Politics

10:26am

Fri January 16, 2015
The Two-Way

Head Of Medicare, Who Oversaw Obamacare Rollout, Will Step Down

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 11:15 am

Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who oversaw the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, will step down.

Tavenner announced her departure on Friday in a message to staff.

"I have great pride and joy knowing all that we have accomplished together since I came on board five years ago in February of 2010," Tavenner said.

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10:06am

Fri January 16, 2015
The Two-Way

Saudis Postpone 2nd Round Of Public Flogging For Jailed Blogger Raif Badawi

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 4:52 pm

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who was due Friday to receive the second of 20 rounds of 50 lashes, is getting a temporary reprieve. A doctor who examined Badawi found his wounds from last Friday's public flogging in Jiddah hadn't healed and determined the blogger would be unable to withstand another round. The doctor recommended the punishment be postponed by a week.

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6:19am

Fri January 16, 2015
Politics

Obama Urges Congress To Make Paid Sick Leave Mandatory

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 7:59 am

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Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Leaders and thinkers in both major parties are starting a political bidding war. It's a competition to tackle inequality.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Democrats often label the problem income inequality.

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8:15pm

Thu January 15, 2015
Around the Nation

New Texas Governor Adds To Tension Between State, City Governments

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 9:01 am

Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott acknowledges the crowd Nov. 4 after his victory speech in Austin.
David J. Phillip AP

Incoming Texas Gov. Greg Abbott created a stir last week during a speech to the conservative and influential think tank the Texas Public Policy Foundation, where he accused Texas cities of contributing to the "California-ization" of Texas.

"The truth is, Texas is being California-ized with bag bans, fracking bans, tree-cutting bans," Abbott said. "We're forming a patchwork quilt of bans and rules and regulations that is eroding the Texas model."

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5:14pm

Thu January 15, 2015
Latin America

White House Starts Chipping Away At U.S. Embargo On Cuba

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 6:33 pm

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5:14pm

Thu January 15, 2015
U.S.

Senate Republicans Move To Block Further Transfers From Gitmo

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 6:33 pm

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5:04pm

Thu January 15, 2015
It's All Politics

Conservative Koch Brothers' Group Puts Congressional GOP On Notice

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 10:12 am

Congressional Republicans have "been given a second chance by the American people," AFP President Tim Phillips said. "And we're going to hold them accountable. We're determined about that."
Phelan M. Ebenhack AP

Americans for Prosperity, the most prominent arm of the Koch brothers' organization, put Republican lawmakers on notice Thursday, setting out a conservative agenda for Congress. AFP leaders say it will be pushed by the group's grass-roots supporters in 34 states.

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4:28pm

Thu January 15, 2015
The Two-Way

Obama Shifts Federal Sick-Leave Rules, Urges Congress To Follow

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 4:57 pm

President Obama discussed the need for paid sick leave with women at Charmington's Cafe in Baltimore Thursday. With him are Vika Jordan (from left), Amanda Rothschild and Mary Stein.
Evan Vucci AP

Federal workers with a pressing need can take an advance of up to six weeks of sick leave under a new policy unveiled by President Obama on Thursday. The White House is urging Congress to make paid sick leave mandatory in the U.S.

The president signed a memorandum today instructing federal agencies to advance up to six weeks of paid sick leave to workers who need the time to care for a new child, a family member or for similar uses.

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2:06pm

Thu January 15, 2015
World

How Orwell's 'Animal Farm' Led A Radical Muslim To Moderation

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 7:00 pm

At age 16, Maajid Nawaz joined the Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir. But after four years in prison, he decided to leave the group. He co-founded the think tank Quilliam, which is dedicated to countering extremist beliefs, and he's now running for Parliament in England.
Courtesy of the Quilliam Foundation

When Maajid Nawaz was growing up in Essex, England, in the 1990s, the son of Pakistani parents, he first found his voice of rebellion through American hip-hop.

"It gave me a feeling that my identity could matter — and did matter — growing up as a British Pakistani who was facing racism from whiter society," Nawaz tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross, "but also confusion about where my family was from and not really fitting into either culture."

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1:22pm

Thu January 15, 2015
Shots - Health News

Why I Left The ER To Run Baltimore's Health Department

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 8:56 am

Dr. Leana Wen became Baltimore's health commissioner on Thursday.
Mark Dennis City of Baltimore

When I was just beginning my third year as a medical student, I learned an important lesson about what matters most in health.

It was a typical summer afternoon in St. Louis, with the temperature and humidity both approaching 100. My patient was a woman in her 40s who was being admitted to the hospital because her lungs were filling with fluid, a complication of kidney failure. She had missed all three dialysis appointments that week.

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