Politics & Government

The Salt
12:38 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

School Nutrition Fight Widens As School Board Members Join In

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 2:18 pm

The political food fight over rolling back school nutrition standards is at an impasse for the moment. But advocates on both sides aren't backing off, and there are new players in the game.

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Politics
5:23 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Administration Focuses On Challenges Working Families Face

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:11 am

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Politics
4:45 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

Congress Keeping Close Watch On Obama's Plans In Iraq

President Obama pauses while speaking about the situation in Iraq on Thursday. Obama said the U.S. will send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq and set up joint operation centers.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Sun June 22, 2014 5:25 pm

After bowing out of Iraq when the last American forces left two and a half years ago, the U.S. military is back.

Up to 300 military advisers started arriving there this weekend. President Obama said he sent them to help Iraq's military confront the Sunni militants who've overrun much of northern Iraq. He said Thursday that U.S. would not take on another combat role in Iraq, but he didn't rule out all types of military support.

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It's All Politics
3:57 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Hillary Clinton, The Inevitable? Sure Seems Like It

Sometimes, you just have to accept the inevitable. But there are a couple years left until the Democratic presidential nominee is officially chosen.
Steven Senne AP

The jockeying for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination is already shaping up to be nothing like the 2008 contest. Indeed, it doesn't even resemble a contest. It's not going too far out on a limb to say that, unlike six years ago, the nomination is Hillary Clinton's for the taking, if she wants it.

This will inevitably lead to the idea of her inevitability — and there are few words in politics more despised than that one.

Presidential aspirants have a love-hate relationship with that word when it's attached to them.

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Politics & Government
4:52 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Alabama CEO Discusses Legislative Probe

Tim Hamrick, CEO of American Pharmacy Cooperative, Inc.
Credit apcinet.com

The chief executive officer of a pharmacy buying cooperative in Bessemer says his company was trying to protect small, independent pharmacies when it tried to get language in the state general fund budget that would have allowed it to manage pharmacy benefits for the state Medicaid program.

Tim Hamrick says he was concerned that Alabama would bring in a big national company that would cut dispensing fees for pharmacies and drive many community-based pharmacies out of business.

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The Two-Way
8:13 am
Sat June 21, 2014

WATCH: Rep. Ryan Takes IRS Commissioner To Task Over Lost Emails

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. speaks at the Center for New Security's Eight Annual National Security Conference in Washington.
Lauren Victoria Burke AP

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 11:14 am

There were fireworks on Capitol Hill on Friday in the form of testy exchanges and charges that claims by the IRS were "unbelievable," which, if you've watched Washington for any period of time, is the closest politicians get to saying someone lied.

That was the case when Republican Rep. Paul Ryan hammered IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Friday. Ryan was talking about the IRS' assertion that emails from former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner, who is accused of targeting conservative groups, were deleted.

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Alabama Unemployment
4:45 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Alabama's Unemployment Rate Dips To 6.8 Percent

Gov. Robert Bentley reported Friday that Alabama measured 6.8 percent unemployment. That's down from 6.9 percent in April, but it is above the 6.4 percent recorded in May 2013.
Credit http://governor.alabama.gov / Office of the Governor

Alabama's unemployment rate dipped slightly in May, but it was higher than the same month a year ago.

Gov. Robert Bentley reported Friday that Alabama measured 6.8 percent unemployment. That's down from 6.9 percent in April, but it is above the 6.4 percent recorded in May 2013.

The seasonally adjusted statistics show there were slightly more than 147,000 Alabamians looking for work in May. That's down about 160 people from the previous months, but it's about 8,600 more than a year ago.

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Business
4:45 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

U.S.-Foreign Mergers Raise Calls For Tax Reforms

Medtronic Chairman Omar Ishrak said the $43 billion merger with Covidien isn't just about cutting taxes — it makes business sense.
Brendan McDermid Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 6:08 pm

This week the big medical device company Medtronic said it was moving its legal headquarters from Minneapolis to Ireland. It's part of a $43 billion merger with another medical company, Dublin-based Covidien.

The move is a tax-saving strategy called an inversion and it's growing more common in the corporate world.

U.S. companies make huge amounts of money overseas every year and much of it stays there, stashed away in foreign accounts.

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The Two-Way
4:23 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

GOP Lawmakers Confront IRS Chief Over Lost Emails

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testifies Friday on Capitol Hill. Koskinen was asked to explain the disappearance of emails that could relate to a probe into the targeting of Tea Party groups.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:33 pm

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen got a frosty reception on Capitol Hill today, with Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee accusing him of lying about thousands of lost emails sought in connection with the targeting of conservative groups.

About how the emails came to disappear, Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan told the Internal Revenue Service commissioner: "I don't believe it.

"That's your problem. No one believes you," Ryan said.

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Politics
3:43 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

VA Bill Was An Easy Sell, But Some Senators Still Feel Sticker Shock

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 6:08 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

No politician wants to be seen voting against veterans. A recent bill to increase veterans' benefits and overhaul much of the VA sailed through the Senate, and now the House is working on a compromise to get it to the president. Despite to the momentum, one thing caught lawmakers in both parties by surprise this week - the bill's cost. NPR's Laura Sullivan reports.

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Commentary
3:43 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Week In Politics: Military In Iraq And Leadership On The Hill

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 6:08 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

We're going to stand subject of Iraq star Friday political commentators, columnists David Brooks of the New York Times and E.J. Dionne Washington Post and the Brookings Institution, who joins us from New York this week. Hello guys.

DAVID BROOKS: Hello.

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

SIEGEL: And as we just heard, President Obama, who ran against the war in Iraq and pulled U.S. troops out of Iraq, announced that he is a few hundred advisers there. And when he did so, he was careful to point out what they won't do.

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Politics
3:43 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Twisty Miss. Primary May Mean End Of Road For Longtime Senator

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 6:08 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel. Next week, voters in Mississippi once again go to the polls; this time in the runoff for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. Six-term incumbent Thad Cochran remains locked in a tight race against challenger Chris McDaniel, a Tea-Party-backed State Senator. It is seen as a referendum on whether the GOP establishment can beat back Tea Party fervor. NPR's Debbie Elliott reports.

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Energy
3:43 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Ohio Rolls Back Renewable Energy Standards

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 6:08 pm

Many states around the U.S. have adopted policies that encourage the development of renewable energy. Lately, though, there's been a major push nationwide for states to repeal those policies. As Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports, Ohio appears to be the first state to temporarily halt some of their standards for utilities.

Politics
3:43 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

IRS Chief Tangles With Lawmakers Over Missing Emails

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 6:08 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. On Capitol Hill today, the House Ways & Means Committee drilled down on one question - what happened to Lois Lerner's e-mails? Lerner is the former official who was at the center of an IRS controversy last year. She oversaw agents who investigated advocacy groups and delayed the applications for tax except status. Conservatives say their groups were unfairly targeted. NPR's Peter Overby was at today's hearing, and he filed this report.

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The Two-Way
1:29 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

U.S. To Open Immigrant Family Detention Centers In Response To Influx

Young migrants seen apprehended by the Border Patrol near the Rio Grande in Hidalgo, TX, earlier this year. The next stop for many is either a detention center or deportation.
Kainaz Amaria/NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:40 pm

Citing a rise in the number of children and families attempting to immigrate into the Southwestern U.S. illegally, the Obama administration says it will use new detention facilities to house the families.

The administration says it will boost enforcement efforts and speed up removal proceedings. And it will try to dispel a notion among some migrants that current U.S. policies allow them to enter the country illegally.

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