Politics & Government

Politics & Government
4:28 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Another George Bush Plans To Try His Hand At Politics

George P. Bush speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 6:54 pm

Another member of the Bush family is throwing his hat into the political ring: George Prescott Bush, 36, the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, has announced he is running for office in Texas.

The Bush name is still strong in the Lone Star State: George P. has already raised nearly $1.4 million, though he still hasn't said which statewide office he will run for.

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Politics & Government
11:22 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Has Obama Leveled The Economic Playing Field?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we get an update on developments in Mali in West Africa. That's a country known to many for its cultural heritage. French soldiers have started an assault to repel Islamist militants who have already taken northern territory. NPR's Ofeibea Quist Arcton is going to bring us up to date in just a few minutes.

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Politics & Government
11:08 am
Tue January 15, 2013

House Set For 'Marathon Debate' On Sandy Aid; Final Vote Likely Tonight

Shattered homes lined the beach front in Mantoloking, N.J., after Sandy tore through. The superstorm caused billions of dollars in damage to New Jersey, New York and surrounding states.
Tom Mihalek Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 6:39 pm

Update at 7:35 p.m. House Passes Measure

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to approve $50.7 billion in aid for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

The vote was 241-80; the measure now goes to the Senate, which is expected to take it up next week.

Here's more from The Associated Press:

"Northeast lawmakers from both parties have been pressing for the aid for more than two months.

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Politics & Government
9:59 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Pakistan's Latest Political Crisis: Court Orders Arrest Of Prime Minister

Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf.
Waqar Hussein EPA /LANDOV

"The news that the [country's] Supreme Court had called for the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf ran through Pakistan like an electric current Tuesday afternoon," The Christian Science Monitor writes from Islamabad.

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Politics & Government
5:51 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Alabama Attorney General Seeking Re-election

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says he'll seek a second term in office.
lutherstrange.com

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says he will run for a second term next year.

Strange defeated incumbent Troy King in the Republican primary in 2010 and then went on to win the general election.


Strange said Monday in Hoover that he's had a busy term, but there is more he wants to do in a second term. He recently underwent knee surgery. He said he's traveling around the state again and looking forward to running for re-election.


So far, he has no announced opposition.



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

Politics & Government
5:45 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Obama Inaugural to Include Tuskegee Airmen Float

Tuskegee Airmen.
tuskegee.edu

President Barack Obama's second inaugural parade will include a tribute to the Alabama-based Tuskegee Airmen who broke the color barrier during World War II.

The presidential inaugural committee announced plans for the parade on Monday.


Black fliers trained at Moton Field in Tuskegee in the 1940s to become the nation's first minority pilots during the war. The field is now a historical site located off Interstate 85 east of Montgomery.

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Politics & Government
4:39 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

AG Says Boost Penalty For Operating Gambling Machines

Alabama's attorney general will ask the Legislature to increase the penalty for operating illegal gambling machines.


Luther Strange said Monday that he wants the penalty to go from a misdemeanor to a felony. He said the current penalty is a slap on the wrist compared to the large amounts of money that operators make.


Strange was in Hoover on Monday to talk to legislators about their upcoming regular session, which starts Feb. 5.

Politics & Government
7:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Remembering George Wallace...50 years later

University of Alabama

Today marks fifty years since the inauguration of Alabama Governor George Wallace. His speech featuring the phrase “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever,” is considered one of the pivotal moments of the civil rights movement in 1963. That year also saw the bombing at the 16th Street Baptist church in Birmingham and the “stand at the schoolhouse door” in Tuscaloosa. Alabama Public Radio’s Pat Duggins looks back at Wallace’s 1963 inaugural to produce this sound portrait. Observers note that Wallace had a change of heart later in his life and renounced racism.

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Politics & Government
4:45 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

Uncertainty Looms For Pentagon In Obama's Second Term

Originally published on Sun January 13, 2013 6:25 pm

America's military future is decidedly undecided.

Looming sequestration cuts of massive proportions, coupled with a U.S. troop drawdown in Afghanistan are adding to the boiling partisanship over nominating Chuck Hegel as defense secretary. It's hard to avoid the conclusion that some of the biggest challenges for the Department of Defense come from inside U.S. borders.

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Politics & Government
3:21 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

France Claims Gains In Airstrikes Against Mali Islamists

A map shown Sunday during a news conference held by French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris shows the movement of French troops and aircraft n Mali.
Kenzo Tribouillard AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 5:56 am

France says its military operations in the African nation of Mali have stopped the advance of Islamist militants.

"Stopping the terrorists, that's done," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told RTL radio on Sunday.

Without France's intervention, the Islamists would have advanced to Bamako, the Malian capital, he said.

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Politics & Government
11:34 am
Sun January 13, 2013

Enmity And Ennui: Va. Governor's Race Inspiring Both

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli talks about the Supreme Court decision on the national health care law on June 28, 2012 in Richmond, Va.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Sun January 13, 2013 6:15 pm

Most Virginians say they approve of the job that first-term GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell is doing, suggesting he'd have a good shot at re-election when his term expires at the end of this year.

But it's one-and-out for governors in Virginia, the only state that doesn't allow its chief executive to serve consecutive terms.

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Politics & Government
5:09 am
Sun January 13, 2013

Cabinet Picks Come As Democrats Push To Change Filibuster

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., left, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have talked about a deal to change the Senate's filibuster rules.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Sun January 13, 2013 1:25 pm

In recent weeks, President Obama has chosen Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., as his next secretary of state; former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., to head the Pentagon; counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to be CIA director; and his chief of staff, Jack Lew, to be the next Treasury secretary.

Each nomination will have to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and they all could be stopped by a Senate filibuster — that is, the refusal by any one of 100 senators to let a matter come to a final vote.

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Politics & Government
5:51 am
Sat January 12, 2013

What Would Obama Do (If There's No Debt Ceiling Deal)?

Originally published on Sat January 12, 2013 11:08 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

You might've chuckled a bit this week, if you heard about the trillion-dollar platinum coin plan, to perhaps address Washington, D.C.'s debt ceiling stalemate. But it will certainly be no laughing matter if the U.S. Congress refuses to raise the borrowing limit, and the U.S. government defaults on its debt. Global financial markets would likely plummet.

NPR's John Ydstie reports on some of the options the president has if he and Congress cannot reach an agreement.

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Alabama Tornadoes
4:46 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Ala. Town To Get $840K For Delayed Demolition Work

Federal officials give Cordova, Alabama $840K for delayed demolition work.

Federal officials say they'll provide an Alabama town with $840,000 to fund the long-delayed demolition of buildings that were badly damaged in the 2011 tornado outbreak.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the grant will cover 90 percent of the cost of demolishing what's left of downtown Cordova, which was hit by two twisters in the April 27 onslaught.


But it could still be weeks before any work begins in the Walker County city of 2,100 people.

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Politics & Government
6:37 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Alabama Counties Approved for Disaster Assistance

The front wall of the parish hall at Trinity Episcopal Church on Dauphin Street in Mobile, Ala. was torn off by a tornado Christmas Day Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012 in Mobile, Ala.
Bill Starling/bstarling@al.com

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says Mobile, Pike and surrounding counties have been approved for disaster assistance because of damage sustained in the Christmas Day outbreak of tornadoes.


Bentley says the assistance will come in the form of low interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.


The two primary counties listed on the disaster declaration are Mobile and Pike. But it also includes Baldwin, Barbour, Bullock, Coffee, Crenshaw, Dale, Montgomery and Washington counties in Alabama and George, Greene and Jackson counties in Mississippi.

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