Politics

5:27pm

Tue July 8, 2014
It's All Politics

Unlikely Duo Join Forces On Sentencing Overhaul Bill

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 5:36 pm

An officer is reflected in the glass as inmates sit in the Williston, N.D., county jail in July 2013.
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Two senators — a Democrat and a Republican — introduced a bill Tuesday that aims to overhaul the nation's criminal justice system, slash government spending on prisons and make it easier for nonviolent offenders to find employment.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., both freshmen looking to elevate their national profiles, are teaming up to unveil the REDEEM Act, which stands for Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment.

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3:13pm

Tue July 8, 2014
Politics

Obama Requests Nearly $4 Billion In Funds To Speed Deportations

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 5:13 pm

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It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

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3:13pm

Tue July 8, 2014
Business

For A Business Built 'On Bended Knee,' Hobby Lobby Ruling Is A Boon

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 5:19 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

To the politics of religion and the Supreme Court now, and last week's decision in the Hobby Lobby case. The court cleared the way for closely held businesses, whose owners have religious objections to contraceptives, to cut coverage from their employee health plans. And since the court ruled, businesses have been doing just that. NPR's Wade Goodwyn spoke with a couple of company leaders about their decisions.

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12:49pm

Tue July 8, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama Seeks $3.7B To Handle Immigration Crisis

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 3:12 pm

Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville, Texas, on June 18. The White House on Tuesday sought $3.7 billion to deal with the immigration crisis at the border.
Eric Gay AP

Update at 3:33 p.m. ET

The White House said it's asking Congress for $3.7 billion to address the humanitarian crisis along the border with Mexico.

The statement said the funds would cover domestic enforcement, repatriation and reintegration of migrants, transportation costs, additional immigration judges, prosecutors and litigation attorneys to "ensure cases are processed fairly and as quickly as possible."

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12:22pm

Tue July 8, 2014
It's All Politics

GOP Selects Cleveland Over Dallas As 2016 GOP Convention City

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:57 am

The downtown Cleveland skyline on a clear day. The city was selected Tuesday as the recommended location of the Republican National Convention in 2016.
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The Republican Party will hold its 2016 presidential convention in Cleveland, GOP chairman Reince Priebus announced Tuesday.

The GOP chose to locate its nominating event in an expected 2016 battleground state rather than in Dallas, Texas, the sole remaining competitor after Denver and Kansas City were eliminated from consideration in late June.

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