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Governing
3:42 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Legal Questions Loom As Obama Weighs Military Action In Syria

President Obama says he agrees that Congress should have buy-in on military intervention against the Islamic State.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 7:40 pm

The White House is working behind the scenes to develop a strategy for fighting the Islamic State in Syria, a strategy that could include airstrikes and other military action there. But there are already lots of questions in political and national security circles about the legal authority the Obama administration might use to justify those actions.

In the days after the Sept. 11 attacks, Congress authorized the White House to use military force — broad authority to strike against al-Qaida.

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Commentary
3:07 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Week In Politics: Ukraine And The Islamic State

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 7:40 pm

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Politics
3:07 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Climate Policy Takes The Stage In Florida Governor's Race

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 7:40 pm

Florida is getting ready for an unusual governor's race. Like incumbent Rick Scott, a Republican, Charlie Crist is running for a second term as governor. In his first term, Crist was also a Republican.

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It's All Politics
1:46 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Texas Voter ID Law Goes To Trial

A voter in Austin, Texas, shows his photo identification to an election official in February.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 3:06 pm

Dozens of lawyers will gather in a federal courtroom in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Tuesday for the start of a new challenge to the state's controversial voter ID law.

The trial is expected to last two to three weeks, but it's unlikely to be the end of what's already been a long, convoluted journey for the Texas law — and many others like it.

First, some background:

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The Two-Way
12:22 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

The Most Bizarre Bits To Come Out Of The Trial Of Virginia's Ex-Governor

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell arrives at federal court in Richmond, Va., on Thursday.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 2:24 pm

The trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife went into closing arguments today. At issue are serious allegations of corruption, but the trial has also unveiled seriously strange details about the McDonnells' personal life.

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Books
2:33 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Rep. Ryan Calls For 'Culture Of Inclusion' To Tackle Poverty

Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan speaks during a news conference at the Union League Club of Chicago on Aug. 21.
John Gress Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 7:00 am

Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, used to have a habit of describing the American people in two categories. There were the "makers" — people paying taxes — and the "takers" — people getting government benefits.

Today, the Wisconsin Republican says he was wrong, and that the country needs to overhaul how it thinks about poverty. In his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea, he offers ways to redirect federal spending to fighting poverty.

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Code Switch
3:58 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Michel Martin Goes #BeyondFerguson

A demonstrator raises his arms before police officers move in to arrest him on Aug. 19 in Ferguson, Mo.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

We are in Ferguson, Mo., at Wellspring Church to hear from the community in the aftermath of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Together with St. Louis Public Radio, we are also hosting a Twitter chat using #BeyondFerguson. This is an opportunity to share your reactions, ideas and frustrations, as well as talk about ways to move forward. (Scroll down to see participants.)

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Politics
3:27 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Obama Weighs Possible Immigration Orders — And Their Political Ripples

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 6:28 pm

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Politics & Government
6:12 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Ethics Commission Begins New Director Search

Jim Sumner
Credit Alabama Ethics Commission

The Alabama Ethics Commission is beginning the search for a new director, but commissioners already have someone in mind to take the job on an interim basis.

Members voted Thursday to offer the position of acting director to former Cumberland Law School Dean John Carroll. Carroll is also a former U.S. magistrate judge for the Middle District of Alabama.

Commission chairwoman Larkin Martin said she had a preliminary conversation with Carroll and will reach out to see if he will accept the position.

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Politics
4:09 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Rep. Ryan Cautions Obama Not To Issue Immigration Executive Order

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 6:20 am

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OK, we've just heard about a Republican Congressman and Senate candidate who has softened his stand on illegal immigration. Other Republicans are bracing for confrontation.

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Politics
4:02 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Survey: Americans Are Grumpy About Economic Recovery

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 6:20 am

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Politics
4:02 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Colo. Democrats Bet On Immigration To Boost Udall's Re-Election Bid

Sonia Marquez of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition is encouraging Latinos to turn out for this year's midterm elections.
Kirk Siegler NPR

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 12:25 pm

In southwest Denver, a wave of immigrants from Mexico and El Salvador has settled in the neighborhoods around the intersection of Federal Boulevard and Alameda Avenue.

Billboards are in Spanish. Chile stands, taquerias and Asian noodle houses line the streets.

In a small office plaza across from a carniceria, a group of Latino activists are staging a press conference to roll out their Immigration Voter Accountability Project.

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Law
2:47 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Former Border Protection Insider Alleges Corruption, Distortion In Agency

James Tomsheck poses in his office in Washington in June 2009. At the time, he was assistant commissioner for internal affairs with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 7:53 am

Two months ago, James Tomsheck was pushed out of his job as internal affairs chief for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

At the time, authorities criticized him for not doing enough to investigate abuse and corruption.

But now Tomsheck tells a very different story: about a culture that goes out of its way to evade legal restraints.

Use of force by law enforcement agents along the Southwest border has drawn attention and criticism recently, after reports that Border Patrol agents shot and killed unarmed migrants and faced no consequences.

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It's All Politics
6:04 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Former Iowa Lawmaker Admits To Getting Payoff Before 2012 Caucuses

Kent Sorenson says he was paid for his endorsement of Ron Paul in the 2012 presidential campaign — and that the exchange was hidden from the public.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 8:24 pm

A former Iowa state senator says he concealed money he took for shifting loyalty from Rep. Michele Bachmann to then-Rep. Ron Paul during the 2012 presidential campaign.

There's always a certain amount of weirdness in the Iowa presidential caucuses, and in the 2012 cycle the peak weirdness might have come just before New Year's. Republican state Sen. Kent Sorenson, the Iowa chairman for Bachmann's campaign, jumped to the Paul campaign six days before the voting — immediately setting off rumors that he had taken a payoff for switching sides.

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It's All Politics
4:11 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

CBO Forecast: There's Good News And Bad News

Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf is reflected on a tabletop as he speaks about the office's annual Budget and Economic Outlook during an October 2013 news conference in Washington. A CBO study released Thursday projects a slight increase in the 2014 budget deficit.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 5:54 pm

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is giving both Republican and Democratic partisans fresh fodder for the talking points they've already staked out on the economy.

The country's gross domestic product, according to its new report, will grow at just 1.5 percent this year — proof, say Republicans, that President Obama and Senate Democrats have been unable to bring the country out of recession.

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