Ailsa Chang http://publicradioeast.org en House GOP Counters Obama's Request By Promising Own Proposal http://publicradioeast.org/post/house-gop-counters-obamas-request-promising-own-proposal Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. It's a familiar dance in Washington - President Obama makes a request to Congress and the House says no. This time, the no is in response to the $3.7 billion dollars the president requested to respond to an influx of unaccompanied immigrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border.<p>House Republicans say they won't grant anywhere near that amount. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 46461 at http://publicradioeast.org Administration Officials Defend Funding Request To Stem Border Crisis http://publicradioeast.org/post/administration-officials-defend-funding-request-stem-border-crisis President Obama has asked for $3.7 billion to deal with the southern border crisis. There are predictions the number of unaccompanied children entering the U.S. could reach 90,000 by October. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:04:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 46096 at http://publicradioeast.org Could A Socialist Senator Become A National Brand? http://publicradioeast.org/post/could-socialist-senator-become-national-brand As members of Congress continue hammering out a bill to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs' <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/06/04/318827245/va-health-cares-chronic-ailments-long-waits-and-red-tape">beleaguered health care system</a>, attention has focused on one man leading the charge: Bernie Sanders, Independent senator from Vermont and a self-described socialist.<p>Sanders barely got 2 percent of the vote when he first tried breaking into Vermont politics in the 1970s, but now there's buzz that the man known simply as "Bernie" may be a presidential candidate in 2016.<p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 07:23:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 45986 at http://publicradioeast.org Could A Socialist Senator Become A National Brand? Supreme Court Invalidates 3 Obama Recess Appointments http://publicradioeast.org/post/supreme-court-invalidates-3-obama-recess-appointments Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>In Washington yesterday, the Supreme Court limited the president's authority to make appointments when the Senate is gone. The justices unanimously ruled that the temporary appointment's President Obama made to the National Labors Relations Board in 2012 were unconstitutional because the Senate was technically still there, not in recessed. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:11:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 45002 at http://publicradioeast.org Addressing Border Crisis, Politicians Find Invitation In Misperception http://publicradioeast.org/post/addressing-border-crisis-politicians-find-invitation-misperception The House Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing Tuesday to address the influx of unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke at the proceedings, saying the situation at the border was "urgent." <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:25:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 44779 at http://publicradioeast.org GOP: McCarthy Voted Majority Leader; Scalise Chosen As Whip http://publicradioeast.org/post/gop-mccarthy-voted-majority-leader-scalise-chosen-whip Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>House Republicans have elected a new majority leader. As expected, Kevin McCarthy of California, currently the third-ranked Republican in the House, easily prevailed. And Steve Scalise of Louisiana won the fight to replace McCarthy as majority whip. The leadership shuffle followed last week's unexpected primary defeat of the previous majority leader, Eric Cantor. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:22:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 44429 at http://publicradioeast.org Hagel Defends Bergdahl Exchange Before House Panel http://publicradioeast.org/post/hagel-defends-bergdahl-exchange-house-panel Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel explained why the Obama administration agreed to swap five top Taliban leaders for the release of an Army enlisted man, who willingly left his post in Afghanistan. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:12:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 43738 at http://publicradioeast.org Senators Reach Deal To Pay For Veterans' Care Outside VA System http://publicradioeast.org/post/senators-reach-deal-pay-veterans-care-outside-va-system Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>We will report next on the agency created to care for all of America's veterans. Eric Shinseki resigned a week ago. He was secretary of Veterans Affairs, and he stepped down amid reports of treatment delays and deceptive scheduling practices at VA medical centers. Now members of the U.S. Senate have cobbled together a bipartisan proposal to fix the problems. Their plans will provide more health facilities for veterans, allow them to visit private clinics if they wish and make it easier to dismiss poorly performing officials. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 09:16:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 43281 at http://publicradioeast.org Outraged Senators Reach Across Aisle For Deal On VA Wait Times http://publicradioeast.org/post/outraged-senators-reach-across-aisle-deal-va-wait-times Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Some U.S. senators have crafted a bipartisan response to the crisis at the Department of Veterans Affairs. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned last week, amid controversy over treatment delays at veterans' hospitals. Now, a Senate plan calls for construction of new medical centers for veterans. It would also allow quicker dismissal of high-level employees at the VA.<p>NPR's Ailsa Chang is following all of this from the capital. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 43242 at http://publicradioeast.org Old Senate Tradition Lies Behind Controversial Judge's Nomination http://publicradioeast.org/post/old-senate-tradition-lies-behind-controversial-judges-nomination As President Obama continues to take heat for nominating to the federal bench a judge who once wanted to keep the Confederate emblem on the Georgia state flag, the White House says what's partly to blame for the choice is an old Senate tradition.<p>It turns out that tradition — which gives virtual veto power over judicial nominations to home state senators — helps explain why almost all the judicial vacancies without nominees are now in states with Republican senators.