Politics

8:03am

Thu April 16, 2015
It's All Politics

Throwback Thursday: Reagan Announces Run For President

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 1:49 pm

It's been 35 years since Ronald Reagan announced his run for president. He did so just two months before the Iowa caucuses, unlike the protracted campaigning that takes place today.
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Times in politics have changed.

Since it's the season for presidential campaign announcements, for evidence of just how much they've changed, look back 35 years to Ronald Reagan's announcement that he was running for president.

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5:06am

Thu April 16, 2015
It's All Politics

Vulnerable Voting Machine Raises Questions About Election Security

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 12:17 pm

Voters in Los Angeles County, Calif., cast their ballots in 2012.
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Computer security experts have warned for years that some voting machines are vulnerable to attack. And this week, in Virginia, the state Board of Elections decided to impose an immediate ban on touchscreen voting machines used in 20 percent of the state's precincts, because of newly discovered security concerns.

The problems emerged on Election Day last November in Spotsylvania County. The AVS WINVote touchscreen machines used in precinct 302 began to shut down.

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3:51am

Thu April 16, 2015
U.S.

A North Dakota Family Breaks The Silence On Gay Marriage

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 8:27 am

In rural North Dakota, where Melanie Hoffert grew up on her family farm, discussing subjects like homosexuality and same-sex marriage is often considered taboo.
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All this week, Morning Edition is listening to people think out loud about same-sex marriage in North Dakota, one of 13 states that still ban same-sex marriage. Thursday's story looks at discussions about same-sex marriage among families — a subject some feel is often too taboo to tackle.

Melanie Hoffert grew up on a farm near the town of Wahpeton, N.D. She called her new memoir Prairie Silence because around here, people prefer not to talk about hard things in the open.

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6:17pm

Wed April 15, 2015
National Security

President Obama To Remove Cuba From State-Sponsored Terrorism List

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 6:52 pm

President Obama intends to take Cuba off of the list of state sponsors of terrorism, and now Congress has a month and a half to decide if it wants to stop the process. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Roberta Jacobson, assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs, who led the negotiations between the U.S. and Cuba.

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6:17pm

Wed April 15, 2015
Politics

Sen. Corker Says Congress Didn't Yield On Compromise Iran Bill

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 6:52 pm

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3:38pm

Wed April 15, 2015
Law

Former FBI Agent Speaks Out: 'I Was Not Protected'

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 6:52 pm

FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.
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Robyn Gritz spent 16 years at the FBI, where she investigated a series of major national security threats. But she says she got crosswise with her supervisors, who pushed her out and yanked her security clearance.

For the first time, she's speaking out about her situation, warning about how the bureau treats women and the effects of a decade of fighting terrorism.

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12:21pm

Wed April 15, 2015
It's All Politics

Congress Says It Will Not Tolerate 'Agents Gone Wild'

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 5:53 pm

"I'm very concerned about the public's respect for law enforcement officers and the safety of those they are designed to protect," House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, seen here in 2013, told NPR. "This is a very important issue to me and one I intend to follow closely."
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Update at 2:30 p.m. ET

On Wednesday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz and fellow committee members released a statement expressing "no confidence" in DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart.

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10:03am

Wed April 15, 2015
It's All Politics

You Didn't Check The 'Presidential Election Campaign' Box On Your Taxes, Did You?

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 12:46 pm

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Here's a question for you last-minute tax filers. See that little checkoff box at the top of the 1040 tax form, the one labeled "Presidential Election Campaign"? You didn't check it, did you?

If not, then you're just like pretty much everybody else.

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6:20am

Wed April 15, 2015
Politics

Clinton Tours Iowa; Begins Outlining 4 Pillars Of Her Campaign

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 12:33 pm

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5:26am

Wed April 15, 2015
Politics

Obama, Senate Compromise Gives Congress A Say On Iran Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 2:17 pm

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