Politics

4:02am

Tue March 4, 2014
Politics

At The White House, It's Budget Day

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 7:04 am

President Obama unveils his nearly $4 trillion budget at an elementary school. But before the bound copy of the budget is even delivered to Congress, the fate of this spending plan is already sealed.

3:29pm

Mon March 3, 2014
Politics

In Tight Texas Lt. Gov. Race, Little Space Left On The Right

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 6:19 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

There's been a lot of talk lately about Democrats' plan to turn Texas blue. But it is at the moment an exercise in optimism. To understand just how conservative much of the state is, look no further than the Republican primary for lieutenant governor. The incumbent, veteran powerbroker David Dewhurst, is running against three strong challengers.

And as NPR's Wade Goodwyn reports, all four candidates have been racing each other to the right.

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3:29pm

Mon March 3, 2014
Middle East

Two Talks On The Docket For Netanyahu's White House Visit

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 6:19 pm

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This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

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And I'm Audie Cornish.

President Obama met today in the Oval Office with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. At the top of the president's agenda: Getting Israel to accept a framework for peace talks with the Palestinians.

NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith reports.

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3:29pm

Mon March 3, 2014
Politics

For Jim DeMint, Changing America Means Starting Small

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 8:37 pm

Former Republican South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint left his seat last year to become president of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.
Charles Dharapak AP

The Conservative Political Action Conference — better known as CPAC — kicks off its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., this week. It's a who's-who of Republican presidential contenders and marquee conservatives like Jim DeMint, a former senator from South Carolina who has played a key role in the rise of the Tea Party.

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2:43pm

Mon March 3, 2014
It's All Politics

Ukraine Is The Latest Overseas Crisis To Blur DC's Partisan Lines

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 3:03 pm

Though some conservatives said President Obama's alleged weakness led to Russian President Vladimir Putin's Ukraine invasion, reaction didn't follow the usual partisan lines.
Mikhail Klimentyev AP

To the list of political issues with which we began this mid-term election year, which had the Affordable Care Act and the economy at the top, we can now add Russia's involvement in Ukraine.

But while the domestic issues divide along fairly clear blue and red lines, the political question of what the U.S. should do about Russian President Vladimir Putin's deployment of the Russian military into Ukraine's Crimea is scrambling Washington's normal partisan lines.

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