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Law
3:43 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

New Va. Attorney General Declares Same-Sex Ban Unconstitutional

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 4:32 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. Virginia's newly elected attorney general announced today that he will not defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Democrat Mark Herring revealed his decision this morning on NPR's MORNING EDITION. He says he wants to ensure that Virginia is, as he puts it, on the right side of history and the law. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.

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U.S. Senate
1:45 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Oklahoma First District Rep. Bridenstine Mum On Senate Run

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Tulsa) speaks to attendees Wednesday at a congressional forum in Broken Arrow.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS Public Radio Tulsa

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla. 01) visited Broken Arrow Wednesday amid buzz over who will run for U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn's seat, but the congressman did not make any announcements.

The visit was for a congressional forum hosted by the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce. Bridenstine said the visit is part of his efforts to regularly get in touch with constituents. 

Bridenstine is, however, looking at his options.

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Politics
12:39 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Where Is The Line Between Political Scandal And Corruption?

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State Capitol
12:33 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Fallin Announces New Oklahoma Energy Savings Program

Gov. Mary Fallin announces the "20%x2020" energy plan Wednesday in Oklahoma City.
Credit Governor Mary Fallin / Facebook

Gov. Mary Fallin has announced a new statewide energy savings program intended to reduce energy use in state buildings.

Fallin said Wednesday that the program called 20 percent by 2020 (20%x2020) seeks to reduce energy use in state agency buildings by 20 percent by the year 2020.

Under the program, each agency will designate energy managers who will identify and implement ways to reduce energy use within their agencies.

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Politics and Government
9:48 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Bingman Considers Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Run

Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman addresses the chamber after his re-election to the post, January 9, 2013.
Credit Oklahoma Senate

Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman says he's considering whether to leave his Senate seat to run for a vacancy on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

Bingman said in a statement Wednesday that he was honored to be mentioned as a potential candidate and plans to discuss with his family the possibility of entering the race.

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Around the Nation
6:11 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Tea Party Wants To Make Spending A Federal Case In Idaho

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 7:20 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

In election years, we hear a lot of reporting from swing states: Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin. We do not usually hear as much from a place like Idaho, because it is so deeply one color: red. But this midterm election year, Idaho is home to one of the most closely watched races in this nation. A Republican is battling another Republican in a primary campaign that may point to where the party, as a whole, is heading.

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Law
6:11 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Will Voters Or Courts Decide Virginia's Gay-Marriage Case?

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 7:20 am

The Virginia case is one of several that is barreling its way toward the Supreme Court. There have been debates on the gay-rights side over whether to move this issue forward in the political arena or use the court system.

It's All Politics
5:56 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Governors Gone Wild: A Recent History

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell makes a statement as his wife, Maureen, listens during a Tuesday news conference in Richmond, Va.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 11:58 pm

In the annals of corrupt governors, former Virginia GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell's place remains to be seen.

He was indicted along with his wife Tuesday for allegedly taking illegal gifts, vacations and loans while in office, but the governor says he's innocent.

Either way, in light of the allegations against McDonnell, the first governor in Virginia history to face felony charges, we thought we'd take a look back at other examples of gubernatorial bad behavior in recent decades that resulted in fines, probation or even a prison stint.

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Around the Nation
2:43 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Hudson High Jinks: 2 States, 1 Port Authority, Lots Of Politics

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey manages the biggest port on the East Coast, along with three major airports, the key bridges and tunnels across the Hudson River, bus and rail lines, and even the World Trade Center site.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 8:11 am

If you don't live in the Northeast, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey may sound like just another obscure government agency. But it's suddenly been in the spotlight because of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.

The agency's name is a bit of an understatement. The Port Authority manages the biggest port on the East Coast, along with three major airports, the key bridges and tunnels across the Hudson River, bus and rail lines, and even the World Trade Center site.

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The Two-Way
11:43 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Post-9/11 Panel Criticizes NSA Phone Data Collection

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 5:21 am

An independent panel created after the 9/11 attacks says bulk collection of billions of American phone records violates the letter and the spirit of the law.

The new report from the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board undercuts the foundation of the National Security Agency's long-running phone metadata program, and suggests it conflicts with plain language in the Patriot Act and other laws on the books.

NPR obtained a copy of the report, which will be discussed and voted on Thursday at an open board meeting.

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