Politics & Government

Politics
4:24 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Obama Looks To Businesses For Back Up In Budget, Debt Fights

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 7:01 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

That threat of a government shutdown or worse, default, is taking a toll on the country's businesses. Half of the CEOs surveyed by the Business Round Table say the gridlock in Washington is making them less likely to hire. Today, President Obama tried to enlist business leaders in a campaign to press Congress. Their message: Keep the government open and raise the debt ceiling. NPR's Scott Horsley has the story.

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Politics
4:24 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

House GOP Leaders Now Say Defund Obamacare Or Face Shut Down

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 7:01 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. We have said this before and in the next week and a half you're likely to hear it repeated. If Congress does not act, the government will shut down on October 1st. Today, House Speaker John Boehner unveiled a new strategy designed more to appease the hardliners in his own conference than to avoid a shutdown.

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It's All Politics
4:13 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Atheists Start PAC To Elect Nonreligious Candidates

Bishop McNeil, who isn't a cleric despite his name, speaks to reporters Wednesday at a news conference to introduce the Freethought Equality Fund PAC.
Frank James NPR

Americans who count themselves among the "nones" — as in atheists, agnostics or those of no definite religious affiliation — have launched a new political action committee.

The goal? To support the election of like-minded lawmakers or, at a minimum, candidates committed to upholding the constitutional separation between church and state.

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NPR Story
3:35 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Push To End Mandatory Minimums Makes Strange Bedfellows

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 7:01 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

On Capitol Hill today, a rare acknowledgement from lawmakers that they are partly to blame for the country's crowded prisons. Senator Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, opened a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this way.

SENATOR PATRICK LEAHY: We must reevaluate how many people we send to prison and for how long.

SIEGEL: Leahy wants to dial back the long prison sentences that Congress approved during the war on drugs and he's got some surprising allies.

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Politics & Government
3:07 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Dallas Company Could Soon Run Milwaukee Transit

Milwaukee County buses on Wisconsin Avenue
Credit d76/Flickr

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Carter Pate, of MV Transportation, which would run Milwaukee County Transit if the board of supervisors approve.

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors will soon take up a proposed contract with MV Transportation to run the county’s transit system. 

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It's All Politics
1:43 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Sen. Mitch McConnell's Newest Headache

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters following a Republican caucus at the Capitol Tuesday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 2:36 pm

As House Republican leaders acquiesce to their Tea Party faction and tie a government spending renewal to the defunding of Obamacare, don't look for much cheering from the Senate minority leader's office.

That's because what had largely been House Speaker John Boehner's problem now becomes Kentucky GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell's problem — at least for the next steps of this drama.

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Economy
11:15 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Minority-Owned Banks Play A Real Role In Recovery?

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 4:51 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Later this hour, we will meet the new Miss America, Nina Davuluri, and we'll find out how she's already gotten a lesson in grace under fire after her Indian-American heritage drew a swarm of haters on the web. It's the first of two conversations we'll have this hour about the interesting politics of beauty right now.

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Politics & Government
10:28 am
Wed September 18, 2013

State Money will Help Milwaukee Ditch Abandoned Houses

Gov. Walker announced Tuesday that he'll give the City of Milwaukee $2 million to help eliminate blighted properties.

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Politics & Government
9:06 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Special Election Planned in South Surbubs

A special election will be held in the 21st Assembly District to replace Mark Honadel.

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Politics & Government
8:55 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Legislature Gives Landlords More Power

A new bill gives landlords more power over tenants.

Landlords will have more power over tenants if a bill passed by the Senate Tuesday gets signed by the Governor.

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