Politics & Government

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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It's All Politics
1:12 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Texas' Democratic Darling Will Decide On Governor's Race Soon

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis speaks at a Washington, D.C., fundraiser last month.
Nick Wass AP

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 4:24 pm

Official Washington has fled for dog-day vacations few deserved, leaving the nation's capital a bit languid and bereft of news.

Enter, as if on cue, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis of abortion bill filibuster fame, with a speech Monday at the National Press Club.

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Politics
11:06 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Lack of Leadership Causing US Defense Issues Abroad?

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 11:44 am

A terror threat closes American embassies, and changes the political debate about intelligence gathering. Host Michel Martin talks politics with Republican strategist Ron Christie, and former Obama administration advisor Corey Ealons.

The Two-Way
10:23 am
Mon August 5, 2013

San Diego Mayor Starting Rehab; Accusers Count Now At 10

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner in July.
Bill Wechter Getty Images

Today's the day San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who's now been accused by 10 women of sexual harassment, is to start two weeks of treatment at a behavior counseling clinic.

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The Two-Way
9:27 am
Mon August 5, 2013

4-Year-Old Re-Elected 'Mayor' Of Minnesota Town

Mayor Bobby Tufts of Dorset, Minn.
Jeff Baenen AP

His second job will be at a pre-school.

As a student.

Four-year-old Bobby Tufts was re-elected "mayor" over the weekend in the tiny northern Minnesota community of Dorset. We say "mayor" because Dorset doesn't really have a government. It doesn't even have many people — "22 to 28, depending on whether the minister and his family are in town," according to CBS Minnesota.

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Politics & Government
8:12 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Ala. Governor Sets Ceremonial Signings for Bills

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will hold a ceremonial signing of bills aimed at reducing the abuse of prescription drugs.

   Bentley's office said the governor will be joined by officials with the Medical Association of Alabama and other leaders at the ceremonial signing ceremony. The governor officially signed the legislation earlier this year.

   The ceremony will be at 1 p.m. Monday in the Old House chamber at the Alabama Capitol.

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Politics
4:10 am
Mon August 5, 2013

McConnell Squares Off With Rivals At Ky. Political Picnic

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 4:44 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Over the weekend the tiny town of Fancy Farm, Kentucky was the scene of a political brawl worthy of the Hatfields and McCoys. No one was run out of town, but Mitch O'Connell, the Senate Republican leader, who is asking Kentuckians for a sixth term, did get pretty roughed up - verbally. You'd hardly guess it all began as a church picnic.

NPR's David Welna was there.

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Jefferson County-Taxes
2:35 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

$3 Million In Jefferson Co. Taxes Uncollected

Nearly $3 million in Jefferson County business property taxes haven't been collected because there aren't enough agents on staff to recoup the money.
Credit rollingstone.com

According to county records, nearly $3 million in Jefferson County business property taxes haven't been collected because there aren't enough agents on staff to recoup the money.

Tax collector J.T. Smallwood says the bankrupt county has no tax agents in Birmingham and has one in the Bessemer Division.

According to the tax collector's office, Jefferson County has missed out on $570,000 in 2013 because of uncollected taxes. The county did collect $560 million during the last fiscal year.

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Alabama Abortion Clinic Shutdown
2:29 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

State Of Ala. Trying Again To Shutdown Abortion Clinic

The state is trying again to close a Birmingham abortion clinic that has been cited for rampant health violations.
Credit WBRC-TV

Alabama health regulators have tried since 2012 to close an abortion clinic that was cited for rampant health violations.

Now, a judge has set a hearing for Monday on whether the facility can remain open.

Officials say a woman with deep ties to abortion clinics, Diane Derzis, is playing a legal shell to keep the center open.

Derzis and an associate own the Birmingham building. They agreed last year to surrender their license after being cited for violations including inadequate patient care.

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