June 30, 2004 Political editor Ken Rudin makes a prediction on who John Kerry will pick as his running mate.
June 30, 2004 Since 1976, in every presidential election year when gasoline prices were lower than they were in the previous presidential election year, the party in the White House remained in the White House. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Andrew Kohut, Director of the Pew Research Center, about the correlation between gas prices and the outcomes of Presidential elections.
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June 30, 2004 A variety of protests are expected to take place at this summer's Republican National Convention in New York City. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and protest organizers have not come to an agreement on where the demonstrations will be allowed to take place. NPR's Margot Adler reports.
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June 30, 2004 Adonal Foyle graduated magna cum laude from Colgate and was a first-round draft choice for the Golden State Warriors in 1997. Now a free agent, he has a world of options. One choice is set: the organization he started three years back, Democracy Matters. Along with size and talent, Foyle also offers a little political dissent. NPR's Tavis Smiley speaks with Foyle.
June 30, 2004 A major pollster says the U.S. is the most religious developed democracy in the world. That's why you hear one presidential candidate criticized for too often mixing his religious beliefs with his governance, while the other major candidate is criticized for not considering God often enough. NPR's Tavis Smiley speaks with Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, and Joe Laconte, a fellow in religion and a free society at the Heritage Foundation.
June 30, 2004 Speaking before the Hispanic organization La Raza, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry promises to reform immigration laws to ease citizenship rules for working immigrants. Kerry told the cheering crowd in Phoenix, Ariz., he would also work with Mexico to improve border security. Hear NPR's David Welna.
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June 30, 2004 Rejecting pleas from the Bush administration and the business community, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that victims of torture, genocide and other human rights crimes can sue their tormentors for damages in U.S. courts under the 1789 Alien Tort Claims Act. Hear NPR's Nina Totenberg.
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June 30, 2004 With its largely Latino population, New Mexico's demographics are unlike those of other states. Yet President Bush and Sen. John Kerry are running as tight a race there as in the rest of the country. Both candidates are campaigning hard for the battleground state's swing voters -- middle-class, suburban whites. Hear NPR's Linda Wertheimer.
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June 29, 2004 NPR's Juan Williams interviewed Bill Clinton last week in conjunction with the release of the former president's new autobiography. In this Reporter's Notebook, Williams explores Clinton's take on past political battles, and the 2004 election.
June 29, 2004 NPR's Alex Chadwick talks to Tess Vigeland of Marketplace about the U.S. Federal Reserve's expected decision to raise interest rates, and how that could affect consumers who've racked up a lot of debt.
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June 29, 2004 On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the United States blocked enforcement of the Child Online Protection Act, intended to shield children from online pornography. NPR's Alex Chadwick talks with Slate legal analyst Dahlia Lithwick about the case and other Supreme Court decisions this week.
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June 29, 2004 NPR's Tavis Smiley talks with regular commentator and former GOP congressman J.C. Watts about the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, and what it has meant to him and to other black Americans.
June 29, 2004 Sales of former President Bill Clinton's memoir, My Life, are expected to hit the one-million mark soon. Some 935,000 copies have been sold since the book first went on sale last Tuesday. NPR's Tavis Smiley speaks with the former president about the book's success and the Clinton legacy.
June 29, 2004 California's prison guard union has long wielded political clout in the Golden State. Now Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is seeking concessions in the guard union's contract in the face of a budget crisis and prison scandal. John Myers of member station KQED reports.
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June 29, 2004 The U.S. Supreme Court rules that both American citizens and foreigners seized as terrorism suspects can challenge their detention in U.S. courts. The ruling is seen as a curb on the broad wartime powers claimed by the Bush administration. Legal experts expect the administration to create a system of military hearings where detainees can challenge their confinement. Hear NPR's Nina Totenberg.
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