Politics
5:01 am
Tue April 14, 2015

As Country Changes, Rubio And Republicans Try To Adjust

A protester in front of Sen. Marco Rubio's Doral, Fla., office in 2013 urges Rubio to stop opposing the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families in the Senate's immigration bill.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 12:10 pm

Navigating cultural issues like same-sex marriage and immigration has proved tricky for Republicans.

The country has grown rapidly more accepting of gay and lesbian marriage and relationships. And despite a shrinking base of white support and a fast-growing Latino population, Republicans have struggled to adjust.

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Politics
5:01 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Republicans Are Making Foreign Policy The Obamacare Of The 2016 Election

Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., questions Secretary of State John Kerry on Capitol Hill last month. In an interview with NPR, Rubio reiterated his opposition to President Obama's dealings with Iran and Cuba.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 1:35 pm

In 2012, Republicans unanimously made a vow. If their party captured the White House, they would repeal President Obama's signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act.

In 2016, they've added something else: the reversal of Obama's signature foreign policy achievements, his outreach to hostile nations.

In his second term, Obama has been working to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time in more than half a century. His administration has also been negotiating a deal to limit Iran's nuclear program.

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NPR Ed
4:04 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Senators Try To Revise No Child Left Behind — A Few Years Behind

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the ESEA in 1965 with Kate Deadrich Loney, his first schoolteacher.
Yoichi Okamoto LBJ Presidential Library

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 7:53 pm

News flash: Members of the U.S. Senate will work across party lines Tuesday for the sake of America's students.

Well, at least for a few more days.

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OKC Bombing: 20 Years Later
11:51 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Mental Health Issues Linger For Oklahoma City Bombing Survivors, Responders

Paul Heath, 80, stands in front of the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial. He was in his fifth floor office of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building the day of the explosion in 1995.
Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

 

Paul Heath walks around the Oklahoma City National Memorial grounds, greeting visitors and making sure everyone has information about a self-guided tour.

Heath is a retired psychologist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. His office was on the fifth floor of the Murrah Building when the bomb exploded. The floor collapsed two feet in front of him.

“Here's what I actually thought, ‘God I don't want to die. I don't want to die today. If it's alright with you, I'll die later,’” Heath says. “That's exactly what I thought, and I was looking straight in the bomb pit.”

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The Two-Way
11:29 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Marco Rubio Officially Announces He's Running For President

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., addresses an event held by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in January 2014 in Washington.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 8:56 am

Updated at 6:35 p.m. EDT.

Florida senator Marco Rubio officially announced that he is running for president during a speech in Miami on Monday. He told prospective donors he was launching his candidacy earlier today.

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Headlines
9:12 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Headlines: Tornado Cleanup, Prescription Overdoses & Potholes

Headlines for Monday, April 13, 2015:

  • Legislation could be coming this session to give ownership of the Native American Cultural Center to Oklahoma City. (Journal Record)
     
  • Tulsans still dealing with cleanup in communities. (Tulsa World)

  • A bill allowing architects to give structural advice on storm preparedness and protection from lawsuits dies at the Capitol. (Journal Record)
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Politics
5:03 am
Mon April 13, 2015

With A Handshake And More, Obama Shifts U.S.-Latin America Policy

President Obama, seen shaking hands with Raul Castro at the Summit of the Americas in Panama, engaged in the first substantive face-to-face U.S.-Cuba talks in more than 50 years.
Scott Horsley NPR

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 2:40 pm

The hemispheric summit meeting that just wrapped up in Panama was the first to include the president of Cuba.

But even if Raul Castro and his brother Fidel were kept out of sight at past Summits of the Americas, they were never out of mind.

Six years ago, President Obama stood on a rooftop in Trinidad, talking with reporters about his first summit. Scott Wilson, a Washington Post correspondent with lots of Latin-America experience, asked the president what he'd learned from listening to his fellow leaders.

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Politics
3:34 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

Hillary Clinton, Polarizing Or Misunderstood, Jumps Into Race For President

Hillary Clinton has described herself as the most famous person you don't really know. And as she launches into her second presidential campaign, she'll be reintroducing herself to voters who largely think they have her figured out.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 4:14 pm

Hillary Clinton officially launched the campaign everyone has been expecting for months — years, really. She's running for president and to finally break open that glass ceiling she famously said her last campaign put "18 million cracks" in.

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Local News
11:02 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Nitrogen Gas Execution Bill Heading to Oklahoma Governor

Oklahoma will become the first state in the nation to allow the use of nitrogen gas to execute inmates under a bill heading to the governor's desk.

Without a single dissenting vote, the Oklahoma Senate gave final approval Thursday to the bill allowing the new method to be used if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional or if the deadly drugs become unavailable.

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The Two-Way
9:58 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Hillary Clinton To Announce Presidential Bid On Sunday

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce her bid for the White House on Sunday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 3:48 pm

Updated at 11 a.m. ET

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will officially announce her intention to seek the 2016 Democratic nomination for president on Sunday afternoon, ending years of speculation over her plans to pursue the Oval Office, NPR has learned.

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