Politics

1:39pm

Wed July 16, 2014
The Two-Way

Democratic Effort To Override Hobby Lobby Ruling Fails

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 3:34 pm

GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire complained about a Democratic effort to reaffirm a contraceptive mandate at a Tuesday news conference
J. Scott Applewhite AP

A Democratic effort to override the Supreme Court's recent ruling on contraceptive coverage failed in the Senate on Wednesday.

Bill sponsors fell four votes short of the 60 votes needed to cut off debate on the measure.

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1:27pm

Wed July 16, 2014
Politics

Cory Booker Wants To Help Ex-Offenders Be Economically Productive

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 1:41 pm

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden. Michel Martin is away.

Cory Booker was in the political spotlight long before he was sworn in as New Jersey's junior senator in 2014. His first campaign to become mayor of Newark was the focus of an award-winning documentary. Part of his term in that office was chronicled in a television series for the Sundance Channel.

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10:46am

Wed July 16, 2014
It's All Politics

Palin's Call For Impeachment Reopens Debate Over ... Sarah Palin

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 11:21 am

Former Alaska governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin introduces U.S. Senate challenger Chris McDaniel at a May 29 rally in Ellisville, Miss.
George Clark AP

It's nice to see Sarah Palin back in the news. Nice, that is, if you're a Sarah fan — or if you're a Democrat, or a member of the media.

Palin's fans, and they are legion on the right, love her reliably tough-talking take on how conservatives should fight President Obama and his use of executive power to circumvent Congress.

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4:23am

Wed July 16, 2014
Politics

Senate Democrats Aim To Overturn High Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 9:32 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

On a Wednesday, it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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4:02am

Wed July 16, 2014
NPR Story

House Approves $11 Billion To Keep Highway Fund Solvent

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 9:32 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

We have another update now on a basic piece of federal business that's not getting done. Congress has been fighting over the Highway Trust Fund. It pays the federal share of road and bridge construction projects. That trust fund is running on fumes. In the absence of a long-term agreement, the House has passed a temporary extension. It would provide $11 billion to keep the fund paying out until spring. President Obama had been pressing for a long-term fix but says he will settle for this. Here's NPR's Brian Naylor.

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