Politics and Government

The Two-Way
12:43 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

South Dakota Governor Signs Law Allowing Guns In Schools

After training, teachers and other staffers in South Dakota could choose to bring guns with them to school if their districts want to set up "sentinel" programs.
Jim Urquhart Reuters /Landov

South Dakota on Friday became what's "believed to be the first state to pass a law that specifically allows teachers to carry firearms," as The New York Times writes.

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12:13 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Search Bills in Oklahoma Legislature

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Typically, using a bill number is the quickest way to find a specific piece of legislation. But if you've "heard" about something going on at the state Capitol, you can also search by words in the bill.
Oklahoma Legislature's Website where you can follow the introduction of bills, committee actions, and votes on the bills.
Politics and Government
11:26 am
Fri March 8, 2013

House Defeats Replacement Appointments Bill

Oklahoma State Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The Oklahoma House has killed a bill to authorize the governor and legislative leaders to make one-time replacements of their appointments to state boards and commissions. The House vote 47-40 against the measure Thursday.

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Courts
10:20 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Judge Rejects Police Argument in Fatal Shooting

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A judge has rejected a request to dismiss manslaughter charges against a white Del City police captain accused in the shooting death of a black teenager.  Attorneys for Randy Harrison sought to have the charges dismissed, but a judge denied that request Friday. Trial is set for April 8.  

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Barbershop
10:19 am
Fri March 8, 2013

13 Hours Later, Did Rand Paul Have A Point?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for our weekly visit to the Barbershop where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds.

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The Two-Way
9:38 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Bill Clinton: Defense Of Marriage Act That I Signed Is Unconstitutional

Former President Bill Clinton (and then-Vice President Al Gore) in 1996, the year Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act.
Stephen Jaffe Reuters /Landov

Times were different in 1996 when he signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law, former President Bill Clinton writes in today's Washington Post.

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'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup
8:43 am
Fri March 8, 2013

It's All Politics, Mar. 7, 2013

Eric Gay AP

Proving they can't be outdone by Rand Paul, NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving filibuster their way through the latest podcast, assessing Jeb Bush's words on immigration, President Obama's strategy on sequestration, Donald Trump's attendance at the CPAC occasion and the results of the Los Angeles mayoral election.

Politics
3:39 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Senate Finally Confirms John Brennan As CIA Director

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 10:50 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

John Brennan is the new director of Central Intelligence Agency. He was sworn in this morning. The Senate confirmed him yesterday with a 63 to 34 vote, but as NPR's Tamara Keith reports, it did not come easy.

TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: John O. Brennan comes to the job as the nation's top spy with 25 years of experience at the CIA. Most recently he served as the president's top counter-terrorism advisor. California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, leads the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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Politics
3:39 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Senate Committee Passes First Of 4 Gun Control Bills

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 10:50 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now, the Senate Judiciary Committee here in Washington has approved a new gun control bill. It strengthens penalties for those who buy weapons for people who are legally barred from purchasing firearms themselves. This is the first federal gun law to head to the Senate floor since the Newtown massacre. We should say proposed federal gun law. And as NPR's Ailsa Chang reports, it's just the beginning of what looks to be a long legislative fight.

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It's All Politics
2:34 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Senate Mostly Blamed For Agency And Court Vacancies, But Obama Isn't Helping

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has not had a permanent administrator since Congress required that the director be confirmed by the Senate in 2006.
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Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 10:50 am

Hear Brian Nayor, Julie Rovner, Yuki Noguchi and Carrie Johnson talk with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep about the many federal entities operating without permanent leadership by clicking the audio link.

Some workers may dream about how productive they'd be without a boss. But for thousands of federal employees, being without a boss is a reality. And productivity isn't necessarily the result.

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