Politics

7:40pm

Thu February 27, 2014
The Two-Way

House Approves Anti-Regulatory Bills, With Eye On Elections

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 8:37 am

The House of Representatives has approved several bills that would limit and change the way the federal government regulates businesses. The Republican-backed measures were all passed by largely party-line votes; none are seen as likely to be enacted into law.

The legislation underscores "an increasingly symbolic thrust of legislation as Congress heads toward midterm elections," NPR's David Welna reports for our Newscast unit.

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5:54pm

Thu February 27, 2014
It's All Politics

Clintons Provide Firepower Behind DNC 'Voter Expansion Project'

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Clinton huddle under an umbrella during inaugural ceremonies for Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe in Richmond on Jan. 11.
Patrick Semansky AP

Democrats believe they've discovered a way to play more offense against Republican efforts that have had the effect of making it harder for many voters — especially young, senior and minority citizens — to cast their ballots.

Their answer: a new initiative, announced by the Democratic National Committee at its winter meeting in Washington, aimed at countering voter ID and other laws and practices that can dampen voting.

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4:43pm

Thu February 27, 2014
It's All Politics

Seth Rogen Tees Off On Senators Who Walked Out On His Testimony

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 5:42 pm

Actor and Alzheimer's advocate Seth Rogen prepares to testify before a Senate hearing on the rising cost of Alzheimer's disease in America.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Celebrities regularly testify on Capitol Hill about issues important to them. But when comic actor Seth Rogen addressed a U.S. Senate subcommittee about Alzheimer's disease Wednesday, the experience was anything but typical.

Disappointed by the hearing's low turnout, Rogen took to Twitter — where his account has 1.84 million followers — to voice his frustration.

"Not sure why only two senators were at the hearing. Very symbolic of how the Government views Alzheimer's. Seems to be a low priority," Rogen tweeted after the hearing.

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3:07pm

Thu February 27, 2014
Governing

Obama Announces Task Force To Help Young Minority Men

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 6:57 pm

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3:07pm

Thu February 27, 2014
Politics

Lay Of The Land Looks Steep For Senate Democrats

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 6:57 pm

With the House of Representatives expected to remain in Republican hands, the Senate will be the focus of midterm elections in 2014. The political landscape there appears unfavorable for Democrats.

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