Politics & Government

Politics & Government
4:01 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Congresswoman Gwen Moore Blasts Republicans, But Compliments Rep. Paul Ryan

Congresswoman Gwen Moore of Milwaukee, speaking at a rally in Washington, D.C., in June 2012
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Democratic Congresswoman Gwen Moore of Milwaukee.

Though Congress has managed to break Washington gridlock to pass an Omnibus spending bill, Democratic Congresswoman Gwen Moore of Milwaukee says most Republicans "would like to carry us back to a point in time when government does practically nothing."

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Politics & Government
1:28 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Three Takeaways from Gov. Walker's State of the State

Governor Scott Walker after a ceremonial bill signing on March 11, 2011.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews political science professor Mordecai Lee.

In the final State of the State address of his first term, Governor Scott Walker focused heavily on economic themes Wednesday night.

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Politics
12:39 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Where Is The Line Between Political Scandal And Corruption?

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Law
6:10 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Will Voters Or Courts Decide Virginia's Gay-Marriage Case?

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 7:20 am

The Virginia case is one of several that is barreling its way toward the Supreme Court. There have been debates on the gay-rights side over whether to move this issue forward in the political arena or use the court system.

Around the Nation
5:49 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Tea Party Wants To Make Spending A Federal Case In Idaho

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 7:20 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

In election years, we hear a lot of reporting from swing states: Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin. We do not usually hear as much from a place like Idaho, because it is so deeply one color: red. But this midterm election year, Idaho is home to one of the most closely watched races in this nation. A Republican is battling another Republican in a primary campaign that may point to where the party, as a whole, is heading.

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Around the Nation
2:43 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Hudson High Jinks: 2 States, 1 Port Authority, Lots Of Politics

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey manages the biggest port on the East Coast, along with three major airports, the key bridges and tunnels across the Hudson River, bus and rail lines, and even the World Trade Center site.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 8:11 am

If you don't live in the Northeast, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey may sound like just another obscure government agency. But it's suddenly been in the spotlight because of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.

The agency's name is a bit of an understatement. The Port Authority manages the biggest port on the East Coast, along with three major airports, the key bridges and tunnels across the Hudson River, bus and rail lines, and even the World Trade Center site.

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Politics & Government
11:43 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Walker Calls on Lawmakers to Approve Tax Cuts in State of the State Address

Gov. Walker proposed income and property tax cuts in his State of the State address Wednesday night.

Wisconsin workers would see more money in their paychecks, under a plan Gov. Scott Walker unveiled Wednesday night.

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The Two-Way
11:43 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Post-9/11 Panel Criticizes NSA Phone Data Collection

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 5:21 am

An independent panel created after the 9/11 attacks says bulk collection of billions of American phone records violates the letter and the spirit of the law.

The new report from the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board undercuts the foundation of the National Security Agency's long-running phone metadata program, and suggests it conflicts with plain language in the Patriot Act and other laws on the books.

NPR obtained a copy of the report, which will be discussed and voted on Thursday at an open board meeting.

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It's All Politics
6:55 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Governors Gone Wild: A Recent History

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell makes a statement as his wife, Maureen, listens during a Tuesday news conference in Richmond, Va.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 11:58 pm

In the annals of corrupt governors, former Virginia GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell's place remains to be seen.

He was indicted along with his wife Tuesday for allegedly taking illegal gifts, vacations and loans while in office, but the governor says he's innocent.

Either way, in light of the allegations against McDonnell, the first governor in Virginia history to face felony charges, we thought we'd take a look back at other examples of gubernatorial bad behavior in recent decades that resulted in fines, probation or even a prison stint.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Shorter Lines? For Elections Commission, It's Common Sense

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 7:01 pm

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

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. Remember the scenes of those endless voting lines in the 2012 presidential election? Some voters waited for six hours or more to cast their ballots. Well, now a presidential commission has come up with some ways to fix the problem. The panel, appointed by President Obama himself, suggests that more early voting and better voting technology would help. But, as NPR's Pam Fessler reports, they're just recommendations.

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