Politics

9:54am

Wed July 9, 2014
Politics

What's Causing The Latest Immigration Crisis? A Brief Explainer

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 6:28 pm

Demonstrators from opposing sides confront each other while being separated by police officers on July 4, outside a U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, Calif.
Mark J. Terrill AP

It's turning into the largest influx of asylum seekers on U.S. soil since the 1980 Mariel boatlift out of Cuba.

Since October, more than 52,000 children — most from Central America and many of them unaccompanied by adults — have been taken into custody. That's nearly double last year's total and 10 times the number from 2009.

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6:28am

Wed July 9, 2014
Politics

Administration Moves To Speed Deportations Of Unaccompanied Minors

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 7:01 am

A flood of children from Central America has put President Obama under pressure. Steve Inskeep talks to White House advisor Cecilia Muñoz about efforts to more quickly process them.

4:06am

Wed July 9, 2014
NPR Story

Cleveland, A Democratic Stronghold, Wins GOP Convention

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 7:01 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. We do not know which Republican will accept the nomination for president in 2016. We do know where.

MONTAGNE: Cleveland is celebrating that honor. Republicans chose it over Dallas.

INSKEEP: Maybe Cleveland just won because it's in the swing state of Ohio, but however it happened, the city takes it as a sign of a comeback. Nick Castele reports from member station WCPN.

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5:28pm

Tue July 8, 2014
It's All Politics

A Senator Turns His Bible Into A Political Tool

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:10 pm

Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., walks with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on Capitol Hill on June 4.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Here are two rules of American politics: Never let an opponent's attacks go unanswered, and if you're running in the South and have a good reason to be pictured holding a Bible, go for it.

The first is a long-standing rule. The second is hard to argue with.

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5:27pm

Tue July 8, 2014
It's All Politics

Unlikely Duo Join Forces On Sentencing Overhaul Bill

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 5:36 pm

An officer is reflected in the glass as inmates sit in the Williston, N.D., county jail in July 2013.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Two senators — a Democrat and a Republican — introduced a bill Tuesday that aims to overhaul the nation's criminal justice system, slash government spending on prisons and make it easier for nonviolent offenders to find employment.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., both freshmen looking to elevate their national profiles, are teaming up to unveil the REDEEM Act, which stands for Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment.

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