Politics & Government

Election 2012
3:47 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Obama Is 'Committed' To A Second Term

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 4:17 am

Presidential polls are starting to shift to show the race between President Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney tightening even further, and in some cases, Romney is ahead for the first time. Steve Inskeep talks to David Axelrod, Obama's senior campaign adviser, about the shifts in the race, and the president's strategy with less than a month to go before the election.

Media
2:27 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Advice For Moderators: Keep Order, Out Of Spotlight

Moderator Jim Lehrer gestures before the presidential debate at the University of Denver last week. Moderators must finagle answers out of sometimes-dodgy politicians and keep control, all without seeming to get in the way.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 6:58 am

PBS' Jim Lehrer came in for widespread criticism last week for failing to control the first presidential debate. Now, moderator Martha Raddatz is confronting partisan criticism in the lead-up to Thursday night's vice presidential debate, the first and only direct confrontation between Republican Paul Ryan and Democrat Joe Biden.

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The Two-Way
5:49 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Honoring Slain SEAL's Mom's Request, Romney Will Drop Story On Stump

This undated photo provided by Mark and Kate Quigley shows Glen Doherty, who died in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.
AP

The campaign of Gov. Mitt Romney says the Republican presidential candidate will no longer tell the story of meeting Navy SEAL Glen Doherty, who was killed during the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Romney revealed during his stump speeches that he met Doherty at a Christmas party he crashed in his San Diego neighborhood.

In a campaign event in Iowa, yesterday, Romney choked up when he retold the story.

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Opinion
4:24 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Listeners Take Stock Of Affirmative Action

A word cloud of listener responses to the question, "Is there still a place for affirmative action in 2012, and why?"
NPR via Wordle

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 11:53 am

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Fisher v. University of Texas, a case that could put an end to policies that take race into account in college admissions decisions.

NPR's All Things Considered recently asked listeners if there is still a place for affirmative action policies in America today. Below are just a few responses from among the more than 50 received.

'Still A Need'

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Shots - Health Blog
4:22 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Romney Causes Yet Another Abortion Stir

Mitt Romney's comments on abortion have surprised those on both sides of the issue.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 8:22 am

Just how many abortion positions does Mitt Romney have? Once again, that answer is unclear.

This time the confusion began Tuesday, during a meeting with the editorial board of the Des Moines Register.

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It's All Politics
4:09 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

'I Was Just Too Polite,' Says Obama, Vowing To Hit Hard At Next Debate

President Obama promised to take it to Mitt Romney in future debates.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 4:44 pm

No more Mr. Nice Guy. That was essentially what President Obama told Tom Joyner, the black-radio megahost, to expect at upcoming presidential debates.

On Wednesday, the president explained that his main mistake at last week's debate with Republican challenger Mitt Romney was an excess of gentility.

Obama's self-critique, such as it was, came in response to a Joyner question:

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Intelligence Squared U.S.
11:19 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Better To Elect Islamists Than Have Dictators?

Daniel Pipes (right) and Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser argue against the motion, "Better Elected Islamists Than Dictators."
Samuel LaHoz

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 11:48 am

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"Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable," economist John Kenneth Galbraith once said. In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, dictators have been toppled and new leaders have begun to emerge. Islamists, once marginalized, have been voted into power. Which leadership scenario is better?

The argument for dictators is that a number have been reliable allies for the United States. But under their rule, dictators use repressive means to squash opposition and stay in power.

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District 5
9:28 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Countdown To Election: Ala. District 5

Incumbent Republican Mo Brooks looks to win relection to Congress over Democratic challenger Charlie Holley.
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Alabama's 5th congressional district covers the entire northern part of Alabama stretching from Florence to Huntsville. In Democratic hands for over a century it's only been recently that District 5 has gone Republican, with Mo Brooks victory in 2010. Brooks is being opposed this time around by Democrat Charlie Holley. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez spoke with Dr.

Politics & Government
9:25 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Daphne Voters Elect City's First Black Mayor

Bailey Yelding Jr.
blog.al.com

A Daphne man has become the first black person to win election as mayor of the Alabama city.

Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/ReoyyT) that Bailey Yelding Jr. had previously taken office as mayor by way of appointment.

In an election Tuesday night, complete but unofficial results showed that he won Yelding won by a 121-vote margin over one-term City Councilman Derek Boulware.

The Two-Way
8:08 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Successful Surgery For Pakistani Girl Whose Shooting Has Caused Outrage

The front page of today's The News, in Karachi, Pakistan.
TheNews.com.pk

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 9:12 am

  • Philip Reeves, reporting on 'Morning Edition'

After several hours of surgery, the girl whose shooting by the Taliban has caused deep anger in Pakistan and has exposed that nation's "deepest fault line," is said to be in stable condition.

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Asia
5:50 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Pakistani Girl Activist Wounded In Taliban Attack

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 8:59 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This week has brought one of the most disturbing images to emerge from years of conflict, in Pakistan. A 15-year-old girl lies in a hospital bed, with a bullet wound in her head. This is her punishment. She had the courage to demand the right for girls to get an education, and because she criticized violent Islamist militants who aim to stop girls, like her, from doing that. From Islamabad, NPR's Philip Reeves reports.

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Election 2012
3:32 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Candidate's Foreign Policy Update

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 6:10 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The Libya hearing provides a reminder of the role foreign policy is playing in the presidential campaign. We asked two foreign policy specialists about the candidates' approach to the Middle East and the Persian Gulf. Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institution is director of research at the Brookings Doha Center in Qatar.

SHADI HAMID: Living here in the region, there is a general here that Obama is a weak president.

INSKEEP: A sense he says persists despite the U.S. intervention in Libya and the killing of Osama bin Laden.

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It's All Politics
6:20 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Romney Shows His Soft Side; President Tightens His Pitch

Mitt Romney on a farm in Van Meter, Iowa, on Tuesday.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 6:56 pm

With 27 days until the general election, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was on an Iowa farm Tuesday where he did what he's done for months: criticized President Obama's economic policies, though his critique understandably had an agricultural slant.

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Chief Justice Race
4:15 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Moore Says Churches Silenced By Political Correctness

Chief Justice candidate Roy Moore stands by his remarks on gay marriage at rally in Montgomery.
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Republican chief justice candidate Roy Moore says the church has been silenced by political correctness. Moore spoke Tuesday at a rally on the state Capitol steps.


It was organized by several ministers concerned about President Obama's views on same-sex marriage and abortion.


Moore said America is in a time of moral decay and is seeing an attack on the institution of marriage. He said he's tired of hearing politicians say let's get down to the real issues because marriage and abortion are real issues.

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Municipal Runoffs
3:54 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Multiple Ala. Cities Hold Runoff Elections

Numerous Alabama cities are holding municipal runoff elections today.

Numerous Alabama cities are holding municipal runoff elections, and the lines to vote likely won't be very long.

Jacksonville State University political scientist and former congressman Glen Browder says such elections typically have a small turnout because few names are on the ballot.

Retired University of Alabama political scientist Bill Stewart says voter fatigue also plays a role in the slim turnouts.

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