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Thu October 24, 2013
Author Interviews

Krauthammer's Tactical Advice For The Republican Party

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 10:17 am

Long before he was a conservative writer, Charles Krauthammer was a psychiatrist. He tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that he changed career paths because he didn't buy into popular beliefs about a psychiatrist's power: "There is a mystique about psychiatry," he says, "that people think that you have some kind of a magical lens ... Superman's X-ray vision into the soul. One of the reasons I left psychiatry is that I didn't believe that."

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3:15am

Fri October 4, 2013
It's All Politics

Shutdown Showdown: Assessing Obama's Negotiating Tactics

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 9:14 am

President Obama speaks about the government shutdown, the budget and the debt ceiling debate during a visit to M. Luis Construction in Rockville, Md., on Thursday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

The government shutdown grinds on with no immediate relief in sight.

President Obama says he's willing to talk with Republican lawmakers about adjustments to the health care law and other issues, but only after they re-open the government and lift the threat of a federal default.

"I'm happy to negotiate with you on anything. I don't think any one party has a monopoly on wisdom. But you don't negotiate by putting a gun to the other person's head," Obama says.

Experts in negotiation say the president's stance may be justified, but it's also risky.

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12:30pm

Thu October 3, 2013
Politics

Following Recall, Colorado's Newest GOP Lawmakers Sworn In

Senators Bernie Herpin (R-Colorado Springs) and George Rivera (R-Pueblo) are sworn in at the capitol.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Following the ousting of two State Senators in a historic first legislative recall for Colorado, their replacements were sworn in to big applause Thursday.

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3:17am

Thu October 3, 2013
Politics

Why A Handful Of Hard-Liners Has A Hold On Boehner

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 10:53 am

House Speaker John Boehner speaks to the media after a meeting with President Obama at the White House on Wednesday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

To understand House Speaker John Boehner's role in the government shutdown, you have to understand the 30 or so House Republican hard-liners and his relationship with them.

It's an uneasy one at best.

"Listen, we've got a diverse caucus," was how Boehner put it in mid-September, shortly after the 30 forced him to ditch his original plan for a temporary government funding bill.

"Whenever we're trying to put together a plan, we've got 233 members — all of whom have their own plan," he said. "It's tough to get them on the same track. We got there."

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