Politics + Policy

Environment
3:12 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Wells Are Running Dry In Parts Of Kansas

Nate Pike fears that wells, like this one that supplies his ranch with water, will dry up completely after years of water pumping and irrigation in Kansas.
Frank Morris KCUR

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 5:27 pm

Imagine enough water to fill a couple of Great Lakes, but spread under some of the driest parts of eight Western states. That was the High Plains Aquifer 60 years ago.

But now, Nate Pike, whose been riding the dry rolling ranch lands south of Dodge City, Kan., for most of his 80 years, can't even go fishing at his favorite spring called St. Jacob's Well.

"And that thing had a lot of water in it. It never went down, never changed," he says. "But as you can see now, I can't believe I can't see the water from up here."

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Environment
3:12 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Earth Scientists Pin Climate Change Squarely On 'Humanity'

Pedersen Glacier, 1917
Louis H. Pedersen climate.gov/National Snow and Ice Data Center

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 6:12 pm

The weather is one of those topics that is fairly easy for people to agree on. Climate, however, is something else.

Most of the scientists who study the Earth say our climate is changing and humans are part of what's making that happen. But to a lot of nonscientists it's still murky. This week, two of the nation's most venerable scientific institutions tried to explain it better.

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It's All Politics
2:22 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Cory Booker: Supermayor Or Self-Promoter?

Newark Mayor Cory Booker speaks about his Senate campaign, outside the Grove Path Station in Jersey City, N.J., last month.
Ashlee Espinal The Jersey Journal/Landov

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 5:25 pm

In one week, voters in New Jersey go to the polls in a special primary election for a U.S. Senate seat.

No one on the ballot has more name recognition than Cory Booker, the 44-year-old mayor of Newark, who is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party. But Booker's critics say he's been more focused on his own ambitions than on governing New Jersey's largest city.

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From Our Listeners
2:08 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Vacation Horror Stories: Train Troubles In Budapest

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 5:25 pm

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Media
2:08 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

'Washington Post' May Find Conflicts In Amazon Coverage

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 5:25 pm

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The sale of The Washington Post to Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos could bring up conflict between the owner's interests and the paper's editorial independence. I talked about some of those issues with longtime media executive and consultant Merrill Brown. Among his jobs, he was a reporter and then corporate executive for The Washington Post. Later, he was founding editor-in-chief of msnbc.com. I asked Brown what he sees as potential conflicts of interest with Bezos at the helm of The Post.

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Research News
2:08 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Study: Rising Military Suicide Rate Not Linked To Deployment

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 5:25 pm

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A new study out today finds that the rising number of suicides in the military is not caused by deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. The paper says mental health and alcohol abuse are much stronger indicators that a service member will commit suicide. As NPR's Larry Abramson reports, that finding runs smack into other evidence that says there is a connection.

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Law
2:08 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Fort Hood Shooter A 'Shrunken' Presence In Court Martial

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 5:25 pm

The court martial of Army Maj. Nidal Hasan began Tuesday at Fort Hood in Texas. Hasan is defending himself and told jurors that the evidence will show he was the man who killed 13 soldiers in 2009. But he said that the trial will not tell the whole story.

Economy
2:08 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Obama To Endorse Privatizing Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 5:25 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

President Obama was back on the road talking about the economy today. Lately, he's been taking a trip or two a week all over the country with a different focus each time. Today, he was talking about housing in Phoenix, where the 2008 crash was louder and more painful than in most places. The president laid out some new proposals to help the housing industry, and he described some old ones too.

NPR's Ari Shapiro joins us here. Hi, Ari.

ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: Hi, Audie.

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The Two-Way
1:11 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

George W. Bush Has Heart Procedure; Stent Inserted

Former President George W. Bush at the April dedication of his presidential library in Dallas.
Larry W. Smith EPA /LANDOV

"Former President George W. Bush has successfully undergone a heart procedure after doctors discovered a blockage in an artery," The Associated Press writes.

According to the wire service, "Bush spokesman Freddy Ford says a stent was inserted during a procedure Tuesday at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. The blockage was discovered Monday during Bush's annual physical at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, where the nation's 43rd president lives."

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Politics
11:59 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Gov. Otter Taps Leading Idaho Business Lobbyist As 2014 Campaign Head

Jayson Ronk has been the vice president of Idaho's largest business lobby.
Credit Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has reached into the ranks of Idaho's leading big business lobbying group to find the person to run his re-election campaign.

