Politics

12:22pm

Tue July 8, 2014
It's All Politics

GOP Selects Cleveland Over Dallas As 2016 GOP Convention City

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:57 am

The downtown Cleveland skyline on a clear day. The city was selected Tuesday as the recommended location of the Republican National Convention in 2016.
iStockPhoto

The Republican Party will hold its 2016 presidential convention in Cleveland, GOP chairman Reince Priebus announced Tuesday.

The GOP chose to locate its nominating event in an expected 2016 battleground state rather than in Dallas, Texas, the sole remaining competitor after Denver and Kansas City were eliminated from consideration in late June.

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11:32am

Tue July 8, 2014
Goats and Soda

Meet The Musicians And Storytellers Of Kenya

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:29 am

Eric Wainaina
Ryan Kellman NPR

11:26am

Tue July 8, 2014
The Two-Way

Senator Asks U.S. To Investigate Possible Cuban Plot Against Him

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 12:46 pm

New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has asked the Justice Department to investigate a smear campaign against him.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Did fake accusations that Sen. Robert Menendez had visited underage prostitutes come from Cuba's intelligence agency? That's the question the senator wants the Justice Department to look into.

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7:23pm

Mon July 7, 2014
It's All Politics

In Mississippi, The GOP's Not-So-Civil War Continues

Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran (center) may have scored the equivalent of a winning political touchdown in the Republican primary last month, but Chris McDaniel, who lost, still wants to see the replay.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

It's been 13 days since Sen. Thad Cochran, by most accounts, won Mississippi's Republican primary over Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel, with African-American Democrats largely providing the 6,800-vote margin of victory out of some 375,000 votes cast.

But as of Monday, McDaniel still hadn't conceded, and your guess is as good as anyone's as to when — or even if — he ever will.

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3:53pm

Mon July 7, 2014
Politics

In Maine, A Gay Candidate With An Uneven Record On LGBT Rights

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 6:56 pm

Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud speaks at the Pride Parade and Festival in Portland, Maine, on June 21. Michaud, who is openly gay, is running for governor with the backing of national LGBT groups.
Susan Sharon NPR

Maine was among the first states to legalize same-sex marriage at the ballot box — and now, LGBT groups are hoping voters there will break new ground by electing the nation's first openly gay governor in November.

But Democratic candidate Mike Michaud only recently came out, and he hasn't always been a gay-rights supporter.

Responding to what he called a "whisper campaign" about his sexual orientation, the six-term congressman did something dramatic last November: He outed himself in a series of newspaper op-eds.

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