Politics

10:19am

Tue May 13, 2014
Law

Gay Marriage Around The Country: Not All Judges Say 'I Do'

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 12:10 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Same-sex marriage is back in the headlines this week. In Arkansas, gay and lesbian couples are lining up for marriage licenses after a state judge struck down its ban. Today in Virginia, a federal appeals court is hearing a challenge to the Commonwealth's ban on same-sex marriage. But these are just two of many cases winding through the courts across the country.

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10:19am

Tue May 13, 2014
Education

What Drives Protests On Campus?

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 12:05 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. It's commencement season. You might be headed to one this weekend. And while you're probably most concerned with seeing your loved one get that piece of paper, these days many students and faculty are showing new interest in who offers those often banal but still widely noted commencement remarks.

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10:18am

Tue May 13, 2014
It's All Politics

Coming Soon To Your TV: Campaign Ads Targeted At You

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 1:53 pm

Addressable TV advertising technologies, which allow advertisers to selectively target audiences and serve different ads within them, are poised to play a bigger role in political campaigns.
Matt Rourke AP

NPR's Mara Liasson interviewed top Democratic ad man Jim Margolis recently as part of her research for a story about political advertising aimed at women.

Much of the interview didn't make the final radio piece, but the picture he painted of the not-too-distant political future was fascinating — and a little unsettling.

Here are some excerpts from that interview:

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5:52am

Tue May 13, 2014
It's All Politics

In Caustic Nebraska Senate Race, GOP Battle Lines Are Blurred

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 4:02 pm

Republicans Shane Osborn (right) and Ben Sasse are slugging it out for the GOP Senate nomination in Nebraska, which holds its primary Tuesday.
Nati Harnik AP

Conservative money has poured into Nebraska's Republican Senate primary race.

Big GOP names like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are on opposite sides.

And the attack ads have been brutal — including one that took a page directly from the Swift-boating of John Kerry's military record during his 2004 presidential run.

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2:23am

Tue May 13, 2014
Politics

In Mississippi, A Tea Party Challenger Takes On A GOP Institution

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 10:57 pm

Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel speaks to supporters in Jackson on Thursday. He is challenging Republican Sen. Thad Cochran in Cochran's bid for a seventh term.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

The Tea Party Express bus tour made a recent swing through Mississippi, stopping on the lush grounds of the state Capitol in Jackson.

It's a strategic stop to rally support for a state senator who is giving longtime Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran the re-election battle of his career. The Senate primary here is the latest episode in the national GOP power struggle between establishment forces and Tea Party upstarts.

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