Politics

Americas
11:50 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Drugs, Chaos And Violence Darken Mexico's 'Midnight'

In his new book, Alfredo Corchado writes about the escalating violence in Mexico.
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Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 2:11 pm

When Alfredo Corchado went to cover Mexico for The Dallas Morning News, he was determined not to focus on drugs and crime but rather to cover issues critical to the country's future — immigration, education and the economy.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Miami, Soon The American Atlantis?

A depiction of our area with a 5 ft. rise in sea level, which by some estimates could happen in 100-300 years.
Credit New York Times, http://nyti.ms/SktOCY

On The Florida Roundup, we focus on the impacts of sea-level rise on our very vulnerable region.   

Rolling Stone magazine says Miami - and much of South Florida - is doomed to drown.  You wouldn’t know it based on what you hear from state leaders.  While county and local officials say they are working on solutions, are they pursuing the right ones? 

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South Florida in Congress
11:03 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Rep. Deutch On Climate Change, Food Stamps, Hunger And Immigration

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Boca Raton)
Credit http://teddeutch.house.gov/

We're celebrating Independence Day this week by talking to some in South Florida's Congressional delegation.

Today it's Boca Raton-based Democrat Ted Deutch.

In the complete interview, I asked what the U.S. House of Representatives is doing about climate change and sea-level rise, what the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage of Act means for gay couples in Florida, and about his frustrations with the GOP over immigration reform.

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Congress
4:26 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Miami's Ros-Lehtinen: 'I Have Evolved As The Nation Has Evolved'

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Miami)
Credit http://ros-lehtinen.house.gov/

 

South Florida's longest serving Congressperson says she's changed with the times.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Republican from Miami, has served in the house for 24 years and voted for the Defense of Marriage Act when it passed in 1996.

"I have evolved, just as the country has evolved."

She explains why she went from supporting DOMA to applauding its undoing by the U.S. Supreme Court last week.

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Americas
8:00 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Why This Summer Offers Hope For Better U.S.-Cuba Relations

Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sánchez speaking to State Department officials during her visit to the U.S. earlier this year, after Cuban leader Raúl Castro began allowing Cubans to travel abroad.
Credit U.S. State Department

 

Like a lot of idealistic U.S. presidents, Barack Obama took office in 2009 hoping to establish better dialogue with communist Cuba. Remember his plan to “pursue direct diplomacy” with Havana? Then he quickly discovered what most U.S. presidents find out:

First, communist Cuba really doesn’t want improved dialogue with Washington, since conflict with the U.S. offers more political payoff on the island. Hence Cuban leader Raúl Castro’s 2009 Christmas gift to Obama: the arrest of U.S. aid subcontractor Alan Gross on dubious espionage charges.

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Religion
10:28 am
Tue July 2, 2013

An Atheist Monument Rises In Florida

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 5:10 pm

As NPR reported over the weekend, the first monument to atheism erected on government property in the United States has been dedicated in Florida.

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Democracy
10:05 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Tales Of Three National Protests — In Pictures

Egyptians gather in Tahrir Square during a demonstration against President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo on Sunday. Hundreds of thousands of Morsi opponents poured out onto the streets across much of Egypt, launching an all-out push to force him from office on the first anniversary of his inauguration.
Amr Nabil AP

Originally published on Sun June 30, 2013 6:02 pm

Sometimes pictures do a better job of conveying what's going on in the world.

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Americas
3:56 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Why Florida Is Out Of Step With The Rest Of The Hemisphere On Marijuana

Credit reason.com

Florida Governor Rick Scott on Thursday signed a “bong ban” bill that outlaws the sale of pipes and other marijuana-smoking paraphernalia.

We’re used to Scott being out of step with his state: in this case, a recent poll shows 70 percent of Florida voters support medical marijuana legalization. And with his country: most Americans now back marijuana legalization. And maybe with his hemisphere: Latin American and Caribbean government representatives gathered this week primarily to urge the Obama Administration to consider making pot legal.

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Immigration
10:37 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Binational Gay Couple In Fort Lauderdale Becomes First To Receive U.S. Green Card

Two Fort Lauderdale men are the first wedded same-sex couple recognized by the United States for a green card, winning their immigration battle two days after the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to honor gay marriages.

“We’re in the history books,” said Julian Marsh, a well-known gay music producer and DJ, who sponsored his Bulgarian-born husband, Traian “Tray” Popov, for a green card. “Oh my God, that’s totally amazing.”

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Session 2013
9:53 am
Mon July 1, 2013

DuPont Award Submission - WLRN State Session Coverage

The Session 2013 Town Hall project was a WLRN-Miami Herald News radio project, funded in part through a grant from Global Integrity. It included the active collaboration and participation of the Miami Herald’s political editor Sergio Bustos and Tallahassee bureau chief Mary Ellen Klas.

Before the Legislative Session
Online workshops on ethics, property insurance and education policy


Ethics game, Tallanasty

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Civil Rights
6:34 am
Mon July 1, 2013

How Will The GOP React To DOMA Ruling?

Originally published on Sun June 30, 2013 12:43 pm

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

This was a week of big Supreme Court decisions which will have long-lasting implications and are also certain to present plenty of opportunities for partisan politics.

NPR's national political correspondent Mara Liasson joins us now to talk it through.

Hello, Mara.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Hello, Linda.

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Law
1:04 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

A 'Victory' For Florida Landowners At The U.S. Supreme Court

Gary Cameron Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 3:12 pm

While the Supreme Court decision knocking down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is getting a lot of attention Tuesday, there's another ruling that's going to be of high interest to property owners across the nation.

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Americas
12:16 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Who Are These 'Bankers' Ecuador Keeps Referencing?

Ecuador is considering an asylum request from Edward Snowden, who reportedly is still holed up at the Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow.
Kirill Kudryavtsev AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 1:38 pm

If you've paid attention to the case of Edward Snowden, you might have heard Ecuadorean officials refer to some bankers the U.S. is refusing to hand over.

Ecuador, of course, is considering an asylum request from the NSA leaker. The U.S. is pressuring them to abide by an extradition request, while Ecuador is taunting the giant.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Week Of The Supremes: Gay Marriage And Voting Rights

Despite the landmark ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage, married same-sex couples here won't be able to take advantage of the full range of federal benefits.
Credit Peetje2 / Creative Commons/Flickr

On The Florida Roundup, we take a look at three big decisions out of Washington, D.C. this week: the U.S. Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage and the Voting Rights Act as well as the U.S. Senate's vote on the immigration bill.

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Climate Change
6:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Why Handwringing About Sea Level Rise Won't Save Miami

Credit FL Center for Environmental Studies

Miami as the modern Atlantis has a strangely tragic and romantic appeal.

Officially founded in 1896 (though there were settlers for some 75 years before that), and if a Rolling Stone article due to hit newsstands on July 4 is correct, Miami and the rest of coastal South Florida is looking at a very succinct timeline of existence.

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