Politics & Government

The Two-Way
8:53 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Jane Byrne Dies: No Woman Has Led A Larger U.S. City

Jane Byrne savors her victory in the previous night's Democratic primary in 1979, when she defeated incumbent Chicago Mayor Michael Bilandic. She became the city's first female mayor.
Carl Hugare MCT/Landov

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 7:48 am

Jane Byrne, who stunned Chicago's powerful political machine in becoming the first and still only woman elected mayor of the nation's third-largest city, died today at the age of 81.

She is being remembered as a trailblazer for women in politics who cracked the glass ceiling in a city whose political oligarchy 'don't want nobody nobody sent.' *

A product of the machine herself and a protege of late mayor Richard J. Daley, Byrne bucked party leaders to topple their annointed candidate, incumbent mayor Michael Bilandic, in the Democratic primary in February of 1979.

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Politics
3:28 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Week In Politics: Executive Action, Keystone Pipeline

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 5:34 pm

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And on that note, we turn to our regular Friday political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times. Welcome back to you both.

E.J. DIONNE, BYLINE: Good to be with you.

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Politics
3:28 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Obama, Congress Feuding Over Keystone Pipeline, Immigration

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 5:34 pm

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Race
8:38 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Political Diversity Pioneers Win Medal Of Freedom

Rep. Patsy Mink, D-Hawaii, talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in 1997.
Joe Marquette AP

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 2:13 pm

Several of this year's recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor the national government gives to civilians, are people of color. They include recording star Stevie Wonder and the late Alvin Ailey, legendary choreographer and founder of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.

Still, many of the honorees made their presence felt on the political stage, challenging America's presumptions about people of color.

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It's All Politics
7:03 am
Fri November 14, 2014

When Legislative Leaders Fail In Other Countries, They Lose Their Jobs

With the enthusiastic backing of his caucus, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., was reelected as the leader of the Senate Democrats this week following devastating midterm losses.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Last week, you may have heard, the Democrats took a historic drubbing in the midterm elections for Congress. They lost their majority in the Senate and saw their numbers in the House fall to their lowest point in nearly seven decades.

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Shots - Health News
2:26 am
Fri November 14, 2014

State Health Insurance Exchanges Hope To Woo Urban Minorities

In one of Access Health CT's new video commercials, a barber explains to his clients why getting health insurance should be a priority.
Access Health CT

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 9:34 am

Tomorrow it begins again – open enrollment for Obamacare. Two very successful state health insurance exchanges, Connecticut's and California's, are both intent on reaching people who avoided signing up last year – especially young Latinos and African-Americans.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Why Walker Hopes the GOP-Controlled Legislature Approves a Budget Quickly

Gov. Walker says he wants legislators to work with his staff, as he prepares his proposal for the next biennial budget
Credit Whitney Curtis/Getty Images

It appears Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is facing resistance from fellow Republicans in accomplishing a big item on his “to do” list: the state budget.

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Color Decoded: Stories That Span The Spectrum
4:00 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

The Color Of Politics: How Did Red And Blue States Come To Be?

NBC employees change Nebraska to red in the electoral map of the United States in 2008. All the TV news operations, including NBC News, settled on red for Republicans and blue for Democrats in 2000.
Mary Altaffer AP

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 9:31 am

Americans grow up knowing their colors are red, white and blue. It's right there in the flag, right there in the World Series bunting and on those floats every fourth of July.

So when did we become a nation of red states and blue states? And what do they mean when they say a state is turning purple?

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Politics
3:29 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Is The Election Over Yet?

The Republican candidate for Arizona's 2nd Congressional District, Martha McSally, speaks at a news conference on Nov. 5, the morning after the election. McSally's race against Democrat Ron Barber is so close it triggered a recount.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 9:31 am

The election is over, right? Republicans gained control of the U.S. Senate and padded their majority in the House.

So the big drama of the campaign may have subsided, but there is still a handful of congressional contests up in the air.

There are runoff elections scheduled. A couple of races that are still too close to call. And at least one official recount coming.

U.S. Senate Races

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Politics
3:16 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Back In Washington, Louisiana's Senate Campaigns Continue

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 9:31 am

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