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4:04 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Political Challenge Compounded As Migrant Children Head To U.S. Border

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 11:48 am

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It's All Politics
10:59 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Sen. Thad Cochran Beats Back Tea Party Challenge

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., addresses supporters and volunteers at his runoff election victory party Tuesday at the Mississippi Children's Museum in Jackson.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 7:14 am

Veteran Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran squeaked by challenger Chris McDaniel on Tuesday in a bitterly contested Republican runoff that likely represented the Tea Party's best remaining chance to take down a longtime incumbent.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, The Associated Press called it for Cochran, who had 51 percent to McDaniel's 49 percent.

Five other states — Colorado, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma and Utah – held primaries Tuesday, and another, South Carolina, had runoff elections, but the marquee race was the Cochran-McDaniel showdown.

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The Two-Way
10:15 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Miss. Sen Thad Cochran Defeats Tea Party Challenger

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., speaking at his Canton, Miss., headquarters, on Tuesday. Cochran faced a stiff challenge from Tea Party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 10:49 pm

Republican Sen. Thad Cochran held on to a slim margin of votes to defeat his Tea Party-backed challenger and win his party's nomination.

Cochran, who at 76 has served six terms in the Senate, made a last-ditch effort to attract traditionally Democratic voters into the Republican primary runoff to bolster his flagging poll numbers against state Sen. Chris McDaniel.

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It's All Politics
7:35 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

New House Leadership Puts Export Bank On Shakier Ground

The U.S. government-backed loans that help Boeing and other U.S. manufacturers sell abroad has opponents of renewing the Export-Import Bank's charter accusing it of crony capitalism.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 5:36 pm

The Export-Import Bank, created by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1934 to boost U.S. exports during the Great Depression, needs its charter to be reauthorized by September's end if it is to continue providing loans to U.S. exporters and overseas companies.

The bank has the support of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, so it sounds like an easy vote.

But Cantor was recently defeated in his primary by David Brat, the libertarian college professor who portrayed the soon-to-be-ex-majority leader as a shameless tool of big business.

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Politics
4:49 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Meet The New Stars Of Campaign Ads: Mom And Dad

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., talks with her father, former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu, on Feb. 1. The two appear together in recent television ads for her re-election campaign.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 6:14 pm

It's the summer of a campaign year and once again the airwaves, the Internet, and likely your own Facebook and other social media feeds are full of political ads.

In the primaries, we've already seen ads featuring cartoon turtles, gator wrestling, lots of dogs, horses and, of course, guns — propped against pickup trucks or resting over shoulders.

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Labor Commissioner Departs
4:03 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Ala. Labor Chief Exiting After Serving 2 Governors

Alabama Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees is stepping down after a decade of leading major state agencies for two governors.
Credit governor.alabama.gov

Alabama Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees is stepping down after a decade of leading major state agencies for two governors.

It's rare for someone to serve in key positions in two administrations. Surtees was hired as state revenue commissioner in 2004 by Gov. Bob Riley. Then he moved to the Department of Industrial Relations in 2007. He remained in the post when Gov. Robert Bentley took office in 2011, and he became labor commissioner when the departments of Industrial Relations and Labor were merged under Bentley.

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Politics
3:50 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Addressing Border Crisis, Politicians Find Invitation In Misperception

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 6:14 pm

The House Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing Tuesday to address the influx of unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke at the proceedings, saying the situation at the border was "urgent."

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Voting Rights Act
2:50 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Shelby County V. Holder: One Year Later

Janai Nelson is the Associate Director-Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

It's been one year since the Supreme Court ruled a key provision in the 1965 Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. In Shelby County, Alabama versus Holder the ruling says states with a history of chronic racial discrimination no longer needed to get Justice Department approval for changes to voting rules. Janai Nelson is the Associate Director-Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Alabama Public Radio’s Ryan Vasquez talked with Nelson about the act, and how violations outlawed by the measure are now re-appearing.

