Politics & Government

NPR Story
4:06 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Political Reporters Hit The (Bike) Trail In Iowa

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 6:37 am

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Okay. Political stories often come from the White House and they often take our political correspondents, say, to Iowa. That's where three of them are right now. But not for an election cycle, but actually to cycle. NPR's Don Gonyea, Scott Horsley and Brian Naylor are all on vacation together, pedaling across the state of Iowa, hundreds of miles with thousands of other cyclists. It's an annual summertime ritual known as RAGBRAI.

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NPR Story
4:06 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Republicans Pin Hopes On Senate Turnover In 2014

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 6:37 am

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In Washington, D.C. the next election always seems just around the corner, even in the middle of summer when it seems a long way away to everyone else. Republicans are in the Senate minority today, but about now they're feeling confident about their prospects to pick up seats and maybe even regain the majority in 2014. NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson reports.

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Politics
1:59 am
Tue July 23, 2013

How Floor Charts Became Stars Of Congress

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Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 10:26 am

Watch C-SPAN long enough, and you'll see members of Congress using visual aids: big, brightly colored poster boards, known on Capitol Hill as floor charts.

They've become an essential part of congressional messaging.

Almost every day the House of Representatives is in session, lawmakers line up to give what are known as one-minute speeches. Florida Democrat Frederica Wilson is always there.

And she always has her floor chart with her. It displays the number of days since Wilson came to Congress and the number of Americans unemployed.

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Politics & Government
4:33 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Walker Rakes in $3.5 Million for Re-election Bid

Gov. Scott Walker
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Gov. Scott Walker has a healthy start, heading into what's expected to be his 2014 bid for re-election. According to the numbers he filed Monday, he's raised $3.5 million so far in 2013.

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Remembrances
12:58 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Remembering Helen Thomas: White House Trailblazer

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Politics
12:58 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Some Lawmakers Want To Put Politics Aside

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Later this hour, we will take a moment to remember a pioneering journalist and mentor, the irreplaceable Helen Thomas, who died over the weekend at the age of 92. Helen had a lifelong passion for politics and policy and for asking the political leaders the tough questions. But these days, many people have tough questions for our leaders in Washington, or one in particular, and that is, why can't the two political parties in Washington work together? Why can't they get anything done?

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Politics & Government
11:56 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Wisconsin Expands its Definition of Food Stamp Violations

Gov. Walker updated Wisconsin's laws on Monday, regarding what constitutes food stamp trafficking - and imposed criminal penalties on violations. The Legislature forwarded the changes to him.

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Politics & Government
10:47 am
Mon July 22, 2013

County Exec Will Review Emergency Procedures Following Fire

All judicial functions are back to normal scheduling at the Milwaukee County Courthouse.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele says the recent Courthouse fire illustrated the need for emergency plans that cover many contingencies.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele credits the dedication of staff members for the quick resumption of many services at the Courthouse.

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Shots - Health News
9:13 am
Mon July 22, 2013

State Laws Limiting Abortion May Face Challenges On 20-Week Limit

Becca Besaw of Austin, Texas, and Christopher Robertson of Fort Worth, Texas, protest the state's new law restricting access to abortion at a rally in Dallas on July 15.
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Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 3:57 pm

Banning abortions after a specific point in pregnancy has been a popular trend in the states this year. Last week, GOP Gov. Rick Perry made Texas the 12th state to ban most abortions after 20 weeks.

But how states define the starting point for that 20 weeks may cause headaches for women and their doctors — and ultimately affect whether these laws pass constitutional muster.

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Politics
4:21 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Iowa Could Pose Problem For GOP Outreach

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 6:30 am

While the GOP autopsy on the 2012 election talks explicitly about reaching out to women and minorities to expand the party, it does not get into detail about its Iowa problem. Specifically, the state GOP that begins the presidential nominating season is dominated by religious conservatives most resistant to a broader, more inclusive party message.

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