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Politics
5:21 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

White House Learns Complications Of Pay Equity Debate

Lilly Ledbetter speaks at the White House on Tuesday, during an event marking Equal Pay Day. President Obama announced new executive actions to strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws for women.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 4:24 am

Money and politics don't always make for polite conversation, but President Obama tried to tackle both at the White House on Tuesday.

Obama signed a pair of executive orders aimed at encouraging conversation about men's and women's pay scales. It's a talk that Democrats hope will yield political gains this year.

It also raised questions, though, about how the administration pays its own people.

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Helps housing and service programs
5:17 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

HUD Gives $6.6 Million In Grants To Programs In Oklahoma

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U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan has announced $6.6 million in grants to renew support for 55 homeless housing and service programs in Oklahoma.

The grants announced Tuesday support programs that include street outreach, client assessment and direct housing assistance to individuals and families with children who are homeless. The grants also support job training; health care; mental health counseling; substance abuse treatment; and child care.

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It's All Politics
3:18 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Holder Plays Asparagus Card Against GOP Antagonist

Attorney General Eric Holder played the asparagus card against one of his House Republican tormenters.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

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News
3:14 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

An Angry Hearing On The Hill For 'Cockamamie' Twitter-like Network

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 4:24 am

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy was incensed that he only learned about the creation of a Twitter-like network in Cuba through press accounts. He had the chance Tuesday to vent his frustration when USAID administrator Rajiv Shah appeared before Leahy's committee.

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It's All Politics
2:26 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

The Politics Of Equal Pay: It's More Than A Women's Issue

A crowd lines up in Atlanta for a recent women's forum on pay equity and other issues featuring Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California.
David Tulis AP

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 3:18 pm

The pay equity issue, which President Obama and Democrats are making a central theme of the 2014 midterm election campaign, is often framed as a women's issue. But Democrats are expecting it will also have crossover appeal to men.

For many men, it's a matter of self-interest: Two-income families are part of a long-term trend, as many families find two paychecks essential to cover the bills in an era of rising prices and stagnant, if not falling, wages.

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Corrections
9:34 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Tulsa Halfway House Once Again Getting Oklahoma Inmates

Oklahoma corrections officials are once again sending inmates to the Avalon Center in Tulsa, Okla., two months after removing all state prisoners from the halfway house due to an investigation into organized fighting at the facility.
Credit Avalon Correctional Services

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has begun repopulating a halfway house in Tulsa, about three months after the facility was temporarily shut down because of violations.

About 200 inmates were moved out of the Avalon Correctional Services halfway house in January after a corrections department investigation found "serious infractions" that affected inmate safety.

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Native American
8:02 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Fallin, Anoatubby Encourage House Republicans To Approve Native American Museum Funding Bill

The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum near the intersections of I-40 and I-35 in Oklahoma City.
Credit American Indian Cultural Center and Museum

Gov. Mary Fallin and the leader of one of the state's most powerful Indian tribes are trying to convince House Republicans to support a $40 million plan to complete a Native American museum in Oklahoma City.

Fallin and Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby met behind closed doors Monday with members of the House GOP caucus and urged them to support the proposal that would take $40 million from the state's Unclaimed Property Fund to help complete the project.

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Around the Nation
4:08 am
Tue April 8, 2014

San Francisco's Chinatown Hurt By Yee Scandal

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 7:09 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Now, these charges against Leland Yee have been rippling through San Francisco's large Asian community. NPR's Richard Gonzales has been listening to reaction in the city's storied Chinatown.

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Around the Nation
4:05 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Next Chapter Unfolds In San Francisco Political Scandal

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 7:09 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Today, California State Senator Leland Yee is scheduled to appear in court. The corruption charges he faces range from the common to the extraordinary. The Democrat is accused of taking money from favors - that happens a lot - but this part does not: the FBI says Yee offered to connect undercover agents to international arms traffickers in exchange for campaign contributions. San Francisco journalist Tim Redmond is covering this case.

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Politics
4:01 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Obama's Executive Orders Take On Unequal Pay For Women

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 7:09 am

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(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

Today is Equal Pay Day, according to the U.S. Labor Department. The government calculates the average pay of men and women.

GREENE: A woman would've had to work all last year, then all the way until today in order to match what the average man made just last year.

INSKEEP: She needed more than 15 months to match what the man made in 12.

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