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It's All Politics
7:30 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Will Mississippi's Black Democrats Save A Republican?

Polls give Chris McDaniel the advantage going into Tuesday's runoff for Mississippi's GOP Senate nomination. His 2-year-old son helped rally supporters in Madison, Miss., on Thursday.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

It's a rich irony that on the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders risking life and limb in Mississippi to help African-Americans register to vote, black Democrats may decide which Republican wins Tuesday's runoff for the GOP Senate nomination.

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Politics & Government
6:18 am
Tue June 24, 2014

DeMarco, Palmer to Appear in Congressional Forum

Gary Palmer
Alabama Policy Institute

The two Republicans still competing in Alabama's 6th District congressional race are going head-to-head in a candidate forum.

State Rep. Paul DeMarco and policy analyst Gary Palmer will appear jointly at an event scheduled for Tuesday night at Jeff State Community College.

The campus is located in vote-rich Shelby County, a Republican-dominated area key to the 6th District race.

DeMarco and Palmer are on the GOP ballot in a runoff election scheduled for July 15. They're vying to replace retiring Alabama Rep. Spencer Bachus.

Around the Nation
5:52 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Calif. Lawmakers To Debate Controversial Gun-Control Bill

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 9:10 am

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And I am Renee Montagne. Here in California today, a controversial gun control bill gets its first hearing. It was introduced in the wake of last month's mass murder near the campus of UC Santa Barbara. NPR's Kirk Siegler reports.

KIRK SIEGLER, BYLINE: When California lawmakers began debate today, expect the case of Elliott Rodger to come back into focus.

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It's All Politics
2:32 am
Tue June 24, 2014

A Bear On The Loose In Washington

President Obama (aka the bear) walks to lunch at a Chipotle restaurant Monday.
Larry Downing Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 9:10 am

There's a bear roaming the streets of Washington, D.C.

It's more metaphorical than ursine. That's how President Obama describes his recent efforts to break free of the cage that is the White House bubble. He's been venturing out on strolls — like real bears, often in search of food, but also searching for something more.

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Code Switch
6:13 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Congressman Rangel Battles For Political Survival

Rep. Charles Rangel, a Democrat from New York, speaks during a June interview in New York.
Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 7:13 pm

Charles Rangel, who for 44 years has represented an Upper Manhattan district that includes Harlem, faces off against three opponents in the New York Democratic primary Tuesday. The most serious challenge comes from state Sen. Adriano Espaillat.

Rangel was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1970, defeating the legendary Adam Clayton Powell Jr. — the first African-American elected to Congress from New York. He has held the seat ever since, rising to power in Washington and at one time serving as head of the powerful Ways and Means Committee.

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Beason Endorsement
5:13 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Beason Endorses Palmer In 6th District Runoff

The third-place finisher in the Republican primary in the 6th Congressional District, state Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale, has thrown his support to Gary Palmer in the runoff.
Credit americasvoice.org

The third-place finisher in the Republican primary in the 6th Congressional District, state Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale, has thrown his support to Gary Palmer in the runoff.

Beason says he and Palmer have known each other for many years through Beason's work in the Legislature and Palmer's leadership of the Alabama Policy Institute in Birmingham. Beason says Palmer knows the issues and is ready to serve.

Palmer ran second in the Republican primary June 3 to state Rep. Paul DeMarco of Homewood. They face off in the runoff July 15.

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Politics
3:24 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

In Oklahoma Senate Race, A Choice Between Two Deep Shades Of Red

State Rep. T.W. Shannon (left) talks with U.S. Rep. James Lankford following a June 6 Republican candidate forum for the open U.S. Senate seat in Lawton, Okla.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 7:07 pm

In Oklahoma, Republicans will vote Tuesday on a nominee to finish the term of current GOP Sen. Tom Coburn, who is retiring at year-end with two years left to spare. For the two front-runners, Rep. James Lankford and former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon, immigration has suddenly become an issue in the race.

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