Politics & Government

It's All Politics
6:00 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Five Debate-Worthy Facts About China

Workers scramble on a scaffold at a construction site in Hefei, central China's Anhui province, last month. China has approved a massive infrastructure package worth more than $158 billion, state media said in September, as the government seeks to boost the flagging economy.
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Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 6:26 am

If the last presidential debate was any indication, you'll be hearing a lot about China in tonight's third and final face-off between President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Last week's debate was ostensibly about domestic issues, but that didn't stop China from being mentioned numerous times. Tonight's debate, focused on foreign policy, is sure to see relations with Beijing get a lot of airplay.

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It's All Politics
5:36 am
Mon October 22, 2012

George McGovern, An Improbable Icon Of Anti-War Movement

Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern talks about the bombs being used in Vietnam at a $250-a-person fundraising dinner in Los Angeles on Sept. 27, 1972.
AP

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 1:11 pm

If George McGovern often seemed miscast as a presidential candidate, he was at least as improbable as an icon of the anti-war movement.

The Vietnam War gave birth to an opposition movement unlike any America had seen in its previous wars. It was young, unconventional and countercultural, defiant of authority and deeply suspicious of government.

McGovern himself was none of these things.

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Middle East
3:29 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Signals From Iran Indicate Willingness To Talk

An Iranian boy holds a tray of eggs at a grocery store in Tehran last month. From Sunday, Sept. 30, to Monday, Oct. 1, the Iranian currency lost nearly one-third of its value against the dollar.
Atta Kenare AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 12:50 pm

Iran is hurting. Economic and banking sanctions, plus an effective oil embargo led by the European Union, have brought chaos to Iran's economy. The bottom fell out of its currency, the rial, a couple of weeks ago, provoking street protests. Iranians of all social classes are struggling to cope.

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Politics & Government
3:25 pm
Sun October 21, 2012

November vote may save Alabama town

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The future of the few hundred people who live in historic Stockton depends on Alabama's 2.7 million voters. Amendment 3 on the Nov. 6 ballot would create a landmark district for the unincorporated Baldwin County community. That would prevent the Legislature from passing a bill that annexes Stockton into another town. Annexation could then be achieved only by a vote of Stockton residents. Proponents say no nearby town is trying to annex Stockton.

Politics & Government
3:16 pm
Sun October 21, 2012

AP: Alabama agencies not in compliance with Immigration Law

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — Many state licensing boards have not yet complied with a requirement in Alabama's immigration law to verify the status of legal immigrants by using a federal database. A state official tracking compliance told The Anniston Star that few, if any, of the state's dozens of professional licensing board have been cleared to use the federal government's Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements. The law requires them to use the system to verify that legal status. John Norris of the Examiners of Public Accounts says the applications are filed with the U.S.

Politics & Government
11:33 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Fewer People than Expected Apply for Tornado Aid

A scene of devastation on Thursday, April 28, 2011 after a tornado hit Pleasant Grove, Ala., just west of downtown Birmingham Wednesday afternoon.
Butch Dill / AP

Officials in northern Alabama say they're surprised by the low number of applications for state assistance for residents who were displaced by the 2011 tornado outbreak.

Individuals and families who are qualified can receive up to $25,000 to help them find new homes.

Jack Green, chief outcomes officer at Community Partnership of North Alabama, tells The TimesDaily (http://bit.ly/R8sO3A) that the number of applicants is about half of what he expected.

Green said nearly 200 people have applied, but he thought the number would be closer to 600.

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Politics & Government
11:22 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Alabama Unemployment Drops After 4-month Climb

Alabama's unemployment rate dropped in September after climbing for the four previous months.

Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday that Alabama's rate fell from 8.5 percent in August to 8.3 percent in September. That's below last year's rate of 8.8 percent.

The September figure represents nearly 178,000 Alabamians looking for work. That's down from 183,000 the prior month.

