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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.
AP

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?

Credit DonkeyHotey / Flickr.com

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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The Two-Way
4:13 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Clinton Aides Weighed Fallout Of Calling Rwanda Killing 'Genocide'

Dozens of Hutu refugees flee fighting between Hutus and Tutsis in Kigali, Rwanda, in April 1994, about a month before an internal White House email on the possible consequences of calling the killings a genocide.
Jean-March Bouju AP

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 6:29 pm

President Bill Clinton's administration wondered what the legal consequences would be if the White House acknowledged that genocide was occurring in Rwanda in 1994, according to newly public documents.

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Law
4:11 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Prison Rape Law A Decade Old, But Most States Not In Compliance

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says following federal standards for the Prison Rape Elimination Act is too burdensome for states.
Tom Pennington MCT/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 6:29 pm

The clock is ticking on a decade-long effort to prevent sexual violence inside American prisons. In a recent survey, the vast majority of states said they will try to comply with federal rules. But several others, led by Texas, have protested to the Justice Department.

Jan Lastocy served 15 months in a Michigan prison for attempted embezzlement — her first brush with the law. The assaults began when a new corrections officer showed up at the warehouse where she had been assigned to work as a secretary.

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It's All Politics
4:02 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

President Obama's Globe-Trotting, By The Numbers

President Obama and French President Francois Hollande arrive at a D-Day anniversary ceremony on Friday.
Alain Jocard/Pool EPA/Landov

President Obama appeared in Normandy today to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. It's his fifth trip to France since becoming president, tying it with Mexico as the country Obama has visited most frequently.

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It's All Politics
3:31 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Will Rick Perry Take Another Swing At The Presidency?

Gov. Rick Perry gives a speech during the Texas GOP Convention in Fort Worth on Thursday. In his address, the longest-serving governor in the state's history focused more on the future and national issues than his political legacy at home.
Rex C. Curry AP

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 4:35 pm

At the Republican State Convention in Fort Worth on Thursday, Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry and his wife gave strong signals that while the state's longest-serving Texas governor is finally stepping down, he might well be back for an encore — as a presidential contender.

While introducing her husband at what was billed as a farewell address after 14 years of running the state, Anita Perry hinted at their political future by saying there's still "tread left in our tires."

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Politics
3:13 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

What Happened To Unemployment Benefits?

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 8:46 pm

Five months have passed since the expiration of the emergency unemployment benefits program for the long-term unemployed. Amid congressional delays, it's unclear whether those benefits ever will be extended.

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