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A Snapshot Of Indonesia: The Country Behind The Election

by Linda Poon
Jul 10, 2014

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Following a fierce presidential battle in Indonesia, both candidates — Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his rival, former General Prabowo Subianto — are declaring victory. Official results won't come out for another two weeks.

The vote marks the country's third direct presidential election since Suharto, Indonesia's last dictator, was ousted in 1998. Nearly two decades after his brutal rule, how does the world's third-largest democracy fare in terms of global health and development markers?

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Voters go to the polls at the Bridge Street Middle School polling place in Wheeling, W.Va., in Nov. 2010. (AP)

Number Of Registered Democrats In W.Va. Drops To Historic Low

by Ashton Marra
Jul 10, 2014 (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

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Republicans in West Virginia are touting an accomplishment this week that has historical significance for the state. For the first time in more than 80 years, Democratic voter registration has dropped to below 50 percent.

Numbers from the West Virginia Secretary of State's Office show it's true — that number has dropped, but just barely.

The number of registered Democrats in West Virginia as of June 30 stands at 612,288. Of the 1,226,745 voters in the state, that's 49.9 percent.

"Democratic Party leaders, both in this state and Washington, have alienated themselves from conservative West Virginians," state Republican Party Chairman Conrad Lucas said in a press release. "They have voted against our interests and our traditional values. They have held back our great state and its people."

West Virginia Republicans are on the attack this year leading into November's midterm elections. On the state level, the House of Delegates is four seats from turning red for the first time since 1928.

Republicans also tout being able to fill the ballot for the first time since 2004. They have managed to find a Republican challenger for all 117 federal and state legislative races — the U.S. House and Senate and the West Virginia House and Senate.

"The fact is Democrats still outnumber Republicans two-to-one," state Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio said in an email. "The numbers show that Democrats will continue to lead in registration and in the very near future, Independents will overtake Republicans."

The stories the numbers don't tell, however, are the amount of registered Democrats who are choosing red in the privacy of the voting booth. Robert Rupp, a professor of political science at West Virginia Wesleyan College, said in an interview with West Virginia Public Broadcasting last fall that's a phenomenon that's becoming more and more common.

"The state still has a two-to-one Democratic edge in registration, but the story in West Virginia is a state that's two-to-one Democratic is switching over to Republican," Rupp said.

"Now, what's even more interesting is that when you go down to Wyoming County, it's seven-to-one, nine-to-one Democrats. Virtually everyone in that county is registered as a Democrat, but they're not voting as a Democrat."

Rupp pointed to the state's record on the federal level to support his statement. West Virginia hasn't been won by a Democratic presidential candidate since Bill Clinton in 1996.

More and more, West Virginians are sending Republicans to Congress as well, with the exception of Sen. Joe Manchin, someone Rupp said isn't a true Democrat in the country's understanding of the term.

"In America, there are three political parties," Rupp said. "There's the Republican Party, the Democratic Party and the West Virginia Democrats."

"[The Democratic Party in West Virginia] is a huge tent in which you can have very conservative members feel comfortable in the Democratic Party as well as liberals."

The trend of a state changing political affiliation is one that historically trickles down according to Rupp, starting at the federal level, working to the state and eventually local races.

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The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were unveiled Thursday by Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly. Big winners included HBO, for Game of Thrones, and Netflix, for Orange Is the New Black. (Getty Images)

HBO And 'Game Of Thrones' Haul In The Most Emmy Nominations

Jul 10, 2014 (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

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Cable network HBO has received 99 nominations for the 2014 Emmy Awards, running its streak as the network with the most Emmy nods to 14 years. HBO's Game of Thrones got 19 nominations, one ahead of the FX miniseries Fargo.

NPR's Neda Ulaby reports for our Newscast unit:

"HBO also got nominated for its movie The Normal Heart, for its drama True Detective and, in a surprise, for its comedy Silicon Valley.

"Other winners included Netflix, with 31 nominations. That's more than double last year, for shows such as House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black.

"And the FX show Fargo got 18 nominations. Losers included Orphan Black and The Walking Dead. For those shows, lots of love from audiences didn't translate into any nominations in major categories."

Another snubbed show was The Good Wife, the AP says, which "despite a season that was both critically acclaimed and gasp-inducing," came away with only five nominations.

The nominees were announced this morning in Los Angeles (see the full list).

Orange Is the New Black received the most nominations of any show in the comedy category, with 12. And with 14 nominations for 2014, NBC's Saturday Night Live continued its run as the most Emmy-nominated show in history, with 185 total.

Notable shows in the drama category include AMC's Breaking Bad with 16 nominations for its final season, along with Netflix's House of Cards with 13, and PBS's Downton Abbey and HBO's True Detective, which each had 12.

Here's how the broadcast networks stacked up:

  • CBS - 47 nominations
  • NBC - 46 nominations
  • ABC - 37 nominations
  • PBS - 34 nominations
  • FOX - 18 nominations

And here's the list of cable leaders other than HBO:

  • FX Networks - 45 nominations
  • Showtime - 24 nominations
  • Comedy Central - 21 nominations
  • Lifetime - 17 nominations
  • FOX/NatGeo - 12 nominations
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The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were unveiled Thursday by Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly. Big winners included HBO, for Game of Thrones, and Netflix, for Orange Is the New Black. (Getty Images)

Germany Asks Top U.S. Spy In Country To Leave

by Krishnadev Calamur
Jul 10, 2014 (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

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Germany has asked the top American spy in the country to leave, in the wake of two cases of espionage allegedly involving the U.S. and amid the fallout from the surveillance of Germans by the National Security Agency.

"The representative of the U.S. intelligence services at the Embassy of the United States of America was asked to leave Germany," government spokesman Steffen Seibert said today in a statement.

The statement said that in the interests of security, Germany sought close ties with its Western partners, especially the U.S., "but ... mutual trust and openness are necessary."

As we told you Wednesday, the German government is investigating a second spy case involving the U.S., just days after the arrest of a man who allegedly passed intelligence to the United States. The government has not officially said that the cases involved the U.S., but German news reports say the first arrest involved an official working for Germany's foreign intelligence agency, BND, and the second case involved an official in the country's Defense Ministry.

The White House on Thursday declined to comment directly on the German decision to expel the top spy at the embassy, but spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden told The Associated Press the U.S. viewed the security and intelligence relationship with Germany as very important.

The expulsion and the suspected cases of espionage come at a delicate time for U.S-German relations. Ties between the allies have been strained since revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that the agency spied on Germans, including Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were unveiled Thursday by Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly. Big winners included HBO, for Game of Thrones, and Netflix, for Orange Is the New Black. (Getty Images)

HBO Scores Big In Emmy Nominations

Jul 10, 2014 (Morning Edition / West Virginia Public Broadcasting) — David Greene talks to TV Guide magazine executive editor Michael Schneider about Thursday's announcement of the 66th Emmy Award nominations.

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