Politics

Montana Sen. Walsh Says PTSD May Have Played A Role In His Plagiarism

Sen. John Walsh lifted at least a quarter of his United States Army War College master's thesis, according to a report in The New York Times. Walsh was appointed to the Senate in February.

Morning Edition

A Strange Political Dustup Clouds Kansas Governor's Future

An open revolt among moderate Kansas Republicans has clouded Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election hopes and focused national attention on the tax-cutting experiment at the heart of his "red-state model."

Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency

The latest version of the DISCLOSE Act, which would force donor disclosure on outside organizations that engage in election politics, is facing now-familiar opposition from Republican lawmakers.

Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare

Republicans say a sting in which false identities were used to sign up for health care has revealed a major problem. Democrats question the premise that people would try to steal insurance.

All Things Considered

Glenn Beck Takes His Campaign Against Common Core To The Big Screen

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck hosted a live, interactive "night of action" against the Common Core State Standards. He has long fought against the learning benchmarks in reading and math now being used in 43 states. Events such as these, and the Common Core itself, could continue to play a role in the 2014 midterm campaigns.

All Things Considered

Faced With Undocumented Minors, Iowa Is Wrenched By Stark Divide

The governor of Iowa says that unaccompanied minors from Central America should not find shelter in his state. But the mayor of Des Moines and many religious leaders are at odds with the governor.

All Things Considered

To Cope With Child Immigrants, Competing Plans Emerge From Congress

The House and Senate have unveiled competing bills to deal with the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border. Neither would give Obama all the funds he's asked for to deal with the crisis.

Morning Edition

Rubio Interview Sparks Heated Comments On Immigration, Economy

Steve Inskeep talks to Amy Walter of Cook Political Report about the social media response to his two-part interview with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

Morning Edition

Congress And Biden Aim For Job Training That Actually Leads To Jobs

The vice president has been traveling the country to learn about the best ways to train workers. He announced the results Tuesday as the president signed a workforce training bill into law.

Morning Edition

Long GOP Primary Season Gives Democrats Time To Fill Campaign Coffers

If Democrats lose control of the Senate this fall, it likely won't be for lack of campaign money. The prominent female candidates in particular have healthy campaign accounts.

Week In The News: Kerry To Israel, Mixed Messages On Obamacare, MH 17 Investigation

July 25, 2014
Pallbearers carry a coffin out of a military transport plane during a ceremony to mark the return of the first bodies, of passengers and crew killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, from Ukraine at Eindhoven military air base, Eindhoven, Netherlands, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP)

Secretary of State Kerry to Israel. Obamacare back in the courts. Mourning as remains of Malaysia Flight 17 victims come home. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Emotions High On Housing Immigrant Children In Massachusetts

July 24, 2014
Christian Gonzalez, 9, of Lynn, Mass., displays a placard during a rally, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, on the steps of City Hall, in Lynn, held to protest what organizers describe as the scapegoating of immigrants for problems in the city. The mayor of Lynn and education officials complain their schools are being overwhelmed by young Guatemalans who speak neither English or Spanish as their first language. Gonzalez, a U.S. citizen, was born in Boston. (AP)

We look at the backlash against Governor Patrick’s plan to temporarily house immigrant children in Massachusetts.

Hillary Clinton: ‘The [Russian] Reset Worked’

July 24, 2014
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) to launch a community campaign to encourage parents to talk, sing and read to their young children in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton took time out of her global book tour to talk to us about Russia, the Press and the global crises shaking the administration she left two years ago.

Mass. Agencies To Address Problem Gambling

July 24, 2014

State gambling regulators have signed an agreement with the state’s health and human services agency to address problem gambling.

Hillary Clinton Says ‘The Reset Worked’ With Russia

July 24, 2014
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to a crowd during a book signing for her new book, "Hard Choices" at a Barnes & Noble on June 10, 2014 in New York City. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The former secretary of state told NPR’s On Point that the Obama administration was able to reset the country’s relationship with Russia.

District Profile: Wealthy Democrat Takes On Republican Incumbent In New York’s 19th

July 24, 2014
Democrat Sean Eldridge (left) is trying to unseat incumbent Rep. Chris Gibson in New York's 19th congressional district. (Wikimedia Commons)

In our weekly look at congressional races, we focus on Rep. Chris Gibson and challenger Sean Eldridge.

Mass. Senate Approves PAC Disclosure Bill

July 24, 2014

Under the bill, corporations, labor unions and political committees would be required to file a campaign finance report within seven days of making an independent expenditure — or within 24 hours if the expenditure is made within 10 days of an election.

Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts

July 24, 2014

The conflict has claimed the lives of 718 Palestinians, most of them civilians, Palestinian health officials say. Israel has lost 32 soldiers, all since July 17.

Russia, And The Downing Of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

July 24, 2014
Joshua Rubenstein: "There is an emerging consensus that pro-Russia separatists, armed by Vladimir Putin, brought down the plane." Pictured: Flowers lay on a piece of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove in eastern Ukraine, Monday, July 21, 2014. International investigators still have had only limited access to the crash site, hindered by pro-Russia fighters who control the territory in eastern Ukraine. (Dmitry Lovetsky/AP)

There is an emerging consensus that pro-Russia separatists, armed by Vladimir Putin, brought down the plane.

Foreign Policy Challenges Pile Up For Kerry

July 23, 2014
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gestures upon his arrival for a meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah on July 23, 2014. (Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is logging lots of miles as he deals with challenges in Ukraine, the Middle East and more.

Why Israeli Officials Are Upset Over Flight Cancellations To Ben Gurion Airport

July 23, 2014
Israeli passengers walk near a departure time flight board displaying various cancellations at Ben Gurion International airport, near Tel Aviv, on July 23, 2014. (Gil Cohen Magen/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. and European safety agencies temporarily banned flights to Israel’s international airport after a rocket landed a few miles away.

Political Newcomer Defeats 11-Term Georgia Congressman

July 23, 2014

Businessman David Perdue beat Rep. Jack Kingston to win the runoff for Georgia’s Republican U.S. Senate nomination.

Congress Not Likely To Agree On Border Crisis Plan Before Recess

July 23, 2014
The U.S. Capitol in Washington is pictured in June 2013. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

A week before Congress leaves for its five-week recess, the House and Senate are introducing dueling immigration plans.

Why Come North? A Panel Discussion On US Immigration Policy

July 23, 2014
In this Saturday, July 12, 2014, photo, migrants walk along train tracks and boxcars after getting off a train during their journey toward the US-Mexico border, in Ixtepec, southern Mexico. (AP)

Crisis at the US border. What do Latinos on this side of the border have to say? We’ll ask our special roundtable.

Mass. 6th Congressional District Hopefuls Rake In Cash

July 23, 2014

Republicans see the 6th Congressional District as their best hope of picking up a seat in Massachusetts.

Bourne Residents Critical Of Proposal To House Immigrant Children

July 23, 2014

At a public meeting in Bourne Tuesday night, there was widespread criticism of Gov. Patrick’s proposal.

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