Politics and Government

It's All Politics
3:31 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Man Who Shot Reagan Seeks Release From Mental Hospital

John Hinckley Jr. arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., in 2003 to seek five-day, unsupervised visits with his parents at their home in Virginia. His current hearing is the seventh time a court has weighed gradually opening the door to Hinckley's freedom.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 6:59 pm

The man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981 is making a new push for freedom.

John Hinckley Jr. was found not guilty by reason of insanity and confined to a mental institution for shooting the president, Press Secretary James Brady and two law enforcement officers. Now he's asking a federal judge to allow him to live full time with his mother in Virginia.

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It's All Politics
1:24 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Obama: Elizabeth Warren Is 'Wrong' On Trade

President Obama talks with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at the East Asia Summit in Myanmar in November. Obama is trying to strike a 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would include Malaysia.
Christophe Archambault AFP/Getty Images

A full-fledged Democratic trade war has broken out.

"I love Elizabeth. We're allies on a whole host of issues, but she's wrong on this," President Obama said Tuesday night in an interview on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, referring to liberal Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

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Politics
5:47 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Democrats Call Lynch Confirmation Delay A New Low In Washington Gridlock

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 4:58 pm

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Back At Base
4:16 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Looming Budget Cuts Pit National Guard Against The Army

An aviation technician works on a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter in the Washington National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Patricia Murphy KUOW

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 4:49 pm

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base." This is the second of four reports this week about the National Guard.

Inside the hangar at Washington state's Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), the Army National Guard mechanics are busy maintaining a neat line of Blackhawk and Chinook helicopters.

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It's All Politics
4:02 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

In Latest Outbreak Of Bipartisanship, Senate Compromises On Trafficking Bill

Sen. Mitch McConnell (right) walks with Sen. John Barrasso to a news conference about the compromise Tuesday.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 8:53 pm

A logjam over an anti-human trafficking bill has finally broken in the Senate. Senate negotiators reached a deal after a long impasse over language on abortion funding. The compromise clears the path to a confirmation vote for attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch — a vote Republicans had delayed until after the trafficking bill gets resolved.

It took about six weeks, but the Senate deal on human trafficking was the latest outbreak of bipartisanship in a month that's seen compromises on Iran, Medicare and education.

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Politics
5:27 am
Tue April 21, 2015

White House Pushes For Fast-Track Trade Authority

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 4:08 pm

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Back At Base
2:54 am
Tue April 21, 2015

National Guard Seeks New Mission After War

The Army spent $300 million to upgrade Camp Atterbury and the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center — seen here in this aerial photo from 2012 — for Indiana's National Guard to use to prepare for the wars and Iraq and Afghanistan. But now that troops are coming home, the Guard is looking for new ways to keep the base relevant.
Sgt. Ashley Reed Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 4:45 pm

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base." This is the first of four reports this week about the National Guard.

The Army spent billions of dollars getting the National Guard ready for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But now that the money has been spent and troops are coming home, there are questions about the Guard's mission.

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Around the Nation
12:24 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

'This Is Going To Be Too Hard': Keeping Kids From Using Pot

Christopher Furlong Getty Images

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 10:00 am

Public perceptions of marijuana have come a long way. Once a symbol of the counterculture, pot has become part of the culture.

In Colorado, it's part of everyday culture.

Colorado has allowed medical marijuana since 2001, but voters amended the state constitution in 2012 to allow private marijuana consumption for adults aged 21 or older. The first-ever stores to sell state-regulated recreational pot opened their doors on Jan. 1, 2014.

The law has raised serious concerns for parents and those working with kids to keep young people away from drugs.

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NPR Story
4:01 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Weighing A Presidential Bid, O'Malley Cites Differences With Clinton

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 6:49 am

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It's All Politics
4:00 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Transcript: NPR's Full Interview With Martin O'Malley

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 11:52 am

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat who is considering running for president in 2016, spoke with NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep.

O'Malley talked about why he feels Hillary Clinton — who would be his major competitor for the Democratic nomination if he decides to run — might have trouble connecting with young voters, Republican economic theory and why he opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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