Politics http://wnpr.org en Former Senator Lieberman To Be Professor In New York http://wnpr.org/post/former-senator-lieberman-be-professor-new-york <p>Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman has been appointed a professor at <a href="http://www.yu.edu/" target="_blank">Yeshiva University</a> for the 2014-2015 academic year.</p><p>The private New York university named him the Joseph Lieberman Chair in Public Policy and Public Service.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:57:22 +0000 Associated Press 25844 at http://wnpr.org Former Senator Lieberman To Be Professor In New York For Development Around Stadium, Hartford Wants Federal Funding http://wnpr.org/post/development-around-stadium-hartford-wants-federal-funding <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hartford officials recently held a pre-bid conference for developers and others interested in building a new minor league stadium and its surrounding neighborhood. While the city fielded questions about available land and other infrastructure improvements it has in mind, one big question sticks out:&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Have you identified promising sources of federal or state funds?"</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:35:24 +0000 Jeff Cohen 25781 at http://wnpr.org For Development Around Stadium, Hartford Wants Federal Funding Absentee Ballots Available for Summer Connecticut Primary http://wnpr.org/post/absentee-ballots-available-summer-connecticut-primary <p>Absentee ballots are now available for Connecticut's upcoming primary election.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:17:16 +0000 Associated Press 25768 at http://wnpr.org Absentee Ballots Available for Summer Connecticut Primary The Wheelhouse: Migrating Children; Rt. 44 Tales; Chubby Checker Check-In http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-migrating-children-rt-44-tales-chubby-checker-check <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dannel</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Malloy takes a strong stance on housing immigrant children in this state.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’ll talk about this story and more on our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse. Also, the&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Hartford Courant’s </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dan </span>Haar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been walking and reporting from Connecticut’s </span>Rt<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. 44. He’ll take a load off to share some tales from the road. Chubby Checker (yes, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">that</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Chubby Checker) is also coming to town for a political fundraiser.</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 25759 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: Migrating Children; Rt. 44 Tales; Chubby Checker Check-In White House Adviser: Cease-Fire Should Include Demilitarization Of Gaza http://wnpr.org/post/white-house-adviser-cease-fire-should-include-demilitarization-gaza A top White House adviser says any cease-fire agreement between Israel and Palestinians must include the demilitarization of Gaza.<p>In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken said "that needs to be the end result."<p>"There has to be some way forward that does not involve Hamas having the ability to continue to rain down rockets on Israeli civilians," Blinken said.<p>Asked if this means the U.S. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:49:00 +0000 editor 25764 at http://wnpr.org White House Adviser: Cease-Fire Should Include Demilitarization Of Gaza Maine City Council Votes To Keep Tar Sands Out Of Its Port http://wnpr.org/post/maine-city-council-votes-keep-tar-sands-out-its-port South Portland, Maine, is known as the place where Liberty ships were built by tens of thousands of workers during World War II. Now, the city's waterfront is home to an oil terminal and the beginning of a 236-mile-long pipeline.<p>For more than 70 years, the Portland Montreal Pipeline Corp. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:11:00 +0000 editor 25741 at http://wnpr.org Maine City Council Votes To Keep Tar Sands Out Of Its Port The Challenge Of Keeping Tabs On The NSA's Secretive Work http://wnpr.org/post/challenge-keeping-tabs-nsas-secretive-work Here's a question with no easy answer: How do you hold the nation's spy agencies accountable — when they control the secrets?<p>Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden apparently thought the answer was to blow the lid off some of the NSA's highly classified programs. He took documents and shared them with journalists.<p>But what about Congress? It's supposed to oversee the NSA — and other spy agencies. