February 1, 2011 Voters care less about Egypt than the media. So Obama can't seem distracted from his jobs agenda. One option he has is to point out the negative effect the Egypt crisis can have on the U.S. economy.
Supporters of the Tea Party movement protest health care overhaul outside the U.S. Capitol, March 20, 2010.
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February 1, 2011 After a federal court declared the new health law unconstitutional, it's still unclear how far the ruling reaches. Still, the Obama administration says that it will continue to implement the law regardless of the pending legal questions.
February 1, 2011 The Republican minority leader offered a repeal amendment Tuesday, moving his push for an up-or-down Senate vote to repeal the 2010 health care law a step closer to fruition.
February 1, 2011 The federal court decision in Florida on Monday, declaring President Obama's health care law unconstitutional, has energized Republican efforts in the Senate to repeal it. They're pushing for a vote on full-scale repeal by the end of the week.
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February 1, 2011 This edition of the Political Junkie features the limits of U.S. foreign policy in Egypt, the announcement that Charlotte will be the Democrats' choice for their 2012 convention, and the latest ScuttleButton winner.
February 1, 2011 It will be the first time North Carolina has hosted one of the major nominating conventions. Republicans will gather in Tampa.
February 1, 2011 Sen. John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, tells Steve Inskeep that President Hosni Mubarak should declare that neither he, nor his son, will run in Egyptian elections expected this year.
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February 1, 2011 A federal judge in Florida has ruled that the health care overhaul law is unconstitutional. He agreed with 26 state attorneys general who charged that the federal government cannot impose a requirement on people to buy health insurance. The ruling is one of several in district courts for and against the law.
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People shoot their guns at a shooting range near the Crossroads of the West Gun Show in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 15.
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January 31, 2011 President Obama has been under increasing pressure to weigh in on gun control policies since the Tucson shootings. That pressure increased Monday, after a "sting" operation reported purchasing semi-automatic weapons for sale at an Arizona gun show without criminal background checks.
January 31, 2011 The target of the former senator's accusation denied ever using crack. The exchange took place at Trinity United Methodist Church whose former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, became controversial for a few things he said.
January 31, 2011 The District of Columbia does not have a full vote in Congress, despite having more than half a million residents. But what many may not know is that every law passed by the city's council is submitted for congressional review, including the recent same-sex marriage bill which went into effect last year. Host Michel Martin speaks about the latest in the fight to gain voting rights for residents of D-C with R. Clarke Cooper. Cooper is Executive Director of the Log Cabin Republicans, a group that advocates for marriage equality in the District. Also joining the conversation is Ilir Zherka, executive director of DC Vote.
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January 31, 2011 Hundreds gathered across the U.S. over the weekend to show solidarity with protesters in Egypt. Egyptian-Americans have called for President Hosni Mubarak to step down. Host Michel Martin speaks with two protesters from the Washington, D.C. area about what the turmoil in Egypt means to them and how have their families been affected back home.
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January 31, 2011 Demonstrations continue to gain momentum in Egypt, as the organizers there call for a million people to hit the streets Tuesday. The protesters hope the mass demonstrations will increase pressure for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to resign and leave the country. Host Michel Martin speaks with Professor Fawaz Gerges of the London School of Economics about the aspirations of the Egyptian protesters and if Mubarak steps down, what is next for the African nation that is a vital ally to the United States.
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January 31, 2011 Last week, many had a lukewarm reaction to President Obama's State of the Union speech. In the aftermath, William Kristol of The Weekly Standard wonders if Obama will be able to make a comeback for reelection similar to President Clinton's in 1996, and argues that it doesn't seem likely.
January 31, 2011 The Obama administration isn't taking sides but says it's unhappy with Mubarak's handling of the protesters. NPR News Analyst Cokie Roberts says the Obama administration seems to be one step behind the developments in Egypt, as each step happens.
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