Politics & Government

It's All Politics
4:10 am
Sun June 28, 2015

Presidential Aspiration Born From A Modest, And Tragic, Beginning

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. announces his candidacy for president in Central, S.C. on June 1.
Jessica McGowan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 3:08 pm

This story is part of NPR's series Journey Home. We're going to the places that presidential candidates call home and finding out what those places tell us about how they see the world.

Greg Demetri hit the jackpot. When he picked the location for Villa Toscana, his nearly one-year-old Italian restaurant on the main stretch of businesses in Central, S.C., he had no idea that the building had once been owned by the town's most famous resident, Sen. Lindsey Graham.

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Shots - Health News
4:08 pm
Sat June 27, 2015

In Bid For Stricter Vaccine Rules, Officials Grapple With Decades-Old Distrust

Parents rally against SB 277, a California measure requiring schoolchildren to get vaccinated, outside the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 8:47 am

California is on the brink of passing a law that would require nearly all children to be vaccinated in order to attend school. The bill has cleared most major hurdles, but public health officials have grappled with a strong, vocal opposition along the way.

There's actually a long history to the anti-vaccination movement.

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Politics
7:11 am
Sat June 27, 2015

Ground Shifts As Politicians Try To Stake Out Positions On Gay Marriage

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 12:39 pm

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Code Switch
6:03 am
Sat June 27, 2015

Grace Lee Boggs, Activist And American Revolutionary, Turns 100

Grace sits before a "Welcome Friends" sign in her home.
Courtesy of American Revolutionary

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 9:47 pm

Grace Lee Boggs, who has spent much of her life advocating for civil rights and labor rights, became such a noted figure in Detroit's Black Power movement that people assumed she must be partially black. In some of her FBI files, Boggs, who is Chinese-American, was described as "probably Afro Chinese."

(We'll let that sit with you for a moment.)

And that's not the only assumption she's defied. For almost a century — she turned 100 Saturday — she's challenged how people think about their own activism.

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Politics & Government
5:53 am
Sat June 27, 2015

State Appeals Victoryland Decision

The state is taking the first step to challenge a judge's order against the shutdown of the VictoryLand casino in Macon County. The Attorney General's office filed a notice of appeal in the case on Friday. The state will fight a ruling by Circuit Judge William Shashy. The judge ruled earlier this week that the state was wrongly targeting VictoryLand while letting other gambling halls stay open in the state. Shashy dismissed the state's attempt to keep almost two thousand machines and more than quarter million dollars seized in a raid two years ago. VictoryLand has been closed since then.

The Two-Way
7:06 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

New Volley In Trump Vs. Univision Fight

No golf for Univision at Donald Trump's course in Doral, Fla. He banned network execs after Univision took offense at his remarks disparaging Mexican immigrants and dumped his beauty pageant.
Wilfredo Lee AP

The spat between Donald Trump and Univision has taken another twist. Trump has told the cable channel to stop work on a gate between a golf resort he owns in Miami and adjacent Univision property, and in so many words, to "get off his lawn."

Although it's not clear that any work has begun on such a gate, Univision has told it's employees to stay away from the resort, according to the Miami Herald:

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Politics
4:54 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Republicans, Democrats Still Divided On Same-Sex Marriage After Ruling

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 8:20 pm

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It's All Politics
3:50 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Watch: President Obama Sings 'Amazing Grace' In Eulogy

President Obama sings "Amazing Grace" while delivering the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney on Friday.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 4:04 pm

President Obama gave a rousing speech Friday at the funeral of state Sen. and Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of nine people shot at Emanuel AME church in Charleston, S.C., earlier this month.

The president spoke for more than 35 minutes about the reverend's legacy and teachings, and Obama said that he had spent much of the week reflecting on grace.

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Politics
3:38 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Supreme Court Rulings, Confederate Flag, Mark Shift In Culture Wars

People celebrate outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Friday after its historic 5-4 decision on same-sex marriage.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 12:53 am

There has been a big reset in the culture wars.

The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the rights of gays and lesbians to marry in all 50 states. States across the South are lowering the confederate flag, and the Supreme Court has, for the second time, voted to preserve the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

The results marked big wins for liberals after decades-long battles, in one form or another, on some of the issues.

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It's All Politics
3:29 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

How Key Republicans Helped Obama To Biggest Week Of His Second Term

President Obama had one of the best weeks of his second term. And he has some key Republicans to thank for it.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 4:43 pm

With his eulogy Friday for the slain pastor and parishioners of "Mother Emanuel" AME Church in Charleston, S.C., President Obama concluded the most shining week of his second term.

The president praised the leadership of South Carolina for its response to the Charleston killings, especially their decision to take down the Confederate battle flag that has long flown either on or next to the state Capitol in Columbia.

"By taking down that flag, we expressed God's grace," the president said. "For too long, we've been blind to past injustices."

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The Two-Way
1:27 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

From Ice Cream To Ian McKellen: Reactions To Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

People celebrate inside the Stonewall Inn, an iconic gay bar recently granted historic landmark status, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states.
Yana Paskova Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 3:53 pm

There was jubilation among supporters of same-sex marriage Friday, after the Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is legal in all 50 states. We've rounded up some of the best reactions, below.

Ice cream makers Ben & Jerry's seemed to be poised for this moment, unveiling a new package for its popular Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavor — which was renamed "I Dough, I Dough."

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It's All Politics
10:56 am
Fri June 26, 2015

'Abide By The Law': Campaign Trail Responds To Same-Sex-Marriage Ruling

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 1:18 pm

After the Supreme Court's decision effectively legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide came down at 10 a.m. ET, the 2016 hopefuls weighed in quickly.

The Republican side of the field has opposed same-sex marriage, but in responding to Friday's decision, most of the candidates struck a measured tone — many noting they support traditional marriage and religious freedom and disagree with the court — but also stressed the importance of respect and tolerance for all Americans.

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The Two-Way
10:54 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Obama: Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling 'A Victory For America'

The White House is lit up in rainbow colors in commemoration of the Supreme Court's ruling to legalize same-sex marriage.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 9:06 pm

President Obama called the Supreme Court's decision affirming the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry a "victory for America" that had "made our union a little more perfect."

In the 5-4 decision, Justice Kennedy wrote the opinion of the court, saying the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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The Two-Way
9:55 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal In All 50 States

Same-sex marriage supporters rejoice outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Friday after the U.S Supreme Court handed down a ruling regarding same-sex marriage. The high court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 3:49 pm

States cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions, the Supreme Court says in a ruling that for months has been the focus of speculation. The decision was 5-4.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, seen as a pivotal swing vote in the case, wrote the majority opinion. All four justices who voted against the ruling wrote their own dissenting opinions: Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

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It's All Politics
9:50 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Map: Here's How Same-Sex Marriage Laws Will Now Change Nationwide

Same-sex marriage decision map.
Christopher Groskopf / NPR

The Supreme Court has decided that state same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional, legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

In a set of cases grouped under Obergefell v. Hodges, the high court ruled, 5-4, that states have to license same-sex marriages, as well as recognize same-sex marriages from other states. All four dissenting justices wrote dissents.

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