Politics and Government

It's All Politics
4:03 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Pop-Up Podcast: Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court

A same-sex marriage supporter waves a rainbow flag in front of theSupreme Court in 2013.
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Welcome to a special pop-up podcast from NPR's Washington Desk. As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments Tuesday on whether same-sex marriage bans are constitutional, our correspondents give their take on the legal questions before the court and seismic shift in the culture and politics on this issue.

Gay marriage is now legal in 36 states. And by the end of this Supreme Court term in June, same-sex couples will either be able to wed in all 50 states, or gay marriage bans may be restored in many states where they've been struck down.

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Politics and Government
8:30 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Fallin Signs Agency Budgeting, Charter School Bills

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Gov. Mary Fallin has signed into law bills regarding a budgeting system for state agencies and for charter schools.

Fallin on Friday signed a bill requiring state agencies use what is called performance-informed budgeting techniques. Fallin had made the system one of her legislative priorities.

The process calls for the agencies to set goals and outcomes that can be measured for their success.

The second new law gives school districts statewide the option of creating charter schools. Current law allows charter schools only in Oklahoma and Tulsa counties.

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Environment
3:22 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

California Cities Struggle To Meet Water Conservation Targets

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 5:55 pm

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Politics
3:22 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Week In Politics: Clinton Foundation, Drone Strikes

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 5:55 pm

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Columnists E J Dionne and David Brooks are with us, as they are most Fridays, to talk about this week in political news. E J with The Washington Post; David with The New York Times. Welcome back to you both.

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It's All Politics
3:22 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Young Trafficking Victim's Story On NPR Leads To Senator's Amendment

"I never thought that my story would have touched somebody so much that they went in front of Congress to present a bill," the young woman, whom NPR is not naming, said of Shaheen. "There's a lot of voices out there that can't tell her thank you."
Evie Stone NPR

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 5:55 pm

Hearing the words of a 24-year-old victim of human trafficking — and her struggle to wipe away her conviction on prostitution charges — inspired New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

That young victim, who was featured in an NPR story in February, endured years of rapes and brutal assaults by pimps who forced her into prostitution.

"I'm not ever going to forget what I've done or what I've gone through. But at the same time, I don't want it thrown in my face every time I'm trying to seek employment," she said. "I don't want to have to explain myself every time."

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It's All Politics
4:19 am
Fri April 24, 2015

As Governors Eye The White House, Home Takes A Back Seat

Gov. Scott Walker arrives at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit in New Hampshire. Walker has long been a polarizing figure due to his epic battles with public employee unions, but a new poll this week shows a new and sizable drop in his approval rating.
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Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 11:27 am

The list of official and likely candidates for president in 2016 includes some prominent Republicans who are currently governors. Three of them — Scott Walker, Chris Christie and Bobby Jindal — all tout executive experience as qualification for the White House. They also share something else — slumping poll numbers back home.

They've been working to make themselves familiar and friendly faces to the party faithful in early voting states, including at a big event hosted last week by the New Hampshire GOP.

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It's All Politics
4:17 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Clinton Faces Bad Headlines And More Questions Of Scandal

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is facing questions about money, access and influence while she was secretary of state.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 12:52 pm

The House Select Committee on Benghazi announced plans to call Hillary Clinton to testify next month, right around the time her campaign was reportedly going to shift into high gear with a mid-May campaign kickoff speech.

At the same time, a new book about the Clinton foundation is generating the kind of headlines and news coverage no presidential candidate wants to see.

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NPR Story
4:10 am
Fri April 24, 2015

After 5-Month Delay, Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch For Attorney General

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 11:27 am

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Politics
2:54 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Has The Senate Found It's More Fun To Be Functional?

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., (left) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., at a ceremony last month at the U.S. Capitol.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 11:27 am

Loretta Lynch's confirmation as Attorney General was not the only sign of a spring thaw in the Senate this week: Senators also voted for a crackdown on human trafficking, while green shoots of compromise seemed to sprout on other contentious issues, both foreign and domestic.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Lawmakers Urge Boehner To Act On Obama's Use Of Force Request

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 6:03 pm

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