Politics

3:17pm

Mon June 30, 2014
National Security

Obama Taps Former Procter & Gamble Chief To Helm VA

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 6:01 pm

President Obama has picked Robert McDonald, the former CEO of Procter & Gamble, to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. If confirmed by the Senate, McDonald will face a difficult task. The VA is is embroiled in a controversy over falsified and lengthy wait times for veterans.

2:47pm

Mon June 30, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama Says He Will Use Executive Action To Address Immigration System

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 3:08 pm

President Obama said he will move some immigration enforcement assets from the interior of the country to the border, part of his effort to fix the immigration system.
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President Obama says he is going to use executive action to deal with what he says is a broken immigration system.

"While I will continue to push Republicans to drop excuses and act," Obama said, "Americans cannot wait forever for them to act."

Obama made the announcement at the White House Rose Garden on Monday. He said he will begin "a new effort to fix the immigration system on my own, without Congress."

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4:08am

Mon June 30, 2014
Politics

Obama To Nominate Ex-Procter & Gamble Chief To Head VA

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 12:32 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And let's hear more about that nomination that Cokie just mentioned. Bob McDonald was CEO of Procter & Gamble, and now if confirmed by the Senate, he'll be running the Department of Veterans Affairs. The White House says that agency is under-resourced and is suffering from a, quote, "corrosive culture that led staff to fake their reports about how long veterans are waiting to get health care." Here to talk to us about that more, NPR veterans correspondent Quil Lawrence. Quil, good morning.

QUIL LAWRENCE, BYLINE: Good morning.

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4:06am

Mon June 30, 2014
Law

Supreme Court To Rule On Hobby Lobby Contraception Case

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 12:32 pm

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DAVID GREENE, BYLINE: Here in Washington, the U.S. Supreme Court wraps up its term today. And once again, we are waiting for a major decision on the Affordable Care Act. The High Court is set to rule on whether the health insurance that for-profit employers offer to their workers has to include birth control even if the employer has a religious objection. Our colleague Steve Inskeep spoke to NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley about the case.

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3:59am

Mon June 30, 2014
NPR Story

Obama To Request $2 Billion To Deal With Border Issue

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 12:32 pm

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

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