Politics & Government

1st Congressional District
4:31 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Former Ala. Sen. Lipscomb Drops Congressional Run

Former Republican state Sen. Albert Lipscomb has dropped his plans to run in the 1st Congressional District special election.
Credit Baldwin County

Former Republican state Sen. Albert Lipscomb of Magnolia Springs has dropped his plans to run in the 1st Congressional District.


Lipscomb announced July 30 that he would seek the seat vacated by Republican Jo Bonner, but when qualifying for candidates ended Monday afternoon, Lipscomb hadn't signed up. Spokesman J. Holland said Lipscomb cited the short notice for qualifying and the hardship and pressure it would have placed on his family.

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It's All Politics
4:08 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

With 'Post' Purchase, High-Tech Continues Its March On D.C.

Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon.
Reed Saxon AP

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 4:44 pm

It's kind of an obvious thought: Jeff Bezos' purchase of The Washington Post is Richard Nixon's revenge.

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It's All Politics
3:33 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Cory Booker: Supermayor Or Self-Promoter?

Newark Mayor Cory Booker speaks about his Senate campaign, outside the Grove Path Station in Jersey City, N.J., last month.
Ashlee Espinal The Jersey Journal/Landov

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 6:25 pm

In one week, voters in New Jersey go to the polls in a special primary election for a U.S. Senate seat.

No one on the ballot has more name recognition than Cory Booker, the 44-year-old mayor of Newark, who is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party. But Booker's critics say he's been more focused on his own ambitions than on governing New Jersey's largest city.

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Economy
3:08 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Obama To Endorse Privatizing Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 6:25 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

President Obama was back on the road talking about the economy today. Lately, he's been taking a trip or two a week all over the country with a different focus each time. Today, he was talking about housing in Phoenix, where the 2008 crash was louder and more painful than in most places. The president laid out some new proposals to help the housing industry, and he described some old ones too.

NPR's Ari Shapiro joins us here. Hi, Ari.

ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: Hi, Audie.

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The Two-Way
11:25 am
Tue August 6, 2013

George W. Bush Has Heart Procedure; Stent Inserted

Former President George W. Bush at the April dedication of his presidential library in Dallas.
Larry W. Smith EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 2:11 pm

"Former President George W. Bush has successfully undergone a heart procedure after doctors discovered a blockage in an artery," The Associated Press writes.

According to the wire service, "Bush spokesman Freddy Ford says a stent was inserted during a procedure Tuesday at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. The blockage was discovered Monday during Bush's annual physical at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, where the nation's 43rd president lives."

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Africa
11:07 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Do Zimbabweans See Election As A Sham?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Politics & Government
8:23 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Groups Highlight Voting Rights Law in Alabama

President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act in 1965.
http://originalpeople.org

Supporters of the federal Voting Rights Act are planning a series of events across Alabama to highlight the importance of the law.

   Activities are being held in Selma, Huntsville, Montgomery, Birmingham and other cities on Tuesday in conjunction with what organizers are calling "National Voting Rights Day."

   The Supreme Court recently overturned a key section of the law, and activists are trying to draw attention to their claims that the act is still needed.

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Politics & Government
7:43 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Ala. Airport Ranks as Country's Most Expensive

A new report from the U.S. DOT says travelers shell out more flying out of Huntsville International Airport than any other airport in the country.
www.huntsvillenewswire.com

A U.S. Department of Transportation report says Huntsville is home to America's most expensive airport, with fares averaging at about $543 per passenger.

   AL.com reported Monday that (http://bit.ly/13VraXa ) a 2013 first quarter report by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics found that Huntsville's average airfares are about $164 higher than the national average.

   Huntsville has ranked as the country's most expensive airport for three consecutive quarters.

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Politics & Government
7:28 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Ala Wildlife Group Honors NRA President with Award

Birmingham attorney and NRA President, Jim Porter, will be honored by the Alabama Wildlife Federation as its conservationist of the year.
NRANews/YouTube

The Alabama Wildlife Federation is honoring a Birmingham attorney and gun rights leader as its conservationist of the year.

