Politics & Government

Politics & Government
10:37 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Down-Ballot Races Feel The Draft And Drag Of The Presidential Race

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters at an Indiana campaign event with U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock in August. Mourdock has come under fire for controversial comments about rape.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 10:56 am

President Obama has been turning up in a lot of debates lately. Not just in his encounters with Mitt Romney, but as a talking point for Republican Senate candidates.

In an Indiana Senate debate Tuesday — the same one in which he made a controversial comment about pregnancy resulting from rape — Republican Richard Mourdock castigated Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly for supporting Obama even though "60 percent" of Hoosiers oppose the president.

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Politics & Government
7:59 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Millennials Discuss Why They'll Vote, And Why They Won't

San Francisco State University student Dariel Maxwell discusses the election with KQED's Lillian Mongeau.
Ian Hill KQED

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 9:42 am

Reporters from four public media stations on the West Coast have been working on a project to find out what is — or isn't — motivating young voters to take part in the political process this year.

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Politics & Government
7:27 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Former Mobile Commissioner Sentenced to 2 years

Former Mobile County Commissioner Stephen Nodine is sentenced to 2 years in jail.
Credit Press-Register file/John David Mercer

Former Mobile County Commissioner Stephen Nodine has been sentenced to two years in jail in a case that grew out of the death of his former girlfriend, Angel Downs.

Baldwin County Circuit Judge Charles Partin ordered Nodine to serve two years in jail for perjury and one year each for a domestic violence charge and an ethics violation. The judge said Wednesday the sentences will run concurrently.

The former commissioner made a plea deal in September just days before his second murder trial was set to start for Downs' shooting death. The murder case was closed.

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Politics & Government
6:59 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Colin Powell Endorses Obama Again

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on CBS This Morning earlier today.
CBSNews.com

Saying that "I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on" and that fellow Republican Mitt Romney has not "thought through these issues as thoroughly as he should have," former secretary of state and retired Gen. Colin Powell this morning endorsed President Obama's re-election bid.

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Politics & Government
6:18 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Romney Exudes Confidence In Nevada, Iowa

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Mitt Romney has also accelerated the pace of his campaign. Yesterday, he was in four states and four time zones, as the endurance test intensifies.

NPR's Ari Shapiro is traveling with the Romney campaign.

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Politics & Government
6:17 am
Thu October 25, 2012

'Fired Up' Obama Makes Appeal To Early Voters

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

Here's a quick summary of President Obama's latest campaign trip: Six battleground states, 39 hours, quite a few cups of coffee and it's not over yet.

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Politics & Government
6:05 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Amid VP Run, Ryan Working To Keep House Seat

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Paul Ryan is not just Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate. He is also a member of the House of Representatives from Wisconsin, of course, and a candidate for another term. And while he's spending a lot of time on the presidential campaign trial, the seven-term congressman is also spending lots of money to hold onto his district in southern Wisconsin.

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Politics & Government
6:05 am
Thu October 25, 2012

In Calif., A Death Penalty Proponent Changes Course

Ron Briggs, a member of the Board of Supervisors in El Dorado County, Calif., and his father helped expand the state's death penalty in 1978. Now Briggs wants the death penalty repealed and replaced with life without parole. Renee Montagne speaks with Briggs about his shift from death penalty supporter to death penalty opponent.

Politics & Government
6:05 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Obama Says Beef With Trump Goes Back To Childhood

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Donald Trump returned to the headlines, offering $5 million if President Obama would release college and passport records. Jay Leno brought this up when the president appeared on "The Tonight Show."

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE TONIGHT SHOW")

JAY LENO: What's this thing with Trump and you? I don't - it's like me and Letterman. What has he got against you?

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: This all dates back to when we were growing up together in Kenya.

Politics & Government
4:02 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Watchdog Groups Prep For Voter Intimidation, Fraud

A sign directing voters to a polling place is seen during the first day of early voting on Monday in Washington, D.C.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 6:05 am

Concerns about problems at the polls appear to be greater and coming earlier than usual this election year. Already, mysterious phone calls in Florida and Virginia have told voters they can vote by phone — which they cannot do.

And until this week, there were anonymous billboards in Ohio and Wisconsin warning that voter fraud is a felony — which it is.

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Politics & Government
3:37 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Energy Independence For U.S.? Try Energy Security

A drilling rig near Kennedy, Texas, on May 9. U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest producer.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 1:17 pm

Gone from this year's presidential campaign are most mentions of climate change, environmental pollution, or green jobs. Former Gov. Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential nominee, prefers to call attention instead to the country's continuing dependence on foreign energy sources.

"I will set a national goal of North American energy independence by the year 2020," Romney declared in August.

The line is now a standard part of Romney's stump speech, and he repeated it in his first two debates with President Obama.

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Education Budget
5:10 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Alabama GOP Budget Writers Avoid Midyear Cuts

The writers of the first proration-free education budget in some years are confident the next budget will avoid cutbacks.
Trance Mist Flickr

Two Republican legislators who designed Alabama's first proration-free education budget in several years say they are optimistic the state's new education budget will also avoid midyear cutbacks.

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Open Records
5:03 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Gov. Bentley Rejects Open Records Request

Governor Robert Bentley has deneid an open records request from a state newspaper.
http://governor.alabama.gov

Gov. Robert Bentley's office says Alabama's open records law doesn't cover budget cut proposals he could have implemented if Alabama voters had rejected the transfer of $437 million to the state General Fund budget.

The Decatur Daily filed a public records request asking for correspondence between the governor and his staff or agency heads about possible cuts and about plans for early retirement incentives for public employees.

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Politics & Government
7:58 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Sharpton to Protest Closing of Cooper Green Mercy

Reverend Al Sharpton is expected to participate in a rally against the closure of Cooper Green Mercy Hospital on Friday.
en.wikipedia.org

Opponents of a decision to close the in-patient care unit at Cooper Green Mercy Hospital in Jefferson County hope a visit by the Rev. Al Sharpton will bring national attention to the issue.


Sharpton's visit to Birmingham on Friday will include attendance at a forum and rally against the hospital's closure.


The county commission voted last month to close the inpatient unit and emergency room at the county owned hospital.

The Two-Way
5:34 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

59.2 Million Tuned In To Monday's Debate, Smallest Of The Audiences

Watch the wash or watch the debate? This woman was at a laundromat in Manhattan during Monday's debate.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 12:52 pm

An estimated 59.2 million people tuned in Monday night to watch President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in their third and final debate before the Nov. 6 election, The Nielsen Company reports.

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