Politics & Government

The Two-Way
8:50 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Struck Down

Before the voter ID law was put on hold, this Penndot Drivers License Center in Butler, Pa., displayed signs promoting the requirement for voters to show an acceptable photo ID at the polls.
Keith Srakocic AP

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 4:17 pm

Ruling that "voting laws are designed to assure a free and fair election" and that Pennsylvania's "Voter ID Law does not further this goal," a state judge on Friday struck down that controversial statute.

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley's ruling is posted here.

The Associated Press writes that:

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Politics
5:20 am
Fri January 17, 2014

NSA Oversight: Obama Wants Safeguards Against Potential Abuse

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 12:39 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And even before Edward Snowden and his leaks made NSA surveillance the subject of dinner table conversations all over American, President Obama said he wanted a debate about the right balance between security and civil liberties. The Snowden revelations made sure that Mr. Obama got one. NPR's Mara Liasson reports on how the political calculus is working at the White House.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: The president's new senior advisor, John Podesta, describes what Mr. Obama wants Americans to understand.

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National Security
5:15 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Obama To Announce Changes To NSA Surveillance

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 12:39 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. President Obama today is set to announce the changes he would like to make in the way the National Security Agency keeps track of Americans and foreigners. He will speak at the Justice Department, six months after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden prompted a fierce debate in this country and abroad by exposing previously secret NSA surveillance programs.

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Politics
3:51 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Busy Week For Lawmakers Announcing Their Retirement

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 12:39 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn announced last night that he is giving up his Senate seat early at the end of this congressional session. His departure won't affect the balance of the Senate. But something that might affect the House - this week, several Democrats there said they won't be running again, which could add to an already uphill battle the party is facing in its effort to win back control of the House.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

GOP Has Change of Heart Over Milwaukee Police ShotSpotter Funding

Milwaukee Police Department's ShotSpotter Rapid Response Unit
Credit ShotSpotter

Last year, state Republican leaders cut nearly a half million dollars from the Milwaukee Police Department's ShotSpotter program. Now, they would like to restore some of it.

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