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5:04 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Week In Politics: Bob McDonnell & The State Of The Union

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 6:29 pm

Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators, EJ Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the latest on the charges faced by former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell and the upcoming State of the Union address.

It's All Politics
4:51 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

RNC Approves New Rules To Shorten 2016 Primary Season

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus walks around the room Friday at the RNC winter meeting in Washington.
Susan Walsh AP

If the primary calendar played a role in the GOP's defeat in the 2012 presidential election, that part, at least, is now fixed.

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The Two-Way
12:27 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell, Wife Plead Not Guilty

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, leave the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, on Friday in Richmond, Virginia.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife pleaded not guilty to corruption charges in front of a federal judge on Friday.

As we've reported, McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, have been charged with 14 counts, including conspiracy and wire fraud over allegations they took gifts from the CEO of a pharmaceutical company and in exchange provided Star Scientific with the "prestige of the governorship."

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12:23 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Add Oklahoma To List Of Top Ten Senate Primaries

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Ken Rudin, the "Political Junkie" formerly of NPR, writes in his weekly column Oklahoma's upcoming Senate race has all the makings of, once again, another Republican family feud between the conservative and the very conservative wing of the party.
Oklahoma GOP Sen. Tom Coburn, who wasn’t up until 2016, announced last week he would resign his seat at the end of this year. That immediately brought two-term Rep. James Lankford into the race … and hours later, hints from freshman Rep. Jim Bridenstine that he’s going to run as well.
It's All Politics
11:02 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Why Washington Drives Mayors Crazy

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 1:56 pm

Along with hundreds of other cities across the country, Dubuque, Iowa, has been able to cut back on its utility bills, thanks to energy efficiency grants from the federal government.

But that money was part of the 2009 stimulus package. It's all dried up, and no more is forthcoming.

"We can't seem to get any traction in Congress to get it reinstated," says Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol.

Energy efficiency money isn't the only area where mayors have been frustrated in their dealings with Washington.

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State Capitol
9:33 am
Fri January 24, 2014

State Reps. Lining Up For Oklahoma House Speaker Race

Rep. Jason Nelson (R-Oklahoma City)
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

At least two key members of the Oklahoma House are lining up votes to be the chamber's next leader, anticipating that Speaker T.W. Shannon will launch a bid for the U.S. Senate and give up the House's top post days before the opening of the 2014 session.

Several House Republicans told The Associated Press on Thursday that Rep. Mike Jackson of Enid and Jason Nelson of Oklahoma City are working to secure votes in case of a potential speaker's race.

Nelson and Jackson both confirmed to the AP they would be interested in the post if Shannon steps down.

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The Two-Way
8:17 am
Fri January 24, 2014

President Boehner? Not If That Rules Out Wine And Cigarettes

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, during his appearance on Thursday's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
NBC.com/the-tonight-show

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 9:06 am

House Speaker John Boehner used his first-ever appearance on NBC-TV's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to talk politics and, as President Obama and others have also done on late-night TV, have some fun at his own expense.

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Politics
4:57 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Boehner Picks Cathy McMorris Rodgers For GOP Rebuttal

Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, R-Wash., walks to a Sept. 2013 classified, members-only briefing on Syria in Washington.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 9:16 am

Tuesday night is the State of the Union Address — the biggest opportunity President Obama gets all year to speak to the American people about his priorities. There's also another speech that night — the GOP response. On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner announced Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers from Washington State would deliver the official rebuttal.

Politics
4:57 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Why Small Town Mayors Face Multiple Disadvantages

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 6:29 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Hundreds of mayors converged on Washington, D.C. this week for the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors. There were some big names in the group: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, New York Mayor Bill de Blassio. Also in the mix were mayors from some of the country's smallest towns and cities. NPR's Laura Sullivan spent the day with the mayor of Ville Platte, Louisiana, who, like most small town mayors, was trying to find a way to stand out in the crowd.

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Politics
4:57 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Virginia's Gay-Marriage Decision Shows 'Disrespect'

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 6:29 am

Virginia's attorney general surprised the state's political circles on Thursday when he announced he will not defend Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage when it goes before a federal judge next week. Virginians had varying reactions to Mark Herring's decision.

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