Politics and Government

Education
3:06 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

With New Order, Obama Aims To Combat Student Debt Pressures

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 5:42 pm

President Obama is signing an executive order Monday, which will expand a loan forgiveness program for college debt. NPR's Mara Liasson looks at the program and the political salience of the issue.

Oklahoma Voices
11:00 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Four Takeaways From The 2014 Legislative Session

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Now that the dust has settled at the state Capitol after the May 23 end of the 2014 Oklahoma legislative session, journalists, lobbyists and the public will try to figure out what the legislature did (or didn’t) accomplish as lawmakers shift their focus to a contentious primary season ahead of June 24.

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National Security
8:33 am
Mon June 9, 2014

FBI Director Comey Looks Ahead To His Next Nine Years

FBI director James Comey wants the agency to get better at preventing crimes and improve diversity. He has another nine years and three months to do that.
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FBI Director Jim Comey brushed back a dark curtain last Thursday morning and emerged to greet his audience, Tonight Show style.

"I feel like a talk show host," Comey told a group of new recruits, the first hired on his watch since he joined the FBI nine months ago.

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Law
8:32 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Grand Jury In Texas Probes Whether Gov. Perry Abused Powers

A special Travis County grand jury is investigating whether Republican Gov. Rick Perry tried to coerce the Democratic district attorney in Austin into resigning, following a drunk driving arrest.

NPR Ed
7:53 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Tough Week For The Common Core

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 9:16 am

A few months ago, when I told friends and media colleagues that I was interested in the Common Core State Standards, the most common response was "What's that?"

Now, it seems, everyone has an opinion about the Core.

And right now, opinions about the K-12 learning goals for math and English that have spread nearly nationwide are trending toward the heated.

While the school year is winding down, education policy sure isn't. This past week brought a bunch of front-page news on the Common Core.

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Politics
11:02 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Move Over, Bridgegate: Chris Christie's Next Campaign Roadblock

As New Jersey's fiscal outlook worsens, Gov. Chris Christie is fighting to ensure that a traffic scandal is the worst of his political problems as he eyes a 2016 presidential campaign.
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The U.S. economy reached a milestone this week: The country finally recovered all the jobs it lost during the Great Recession. But some states still lag behind when it comes to job creation — including New Jersey.

The Garden State's stalled economy may be an even bigger problem for Gov. Chris Christie than the scandal over lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.

When Christie took office in 2010, the state had just lost more than 100,000 jobs. Christie was undaunted. He talked about the "Jersey Comeback" at town hall meetings, on TV and at ground-breaking events.

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Politics
6:54 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Obama Reassures Allies As He Honors D-Day Sacrifices

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 11:41 am

President Obama has had an eventful visit to Europe, which included attending the 70th D-Day commemoration in Normandy.

Politics
6:54 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Senate Bill Would Crack Down On Auto Defects

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 5:04 pm

A GM investigation revealed the company's failure to fix a deadly defect in its cars. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., about a law that would require more transparency.

Politics
6:54 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Obama Returns To U.S. To Face Prisoner Release Issue

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 5:01 pm

This week the veterans health care scandal gave way to a new political storm over the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, as Washington editor Ron Elving tells NPR's Scott Simon.

Indian Times
8:50 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Did Tribal Sovereign Immunity Dodge A Bullet?

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Brian Pierson, team leader for Indian Nations law team at Godfrey & Kahn, wrote an article about the Supreme Court’s recent decision on Michigan v Bay Mills Indian Community case for the

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