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 David Welna 25747 at http://wnpr.org The Challenge Of Keeping Tabs On The NSA's Secretive Work U.S. Appeals Courts Issue Conflicting Decisions On Obamacare Subsidies http://wnpr.org/post/us-appeals-courts-issue-conflicting-decisions-obamacare-subsidies A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday dealt a significant blow to the Affordable Care Act, when it threw out an IRS regulation that governs subsidies. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:59:00 +0000 editor 25691 at http://wnpr.org Protesters Rally, Speak Against Hartford Baseball Stadium Proposal http://wnpr.org/post/protesters-rally-speak-against-hartford-baseball-stadium-proposal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 50 people opposed to plans for a new minor league baseball stadium in Hartford held a march and protest Monday.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:11:42 +0000 Jeff Cohen 25665 at http://wnpr.org Protesters Rally, Speak Against Hartford Baseball Stadium Proposal Flight MH17: Black Boxes And Bodies Handed Over; U.N. Calls For Inquiry http://wnpr.org/post/flight-mh17-black-boxes-and-bodies-handed-over-un-calls-inquiry <strong>This post was last updated at 7:10 p.m. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:18:03 +0000 Bill Chappell 25655 at http://wnpr.org Flight MH17: Black Boxes And Bodies Handed Over; U.N. Calls For Inquiry Governor Malloy Reconsiders Decision on Helping Migrant Children http://wnpr.org/post/governor-malloy-reconsiders-decision-helping-migrant-children <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Werner&nbsp;</span>Oyanadel<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Executive Director of </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Connecticut's Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said on Monday that Latino and Puerto Rican advocates in Connecticut were disappointed with Governor </span>Dannel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Malloy's refusal to temporarily house 2,000 of the 52,000 Central American children requested by the federal government.&nbsp;</span></p><p>They made sure their disappointment caught the attention of the governor.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:02:58 +0000 Betsy Kaplan 25640 at http://wnpr.org Governor Malloy Reconsiders Decision on Helping Migrant Children For Stadium, Hartford to Buy Back Land It Once Owned http://wnpr.org/post/stadium-hartford-buy-back-land-it-once-owned <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hartford Mayor Pedro </span>Segarra<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> needs to buy two acres of vacant land to help make his plan for a minor league baseball stadium a reality. That land, however, has a complicated history.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:58:42 +0000 Jeff Cohen 25639 at http://wnpr.org For Stadium, Hartford to Buy Back Land It Once Owned The Scramble: Who Will Take the Kids? http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-who-will-take-kids <p></p><p>I was reading a story about some refugees who cabled the President asking for asylum. The President never responded. The federal government had decided not to take extraordinary measures to permit the refugees to enter the United States. A state department telegram stated that the passengers must await their turns on the waiting list and qualify for and obtain immigration visas before they may be admissible into the United States.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:07:17 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 25619 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble: Who Will Take the Kids? Reports: Texas Gov. Perry To Deploy 1,000 National Guardsmen To Border http://wnpr.org/post/reports-texas-gov-perry-deploy-1000-national-guardsmen-border Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to announce on Monday that he is ordering 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:57:00 +0000 editor 25620 at http://wnpr.org Reports: Texas Gov. Perry To Deploy 1,000 National Guardsmen To Border Conversations With "Democracy Now!" Host Amy Goodman and Guitarist Yovianna García http://wnpr.org/post/conversations-democracy-now-host-amy-goodman-and-guitarist-yovianna-garc <p>Amy Goodman’s radio, TV, and Web program<em> Democracy Now!</em> has a wide following among people who think the mainstream media doesn’t let us hear enough voices from those who protest against powerful interests. This week, she visits the Mark Twain House and Museum to discuss her new book <em>The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance and Hope</em>.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This hour, we preview that event, with a conversation about the state of the news media today.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We also listen back to a conversation with a Hartford-based guitarist who celebrates the music of her home country, Puerto Rico, while also exploring the classical repertoire.