Politics and Government

4:17 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Rep. Grimm Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud Charges

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 11:52 am



New York City Congressman Michael Grimm is a former FBI agent. Yesterday he surrendered to the FBI after being indicted on 20 charges related to taxes, perjury and fraud. Mr. Grimm is fighting the charges but said he would step down from the powerful House Financial Services Committee. News of Grimm's indictment leaked last Friday, so that announcement yesterday was not a surprise.

But the charges were. NPR's Peter Overby explains.

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Cuts depend on revenue triggers
6:24 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Fallin Signs Income Tax Cut Measures Into Law

Credit Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed an income tax cut measure into law.  

It will gradually lower Oklahoma's top income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 4.85 percent over several years. The cuts are dependent upon revenue triggers, meaning Oklahoma's general revenue collections must increase before cuts take effect. The earliest they could take effect is in 2016.

Fallin signed the measure Monday. It's one of her top goals for the 2014 Legislature.

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New three-year deal being discussed
4:17 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Supporters Of Unfinished Native Museum Not Giving Up

Credit American Indian Cultural Center And Museum

Supporters of a plan to spend $40 million in state money to help complete a Native American museum in Oklahoma City say they're trying to come up with a new way to fund the project after the original proposal stalled before a House deadline.

Oklahoma City Republican Rep. David Dank said Monday one new idea being discussed is a three-year deal for $15 million next year, followed by $15 million in Fiscal Year 2016 and $10 million in 2017.

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3:37 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

New York Rep. Michael Grimm Indicted On 20 Counts

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 5:18 pm

Rep. Michael Grimm of New York turned himself in to face federal charges related to a health food restaurant he ran before he was elected to Congress. The Republican congressman says he's innocent and plans to run for re-election this fall, but Democrats have have high hopes of flipping the last GOP-held seat in New York City.

It's All Politics
3:29 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Back From Recess, Congress Opens With Scandal

Republican Rep. Michael Grimm of Staten Island arrives for a news conference outside a courthouse in New York on Monday after being indicted on federal charges following a two-year investigation.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 4:11 pm

A former FBI agent turned congressman from New York gets indicted on charges ranging from evading taxes and employing undocumented workers to lying under oath while a member of the U.S. House.

A married congressman from Louisiana announces he won't run again, just weeks after being caught on video in a passionate clutch with a married staffer.

And this in the wake of the recent resignation of former GOP Rep. Trey Radel of Florida, busted for attempting to buy cocaine in the nation's capital.

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11:31 am
Mon April 28, 2014

New Film 'All About Ann' Looks At The Life Of A Texan Leader



It's been 20 years since a Democrat was elected to a statewide office in Texas. And that year - 1994 - also marks the year when the state's last Democratic governor was voted out. But what a character she was.

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11:31 am
Mon April 28, 2014

South Sudan: History Was Always Against Us



We are going to switch gears now and go to a place where fighting over racial and ethnic differences is about more than hurt feelings and lost opportunities. Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Africa this week on a weeklong trip where he hopes to highlight advances in democratic and economic development and U.S. partnerships on the continent.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

How The South Destroyed The Legacy Of War Hero And ‘Essential President' U.S. Grant

U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, circa 1870
Matthew Brady Library of Congress / Wikimedia Commons

Over the past six decades, dozens of scholarly surveys have attempted to rank the terms of U.S presidents. Beginning with Arthur Schlesinger’s poll in Life magazine in 1948, Ulysses S. Grant shows up near the bottom of dozens of lists well into the early 2000s.

Since a 2005 Wall Street Journal poll, though, Grant’s legacy has gradually improved over the last decade.

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The Two-Way
7:43 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Rep. Michael Grimm Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud Charges

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 4:15 pm

This post was updated at 1:35 p.m ET

Rep. Michael Grimm of New York, who has been under investigation for fraud and campaign finance irregularities, turned himself in to federal agents early Monday. The Staten Island Republican and former FBI agent is facing a 20-count federal indictment, including charges of mail fraud, wire fraud and tax fraud.

He pleaded not guilty and was released on $400,000 bail.

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NPR Story
4:15 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Conservatives Yet To Rally Around Obamacare Replacement

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 11:18 am



Here at home, President Obama has repeatedly criticized House Republicans for voting to repeal his health care law without offering a replacement.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: They have no alternative answer for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions who'd be denied coverage again.

GREENE: Republicans have promised an alternative but have yet to release it. And that left one Republican lawmakers on the defensive during a town hall meeting in Florida.

Here's NPR's Scott Horsley.

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