NPR politics http://www.kplu.org en Do we really need a second inauguration? http://www.kplu.org/post/do-we-really-need-second-inauguration For the sake of argument, let's agree that when we use the word "inauguration" in this particular post, we are talking about the multiday, ball-bestrewn, soiree-soaked, tuxedo-dappled extravaganza that costs tens of millions of dollars and often leaves many Americans out in the cold — figuratively and literally.<p>We are<em> not</em> referring to the inaugural parade and solemn swearing-in ceremony <a href="http://www.inaugural.senate.gov/" target="_blank">planned</a> for Jan. 21, 2013. The 57th inauguration of the U.S. Sat, 17 Nov 2012 16:36:13 +0000 Linton Weeks 7151 at http://www.kplu.org Do we really need a second inauguration? Obama Hopes For Another Victory: Avoiding Fiscal Cliff http://www.kplu.org/post/obama-hopes-another-victory-avoiding-fiscal-cliff President Obama meets with labor leaders at the White House on Tuesday to discuss how to steer clear of the so-called fiscal cliff. It's the first of many meetings aimed at avoiding automatic tax increases and spending cuts at the beginning of the new year.<p>A week ago, the president proved again that he and his team are good at winning elections. The question now is whether he can translate victory at the ballot box to success in shaping policy.<p>The 62 million Americans who voted to re-elect the president last week had no illusions about what they were doing. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 14:48:22 +0000 Scott Horsley 7099 at http://www.kplu.org Obama Hopes For Another Victory: Avoiding Fiscal Cliff People from 20 states ask to secede on White House website http://www.kplu.org/post/people-20-states-ask-secede-white-house-website They're asking politely. Malcontents from 20 different states are petitioning the White House to allow them to secede from the union.<p><a href="https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/peacefully-grant-state-texas-withdraw-united-states-america-and-create-its-own-new-government/BmdWCP8B">Using the White House website's We the People function</a>, in which petitions garnering at least 25,000 signatures get a response from the president, people from the state of Texas are asking to "peacefully ... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 22:57:32 +0000 7090 at http://www.kplu.org People from 20 states ask to secede on White House website America's big backyard pot business http://www.kplu.org/post/americas-big-backyard-pot-business "You're driving up from redwood country, in the most beautiful park in America ... and when it's not on your radar, you have no idea it exists," says photographer H. Lee — referring to the marijuana industry that has proliferated, though unofficially, in that region of Northern California.<p>The name "H. Lee" is actually the pseudonym she uses when discussing her documentary project and forthcoming book, <a href="http://www.hleephoto.com/">Grassland</a>. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 21:03:25 +0000 7047 at http://www.kplu.org America's big backyard pot business Laugh break: Jill Biden and what she's seen of Joe 'up close' http://www.kplu.org/post/laugh-break-jill-biden-and-what-shes-seen-joe-close <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NI0HgFCVzgo</p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 15:52:45 +0000 Mark Memmott 6431 at http://www.kplu.org Laugh break: Jill Biden and what she's seen of Joe 'up close' Romney's wrong and right about the '47 percent' http://www.kplu.org/post/romneys-wrong-and-right-about-47-percent Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/09/17/161313644/leaked-video-purports-to-show-romney-discuss-dependent-voters" target="_blank">told supporters</a> that "there are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what" because they are "dependent upon government ... believe that they are victims ... believe the government has a responsibility to care for them ... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:22:51 +0000 Mark Memmott 6382 at http://www.kplu.org Romney's wrong and right about the '47 percent' As court gets to heart of health arguments, protests grow http://www.kplu.org/post/court-gets-heart-health-arguments-protests-grow The talent show outside the U.S. Supreme Court continued Tuesday as activists for and against President Obama's health care law sought to outdo each other with ever more artistic forms of protest.<p>At one point a middle-aged group of women started singing in harmony with a young drummer at their side. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 21:21:06 +0000 4577 at http://www.kplu.org As court gets to heart of health arguments, protests grow