Politics & Government

Politics
3:06 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Lightning-Fast Trades Go Beneath The Congressional Microscope

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 7:33 pm

The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations is holding a hearing on problems in the financial markets caused by high-frequency trading firms.

Politics
3:06 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

The Would-Be Ambassador To Norway Who Has Never Been There Himself

George Tsunis, the Obama administration's nominee for ambassador to Norway, at his January confirmation hearing.
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Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 8:41 am

It wasn't expected to be a controversial nomination. After all, ambassador to Norway isn't a very high-profile position.

But the nomination of George Tsunis, a major fundraiser for President Obama and other Democrats in 2012, has turned into a minor embarrassment for the administration.

The reason? Several prominent Democrats say they won't vote for him on the grounds he's not qualified.

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It's All Politics
2:13 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

The Roads Not Taken: Obama's Travels Leave Out These 4 States

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Nation Chairman Dave Archambault II, left, and his wife Nicole Archambault, right, applaud as they watch a Cannon Ball flag day celebration, at the Cannon Ball powwow grounds in Cannon Ball, N.D., on June 13.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 11:23 am

When President Obama visited the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on Friday, he marked another state off his list. As president, he has now traveled to 46 of the 50 states.

Which ones are still waiting for a visit from President Obama?

Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah.

Obama lost all of those states by a significant margin in 2012. They vote solidly Republican. And, it turns out, with the exception of South Carolina, they aren't popular destinations for other presidents either.

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It's All Politics
11:40 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Lost IRS Emails Spark Republican Ire

Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner speaks March 5 on Capitol Hill during the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the the agency's targeting of Tea Party groups.
Lauren Victoria Burke AP

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 1:00 pm

With new technology came a new type of Washington scandal: missing emails.

In the latest instance, the vanished emails belonged to Lois Lerner, former head of the exempt organizations division at IRS. She's the official who oversaw the scrutiny of applicants for tax-exempt status as 501(c)(4) social welfare groups — a process that conservatives allege was meant to block Tea Party groups.

The controversy blew up just over a year ago. Lerner was pushed out of the IRS; the House cited her for contempt of Congress.

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All Tech Considered
11:02 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Democrats Unveil A Bill To Ban Internet Fast Lanes

The bill is sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. and Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 12:52 pm

Net neutrality has become a hot topic this summer, despite its snooze-inducing name. The principle governs that data on the Internet should be served to customers on a level playing field — at the same speeds — without priority for certain companies that might be able to pay for "fast lanes" for content.

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Around the Nation
5:30 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Senate Panel Considers Mayor Castro To Be HUD Secretary

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 6:26 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

The mayor of San Antonio, Julian Castro, is in Washington today for a nomination hearing. He is President Obama's choice to become the secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Ryan Loyd of Texas Public Radio in San Antonio reports on how Castro has made the move to the national stage.

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Analysis
5:26 am
Tue June 17, 2014

White House Dogged By Group Responsible For Iraq Crisis

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 6:26 am

The crisis in Iraq has become a political problem for President Obama. Analysts say the White House needs to stop Iraq and Syria from becoming safe havens for terrorists.

Politics & Government
4:13 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Alabama Appeals Court strikes down state homosexuality ban

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama appeals court has ruled that a law criminalizing consensual homosexual conduct is unconstitutional. The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals overturned Alabama's sexual misconduct law in a unanimous decision. The judges said it was the first time the constitutionality of the law had been addressed since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a similar Texas law in 2003. The chairman of Equality Alabama, Ben Cooper, calls it a step in the right direction.

It's All Politics
4:10 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Poll: Congressional Approval At Dangerous Low Point

The U.S. Capitol is seen in early morning light in December 2013.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Congressional incumbents are facing one of the toughest midterm election climates in recent memory, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.

The poll, conducted June 5-8, finds Congress's job approval at 16 percent, its lowest point in a midterm election year since Gallup began tracking the metric in 1974. Satisfaction with the direction of the country comes in at a paltry 23 percent, just a point above its 2010 midterm year low.

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It's All Politics
2:22 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Texas Politics To Be Lone Star Of New HBO Series

A large Texas flag is carried up Congress Avenue toward the Texas Capitol during the annual Boy Scouts Parade and Report to State in Austin in February 2013.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 2:54 pm

Between Rick Perry, Ted Cruz and Wendy Davis, Texas politicians in recent years have lived up to their state's reputation for producing larger-than-life characters.

That makes the Texas political scene a natural for the Hollywood treatment.

HBO has given God Save Texas, a drama about the state's often raucous political culture, the green light for development. It's set to unfold at the Texas statehouse, a perennial flashpoint for national debates about issues ranging from abortion to gun rights to the size and role of government.

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Freedom Summer Books
11:29 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Remembering The Victories Of The 1964 Civil Rights Act

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Education
11:29 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Is Educational Change Coming For Native Americans?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Middle East
11:29 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Iraq Violence: Is There an End In Sight?

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Politics & Government
5:45 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Bentley Offers Look at Personal Side

Credit State of Alabama

Alabama's governor says the best part of his job is getting to meet people and help them solve problems.

He says the worst part is having no privacy and having security with him around the clock. He says he can't go to Wal-Mart and Lowe's by himself any more.

Gov. Robert Bentley offered a rare personal glimpse about his life when he talked with Girls State delegates in Montgomery.

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Politics & Government
5:38 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Couple Seeks Ruling on Alabama Gay Marriage Ban

Credit Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty Images

Two women challenging Alabama's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages are asking a judge to decide the case without holding a trial.

Attorneys for Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand of Mobile filed the request in federal court in Mobile. They have one of three suits challenging Alabama's ban. They were married in California in 2008 and want Alabama to recognize the marriage.

Alabama's governor and attorney general are asking the judge to dismiss the suit.

The other two suits challenging the ban are pending in federal courts in Montgomery and Birmingham.

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