Politics

1:59pm

Thu June 5, 2014
The Two-Way

Senate Confirms Burwell To Top Post At Health And Human Services

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 2:31 pm

Sylvia Mathews Burwell won Senate approval as the new secretary of health and human services.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

The Senate has voted to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell to the post of secretary of health and human services, where she will replace Kathleen Sebelius, who presided over the troubled rollout of the HealthCare.gov website.

In a 78-17 vote, Burwell, who served most recently as White House budget director, was approved Thursday.

In a statement released by the White House press office, President Obama said he applauded the confirmation of Burwell.

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11:50am

Thu June 5, 2014
Books

'Guns Kept People Alive' During The Civil Rights Movement

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 4:10 pm

This year marks the 50th anniversary of many pivotal events in the civil rights movement, and to commemorate "Freedom Summer," Tell Me More is diving into books that explore that theme.

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11:50am

Thu June 5, 2014
Sports

When LeBron James Speaks, Do People Stop And Listen?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. The NBA finals begin today with the Miami Heat facing off against the San Antonio Spurs, and of course, attention is focused on Miami's star player, LeBron James, as he fights for his team to collect their third NBA title. But our next guest say there's something else to watch - his growing influence off the court. He was one of the first voices to call for the ouster of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling after Sterling's racist comments were made public. Here's LeBron James.

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11:50am

Thu June 5, 2014
Around the Nation

Values Collide In Texas Over 'Open Carry' Protests

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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10:46am

Thu June 5, 2014
It's All Politics

'Open Carry' Gun Laws Spark Texas Backlash

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 2:15 pm

A Texas flag sticks out of the barrel of a rifle belonging to Robert Perez, as he and others with the group Open Carry Tarrant County gathered for a May 29 demonstration in Haltom City, Texas.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Last week, not long after a lone gunman's rampage in California, Texas witnessed an unnerving series of demonstrations.

Groups of young men, armed with tactical long rifles slung across their backs, began showing up at restaurants like Chili's and Chipotle, Sonic and Jack in the Box, to mention a few, as part of their response to another anguished gun control conversation.

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