Politics & Government

Race
5:43 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Did Obama's Make Trayvon Martin Case More Divisive?

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 7:21 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The writer Ta-Nehisi Coates says he noticed something about one of this year's major news stories. When Trayvon Martin, a black teenager, was killed by a white man in Florida, there was widespread dismay. And then President Obama spoke.

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It's All Politics
4:03 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Republicans Reach Out To Women More In Convention Programming Than Platform Writing

Georgia delegates Ruby Robinson (right) and Kathy Noble hold signs and cheer during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., where a parade of female officials and officeholders appeared on stage Tuesday.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 7:36 am

In case you missed it, the theme here in Tampa at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday was: "We Built It." Intended as a reference to building a business, the three words also suggested another construction project under way — a bridge to female voters.

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It's All Politics
11:56 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Ann Romney Delivers: 'She May Have Privilege, But She Understands'

Supporters react during Ann Romney's speech on Tuesday at the Republican National Convention.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 7:17 am

A soft murmur of familiarity rippled through the packed GOP convention hall Tuesday night when Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, spoke not of their "storybook marriage" but of one touched by cancer, multiple sclerosis and the trials of raising five sometimes screaming children.

"A storybook marriage? Not at all," she said, during her much anticipated prime-time speech. "What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage."

It was that moment that encapsulated the job that Ann Romney had to do, and how well she managed it.

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Republican National Convention
6:30 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Follow the RNC Live - Tuesday Night

Follow NPR's Live coverage of the Republican National Convention.  Updates will be sent as the convention opens tonight.

It's All Politics
6:11 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

For One Young Delegate, Social Issues Are Not A Litmus Test

Alexander Reber, 21, a Virginia delegate and one of the youngest at the convention.
Liz Halloran NPR

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 6:40 pm

Alexander Reber may not be the youngest delegate at the Republican convention — that honor goes to his fellow Virginia delegate, 17-year-old high school senior Evan Draim.

But Reber, 21, who is an alternate, is certainly doing his part to lower the average age in the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the convention opened Tuesday.

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JeffCo Bankruptcy
5:20 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Jefferson County's Money Woes To Close Hospital

The Jefferson Co. Commission voted to end inpatient care at Cooper Green Mercy Hospital.
nelsonglass.com

Financially troubled Jefferson County plans to quit admitting patients to its hospital for the poor.

The County Commission voted 3-2 Tuesday to end inpatient care at Cooper Green Mercy Hospital. The county also asked a bankruptcy court judge to stop a lawsuit by the city of Birmingham that seeks to keep the hospital operating.

The county filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in November, citing more than $4 billion in debt. It was the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.

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Casino Raid Money
5:14 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Ala. General Fund Getting Money From Casino Raid

The nearly $550,000 comes from a raid at the White Hall Entertainment Center in March 2009.
Liz Lawley Flickr

The state's troubled General Fund is getting nearly $550,000 from a raid on a gambling hall in Lowndes County.

Attorney General Luther Strange's office announced that Circuit Judge Robert Vance approved the forfeiture of the money to state.

Alabama's gambling task force seized the money during a raid on electronic bingo machines at the White Hall Entertainment Center in March 2009. The operators, Cornerstone Community Outreach and Freedom Trail Ventures, recently agreed to forfeit the $549,981. The judge approved it in a one-paragraph order Tuesday.

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It's All Politics
12:52 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

As It Happened: GOP Kicks Off Its Convention; Makes Its Case To The Nation

Texas delegates cheer as Romney is formally nominated as the Republican Party's presidential candidate.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 12:23 am

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With a program designed both to tell the American people more about Mitt Romney and to make the case that Republicans' ideas for solving the nation's problems are better than Democrats', the 2012 GOP National Convention got going today and Romney officially became the party's presidential nominee.

Delegates also officially made Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin the party's vice presidential nominee.

We live blogged through the afternoon and evening. Scroll down and read "up" if you want to see how the story developed.

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Election 2012
11:05 am
Tue August 28, 2012

LGBT Republicans Say Their Party Is Changing

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, a storm threatens many of the same areas that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina seven years ago. We'll check in with the director of Homeland Security for New Orleans to find out how the city and its neighbors are getting ready. That's just ahead.

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Hurricane Isaac
9:50 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Governor Bentley Updates Evacuation Orders

Alabama Emergency Management Agency
http://twitter.com/AlabamaEMA Alabama EMA

Update:  August 28, 2012 - Afternoon

MONTGOMERY – Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday lifted mandatory evacuation orders 

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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

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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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