Congress

5:52am

Sat May 12, 2012
House & Senate Races

Indiana Senate Race: The Bigger Picture

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 7:25 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

From Wisconsin, we head over to Indiana, where this week, six-term Republican Senator Richard Lugar lost by a landslide to State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who was supported by the Tea Party.

Now, Senator Lugar was known for working with senators on the other side of the aisle to pass legislation. That may not be the political flavor of the month in his party or his state.

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3:11am

Fri May 11, 2012
NPR Story

Postal Service Still Searching For Ways To Stem Losses

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 5:10 am

The Postal Service announced Thursday that it lost more than $3 billion during the first three months of the year. Post office officials are pushing Congress to give it more authority to cut some of its burgeoning costs.

11:27am

Thu May 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Survey: Americans Overwhelmingly Support Defense Cuts

A U.S. Navy variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35C, conducts a test flight over the Chesapeake Bay in 2011.
U.S. Navy Getty Images

As Congress struggles to rein in the federal deficit, a new survey finds Americans preferred to cut defense spending more than any other program.

In a new survey that not only asked for opinion, but also briefed the respondents on the federal budget, Americans came to a bipartisan conclusion: 67 percent of Republicans and 90 percent of Democrats supported cutting the defense budget.

And by quite a bit.

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11:55pm

Wed May 9, 2012
Politics

House To Vote On GOP Bill Framed As Guns Vs. Butter

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 6:49 am

Republicans who control the House want to block some $55 billion worth of automatic cuts to the Pentagon budget next year. Instead, they want to cut funding for social programs such as food stamps, Medicaid and Meals on Wheels. It's a choice that has been framed as guns versus butter, and this time, guns are expected to win.

The Obama administration has threatened to veto the legislation, which the House votes on Thursday. But the president is willing to leave the Pentagon cuts in place for now, in hopes of bringing Republicans back to the bargaining table.

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9:09am

Wed May 9, 2012
It's All Politics

Life Without Lugar: Democrats See An Opportunity In Indiana

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 9:40 am

Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock makes a victory speech Tuesday in Indianapolis, after defeating Sen. Richard Lugar in the Republican primary.
AJ Mast AP

Six years ago, Indiana Democrats didn't bother fielding a candidate against Sen. Richard Lugar. But with his loss in Tuesday's Republican primary, they think they have a real chance to take Lugar's seat.

Democrats argue that the new GOP nominee, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, will prove too conservative even for the Republican-leaning state.

"There's a lot of animus here because of the way Mourdock has campaigned," says Ann DeLaney, a former Indiana Democratic Party official.

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