Politics

4:16am

Sat March 22, 2014
It's All Politics

Why Are We Hauling Pennsylvania Coal All The Way To Germany?

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 10:25 am

Several tons of anthracite coal fill a basement space in Pottsville, Pa.
Bradley C. Bower AP

There are budget earmarks from powerful congressmen, earmarks from not-so-powerful congressmen and, as it turns out for an old mining town in Pennsylvania's Appalachians, there's even an earmark from a long-dead congressman.

In the 1960s and 70s, powerful Democrat Daniel Flood worked to find a federal government buyer for the anthracite coal mined in his district. He succeeded: Some five decades later, the heat coming off the radiators at the U.S. military's installation at Kaiserslautern, Germany, is still generated by burning Pennsylvania anthracite.

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3:32pm

Fri March 21, 2014
Politics

With Clock Ticking Down, Obama Polishes Judicial Legacy

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 5:22 pm

President Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in November 2013, shortly after the Senate voted 52-48 to weaken the power of the filibuster.
Evan Vucci AP

Republicans have a decent shot at taking control of the Senate in November, so President Obama could have as little as nine months left to shape the judiciary he will leave behind.

Senate Democrats positioned themselves to help with that endeavor when they eliminated the filibuster for most judicial nominees last November. But Republicans are still finding ways to slow things down.

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3:24pm

Fri March 21, 2014
Politics

Obama Meets Internet CEOs To Discuss Privacy Issues

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 5:22 pm

Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg speaks during his Feb. 24 keynote address at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.
David Ramos Getty Images

Leaders of high-tech companies, including Google and Facebook, descended on the White House Friday for a meeting with President Obama on the subject of privacy. The meeting itself was private. But aides say Obama wanted to hear from the CEOs about their concerns with the government's high-tech surveillance.

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3:24pm

Fri March 21, 2014
Commentary

Week In Politics: Ukraine, Poverty And The Health Care Deadline

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 5:22 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Now to talk more about the week's political news with our Friday regulars, David Brooks of The New York Times. Hey there, David.

DAVID BROOKS: Hello.

CORNISH: And E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institutions. Hey there, E.J.

E.J. DIONNE: Good to be with you.

CORNISH: All right. We're going to go back in time for a moment to Tuesday.

PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN: (Speaking foreign language)

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2:28pm

Fri March 21, 2014
The Two-Way

Former White House Official: Putin Wants 'New Russian Empire'

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 4:10 pm

On Friday in Moscow Russian President Vladimir Putin signs a bill making Crimea and the city of Sevastopol part of Russia.
Sergei Chirikov/Pool EPA/Landov

The United States and Europe need to stand together against Moscow in the wake of its incursion in Crimea, keeping the door open for Ukraine and other countries to join NATO, former U.S. officials tell NPR.

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