Politics

12:56pm

Mon February 24, 2014
Politics

Top Justice Dept. Official Quietly Stepped Down In December

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 2:37 pm

J. David Ake AP

The leader of an influential Justice Department office that offers legal advice on surveillance, drones and other issues at the center of security and executive power quietly left government before Christmas.

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9:24am

Mon February 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Rep. John Dingell, Who Has Served A Record 58 Years, Is Retiring

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 12:23 pm

Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Michigan Democratic Rep. John Dingell, who was first elected to Congress in 1955 to fill a seat his father had held, says he will not seek re-election later this year.

He'll leave office having served in Congress longer than anyone else in history. Last June, Dingell passed the previous record holder, the late Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va.

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7:30am

Mon February 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Pentagon Budget-Cutting Plans Sure To Draw Flak

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 4:37 pm

Mark Wilson AFP/Getty Images
  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Tom Bowman talks with host David Greene about the Pentagon's budget problems

Click here to jump to Monday afternoon's highlights of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's announcement. We've rewritten the top of this post since Hagel announced his budget plan.

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4:05am

Mon February 24, 2014
Environment

Billionaire Steyer Puts Money Toward Climate, Energy Issues

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 6:34 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

OK. So in the words of that political scientist in Peter's piece, wealthy donors like Tom Steyer are putting a pistol to someone's head, forcing their pet issues on candidates. Steyer himself sees things very differently. He quit his hedge fund with $1.5 billion and now in his view he's fighting as hard as he can with money and passion to do something very noble - save the planet. When he sat down to speak with us he said his goal is to use his money to limit carbon emissions.

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4:05am

Mon February 24, 2014
Politics

America's Richest Political Activists Pour Money Into SuperPACs

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 6:34 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. Some of America's richest political activists are pouring money into new SuperPACs as they seek to influence the issues in upcoming Senate and House races. Billionaires including Sheldon Adelson, the Koch Brothers, and Fred Eychaner used SuperPACs to support their favored presidential candidates in 2012.

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