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It's All Politics
7:21 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

New Rules Aim To Streamline GOP's 2016 Nominating Process

The RNC wants to see many fewer of these presidential debate scenes in 2016. Before a November 2011 Michigan showdown, from left: former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum; Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; businessman Herman Cain; Texas Gov. Rick Perry; Texas Rep. Ron Paul; former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.
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If there are other Herman Cains and Michele Bachmanns out there with 2016 presidential hopes, it may be much harder than it was in 2012 for them to go from "who?" to Republican presidential contenders. That's because of new rules adopted Friday by the Republican National Committee at its meeting in Memphis, Tenn.

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Says Vetoed Bill not needed
6:22 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Governor Signs Into Law 25 Bills And Vetoes One

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed into law 25 bills passed by the Legislature and vetoed one dealing with a new state income tax form donation check-off.

Fallin took the action on Friday. She has now signed 261 bills passed by the 2014 Legislature into law and vetoed 25.

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It's All Politics
3:39 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Why The Benghazi Committee Is A Rare Win-Win-Win For Congress

House Rules Committee member Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., is flanked by Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas (left), and Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah (right), as the panel works May 7 on the creation of a special select committee to investigate the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the ambassador and three other Americans.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 4:20 pm

As hopeful Republicans anticipate how their new select committee will get the Benghazi issue a full airing, and as Democrats gnash their teeth at what they're calling a political stunt, here's another possible scenario: It won't make much difference either way.

The new committee has subpoena power — just like the House Oversight Committee, which has already been investing Benghazi. The new committee will be able to look at classified material — just like the House Intelligence Committee, which has also been investigating Benghazi.

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Politics
3:31 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Faced With Pentagon Budget Cuts, Congress Finesses The Numbers

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 7:45 pm

The Pentagon's congressionally-imposed budget cuts ran into a powerful opponent this week: Congress itself. The House Armed Services Committee rejected $5 billion worth of proposed cuts in order to preserve items cherished by individual lawmakers.

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Commentary
3:11 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Week In Politics: Primary Politics And The Climate Change Report

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 7:45 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

We turn now to domestic politics and our regular Friday commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of the New York Times. Welcome back to you both.

E.J. DIONNE: Good to be with you.

DAVID BROOKS: Good to be here.

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The Two-Way
12:07 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Democrats Divided Over Participation In Benghazi Panel

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Friday that negotiations were continuing with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, over a Democratic role in the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 4:04 pm

Update at 1:03 p.m. Boehner Names GOP Members

House Speaker John Boehner on Friday named the Republican members of a committee that will investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks: Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Peter Roskam of Illinois, Martha Roby of Alabama, Susan Brooks of Indiana, Mike Pompeo of Kansas and Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia.

Boehner named Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., to head the panel on Thursday.

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Around the Nation
11:40 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Long After Lewinsky Scandal, Time To 'Bury The Blue Dress'?

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It's All Politics
11:19 am
Fri May 9, 2014

U.S. Spinmeisters Gear Up For Big Election ... Britain's Election

The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, Ed Miliband, speaks to supporters earlier this month in London. His party and the ruling Conservative Party have both hired former advisers to President Obama in advance of Britain's national election next year.
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Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 7:45 pm

In 2000, Jeff Shesol was nearing the end of his stint as a White House speechwriter for President Clinton. He went to the Democratic convention in Los Angeles, where he met a young staffer from Britain's Labour Party. They struck up a friendship.

"And so almost immediately after the Clinton administration had ended, I got a call to come over and begin writing speeches," Shesol says. "Before long, Labour was in the throes of its campaign, and I was stationed there along with them."

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Politics and Government
7:37 am
Fri May 9, 2014

All Five Oklahoma GOP House Members Vote For Benghazi Probe

U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) during a May 8, 2013 hearing on the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya
U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Flickr Public Domain

Oklahoma’s entire U.S. House delegation voted with their Republican colleagues yesterday to establish a new investigation of the deadly assault in Benghazi, Libya.

Four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, died in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission.

U.S. Rep. and U.S. Senate candidate James Lankford (R-Okla. 5) said the probe into Benghazi isn't a political issue, but proper Congressional oversight.

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Politics
4:17 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Debate Endures Over Tax Exempt Status Of Crossroads GPS

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 2:26 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Tomorrow marks a year since the IRS admitted it have given excessive scrutiny to Tea Party and right-leaning patriot groups that wanted tax exempt status. Since then, the tax agency has been battered by firings, resignations, lawsuits and investigations. It's also been a tough year for the biggest group known to have been under that scrutiny by the IRS, the social welfare organization Crossroads GPS. NPR's Peter Overby reports.

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