Politics

7:04pm

Thu June 26, 2014
It's All Politics

Pew's Latest Look At Voters Finds Many Who Defy Party Labels

Some voters are a lot more complicated than is commonly understood, a new Pew Research Center study suggests. In Denver, an election worker collects a mail-in ballot from a voter on Tuesday.
Ed Andrieski AP

Following up on its recent report on the ever-widening ideological gulf between Americans, the Pew Research Center unveiled its latest sorting of voters into categories based, in part, on the relative strength or weakness of their partisan attachments.

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4:33pm

Thu June 26, 2014
It's All Politics

Howard Baker's Legacy: Political, But Not Partisan

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 5:50 pm

Howard Baker, then a Republican senator from Tennessee and vice chairman of the Senate Watergate investigating committee, questions witness James McCord during a hearing on May 18, 1973.
AP

Howard Baker, who died Thursday at age 88, was a former Senate majority leader and chief of staff to President Reagan. Both his father and stepmother served in Congress; one of the Senate's office buildings is named for Baker's father-in-law, Everett Dirksen.

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3:34pm

Thu June 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama Asks For $500 Million To Train, Equip Syrian Rebels

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 4:21 pm

Rebel fighters drink tea on the front line of Ramouseh, near the Aleppo Artillery School. President Obama has requested $500 million to arm and train "moderate" Syrian rebel groups.
Hosam Katan Reuters/Landov

President Obama has asked Congress for $500 million to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels who are seeking the ouster of Bashar Assad.

If Congress approves the plan, it would supplement a covert training and assistance program already being run by U.S. intelligence agencies, The Associated Press says.

The White House says in a statement that the rebels would be vetted before providing assistance, to ensure that U.S. equipment doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

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3:20pm

Thu June 26, 2014
Politics

Senate's Immigration Reform Bill Is Declared Dead At One Year Old

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 6:10 pm

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A year-long effort to push a comprehensive immigration reform bill through the House was officially declared dead yesterday. Prospects for the bill were always dicey and the debate became more complicated by the recent wave of unaccompanied children seeking entry into the United States. NPR's Richard Gonzales has more.

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3:20pm

Thu June 26, 2014
Remembrances

Best Known For Watergate Committee, Longtime Sen. Howard Baker Dies

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 6:10 pm

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