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Politics & Government
3:11 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Update: Budget Committee Actions Wednesday

Budget work has ended for the day
Credit Justin W. Kern

The Legislature's Joint Finance resumed its work Wednesday, reviewing Gov. Walker's proposed 2013-2015 state budget. Among actions the panel took before adjourning:

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Politics
3:11 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Tea Party Firebrand Bachmann Won't Seek Fifth Term

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 6:18 pm

Tea Party favorite and former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann announced that she would not run for re-election to her Minnesota House seat. Bachmann was facing a tough fight, having barely beaten an unknown Democrat in a district that Republican nominee Mitt Romney carried by 15 points.

Politics
3:11 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Obama's OPM Nominee Did Latino Outreach For Campaign

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 6:18 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Democrats and Republicans both have a political interest in passing immigration reform as a way to appeal to the growing number of Latino voters. More than 70 percent of Latinos who voted last year backed President Obama. Well, now the president has tapped the political director of his campaign to lead the government's personnel office and if confirmed, Katherine Archuleta would be the first Latina to hold the title. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

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Business
2:21 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

What's Under Youngstown May Help What's On Top

By leasing land for drilling, city leaders in Youngstown, Ohio, hope to generate funds to demolish vacant buildings.
M.L. Schultze for NPR

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 6:18 pm

A century ago, when fiery steel mills were roaring to life in Youngstown, Ohio, builders were racing to put up homes, storefronts, barbershops and more.

Today, many of those buildings sit empty and rotting. With the mills mostly gone and the population down 60 percent from 1960, to just 67,000, the city needs millions of dollars to tear down roughly 4,000 vacant structures.

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Politics
1:04 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

The Role Of The Attorney General Throughout History

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 2:39 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. The president throws footballs with Chris Christie on the Jersey Shore. Michele Bachmann throws in the towel in Minnesota. And Scott Gomez throws shade at Ed Markey in Massachusetts. It's Wednesday and time for a...

GABRIEL GOMEZ: Pond scum...

CONAN: Edition of the Political Junkie.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDINGS)

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: There you go again.

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Politics & Government
11:53 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Budget Committee Puts Off Votes on Governor's Voucher and Charter Plans

Republican leaders not yet in agreement on school issues

GOP lawmakers and Gov. Walker don't yet see eye-to-eye on expanding Wisconsin's school Choice or voucher program and creating a charter school board, so the Legislature's budget committee has delayed action on the items.

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The Two-Way
10:53 am
Wed May 29, 2013

VIDEO: Obama Explains How That Lipstick Got On His Collar

I can explain, the president said Tuesday.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

It was an "auntie" that left that lipstick mark on his collar, President Obama explained Tuesday evening at the start of a White House event marking Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

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Politics & Government
10:36 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Wisconsin Weighs In on Drones

Tech students in Madison develop drones
Credit Madison Area Technical College

While the U.S. debates the use of drones for military purposes, a bipartisan group of Wisconsin legislators is proposing rules for civilian and police use here. A committee is gathering public input Wednesday.

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Politics & Government
8:54 am
Wed May 29, 2013

State Law Would Make Banks Monitor Some Private Accounts

State officials could check the bank accounts of unemployed people, under a proposal in the state legislature.

The law would also require financial institutionsĀ  that do business with the state to monitor unemployed people's accounts. Banks and credit unions would be required to report overpayments due to error and disclose information about people who owe money to the unemployment system.

The Joint Finance Committee recently approved a provision in the Governor's budget that would force the unemployed to apply for four jobs a week, rather than two, to retain benefits.

Politics & Government
8:37 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Talks Over Private School Choice Expansion Deadlocked

An effort to strike a compromise on a Walker administration plan to expand private school choice has hit a roadblock.

A state Senate leader says talks designed to strike a compromise on Gov. Scott Walker'sĀ  private school choice expansion plan have reached an impasse.

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