Politics

5:59pm

Mon July 14, 2014
It's All Politics

Showdown At The UT Corral

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 9:54 pm

University of Texas, Austin President Bill Powers (center) speaks with the media following a December 2013 regents meeting in Austin.
Eric Gay AP

Like any ugly, long-running confrontation between a husband and wife or next-door neighbors — or between anybody, really — it's hard to know exactly when the dispute between University of Texas President Bill Powers and Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry truly began.

But in the end, when the dust settled, one thing was clear: When powerful university presidents and powerful governors tangle, the politician usually ends up on top.

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12:16pm

Mon July 14, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Giants Make Net Neutrality Case As Deadline Nears

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 1:49 pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (right) and Facebook lobbyist Joel Kaplan are part of the Internet Association, which filed comments in support of net neutrality Monday.
Alex Wong Getty Images

It's not just comedian John Oliver coming out against cable companies to support net neutrality. The world's largest Internet companies — Google, Facebook, Netflix, Amazon and others — have officially chimed in, filing comments Monday to the Federal Communications Commission, which oversees Internet traffic.

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5:37am

Mon July 14, 2014
Race

Why Did Black Voters Flee The Republican Party In The 1960s?

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 1:43 pm

Barry Goldwater greets an Indianapolis crowd during a campaign tour in Oct. 1964.
AP

If you'd walked into a gathering of older black folks 100 years ago, you'd have found that most of them would have been Republican.

Wait... what?

Yep. Republican. Party of Lincoln. Party of the Emancipation. Party that pushed not only black votes but black politicians during that post-bellum period known as Reconstruction.

Today, it's almost the exact opposite. That migration of black voters away from the GOP reached its last phase 50 years ago this week.

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8:52am

Sun July 13, 2014
Politics

What Will Become Of Obama's Request For Immigration Relief Funds?

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 12:09 pm

NPR's Arun Rath talks to political correspondent Mara Liasson about the chances of a political agreement over how to handle the migration of thousands of Central American children.

4:19am

Sun July 13, 2014
Business

Congress' Latest Death Match Involves A Bank You've Never Heard Of

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 12:39 pm

A worker stacks traffic safety poles at Pexco's manufacturing center in Fife, Wash. The small company ships products all over the world, with the help of federal insurance from the Export-Import Bank.
Drew Perine MCT/Landov

It sits in an imposing building just across Lafayette Square from the White House. Yet the Export-Import Bank, which has been offering credit to foreign purchasers of U.S. goods for 80 years, could start shutting down operations within a matter of weeks.

"There's about a 50-50 chance," says Dan Ikenson, who directs a trade policy center at the Cato Institute.

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