<p>There's an idea in the Senate that it's still a chamber operating on mutual respect and goodwill between colleagues, even in Thu, 29 May 2014 20:29:58 +0000 Ailsa Chang 42682 at http://publicradioeast.org Old Senate Tradition Lies Behind Controversial Judge's Nomination Sen. Isakson: Boggs Fight Won't Break White House Deal http://publicradioeast.org/post/sen-isakson-boggs-fight-wont-break-white-house-deal If the judicial nomination of Michael Boggs gets derailed, at least one of Georgia's senators says it won't unravel a deal the two senators entered with the White House to select seven nominees for the federal bench in Georgia.<p>"The deal was we agreed on seven nominees for seven judicial appointments and asked for all of them to get a hearing at the same time, and that was the deal," said Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia. Thu, 22 May 2014 23:10:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 42097 at http://publicradioeast.org Sen. Isakson: Boggs Fight Won't Break White House Deal House Panel Wants More Done To Undermine Boko Haram http://publicradioeast.org/post/house-panel-wants-more-done-undermine-boko-haram The House Foreign Affairs Committee got a briefing on the threat from Boko Haram, a terrorist group that has kidnapped and is holding hundreds of Nigerian girls captive. Thu, 22 May 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 42019 at http://publicradioeast.org Obama Judicial Nominee Gets A Hostile Reception From Democrats http://publicradioeast.org/post/obama-judicial-nominee-gets-hostile-reception-democrats Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>One of President Obama's most controversial picks for the federal bench faced a barrage of hostile questions from Democrats, during his confirmation hearing today. Michael Boggs is a state judge in Georgia. Tue, 13 May 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 41286 at http://publicradioeast.org Election-Year Politics Dooms Energy Bill, Averts Pipeline Vote http://publicradioeast.org/post/election-year-politics-dooms-energy-bill-averts-pipeline-vote As expected, an energy efficiency bill failed in the Senate on Monday, which makes a separate Senate vote on the Keystone XL oil pipeline unlikely before the November election.<p>Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had made a Keystone vote contingent upon passage of the energy efficiency bill, and letting one doom the other may have temporarily gotten him out of a bind.<p>Reid faced a dilemma: Some Senate Democrats — especially vulnerable ones running in conservative states this year — want to support the pipeline. Tue, 13 May 2014 06:41:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 41211 at http://publicradioeast.org Election-Year Politics Dooms Energy Bill, Averts Pipeline Vote Women On Capitol Hill Reach Across Party Lines To Get Things Done http://publicradioeast.org/post/women-capitol-hill-may-be-better-crossing-party-lines There's a long-held assumption that women are more likely than men to collaborate. As the number of women in Congress has increased, however, so has the partisanship and gridlock. So does a woman's touch actually help on Capitol Hill?<p>There's a lot of academic research that supports the idea that women are better at building bipartisan coalitions. Thu, 08 May 2014 09:15:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 40836 at http://publicradioeast.org Women On Capitol Hill Reach Across Party Lines To Get Things Done From Humble Beginnings, A Powerhouse Fundraising Class Emerges http://publicradioeast.org/post/humble-beginnings-powerhouse-fundraising-class-emerges Women are far less likely than men to run for Congress. But here's the curious thing: When it comes to the hardest, most miserable part of campaigning — fundraising — women do just as well as men.<p>Study after study shows this, but it wasn't always that way. Efforts over the past 30 years to teach women how to <em>raise</em> money and <em>give</em> money have helped them catch up to men as powerhouse fundraisers. <br /> Tue, 06 May 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 40735 at http://publicradioeast.org From Humble Beginnings, A Powerhouse Fundraising Class Emerges Senate Republicans Block Bill To Raise Federal Minimum Wage http://publicradioeast.org/post/senate-republicans-block-bill-raise-federal-minimum-wage One of the Democrats top election themes this year was stopped cold in the Senate on Wednesday. Republicans successfully blocked Democrats from even taking up a bill to raise the minimum wage. Thu, 01 May 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 40285 at http://publicradioeast.org Hey, Superheroes On The National Mall: Any Advice For Congress? http://publicradioeast.org/post/superheroes-go-washington-and-theyve-got-political-advice Hundreds of people gathered on the National Mall Friday to see if they could break the Guinness World Record for the largest group dressed as comic book characters ever assembled.<p>It was the kickoff to Awesome Con 2014, a comic book convention that will take place in Washington, D.C., this weekend. In the end, the group came up short by several hundred people to break the world record.<p>But with so much superhero power concentrated next to the U.S. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 39269 at http://publicradioeast.org Hey, Superheroes On The National Mall: Any Advice For Congress? Mega-Donor Opens Wallet On The Hill To Kill Online Gambling http://publicradioeast.org/post/mega-donor-opens-wallet-hill-kill-online-gambling Now that the Supreme Court has eliminated the cap on the total amount one individual can give to candidates in each election, many are wondering how the very rich will respond.<p>If they spread their money across a wider swath of lawmakers, would that improve their chances of passing the legislation they want?<p>Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson could be the first test case.<p><strong>Expanding One's Reach Across Congress</strong><p>Adelson is pushing a bill through Congress that would ban online gambling, and he has pledged he will spend "whatever it takes."<p>The Supreme Court has ruled that a Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 38045 at http://publicradioeast.org Mega-Donor Opens Wallet On The Hill To Kill Online Gambling As Obamacare Deadline Nears, Louisiana Gets Special Attention http://publicradioeast.org/post/obamacare-deadline-nears-louisiana-gets-special-attention With only four days left before the March 31 enrollment deadline, the White House is kicking into high gear trying to round up more Affordable Care Act enrollees – and Louisiana got special attention Thursday.<p>Why? Enrollment in the federal healthcare exchange there has lagged behind other states and, perhaps as important, citizens are getting bombarded with anti-ACA ads as Democratic Sen. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:10:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 37487 at http://publicradioeast.org As Obamacare Deadline Nears, Louisiana Gets Special Attention