Frank James http://publicradioeast.org en The GOP Now Likes Community Organizing (If It Wins Elections) http://publicradioeast.org/post/gop-now-likes-community-organizing-if-it-wins-elections Both parties are sounding confident right now about their midterm election prospects, but only one can be right. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:09:00 +0000 Frank James 46592 at http://publicradioeast.org The GOP Now Likes Community Organizing (If It Wins Elections) Temporary Fix For Highway Money Is Well-Traveled Road http://publicradioeast.org/post/temporary-fix-highway-money-well-traveled-road If <a href="http://grammarist.com/usage/kick-the-can-down-the-road/">kicking the can down the road</a> were a competitive sport, the championship trophy would never leave Washington.<p>When the need to make a difficult choice collides with an unyielding deadline, the tendency in a city where partisan gridlock is the norm is to put the tough decisions off for another day.<p>That has happened once again with the short-term highway spending bill that Congress and <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/legislative/sap/113/saphr5021r_20140714.pdf">President Obama</a> have lined Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:54:00 +0000 Frank James 46474 at http://publicradioeast.org Temporary Fix For Highway Money Is Well-Traveled Road Georgia Senate GOP Runoff Shows Little Southern Hospitality http://publicradioeast.org/post/georgia-senate-gop-runoff-shows-little-southern-hospitality <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJiec27DUMY</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:55:00 +0000 Frank James 46377 at http://publicradioeast.org Georgia Senate GOP Runoff Shows Little Southern Hospitality Florida Ruling Is A Primer On Redistricting Chicanery http://publicradioeast.org/post/florida-ruling-primer-redistricting-chicanery If you have some time over the weekend or need a break from the endless LeBron James coverage, you could peruse <a href="http://www.campaignlegalcenter.org/images/Romo_v_Detzner_Final_Judgment_7-10-14.pdf">the highly readable opinion</a> by a Florida judge who invalidated some of the redistricting efforts by the state's Republican Legislature.<p>Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis found compelling evidence of chicanery in how the lines of two Florida congressional districts were redrawn — the 5th District, represented by Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown, and the 10th District, held by Rep. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:25:00 +0000 Frank James 46182 at http://publicradioeast.org Florida Ruling Is A Primer On Redistricting Chicanery In Texas, Obama Sets Stage To Answer 'Do-Nothing' Congress http://publicradioeast.org/post/texas-obama-sets-stage-answer-do-nothing-congress Six years into his administration, President Obama has apparently not given up on the "hope" that was a major theme of his first run for president.<p>What else but undying optimism could explain the president's hope for the Texas congressional delegation expressed in his visit to their state this week?<p>Speaking of his conversation with Republican Texas Gov. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:17:00 +0000 Frank James 46088 at http://publicradioeast.org In Texas, Obama Sets Stage To Answer 'Do-Nothing' Congress Should President Obama Visit The Texas Border? http://publicradioeast.org/post/should-president-obama-visit-texas-border Much of President Obama's presidency currently falls into the category of damned if he does, damned if he doesn't.<p>That certainly is true on the question of whether he should visit the U.S.-Mexico border during his two-day visit to Texas.<p>Some have even taken <a href="http://onpolitics.usatoday.com/2014/07/07/cuellar-obama-immigration-border-katrina/">to asking</a> if this isn't Obama's "Katrina moment," an allusion to President George W. Bush's 2005 failure to immediately visit the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast once the storm had passed. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:49:00 +0000 Frank James 45970 at http://publicradioeast.org Should President Obama Visit The Texas Border? A Senator Turns His Bible Into A Political Tool http://publicradioeast.org/post/senator-turns-his-bible-political-tool <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpGPymn9fsI</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:28:00 +0000 Frank James 45882 at http://publicradioeast.org A Senator Turns His Bible Into A Political Tool In Mississippi, The GOP's Not-So-Civil War Continues http://publicradioeast.org/post/mississippi-gops-not-so-civil-war-continues It's been 13 days since Sen. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 00:23:00 +0000 Frank James 45800 at http://publicradioeast.org In Mississippi, The GOP's Not-So-Civil War Continues Red State Democrats Tread Lightly On Hobby Lobby Ruling http://publicradioeast.org/post/red-state-democrats-tread-lightly-hobby-lobby-ruling For the typical Democrat running in 2014, frequent condemnation of the Supreme Court's recent <em>Hobby Lobby</em> decision is a no-brainer as a rallying cry to raise money and energize voters — especially women.<p>Monday's ruling allows family-owned and other closely held companies <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/30/326926331/companies-can-refuse-to-cover-contraception-supreme-court-says">to opt out of the federal health law's contraception mandate</a> if they have religious objections.<p>But some Democrats have to be more constrained than others in their objection to the Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:48:00 +0000 Frank James 45533 at http://publicradioeast.org Red State Democrats Tread Lightly On Hobby Lobby Ruling Another Day, Another Reason For Voters To Loathe Congress http://publicradioeast.org/post/another-day-another-reason-voters-loathe-congress Congressional approval ratings are at rock bottom. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 23:02:00 +0000 Frank James 45355 at http://publicradioeast.org Another Day, Another Reason For Voters To Loathe Congress Obama's No-Win Immigration Predicament http://publicradioeast.org/post/obamas-no-win-immigration-predicament President Obama's tough predicament on immigration is only getting worse.<p>He certainly didn't want to be dealing with an influx of unaccompanied minors illegally entering the U.S. across the Southern border, overwhelming the Homeland Security Department's ability to deal with them during a critical midterm election year.<p>Obama also presumably didn't want an immigration bill passed by the Senate a year ago to sit, forsaken, in the House. