Politics & Government

Politics & Government
10:24 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Sheldon Lubar On Milwaukee: Then, Now, and the Future

Sheldon Lubar is a Milwaukee native, founder and chairman of the private investment firm, Lubar and Company.
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Philanthropist Sheldon Lubar made headlines in the last few years for his outspoken views on reforming Milwaukee County government.  Many of the changes at the board of supervisors level influenced by Lubar are going into effect - though their effects are yet to be measured.

Despite Lubar's public political stances, he never pursued elected office for himself - though he served in the presidential administrations of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter.

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Politics & Government
10:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Milwaukee Magazine Feature on "A Different Kind of Democrat"

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke will face Governor Scott Walker in the upcoming November election.
Credit burkeforwisconsin.com

The start of July means we are roughly four months away from Election Day, the first Tuesday in November.  Wisconsin’s race for Governor will be among the most closely watched in the country, with Scott Walker facing his second challenge since he was elected four years ago.

Walker, who dispatched a recall challenge in defeating Tom Barrett two years ago, will likely face businesswoman and former state Commerce Secretary Mary Burke.

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The Two-Way
8:54 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Saudi Arabia Reportedly Moves 30,000 Troops To Iraqi Border

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Jeddah last month. Saudi Arabia has reportedly moved 30,000 troops to its border with Iraq.

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 6:20 am

Amid reports that Saudi Arabia has deployed some 30,000 troops to its border with Iraq, President Obama has called King Abdullah to discuss the developments in the region.

Reuters quotes Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television as saying the kingdom has deployed forces to its border after Iraqi troops abandoned their positions amid a Sunni-led insurgency.

According to Reuters:

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Around the Nation
4:20 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Why Are Kids From Central America Risking Solo Travel To The U.S.?

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 10:14 am



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2:09 am
Thu July 3, 2014

An Uncertain Future For The U.S. Terrorism Insurance Program

If the government scales back its terrorism insurance program, the cost of doing business in America's downtowns could rise significantly.
Gary Hershorn/Insider Images EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 11:16 am

If terrorists were to attack a U.S. city again, who would pay for catastrophic damage? In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York, Congress provided the answer: the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act.

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5:14 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

For Interior Secretary, Getting Outdoors Is In The Job Description

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell takes a tour of the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Townsend, Ga., last week with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge manager Kimberly Hayes.
Stephen B. Morton AP

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 6:57 pm

It's rare to find Sally Jewell in her Washington, D.C., office.

A little more than a year into her job as Interior Department secretary, she spends much of her time out in the field. It's unavoidable for someone who heads the federal agency that oversees some 400 national parks and nearly 300 million acres of federal lands.

"It's in the job description," she says. "It's also a fun part of the job."

Of late, Jewell has been in the forefront of the administration's efforts to raise awareness of the threat of climate change.

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Intelligence Squared U.S.
4:58 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Is Unlimited Spending On Political Speech A Protected Right?

Burt Neuborne and Zephyr Teachout convinced audience members that the right to unlimited spending on political speech is not guaranteed by the Constitution.
Intelligence Squared U.S.

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 7:05 pm

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In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment protected the right of corporations and unions to spend money on political speech. That decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, didn't affect how much money organizations could donate to political campaigns — but it removed limits on how much they could spend themselves.

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1:50 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

As Supreme Court Term Ends, Journalist Examines Its Decisions

The Supreme Court term ended Monday. The New York Times correspondent and lawyer Adam Liptak talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about what the decisions reveal about the nine justices.

Politics & Government
12:59 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Numbers Help Police Predict Upcoming Crimes

Crime analysts can help determine where and when crimes will take place.
Credit Raymond Boyd, Getty Images

Over the last few months, there have been periodic outbreaks of violence in Milwaukee during the weekends, or other several day stretches, with sudden increases in shootings or other criminal unrest.

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It's All Politics
9:31 am
Wed July 2, 2014

It's The End Of The World As We Know It, So Give Us Money

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:12 pm

Judging from email inboxes Monday night, the political apocalypse loomed.

Democrats were about to be overrun by GOP hordes. An army of liberal special interests and Hollywood cronies were on the verge of overtaking Republicans.

How to explain the dire, all-is-lost pronouncements? FEC deadline day.

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