Politics & Government

Around the Nation
12:00 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Could Finland Teach The U.S. A Lesson On Guns?

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 12:39 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Read more
The Two-Way
11:30 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Obama Rules Out Troops In Iraq But Says U.S. Is Weighing Other Options

President Obama ruled out sending ground troops to Iraq, saying any U.S. action must be accompanied by Iraqi political action.
Kevin Lamarque Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 1:28 pm

Updated at 12:46 p.m. ET

President Obama has ruled out the use of ground troops in Iraq, saying any action will be "targeted and precise" but must be accompanied by political action by Iraqis to end sectarian divisions.

"We will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq, but I have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraq's security forces," Obama said from the south lawn of the White House.

Read more
Politics & Government
6:25 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Montgomery Group Calls for Change at St. Clair

Credit eji.org

A group pushing for changes in Alabama's prison system is calling for a new warden at St. Clair Correctional Facility because of inmate violence.

The Equal Justice Initiative says three inmates have been killed in the last 10 months and five in the last 30 months. The executive director of the Montgomery-based group, Bryan Stevenson, says there have been many other stabbings and assaults. He says new leadership is needed to improve conditions

Read more
History
4:15 am
Fri June 13, 2014

40 Years On, Woodward And Bernstein Recall Reporting On Watergate

Journalists Bob Woodward (left) and Carl Bernstein at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. Their reporting about the scandal later known as "Watergate" won a Pulitzer Prize.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 10:59 am

Many people know All the President's Men as a film: a hit movie about the two young reporters who cracked the Watergate conspiracy. It's the only blockbuster that centers on two guys making phone calls, organizing paper notes and meeting a source called Deep Throat in a parking garage.

But before the movie, there was a book, which came out 40 years ago this month. In it, reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein tell the story of how they uncovered the scandal.

It all started in the Watergate hotel and office complex in Washington.

Read more
Politics
4:02 am
Fri June 13, 2014

The Challenges Behind Accurate Opinion Polls

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 8:27 am

This week's stunning defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor came after his internal polls showed him winning — instead he lost by double digits.

NPR Story
4:02 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Sioux Reservation Has Mixed Feelings About Obama Visit

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 6:29 am

President Obama will go the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation which straddles the border between North and South Dakota. It's his first visit to an Indian reservation since becoming president.

The Two-Way
8:13 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Texas Rep. Sessions Withdraws From Bid For Majority Leader Post

Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, in a hearing of the House Rules Committee last month. Sessions withdrew his name from consideration to replace outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 11:52 am

Texas Rep. Pete Sessions, who had been see as a possible replacement for outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, issued a statement late Thursday saying he was pulling his name from consideration.

"After thoughtful consideration and discussion with my colleagues, I have made the decision to not continue my run for House Majority Leader," Sessions said in a statement quoted by Politico.

Read more
It's All Politics
8:03 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Pew Poll: More Americans Are Political Purists

Voters cast ballots Tuesday at a Mount Pleasant, S.C., polling place for the state's primary election.
Bruce Smith AP

Maybe there's something in humans that pushes them apart the way plate tectonics moves continents. Whatever the reason, the ideological divide between conservatives and progressives in the U.S. has grown over the past decade, and not by a little, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.

Read more
It's All Politics
6:02 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

The Big Numbers Behind Eric Cantor's Failed Primary Bid

Following his defeat in the Virginia GOP primary Tuesday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor tells reporters he intends to resign his leadership post at the end of July.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 7:05 pm

The big numbers are in from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning primary loss to Tea Party candidate David Brat.

First of all, the vote totals: 36,120 votes for Brat; 28,902 for Cantor.

Cash raised: Between the start of 2013 and May 21, 2014, Cantor raised $4.7 million. Brat raised a bit less than $207,000.

Read more
Politics
3:02 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

The Majority Leader Has Lost. Long Live The Majority Leader

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 6:43 pm

Shortly after Rep. Eric Cantor's surprise defeat in the Republican primary, Cantor announced his plans to step down soon from his position as House majority leader. This will leave a void in the GOP leadership, an open spot that's sure to attract plenty of interest.

Research News
3:02 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Stark Report: Left-Right Divide Is At Its Worst In Recent Memory

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 6:43 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Read more
Politics
3:02 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

On The Hill, Debate Reawakens Over Tired Truckers

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 6:43 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Last weekend, a tractor-trailer hit a limo carrying comedian Tracy Morgan. He's still hospitalized, and comedian James McNair was killed. The truck driver had allegedly not slept for more than 24 hours. And despite the attention, the trucking industry is working to roll back a regulation, passed last year, regulating rest periods. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.

Read more
Politics
3:01 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Once A GOP Pillar, Chamber Of Commerce Is Now A Lightning Rod

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 6:44 pm

The Chamber of Commerce says it tried to help Eric Cantor in his primary campaign, but Cantor refused the offer.

Politics
3:01 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Hillary Clinton: The Fresh Air Interview

Hillary Clinton's new memoir, Hard Choices, outlines her four years as secretary of state under President Obama. She talks about her vote for the Iraq War, women's rights and political "gamers."
Patrick Smith Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 11:40 am

Hillary Clinton is on a national book tour for her new memoir, Hard Choices. The book outlines her four years as secretary of state during President Obama's first term, when she met with leaders all over the world.

One of her priorities was to campaign for gay rights and women's rights. She says she saw the "full gamut" on how women were treated, and in some cases it was "painful to observe."

Read more
Education
11:52 am
Thu June 12, 2014

President's Student Loan Action Might Be Too Little, Too Late

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 1:31 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Read more

Pages