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:07:00 +0000 Frank James 45271 at http://publicradioeast.org Obama's No-Win Immigration Predicament Stunt Or Not, GOP Lawsuit Against Obama Will Fuel Both Sides http://publicradioeast.org/post/stunt-or-not-gop-lawsuit-against-obama-will-fuel-both-sides There might not be much legislation traveling down Pennsylvania Avenue for President Obama to sign, but there's plenty of back and forth over the president's use of executive power to act when Congress doesn't.<p>Week's end found Obama dismissing a lawsuit threatened by Speaker John Boehner, who alleges the president is violating the Constitution by exercising this often controversial power.<p>"You know, the suit is a stunt," <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/obama-calls-boehner-lawsuit-threat-stunt/story?id=24320161">Obama told</a> ABC News' George Stephanopoulos in an interview. "... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:54:00 +0000 Frank James 45123 at http://publicradioeast.org Stunt Or Not, GOP Lawsuit Against Obama Will Fuel Both Sides Pew's Latest Look At Voters Finds Many Who Defy Party Labels http://publicradioeast.org/post/pews-latest-look-voters-finds-many-who-defy-party-labels Following up on its <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2014/06/12/321417426/pew-poll-more-americans-are-political-purists">recent report</a> on the ever-widening ideological gulf between Americans, the Pew Research Center <a href="http://www.people-press.org/2014/06/26/the-political-typology-beyond-red-vs-blue/">unveiled its latest sorting</a> of voters into categories based, in part, on the relative strength or weakness of their partisan attachments.<p>Not only that, Pew also has an <a href="http://www.people-press.org/quiz/political-typology/">online quiz</a> of 23 questions th Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:04:00 +0000 Frank James 44985 at http://publicradioeast.org Pew's Latest Look At Voters Finds Many Who Defy Party Labels New House Leadership Puts Export Bank On Shakier Ground http://publicradioeast.org/post/new-house-leadership-puts-export-bank-shakier-ground The Export-Import Bank, created by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1934 to boost U.S. exports during the Great Depression, needs its charter to be reauthorized by September's end if it is to continue providing loans to U.S. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:35:00 +0000 Frank James 44785 at http://publicradioeast.org New House Leadership Puts Export Bank On Shakier Ground Will Mississippi's Black Democrats Save A Republican? http://publicradioeast.org/post/will-mississippis-black-democrats-save-republican It's a rich irony that on the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders risking life and limb in Mississippi to help African-Americans register to vote, black Democrats may decide which Republican wins Tuesday's runoff for the GOP Senate nomination.<p>Then again, maybe they won't. A big unknown on the morning of the election is just how many African-American Democrats might actually visit polling places across party lines to vote for Sen. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Frank James 44723 at http://publicradioeast.org Will Mississippi's Black Democrats Save A Republican? Hillary Clinton, The Inevitable? Sure Seems Like It http://publicradioeast.org/post/hillary-clinton-inevitable-sure-seems-it The jockeying for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination is already shaping up to be nothing like the 2008 contest. Indeed, it doesn't even resemble a contest. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 08:57:00 +0000 Frank James 44566 at http://publicradioeast.org Hillary Clinton, The Inevitable? Sure Seems Like It House Republicans' Top Leadership Gets A Red-State Member http://publicradioeast.org/post/house-republicans-top-leadership-gets-red-state-member House Republicans, whose voter strength can be disproportionately found in the red states of the South and Mountain West, have once again elected a majority leader from a state that voted twice for President Obama. But the race for majority whip was won by a red-state representative who made the case for regional diversity in Republican leadership.<p>Hailing from California, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy replaces Virginia Rep. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:58:00 +0000 Frank James 44409 at http://publicradioeast.org House Republicans' Top Leadership Gets A Red-State Member Iraq's Meltdown Troubles U.S. Political Waters http://publicradioeast.org/post/iraqs-meltdown-troubles-us-political-waters Iraq has a long history of roiling American politics. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:44:00 +0000 Frank James 44320 at http://publicradioeast.org Iraq's Meltdown Troubles U.S. Political Waters Suspect's Capture Doesn't Arrest Benghazi Suspicions http://publicradioeast.org/post/suspects-capture-doesnt-arrest-benghazi-suspicions Does the capture of Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a key suspect in the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks, alter the political polarity of the episode?<p>If so, the change wasn't immediately apparent.<p>While Republicans said Tuesday they welcomed the news, they also made clear that their suspicions toward President Obama on all things Benghazi were far from assuaged.<p>Indeed, what appeared to happen was that Khatallah's apprehension added to — rather than subtracted from — the GOP points of contention with the Obama administration.<p>Khatallah's capture rekindled a dispute over the handling of terrorist su Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Frank James 44220 at http://publicradioeast.org Suspect's Capture Doesn't Arrest Benghazi Suspicions 4 Takeaways From Hillary Clinton's 'Fresh Air' Interview http://publicradioeast.org/post/4-takeaways-hillary-clintons-fresh-air-interview So when exactly did Hillary Clinton change her mind on same-sex marriage? That question was left unanswered in the former secretary of state's <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/12/321313477/hillary-clinton-the-fresh-air-interview">lively exchange</a> with <em>Fresh Air </em>host Terry Gross.<p>The same-sex marriage portion of the interview made for compelling listening because of how much Clinton bridled at Terry's suggestion that she privately supported it long before she publicly endorsed it, and how much Terry kept asking the question. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:58:00 +0000 Frank James 43930 at http://publicradioeast.org 4 Takeaways From Hillary Clinton's 'Fresh Air' Interview