June 2013

Jun 21, 2013

Analysis: At U.S. high court, high anxiety over big cases

By Joan Biskupic, Reuters

Chief Justice John Roberts clutched a sheaf of papers when he and his black-robed colleagues ascended the mahogany bench on Thursday for one of the last days of the U.S. Supreme Court term.

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Jun 20, 2013

Republican Presidential Prospects Lay Groundwork for Invisible Primary

By Reid Wilson, National Journal's Hotline

They swear they're focused on more-immediate projects. They insist a White House campaign is the furthest thing from their minds. But with the 2016 invisible primary well under way, some Republican candidates are already lining up the campaign managers they will turn to if and when they decide to run for president.

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Is Rand Paul going mainstream, or vice versa?

By Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post

Rand Paul seems to be crossing over to the mainstream — or maybe it’s the other way around.

When Kentucky’s junior senator arrived in Washington just over two years ago, he appeared destined to inhabit the role of perpetual outlier. But now, he’s in the mix on just about everything that is happening, and is talked about as a credible Republican presidential contender in 2016.

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Dissent Festers in States That Obama Seems to Have Forgotten

By John Harwood, The New York Times

You might call North Dakota the antithesis of President Obama’s political base.

Whites make up 90 percent of its population, which is fewer than one million people and mostly in rural areas. Its proportion of people 65 and over exceeds the national average. There was never a chance that North Dakota would give Mr. Obama its three electoral votes.

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The National Conversation

This afternoon, NPR Correspondent Tom Gjelten moderates a panel discussion on the topic of cybersecurity in the private and public sectors as part of series at the Wilson Center. Today's event will open with a keynote address from U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano followed by panelists Francis Taylor, Michael Chertoff and Stephen Flynn in conversation. Gjelten will moderate.

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House Passes Far-Reaching Bill to Limit Abortions

By Susan Davis, USA Today

The Republican-led House of Representatives approved a far-reaching bill to ban a woman's ability to seek an abortion after 20 weeks on a mostly party-line 228-196 vote Tuesday.

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Senators Reach Deal on Border Security Proposals

By Ed O'Keefe, The Washington Post

Senators have reached an agreement that would almost double the number of federal agents along the U.S.-Mexico border, require construction of 700 miles of border fencing and provide money for aerial drones, according to several Senate aides who said the deal should ensure significant Republican support for an immigration measure that is expected to be approved next week.

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Jun 19, 2013

The Second-Term Slump

By John Dickerson, Slate Magazine

Barack Obama's poll numbers are sliding. Around Christmastime, his average approval rating, according to RealClearPolitics, was nearly 54 percent, 12 points higher than his average disapproval rating of 42 percent. Now his numbers have flipped. His average approval rating at 46.6 percent is roughly 2 points lower than his disapproval rating at 48.3 percent. If these numbers hold, President Obama is never going to get re-elected.

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House Passes Far-Reaching Bill to Limit Abortions

By Susan Davis, USA Today

The Republican-led House of Representatives approved a far-reaching bill to ban a woman's ability to seek an abortion after 20 weeks on a mostly party-line 228-196 vote Tuesday.

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With Clock Ticking, Senate Republicans Working On Immigration Amendments

By Ed O'Keefe, The Washington Post

Senate Republicans looking for ways to support a series of changes in the nation’s immigration laws are hoping to unveil as early as Wednesday several possible amendments regarding border security, benefits for illegal immigrants and how employers would track a job applicant’s immigration status.

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NSA Says 'Snooping' Works

With Eamon Javers, CNBC

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Extending a Hand, Obama Finds a Cold Shoulder Abroad

By Mark Landler and Peter Baker, The New York Times

Over porterhouse steak and cherry pie at a desert estate in California earlier this month, President Obama delivered a stern lecture to President Xi Jinping about China’s disputes with its neighbors. If it is going to be a rising power, he scolded, it needs to behave like one.

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