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 25614 at http://wnpr.org Conversations With "Democracy Now!" Host Amy Goodman and Guitarist Yovianna García Putin: Tragedies Like MH17 Should 'Bring People Together' http://wnpr.org/post/putin-tragedies-mh17-should-bring-people-together <h6><strong>(This post was updated at 12:51 p.m. ET.)</strong></h6><p>Russian President Vladimir Putin says tragedies such as the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 last week should "bring people together" rather than "dividing us."<p><a href="http://eng.kremlin.ru/news/22701">Putin issued the written statement</a> a day after the United States outlined its case against Russia. <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/20/333061052/pressure-grows-on-putin-to-secure-access-to-ukraine-crash-site">As we reported</a>, U.S. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:18:00 +0000 editor 25613 at http://wnpr.org Putin: Tragedies Like MH17 Should 'Bring People Together' In Effort To Forge Cease-Fire Between Israel And Hamas, Kerry Heads To Egypt http://wnpr.org/post/effort-forge-cease-fire-kerry-heads-egypt U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Egypt today in an effort to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.<p><a href="http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2014/07/229510.htm">In a statement</a>, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Kerry would meet with Egyptian and other senior officials.<p>"The United States — and our international partners — are deeply concerned about the risk of further escalation, and the loss of more innocent life," Psaki said. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:04:00 +0000 editor 25609 at http://wnpr.org In Effort To Forge Cease-Fire Between Israel And Hamas, Kerry Heads To Egypt At Least 13 Israeli Soldiers, 87 Palestinians Killed In Gaza Strip Sunday http://wnpr.org/post/fighting-rages-gaza-us-seeks-cease-fire <strong><em>Updated at 10:30 p.m. ET.</em></strong><p>A spokesman for Hamas claimed Sunday that the group has captured an Israeli soldier. Reuters quotes Israel's ambassador to the U.N., Ron Prosor, as saying that no Israeli soldier has been kidnapped.<p>It's the latest development in a bloody day of fighting between Israel and Hamas. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 25577 at http://wnpr.org At Least 13 Israeli Soldiers, 87 Palestinians Killed In Gaza Strip Sunday Kerry: Evidence Points Clearly To Rebels Shooting Down MH17 http://wnpr.org/post/kerry-evidence-points-clearly-rebels-shooting-down-mh17 <strong><em>Updated at 4:25 p.m. ET.</em></strong><p>In the most emphatic U.S. statement to date on culpability for the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Eastern Ukraine that killed 298 people, Secretary of State John Kerry says evidence overwhelmingly points to Russian-backed separatists.<p>In an interview with CNN, he says that U.S. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:40:00 +0000 editor 25576 at http://wnpr.org Kerry: Evidence Points Clearly To Rebels Shooting Down MH17 Gun Control Advocates Plan Protest of Gov. Christie's Visit to Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/gun-control-advocates-plan-protest-gov-christies-visit-connecticut <p>New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be met by protesters at a GOP fundraiser on Monday night in Greenwich. Gun control advocates are angry at Christie for vetoing a recent gun control bill.</p><p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:03:16 +0000 Ray Hardman 25528 at http://wnpr.org Gun Control Advocates Plan Protest of Gov. Christie's Visit to Connecticut Kremlin Blacklists 13 Americans In Tit-For-Tat Over U.S. Sanctions http://wnpr.org/post/kremlin-blacklists-13-americans-tit-tat-over-us-sanctions <strong><em>Updated at 2:55 p.m. ET.</em></strong><p>Moscow has issued a quid pro quo for sanctions imposed on it by Washington, banning a U.S. congressman and 12 other Americans from entering Russia.<p>NPR's Hansi Lo Wang reports that the Foreign Ministry in Moscow says <a href="http://www.mid.ru/brp_4.nsf/newsline/17F7FAE2FCA8AAE644257D1A003F84EF">the new blacklist</a> is in response to U.S. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:50:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 25569 at http://wnpr.org Kremlin Blacklists 13 Americans In Tit-For-Tat Over U.S. Sanctions Dutch Premier Decries 'Utterly Disrespectful Behavior' At MH17 Crash Site http://wnpr.org/post/dutch-premier-decries-utterly-disrespectful-behavior-mh17-crash-site <strong><em>Updated at 3:10 p.m. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:13:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 25568 at http://wnpr.org Dutch Premier Decries 'Utterly Disrespectful Behavior' At MH17 Crash Site Drug Sentencing Guidelines Reduced For Current Prisoners http://wnpr.org/post/drug-sentencing-guidelines-reduced-current-prisoners The U.S. Sentencing Commission on Friday voted unanimously to reduce terms for drug traffickers already in prison.