Politics & Government

It's All Politics
5:23 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Political Rewind: What The Failed Trade Vote Means For Democrats

Last-minute lobbying from President Obama couldn't save the fast-track trade authority he's requesting, for now.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais Associated Press

President Obama's own party dealt him a stinging rebuke when it rejected a key part of the fast-track trade promotion authority the White House wanted. Not even 11th-hour visits to both the Congressional Baseball Game Thursday night and to Capitol Hill Friday morning could cobble together enough support from his own party to advance the legislation. House Republicans say they will try again next week thanks to a procedural maneuver and the White House has dismissed it as a "snafu," but still it's something this president has spent a lot of political capital on.

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It's All Politics
5:21 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Obama Immigrant Detention Policies Under Fire

Detained immigrant children line up in the cafeteria at the Karnes County Residential Center, a temporary home for immigrant women and children detained at the border.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 4:40 pm

The Obama administration is under growing pressure to change its policies governing the detention of thousands of migrants who came to the United States illegally.

Maybe it is a coincidence, but consider what has happened this past week:

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It's All Politics
4:24 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Walker's Next Battle: Tenure

University of Wisconsin campus in Madison.
Mike McGinnis Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 10:47 pm

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been making national headlines for years taking on public and private sector unions. Now, the possible GOP presidential candidate is going after another group — nearly 5,000 tenured faculty in the 26-campus University of Wisconsin system.

Tenure typically means that a university faculty member who has taught for a number years and passes a review process can't be easily fired. Tenure also translates often into a raise. For 12-month faculty at UW-Madison, the raise is about $8,000.

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Europe
4:20 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Ukraine Finance Minister Says Economic Success Is Key To Ending Conflict

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 7:55 pm

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Commentary
4:20 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Week In Politics: Hillary Clinton's Presidential Campaign

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 7:55 pm

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For more on what this vote means and the week's politics, we turn to our regular Friday political commentators, E J Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution. Hey there, E J.

E.J. DIONNE: Good to be with you.

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Politics
4:20 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

House Rejects Legislation To Give Obama Fast-Track Trade Authority

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 7:55 pm

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Politics
4:20 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

As Frontrunner Status Slips, Jeb Bush Prepares To Launch Campaign

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 7:55 pm

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It's All Politics
4:15 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Is Hillary Clinton A Real New Yorker?

Hillary Clinton, then senator, waves to the crowd during the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City in 2004.
Stephen Chernin Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 7:09 am

This story was produced by member station WNYC.

At the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, you're almost at the geographical center of New York City.

The United Nations, the midtown skyline, Brooklyn and Queens can all be seen. But the bulk of the island consists of strangely well-ordered, mid-rise, mid-century buildings. It's a place that doesn't feel much like New York at all — a perfect setting for Hillary Clinton to kick off her campaign for president. New York, but not.

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Technology
3:57 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

In Win For The FCC, Federal Judge Refuses To Block Net Neutrality Rules

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 11:12 am

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It's All Politics
1:43 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

How Would Hillary Clinton 'Reshuffle' Economic Inequality?

Hillary Clinton, seen here at Moo's Place in New Hampshire, has talked about the economy on the campaign trail but only in broad strokes.
Darren McCollester Getty Images

Hillary Clinton's campaign for president is about to enter a new phase. At her first big rally this Saturday in New York City, she will make an unusually personal speech about how her upbringing forged her commitment to helping others.

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It's All Politics
11:37 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Crossing The Line: Political Operative Gets 2 Years In Prison

Republican political operative Tyler Harber admitted in federal court to illegally coordinating between a campaign and superPAC. He was sentenced to two years in prison and two years' probation.
Neil Conway flickr Creative Common

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 10:05 pm

The first political operative to ever be found guilty of illegally coordinating between a superPAC and campaign was sentenced Friday to two years in prison and two additional years of probation.

"I did it, it was wrong when I did it, and I knew it was wrong when I did it," Tyler Harber admitted in federal court Friday.

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It's All Politics
10:33 am
Fri June 12, 2015

The Life And Death Of The Iowa Straw Poll, A Once Important Political Event

George W. Bush (left) stands with Elizabeth Dole and Steve Forbes, whom he defeated in the 1999 Iowa Straw Poll.
Cliff Schiappa AP

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 1:06 pm

A once important political event, which has seen its influence diminished by pay-to-play allegations, breathed its last breath Friday morning.

State Republicans voted to kill the Iowa Straw Poll in a unanimous vote — reversing themselves from a unanimous vote in January to continue it. Amid defections by key 2016 presidential candidates and despite pledged reforms, it was no longer able to survive.

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Politics
5:26 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Senate Compromise Could Help Obama Close Guantanamo Bay Prison

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 6:30 am

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It's All Politics
4:03 am
Fri June 12, 2015

'Religious Nones' Are Growing Quickly. Should Republicans Worry?

People gather for the Reason Rally on the National Mall in 2012 in Washington, D.C.
BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 11:43 am

Jenny Schulz isn't religious.

"I see religion as something really personal," said Schulz, 26, who works at a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. "So the fact that it is a requirement in politics always seems unusual to me."

She said she "oscillates between atheist and agnostic," but she knows it could be many years before she votes for a political figure who shares her (lack of) religious beliefs.

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Shots - Health News
2:27 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Health Insurance Premiums Will Go Up In 2016, But By How Much?

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 9:20 am

Some health insurance companies are asking for big price increases next year, and that has again riled critics of the federal health care law. But early analysis shows those steep hikes may not affect the majority of consumers.

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