Politics & Government

It's All Politics
5:27 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

As Spending Cuts Loom, Alarm Bells Begin To Sound

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey (from left), Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Undersecretary of Defense and Comptroller Robert Hale wait for a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. Military leaders are warning Congress about the effects of the sequester.
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Senate Democrats offered an alternative Thursday to the sequester, the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts set to hit March 1.

Despite dire warnings in congressional hearings this week, many on Capitol Hill seem resigned to the sequester.

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Politics & Government
5:01 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Frank Lautenberg, Oldest Member Of The Senate, Won't Seek Reelection

Sen. Frank Lautenberg speaks to members of the press in January.
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Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 6:18 pm

New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, the oldest member of the senate, announced today that he will not seek re-election.

The New York Times reports:

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Politics & Government
4:31 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Senate Votes To Continue Debate, Blocking Hagel Nomination

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., who has been nominated to be the next secretary of defense.
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A cloture vote on the nomination of former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel for defense secretary failed in the Senate, today.

That means Senate Republicans succeeded — with a vote of 58 to 40 — in keeping the Hagel nomination from coming before a final vote. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid scheduled the cloture vote after Republicans refused to give unanimous consent to proceed with the final vote.

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Politics
4:14 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Senate Republicans Stall Hagel's Secretary Of Defense Nomination

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 4:40 pm

Senate Republicans embarked on an unprecedented filibuster of President Obama's choice for Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, on Thursday.

Politics
4:14 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Senate Democrats Hope To Forestall Coming Sequester

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 4:40 pm

Robert Siegel talks to Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington. She's chair of the Senate Budget Committee, and Senate Majority Conference Secretary, making her the fourth highest ranking Democrat in the Senate. They discuss her hopes to forestall the coming sequester.

Politics
4:14 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Rand Paul: 'Big Government's Not A Friend To Those Who Are Trying To Get Ahead'

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 4:40 pm

Following President Obama's State of the Union there was the customary response from the Republican Party, and for the second year there was another response from the Tea Party. Sen. Rand Paul delivered that response and joins Robert Siegel to talk about his differences with the Republican establishment.

It's All Politics
3:54 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Rubio On The Move, At Least Once The House Sells

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., works in his Capitol Hill office on Feb. 7.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 5:28 pm

Remember Sen. Marco Rubio's paean to his Florida neighborhood in giving the Republican response to the State of the Union address?

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It's All Politics
2:41 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Obama's Road Trip To Conclude With Florida Break

President Obama plays a learning game while visiting children at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center on Thursday in Decatur, Ga. Obama's campaign-style trip this week was to end with a nonworking stop in Florida.
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President Obama will cap off a busy week of politicking with some R&R in Florida.

Obama plans to travel to the West Palm Beach area for what his spokesman called "some well-deserved downtime."

"He's going to spend Presidents Day weekend relaxing with some friends," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. "There's no work on the schedule."

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It's All Politics
1:18 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Chart Check: Did Obama's Graphics 'Enhance' His Big Speech?

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Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 5:15 pm

These days, Washington is crawling with fact checkers who scour political speeches looking for errors and lies.

But sometimes, even accuracy can be misleading, especially when it comes to graphics and charts. On Tuesday night, President Obama gave his State of the Union address and the White House launched an "enhanced" experience, a multimedia display with video, 107 slides and 27 charts.

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Around the Nation
11:20 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Chicago Youth Hopeful, Cautious Ahead of President's Visit

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We are going to continue our conversation about gun violence. We're focusing on Chicago. President Obama is heading there tomorrow and our next guests say it's really about time that the violence in Chicago receives this kind of high level attention and response. They're both young people living in Chicago and they've both been directly affected by violence. They say that voices like theirs are not being heard in the national gun control debates, so we are going to bring them to you now.

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2013 Nurses Day at the Capitol
6:31 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Ala. Governor to Address Nurses Statehouse Rally

Nurses Day at the Capitol 2013
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As many as 1,000 nurses and nursing students are expected at the Alabama Statehouse for the 2013 Nurses Day at the Capitol event.


Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is scheduled to address the nurses at a rally on the Statehouse steps at 11 a.m. Thursday. The nurses will also visit lawmakers inside the Statehouse to gather support for issues favored by the nurses.


This year marks 100 years since Alabama nurses began organizing to form the Alabama State Nurses Association.


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2013 Legislative Session
6:25 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Ala. Legislators Address Government Consolidation

Alabama State Capitol
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Government consolidation and school flexibility bills will be in front of the Legislature on Thursday.

A spokesman for Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said he expects the Senate to consider a bill to consolidate some organizations that serve the Legislature, including the bill-writing and budget-writing services. The bill is part of a package by the Senate's Republican leadership to try to save money. The Senate passed bills on Tuesday to consolidate law enforcement agencies and information technology programs.

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Around the Nation
5:50 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Georgia To Show Off Preschool Successes

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 2:05 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

President Obama travels to Atlanta today, where he's announcing the details of a universal preschool plan. Georgia has the oldest universal pre-K program in the country. During his State of the Union address this week, the president outlined his argument for expanding pre-K nationally.

(SOUNDBITE OF STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS)

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Around the Nation
5:50 am
Thu February 14, 2013

In N.C., Obama Pushes For American Manufacturing

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 2:05 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And I'm Linda Wertheimer.

There's a long tradition of presidents traveling right after the State of the Union address. And the first stop usually says something about a president's priorities.

Yesterday, less than 12 hours after his speech to Congress, President Obama left Washington to visit a factory in North Carolina. It's part of his push for American manufacturing.

NPR's Ari Shapiro was on the trip.

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NPR Story
5:05 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Obama Tries To Move Spotlight Off Deficit Reduction

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 2:05 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Pre-school is one example of how President Obama says the government can play a constructive role in the U.S. economy. In his State of the Union speech, President Obama tried to refocus a debate that, for two years, has been all about cutting. The president is highlighting government programs that even many Republicans support.

Here's NPR's Scott Horsley.

SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: The U.S. economy is slowly recovering from the Great Recession, but President Obama says the government could be doing more to help.

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