<p>More than 46,000 drug offenders will be eligible for early release, unless Congress makes a move to stop the <a href="http://www.ussc.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/news/press-releases-and-news-advisories/press-releases/20140718_press_release.pdf">plan</a> by Nov. 1.<p>On average, sentences could be reduced by more than two years.<p>"The magnitude of the change, both collectively and for individual offenders, is significant," U.S. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:01:19 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 25527 at http://wnpr.org Drug Sentencing Guidelines Reduced For Current Prisoners Western Mass. Base Could Be Used To House Immigrant Children http://wnpr.org/post/western-mass-base-could-be-used-house-immigrant-children <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201407/westoverafrsign.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/07/immigrantkidswafrb.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Massachusetts Gov. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:24:43 +0000 Paul Tuthill 25526 at http://wnpr.org Western Mass. Base Could Be Used To House Immigrant Children What To Watch In Israel's Ground Invasion Of Gaza http://wnpr.org/post/what-watch-israels-ground-invasion-gaza Israel has unleashed repeated military offensives in the Gaza Strip since 2000 and has never been able to permanently suppress Palestinian rocket fire or seal off the territory's smuggling tunnels.<p>So why is Israel launching another major ground incursion now, and is there any reason to think the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/07/11/330752487/israel-and-gaza-struck-by-rockets-bombs-and-a-sense-of-deja-vu" target="_blank">outcome will be different this time</a>?<p>"After we discovered we could not take care of Gaza tunnels with airstrikes alone, we launched a ground operatio Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:11:00 +0000 editor 25524 at http://wnpr.org What To Watch In Israel's Ground Invasion Of Gaza Obama Calls for a Ceasefire in Ukraine http://wnpr.org/post/obama-calls-ceasefire-ukraine <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Barack Obama said one American was killed on a downed plane in Ukraine on Thursday, and that the airliner was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatists. He called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine, where he said heavily armed and trained separatists receive Russian support.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:36:55 +0000 Heather Brandon 25517 at http://wnpr.org Obama Calls for a Ceasefire in Ukraine Gov. Patrick Weighing Request To Shelter Immigrant Children http://wnpr.org/post/gov-patrick-weighing-request-shelter-immigrant-children <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Dwight Sipler" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201301/DevalPatrick.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/07/immigrantkids.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Gov. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:05:36 +0000 Paul Tuthill 25513 at http://wnpr.org Gov. Patrick Weighing Request To Shelter Immigrant Children Border Agency Chief Opens Up About Deadly Force Cases http://wnpr.org/post/border-agency-chief-opens-about-deadly-force-cases The new commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection says he is reviewing scores of incidents in which agents have used deadly force.<p>R. Gil Kerlikowske made that statement during an exclusive interview with NPR's <em>Morning Edition</em>. It was his first extended conversation about controversial incidents in which the Border Patrol has killed civilians without apparent accountability. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:25:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 25497 at http://wnpr.org Border Agency Chief Opens Up About Deadly Force Cases McKinney Attack Ad Edits and Alters Foley's Interview With WNPR http://wnpr.org/post/mckinney-attack-ad-edits-and-alters-foleys-interview-wnpr <p>State Minority Leader John McKinney's first television spot goes right after his primary opponent for governor, Tom Foley. McKinney uses (and re-uses) Foley's own words where he appears to say, "I'm not going to cut spending."</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:49:18 +0000 Tucker Ives 25442 at http://wnpr.org McKinney Attack Ad Edits and Alters Foley's Interview With WNPR Foley, McKinney Face Off in Republican Primary Debate http://wnpr.org/post/foley-mckinney-face-republican-primary-debate <p>The two Republican candidates for Connecticut governor faced off in a primary debate on Thursday at <em>The Hartford Courant</em>.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:50:54 +0000 Patrick Skahill & Heather Brandon 25446 at http://wnpr.org Foley, McKinney Face Off in Republican Primary Debate