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Absentee Ballots
6:32 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Overseas Voters Get Extra Time To Vote In Ala.

Overseas voters will get more time to fill out their ballots for the November 6th election.
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Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman says absentee ballots for military and overseas voters went out late from 22 counties and an extra 10 days is being provided for the return of the ballots.

Chapman said federal law gives military and overseas voters 45 days to receive and return their absentee ballots. But not all ballots requested by the Sept. 22 deadline were sent out on time. She is extending the deadline for election officials to receive the ballots by 10 days to Nov. 16. But the ballots must be postmarked or given to a commercial carrier by Nov. 5.

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Union Organizing
6:16 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Alabama Voters To Decide Union Organizing Issue

Alabamians to decide on union organizing issue on November 6 ballot.
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Amendment 7 on Alabama's ballot looks like a simple measure to preserve the right to a secret ballot. In reality, it injects voters into a battle between labor and management.

The ballot measure provides that Alabama citizens have a fundamental right to vote for public office and employee representation by secret ballot.

If passed, it would prohibit unions from organizing by card check, where they get more than half of the employees at a company to check a box on a card saying they want union representation.

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The Two-Way
5:00 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Immigration Arrest Near School, Sparks Protest In Detroit

Immigrant rights groups rallied in Detroit, yesterday, after Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials arrested one man and questioned another when they were on their way to drop their kids off at school.

Michigan Live reports:

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Europe
3:28 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Ex-Serbian Leader Charged With Genocide

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 7:00 pm

Transcript

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This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

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And I'm Robert Siegel.

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Solve This
3:28 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Romney's Defense Plans Call For Higher Spending

U.S. Marines drive amphibious armored personnel carriers in the Philippines on Oct. 9, as part of the annual joint exercises with Philippine counterparts.
Jay Directo AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 7:00 pm

One area where President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney clearly disagree is defense spending. The president wants less, Romney wants more. But the difference in their approaches is about more than money.

When Romney looks at the future, he sees a series of threats: from unrest in the Middle East to a nuclear North Korea to what he sees as a defiant Russia.

Speaking to veterans in Virginia's Fairfax County last month, Romney blamed the Obama administration for cuts that will go into effect unless Congress and the president act.

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It's All Politics
3:00 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Swing-State Billboards Warning Against Voter Fraud Stir Backlash

An anonymous "family foundation" is paying for billboards warning against voter fraud, like this one in a minority neighborhood on the east side of Cleveland. Clear Channel, which owns the space, says the anonymity violates its policies but it will not take the ads down.
Ken Barcus NPR

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 7:00 pm

Dozens of anonymous billboards have popped up in urban areas in the crucial battleground states of Ohio and Wisconsin. The signs note that voter fraud is a felony, punishable by up to 3 1/2 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Civil rights groups and Democrats complain that the billboards are meant to intimidate voters.

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It's All Politics
2:37 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Underdog Democrat Is Keeping Things Close In Nevada Senate Race

Democatic Rep. Shelley Berkley greets Republican Sen. Dean Heller before the second of their three debates, on Oct. 11 in Las Vegas.
Julie Jacobson AP

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 7:00 pm

Early in-person voting in Nevada starts Saturday, and it's not just the presidential contest that's being closely watched in this swing state.

The race for the U.S. Senate is also seen as a tossup, a bit of a surprise for Republicans, who have counted on retaining the GOP-held seat as they try to build a majority.

Republican Sen. Dean Heller — in office for only 18 months — faces seven-term Rep. Shelley Berkley on Nov. 6.

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Book Reviews
1:51 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

'Master' Jefferson: Defender Of Liberty, Then Slavery

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Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 1:59 pm

His public words have inspired millions, but for scholars, his private words and deeds generate confusion, discomfort, apologetic excuses. When the young Thomas Jefferson wrote, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal," there's compelling evidence to indicate that he indeed meant all men, not just white guys.

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