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Politics
2:57 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Mitch McConnell All But Dares President Obama to Visit Kentucky

President Obama
Credit White House

During a floor speech Thursday morning, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell invited President Obama to visit Kentucky.

The White House is kicking off a number of "Day in the Life" trips across the country this week in an effort to put a face on the struggling middle-class, and to get Obama out of the Oval Office bubble.

Calling the visits a public relations stunt, McConnell all but dared the president talk with Kentuckians about his agenda.

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Education
9:56 am
Wed January 29, 2014

President Obama's State of the Union Didn't Please Environmental, Trade Groups

Barack Obama
Credit White House

In Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Obama dedicated several minutes to energy issues. And judging from the statements from non-profits and trade groups sent out soon after, he managed to make many diverse groups unhappy.

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Politics
11:40 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton Supports Military Action Against Syria

Former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton

Former Congressman Lee Hamilton says he hopes U.S. lawmakers act responsibly and give President Obama authorization to launch military strikes against Syria.

The president's request to strike Syria has divided Democrats with many—such as Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky—saying they are unconvinced by the administration's argument thus far.

Considered a foreign policy expert, Hamilton is a Democrat who represented Indiana’s Ninth Congressional District for 35 years. He is scheduled to speak about the wide-ranging foreign policy challenges facing the U.S. at a speech Thursday evening at Bellarmine University set for 7 p.m.

In an interview with WFPL News, Hamilton says Congress has been too deferential to U.S. presidents on foreign affairs in the past, but he would back the president's efforts in Syria.

"I would vote for the resolution. You have three options: first of all, do nothing. I think that’s not acceptable. That would mean in effect that (Balshar) al-Assad can with impunity attack his own people with chemical weapons," he says.

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Environment
1:04 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Ahead of Obama's Climate Change Speech, Coal and Environmental Groups React

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President Obama is scheduled to lay out his plan for addressing climate change this afternoon, and politicians and organizations have already begun weighing in.

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Politics
6:12 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Trey Grayson Appointed to Presidential Election Commission

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Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson has been appointed to President Obama's commission to improve U.S. elections, which was first introduced at this year's State of the Union address.

During the 2012 elections, voters across the country complained of long lines and confusion at the polls, and many have called for reforms to the system since the 2000 presidential race.

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Politics
11:03 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Senator Rand Paul: President Obama Using Gun Victims, Families As 'Props'

Senator Rand Paul
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Speaking to reporters at an event organized by the Christian Science Monitor, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., blasted President Obama for using the families of gun violence victims in his push for legislative reforms.

From Huffington Post:

"I think gun control is a legitimate issue for us to debate," Paul said. "I hate to see using people, I think, as props and politicizing people's tragedy. When I see the father and the mothers and them testifying - and I know they're coming voluntarily, and they want to come and be part of this debate - but it still saddens me just to see them, and I think that in some cases the president has used them as props. And that disappoints me.

The president has reached out to family members of victims from the Newtown massacre in the aftermath.

One mother stood in for Obama during one of his weekly presidential addresses. In that speech Francine Wheeler, whose 6-year-old son was murdered during the shooting spree, pleaded for stricter gun control laws.

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Local News
4:01 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

The Election is Long Gone, but What Do the Result Mean Going Forward?

Jasmine Farrier
Credit University of Louisville

Jasmine Farrier, a political science professor for the University of Louisville, will speak about the "enduring impact of a presidential election" at noon Tuesday at the Filson Historical Society. Farrier talked recently to WFPL's Jonathan Bastian.

"Every single person in the House won their election they do not necessarily see the need for political compromise that the rest of us see," Farrier said.

Listen to the rest below:

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Shots - Health News
11:24 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Obamacare Is Here To Stay, But In What Form?

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signs a bill in June 2011 to pave the way for a health insurance exchange in the state.
Ed Andrieski AP

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 10:46 am

President Obama's re-election and the retention of a Democratic majority in the Senate means the likelihood of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act has receded.

So what now?

"The law is here and we should at this point expect it to still be here Jan. 1, 2014," says Alan Weil, executive director of the nonpartisan National Academy for State Health Policy.

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Politics
7:01 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Election 2012 | What Happened In Kentucky, Indiana on Election Night

Joseph Lord

Update 12:09 a.m.: Here's a rundown of what happened tonight, with updated stories.

Democratic Indiana Rep. Joe Donnelly was elected to the U.S. Senate. 

Meanwhile, Republican Mike Pence will be Indiana's next governor.

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Politics
7:45 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Election 2012 Live Blog | Polls Close in Louisville After Day of 'Heavy' Turnout

Voting at Jeffersontown High School.
Joseph Lord

Update 6 p.m.: And polls are closing in Louisville.

Some voters in a few polling places who had gotten in line before 6 p.m. were still waiting to vote, said Nore Ghibaudy, spokesman for the Jefferson County Clerk's Office. 

Update 4:25 p.m. Polling places in Louisville have lines, and elections officials anticipate that those lines will lengthen as last-minute voters leave work and cast ballots before the 6 p.m. deadline., said Nore Ghibaudy, spokesman for the Jefferson County Clerk's Office.

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