   The organization recently presented the honor to James W. Porter II, who made news earlier this year when he became president of the National Rifle Association.

   The wildlife group credits Porter with helping develop the state's original Forever Wild legislation in the early 1990s to protect natural areas.

It's All Politics
5:03 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Virginia Governor's Race: Negative And Getting More So

The increasingly negative campaign that is the Virginia race for governor between Republican Ken Cuccinelli (left) and Democrat Terry McAuliffe could keep some voters home.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 10:16 am

If you like your gubernatorial campaigns negative and nasty, then Virginia's race for governor is for you, and will likely remain so until Election Day in November.

How could it not be with such good raw material for attack ads?

The Republican standard-bearer is controversial Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who has acknowledged receiving vacations and other gifts valued at $18,000 from the same businessman who plied GOP Gov. Robert McDonnell and his family with money and gifts valued at more than $145,000.

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It's All Politics
2:29 am
Tue August 6, 2013

On The Road With Max And Dave: A Tax Overhaul Tour

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., (center) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., (right) speak about overhauling the tax code at the 3M Innovation Center in Maplewood, Minn., on July 8.
Hannah Foslien AP

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 8:18 am

Ask Americans about the most pressing concerns for the nation, and overhauling the tax code probably isn't all that high on the list — that is, unless those Americans happen to be Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., and Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., the chairmen of the congressional tax-writing committees.

The two lawmakers are on a mission to simplify the tax code.

When they're out on the road selling that tax overhaul, they don't wear ties and they skip much of the formality of Washington — like last names even. Just call them Max and Dave.

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Women's Prison Transfers
4:46 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Senators Object To Transfers From Conn. Prison To Ala.

11 Senators from northeastern states are criticizing the federal Bureau of Prisons for transferring women from a prison in Danbury, CT to a new facility in Aliceville, AL.

Eleven U.S. Senators from northeastern states are criticizing the federal Bureau of Prisons over plans to turn the women's prison in Danbury into a facility for men.


In a letter dated Friday to Charles E. Samuels, Jr., the bureau's director, the senators say the plan would leave the region without any federal prison beds for women and create a hardship for the inmates' families.


The senators say the plan calls for moving up to 1,000 women from Danbury to a prison in Aliceville, Ala. The transfers are slated to begin this month and be completed by December.

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Politics
4:11 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Wendy Davis Faces Uphill Battle If She Runs For Texas Governor

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 5:24 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

It's not often that a state senator draws the attention of the national news media, but Texas Democrat Wendy Davis did today when she addressed a packed house at the National Press Club here in Washington. Davis, you may remember, lead an 11-hour filibuster earlier this summer against a bill in the Texas legislature that restricted access to abortions. NPR's Brian Naylor explains how that act of defiance has led to speculation about her political future.

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Space
2:28 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

No Tax Dollars Went To Make This Space Viking Photo

The Vikings Have Landed: Photographer Ved Chirayath staged this photograph in Palo Alto Foothills Park in California last December.
Courtesy of Ved Chirayath

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 3:02 pm

Scrutinizing the books of government agencies can turn up lavish parties or illicit trips at the taxpayers' expense. But not every investigation turns out that way. And when they don't, the hunt for waste can appear to be a waste itself.

Such appears to be the case with a recent inquiry involving NASA and Viking re-enactors. This whole saga began with an idea from Ved Chirayath, an aeronautics graduate student at Stanford University who loves photography. He was talking over what to shoot one day with a colleague, and thought of Vikings.

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It's All Politics
2:18 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

How John McCain Got His Groove Back

Sen. John McCain at a rally in Denver during his 2008 presidential campaign.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 5:20 pm

All of a sudden, Sen. John McCain matters again.

It's not like he disappeared. But after being sidelined for a time by his 2008 defeat in the presidential election against Barack Obama, the Arizona Republican has re-emerged as one of Obama's most important allies in the Senate.

McCain took the lead in crafting immigration legislation that passed the Senate in June. Last month, he came up with the deal that prevented the Senate from abolishing judicial filibusters, allowing several Obama Cabinet and agency nominees to win confirmation.

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