Politics

11:10am

Mon September 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Woodward: It's Clear From His New Book, Cheney Didn't Learn From Iraq

Former Vice President Dick Cheney. (Feb. 10, 2011, file photo.)
Alex Brandon AP

We've been keeping up with reaction to former Vice President Dick Cheney's new memoir, In My Time. In it, the vice president has made some extraordinary claims, including that he was in charge during Sept. 11 and saying that he still supports water boarding as way to get detainees to talk.

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2:50pm

Fri September 9, 2011
House & Senate Races

Republican Now Leads In Race To Replace Weiner

Rep. Anthony Weiner announced his resignation on June 16. With just days to go before the special election, the Republican candidate is running neck-and-neck in a heavily Democratic district.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

It's been more than two months since former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner resigned in disgrace after sending lewd messages on the internet and then lying about it. But now the race to fill his seat in Queens and Brooklyn is causing more headaches for Democrats.

With just days to go before a special election, a Siena College poll taken this week showed the Republican candidate with a six-point advantage in a heavily Democratic district.

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1:13pm

Thu September 8, 2011
Politics

Coverage of Obama's Speech begins at 5pm Tonight

Pete Souza Official White House Photo

KUNC's coverage of President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress will begin at 5pm tonight (7pm ET). We will join NPR News for special national coverage hosted by Robert Siegel. He will be joined in studio by NPR National Political Correspondent, Mara Liasson, and from the White House by NPR White House Correspondent, Scott Horsley. The speech is expected to last one hour and we will rejoin our regular schedule upon conclusion of the speech starting with The World.

4:27pm

Tue September 6, 2011
It's All Politics

Mitt Romney's (Steve) Jobs Plan

Was that a jobs plan Mitt Romney unveiled Tuesday or a Steve Jobs plan?

Wanting voters to see him as the political version of the black turtleneck-clad business visionary, Romney compared himself not only to Jobs but to someone using a smartphone (President Obama was still in the coin-operated payphone world, Romney said.)

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1:38pm

Sat September 3, 2011
Politics

SuperPACS, Explained (By Stephen Colbert's Lawyer)

Comedian Stephen Colbert, left, confers with his attorney Trevor Potter, center, as Matthew Sanderson looks on at right, as they appeared before the Federal Election Committee (FEC) in Washington. Potter says Colbert's SuperPAC, "Americans For A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow," is no joke. (Cliff Owen/AP)
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Trevor Potter is a Washington lawyer with the firm Caplin and Drysdale. He also served as chair of the Federal Election Commission.

And he says Stephen Colbert is not joking.

At least when it comes to the comedian's SuperPAC, a political action committee authorized by the FEC to make "unlimited independent expenditures." Colbert's is called "Americans For A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow."

Colbert didn't get it without help. He hired Potter to submit the paperwork and coach him on his FEC hearing.

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