Politics

3:29pm

Wed March 5, 2014
National Security

Hagel's On The Hill, Pushing For A Slimmer Military

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 7:42 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. We begin this hour on Capitol Hill, where the secretary of Defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs were grilled today by lawmakers. The Pentagon leaders appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee to defend the proposed cuts in military spending. The cuts are outlined in budget President Obama sent to Congress yesterday.

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3:14pm

Wed March 5, 2014
News

Decades-Old Case Looms Large In Defeated Civil Rights Nomination

Debo Adegbile was the nominee to lead the Justice Department Civil Rights Division, and he has a compelling story — from child actor to activist lawyer. The Senate defeated his nomination Wednesday.

2:43pm

Wed March 5, 2014
It's All Politics

How To Pick A Candidate In Texas: Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 2:49 pm

Rebecca Gonzalez searches for a location for an election sign at an early voting polling site Feb. 18 in San Antonio, Texas.
Eric Gay AP

Jim Hogan thanks God for his victory in a statewide Texas primary election on Tuesday. His campaign clearly had little to do with it.

Hogan paid his filing fee and then did essentially nothing else.

"Not being a politician, I didn't want to spend money," he says. "I didn't buy any mailers or yard signs. I think it's a waste to spend a lot of money on these politics."

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2:06pm

Wed March 5, 2014
Author Interviews

The Case For Tammany Hall Being On The Right Side Of History

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 8:18 am

Seen here in 1935, the building that housed Manhattan's Democratic Party, known as Tammany Hall, still stands today.
AP

Back in 1900, when Americans in cities counted on ice to keep food, milk and medicines fresh, New York Mayor Robert Van Wyck's career ended when it emerged that a company given a monopoly on the ice business was doubling prices while giving the mayor and his cronies big payoffs.

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12:38pm

Wed March 5, 2014
The Two-Way

Senate Blocks Obama's Nominee For Civil Rights Job

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 3:54 pm

Debo Adegbile, shown at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2009 when he was an attorney with the Legal Defense and Educational Fund of the NAACP.
Alex Brandon AP

Eight Senate Democrats, including Majority Leader Harry Reid, joined Republicans in a vote to block President Obama's nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.

The Washington Post writes:

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