Politics & Government

It's All Politics
8:51 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Romney Campaign Official: We Could Win Without Florida

There are lots of ways to get to 270 and they don't all involve Florida's 29 electoral votes, according to Rich Beeson, the national political director for the Mitt Romney Campaign.

Beeson, speaking with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep on Tuesday, says the Sunshine State would be nice to have in the red column, but it's not a sine qua non for clinching victory in November.

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Politics & Government
8:23 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Coastal Schools Closed in Anticipation of Isaac

Many schools and colleges along Alabama’s coast are closed as residents brace for Tropical Storm Isaac. The Press-Register compiled the following list:


-Mobile and Baldwin County public schools (closed through Wednesday)


-Catholic schools in Mobile and Baldwin County (closed through Wednesday)


- UMS-Wright Preparatory, St. Paul’s Episcopal and St. Luke’s Episcopal schools (closed through Wednesday)


-Bayside Academy in Daphne (closed through Wednesday)


-Saraland public schools (closed through Wednesday)

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The Two-Way
7:41 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Israeli Court Rules American Activist's Death Was An Accident

Rachel Corrie, 23, stands in front of a Palestinian's home to prevent it from being demolished
AP

Originally published on Sun September 2, 2012 10:28 am

An Israeli court sided with the government today, ruling that Israel was not at fault for the death of American activist Rachel Corrie.

Corrie's parents were suing for accountability and $1 in damages for the death of their 23-year-old daughter. Corrie was killed in 2003, when she stood in front of a bulldozer to try to keep the Israeli soldier manning it from razing Palestinian homes.

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It's All Politics
7:36 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Ann Romney, Gov. Christie & The Roll Call: Today's Convention Highlights

The stage is set at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 9:09 am

Good morning from Tampa where the Isaac-delayed Republican National Convention is set to get going for real this afternoon.

It's going to be a busy day for the GOP once the delegates are called to order at 2 p.m. ET. Here are some highlights from the schedule:

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Middle East
5:44 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Israeli Court Rejects Suit By U.S. Activists' Family

Originally published on Sun September 2, 2012 10:28 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And we have some news to report from Israel this morning. A court has absolved the Israeli military of all responsibility for the 2003 death of a young American protestor on the Gaza/Egypt border.

Sheera Frenkel has this report from Haifa.

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Election 2012
5:43 am
Tue August 28, 2012

GOP Convention Delegates Ready To Roll In Tampa

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 8:32 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning.

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Election 2012
2:58 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Gov. Haley Gets Prime-Time Convention Speaking Slot

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley campaigns in Ann Arbor, Mich., on July 31 for Mitt Romney.
Charles V. Tines AP

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 8:32 am

Among the speakers with a prime-time slot at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week is South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. The speech could propel her into national politics.

The talk about Haley always mentions her gender, her age — 40 — and her race — Indian-American. She wears the labels proudly, and for $19.95 you can read all about them in her memoir Can't Is Not an Option. But there's another label Haley likes: fighter.

On Comedy Central not long ago, she mixed it up with fellow South Carolinian Stephen Colbert:

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Tropical Storm Isaac
5:50 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Alabama AG Warns Of Danger Of Fraud After Isaac

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange warns of the danger of fraud after Tropical Storm Isaac
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/graphicast.php?site=bmx&gc=4 National Weather Service

As Tropical Storm Isaac neared the coast of Alabama and nearby states, Attorney General Luther Strange warned his office would be on the lookout for those who might exploit the situation by committing fraud. When Gov. Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency Sunday he triggered the state's laws cracking down on price gouging and looting. The anti-looting law was adopted after last spring's devastating April tornadoes. It makes looting a crime and provides stiff penalties for those who exploit a tragedy like a hurricane or tornado.

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Isaac Impacts Elections
5:11 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Coastal Alabama Counties Delay Tuesday Election

Tropical Storm Isaac is impacting municipal elections in southwest Alabama.
noaa.gov National Hurricane Center

Some towns in Alabama's two coastal counties are delaying their municipal elections Tuesday due to Isaac and the evacuation of some voters.

Officials in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Bay Minette, Dauphin Island, Magnolia Springs, Prichard, Loxley and Bayou La Batre say they plan to reschedule their municipal elections. Some are choosing Sept. 11 and others Sept. 25 as the new date. Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier says the new date is subject to approval by the U.S. Justice Department under the Voting Rights Act.

Municpal Elections
4:43 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Justice Dept. Monitors Elections In 3 Ala. Towns

The Justice Department is assigning federal observers to polling places in the three Ala. towns.
Department of Justice Wikimedia Commons

The Justice Department announced it will monitor municipal elections Tuesday in Lanett, Reform and Phenix City to ensure compliance with the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

The Justice Department said it is assigning federal observers to polling places in the three towns.

The Voting Rights Act prohibits discrimination in elections based on race, color or membership in a minority language group. The Justice Department said people can file complaints about discriminatory voting practices by calling toll-free 1-800-253-3931.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Politics & Government
6:41 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Alabama Coast Under Evacuation Order For Isaac

Recent model of Isaac shows storm will hit parts of Alabama.
National Weather Service

Coastal Alabama is under a mandatory evacuation order as Isaac churns through the Gulf of Mexico.


Gov. Robert Bentley ordered residents of southern Baldwin and Mobile counties to begin evacuating starting 8 a.m. Monday, and both counties are under a hurricane warning.


A state of emergency covers the entire state of Alabama, and the governor has told the National Guard to be on standby.


Beach hotels in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are making plans to close, and public schools in the two coastal counties are closed at least through Wednesday.

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It's All Politics
5:49 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Tempest in Tampa: Isaac Tests Mitt Romney's Mettle

Mitt Romney, who this week is set to accept the Republican presidential nomination, with wife Ann on Sunday in Wolfeboro, N.H.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 8:12 am

Political conventions are famed for focusing the nation's attention on one name, but at this year's Republican National Convention here in Tampa, that name is not the nominee's.

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Analysis
4:18 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Politics In The News

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 5:47 am

The Republican National Convention will come to order at 2 p.m. in Tampa, Fla., and then quickly go into recess. Because of Tropical Storm Isaac, the main events have been delayed until Tuesday. This is the second convention in a row where the GOP had to delay the opening because of bad weather.

Politics & Government
3:04 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

FEMA on alert as Isaac zeroes in on the Alabama, Mississippi coasts

FEMA

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has told the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate closely with officials in states and localities in the path of tropical storm Isaac. Obama also has told the governor of Florida that federal officials are prepared to help ensure the safety of visitors to the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Obama was briefed Sunday by FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate (FYOO'-gayt) and Rick Knabb, director of the National Hurricane Center.

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It's All Politics
6:32 am
Sun August 26, 2012

Romney's Auto Bailout Stance Complicates Campaign In Battleground Ohio

Cars at the General Motors Assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio, in 2009.
Mark Stahl AP

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 3:00 pm

The auto industry is big business in Ohio. Billions of dollars' worth of cars and auto parts are made in the state each year. Thousands of unionized auto workers live in Ohio, as do the business owners and employees who make it one of the top auto parts suppliers in the nation.

So, the auto bailout is a hot issue — and a complicated one.

For Republicans in Ohio, the bailout is a tough issue — perhaps because of Mitt Romney's initial stance, or perhaps because of the consensus that the bailout worked.

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