfair bank and mortgage practices. We'll speak with state attorney general Kamala Harris about that in just a few minutes.

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