Otter announced Tuesday he's named Jayson Ronk as his 2014 campaign manager. The two-term Republican hasn't formally announced his campaign plans, though he's been raising money and telling supporters he will seek a third term.

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Africa
10:07 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Do Zimbabweans See Election As A Sham?

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Business
10:07 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Will A Hockey Arena Save Detroit?

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It's All Politics
4:03 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Virginia Governor's Race: Negative And Getting More So

The increasingly negative campaign that is the Virginia race for governor between Republican Ken Cuccinelli (left) and Democrat Terry McAuliffe could keep some voters home.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 9:16 am

If you like your gubernatorial campaigns negative and nasty, then Virginia's race for governor is for you, and will likely remain so until Election Day in November.

How could it not be with such good raw material for attack ads?

The Republican standard-bearer is controversial Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who has acknowledged receiving vacations and other gifts valued at $18,000 from the same businessman who plied GOP Gov. Robert McDonnell and his family with money and gifts valued at more than $145,000.

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It's All Politics
1:29 am
Tue August 6, 2013

On The Road With Max And Dave: A Tax Overhaul Tour

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., (center) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., (right) speak about overhauling the tax code at the 3M Innovation Center in Maplewood, Minn., on July 8.
Hannah Foslien AP

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 7:18 am

Ask Americans about the most pressing concerns for the nation, and overhauling the tax code probably isn't all that high on the list — that is, unless those Americans happen to be Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., and Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., the chairmen of the congressional tax-writing committees.

The two lawmakers are on a mission to simplify the tax code.

When they're out on the road selling that tax overhaul, they don't wear ties and they skip much of the formality of Washington — like last names even. Just call them Max and Dave.

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Policy
8:23 am
Mon August 5, 2013

17 States Agree To Recognize Idaho's Concealed Weapons Permits

Credit Robert Nelson / Flickr Creative Commons

The Idaho Attorney General's office says other states' responses to Idaho's newly enhanced concealed weapons permit have been mixed.

Last year only 11 states honored Idaho's concealed weapons permits within their own borders because of the minimal training standards required of Idaho permit holders. In an effort to convince more states to grant reciprocity, lawmakers earlier this year created an enhanced version of the permit and asked Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden to reach out to every state to see which would extend reciprocity.

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Idaho Politics
9:40 am
Thu July 25, 2013

15 Months Before The General Election, Idaho Politics Making Headlines

Much has been made lately of the future of Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador, seen here discussing immigration with protestors at his Meridian office in June.
Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Normally a slow news season when it comes to politics, Idaho's headlines in recent days have been rife with political developments.

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Budget
11:53 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Idaho Ends Budget Year With $92.3 Million More Than Expected

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Credit Division of Financial Management / State of Idaho

Idaho ended its 2013 fiscal year with 6.3 percent more revenue than in 2012. The Division of Financial Management, under the governor's office, reports tax collections for fiscal year 2013 came in at 3.5 percent above projections. Idaho collected $2.75 billion during the budget year that ended June 30.

The Division reports all general fund revenue categories posted higher-than-expected collections totals.

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Governor's Race
1:43 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Boise School Board Trustee Mulls Democratic Gubernatorial Run

Credit Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

A Boise school board trustee is considering whether to run for Idaho governor as a Democrat.

The Idaho Statesman reports A.J. Balukoff will decide sometime in the next several months whether to wage a 2014 campaign against two-term Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, who says he's running again.

Balukoff has been on the Boise School Board for 16 years.

He's also part-owner of the Century Link Arena, the Idaho Steelheads ice hockey team and the Grove Hotel, all in Boise.

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Boise News
8:52 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Former Boise Ombudsman Credits Police Dept. For Crisis Training, Says More Can Be Done

Former Boise ombudsman Pierce Murphy.
Credit City of Boise

Boise said goodbye last week to its ombudsman. For 14 years, Pierce Murphy served as a third party check on the city’s police department.

One of his last projects was a report on how well Chief Mike Masterson and the department have prepared officers to respond to calls involving people in crisis. Murphy spent about six months studying the department's Crisis Intervention Team, or CIT.

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Politics
8:43 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Idaho Democrats Look For New Recruits On Latino, LGBT Issues

Credit DonkeyHotey / Flickr Creative Commons

Democrats in Idaho are hoping to breathe new life into the party in this overwhelmingly Republican state. Party leaders are hitting the road with an appeal to Latino, gay and lesbian, and female voters.

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