Politics

6:37am

Mon July 14, 2014
Race

Why Did Black Voters Flee The Republican Party In The 1960s?

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 2:43 pm

Barry Goldwater greets an Indianapolis crowd during a campaign tour in Oct. 1964.
AP

If you'd walked into a gathering of older black folks 100 years ago, you'd have found that most of them would have been Republican.

Wait... what?

Yep. Republican. Party of Lincoln. Party of the Emancipation. Party that pushed not only black votes but black politicians during that post-bellum period known as Reconstruction.

Today, it's almost the exact opposite. That migration of black voters away from the GOP reached its last phase 50 years ago this week.

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9:52am

Sun July 13, 2014
Politics

What Will Become Of Obama's Request For Immigration Relief Funds?

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 1:09 pm

NPR's Arun Rath talks to political correspondent Mara Liasson about the chances of a political agreement over how to handle the migration of thousands of Central American children.

5:19am

Sun July 13, 2014
Business

Congress' Latest Death Match Involves A Bank You've Never Heard Of

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 1:39 pm

A worker stacks traffic safety poles at Pexco's manufacturing center in Fife, Wash. The small company ships products all over the world, with the help of federal insurance from the Export-Import Bank.
Drew Perine MCT/Landov

It sits in an imposing building just across Lafayette Square from the White House. Yet the Export-Import Bank, which has been offering credit to foreign purchasers of U.S. goods for 80 years, could start shutting down operations within a matter of weeks.

"There's about a 50-50 chance," says Dan Ikenson, who directs a trade policy center at the Cato Institute.

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7:39am

Sat July 12, 2014
Politics

What Could $100 Million Buy You — Besides Campaign Ads In Kentucky?

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 12:14 am

Campaign spending in the Kentucky Senate race between GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes could reach $100 million.
LM Otero AP

For the amount of money that's expected to be spent in the Kentucky race for U.S. Senate this year, you could buy a bottle of the state's own Maker's Mark whiskey for nearly every man, woman and child in the state.

Some observers say the election could end up as the most expensive Senate race in history, with spending topping $100 million. And why wouldn't it be? It's at the heart of the battle for control of the U.S. Senate.

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5:55pm

Fri July 11, 2014
It's All Politics

Florida Ruling Is A Primer On Redistricting Chicanery

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 6:25 pm

Florida Republican state Sen. Rene Garcia examines a map of proposed changes in congressional districts in January 2012.
Chris O'Meara AP

If you have some time over the weekend or need a break from the endless LeBron James coverage, you could peruse the highly readable opinion by a Florida judge who invalidated some of the redistricting efforts by the state's Republican Legislature.

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5:45pm

Fri July 11, 2014
Politics

House GOP Plows Forward With Plans To Sue Obama

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 8:21 pm

House Speaker John Boehner at a Capitol Hill news conference last month. He said Wednesday that the Republican-controlled House will file a lawsuit accusing President Obama of failing to carry out laws passed by Congress.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

House Republicans are pushing ahead with a plan to sue President Obama, accusing him of trying to sidestep Congress and make his own laws.

But the president is also using the suit, which is considered a long shot in legal terms, to score political points.

House Speaker John Boehner says the lawsuit will focus on the administration's decision to postpone the requirement in the Affordable Care Act that large employers provide health insurance for their workers.

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4:41pm

Fri July 11, 2014
The Two-Way

Newspaper Editor, Activist John Seigenthaler Dies At 86

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 4:58 pm

Nashville Tennessean Editor John Seigenthaler testifies at a Senate Commerce Subcommittee hearing in Washington in 1969. Seigenthaler died Friday at 86.
Bob Daugherty AP

John Seigenthaler, the legendary journalist who edited The Tennessean, was instrumental in shaping the editorial page of USA Today and worked as an assistant to Robert Kennedy, has died at 86.

A statement from his son, broadcast journalist John Seigenthaler Jr., said his father died "peacefully at home," where he was recovering after a recent medical treatment.

NPR's David Folkenflik says Seigenthaler was known as a crusader against corruption and for civil rights.

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4:11pm

Fri July 11, 2014
Commentary

Week In Politics: Israel And Immigration

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 8:21 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And now to E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and David Brooks of the New York Times, our Friday political commentators. Welcome back to you both.

E.J. DIONNE: Thank you.

DAVID BROOKS: Thank you.

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12:24pm

Fri July 11, 2014
Barbershop

Avoiding The Border: Is This Obama's Hurricane Katrina?

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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8:47am

Fri July 11, 2014
The Two-Way

Germany Calls For 'Honest Foundation' In Relations With U.S.

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 11:42 am

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier at a news conference at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin on Friday. Steinmeier will meet Secretary of State John Kerry this weekend to discuss allegations of U.S. spying.
Michael Sohn AP

Germany's foreign minister said his government's decision to ask the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave was inevitable given recent allegations of spying, but he said he wants to renew the friendship between the two countries based on an "honest foundation."

Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters in Berlin on Friday that the decision to expel the U.S. intelligence official "is the right decision, a necessary step and a fitting reaction to the break of trust which has occurred."

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