Juana Summers

Juana Summers is a congressional reporter on NPR's Washington Desk.

Prior to coming to NPR, Summers spent nearly four years as a reporter for POLITICO, where she focused on political and campaign coverage, primarily the 2012 Republican primaries and general election. During the Republican presidential primaries she covered Herman Cain, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman. She then traveled with Paul Ryan after he accepted the Republican vice presidential nomination. After the 2012 election, Summers began covering defense policy and veterans issues on Capitol Hill.

Summers has her reporting roots in Missouri. She has covered statewide and local politics for the Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as well as KBIA-FM.

Her work has also been featured in the Austin American-Statesman and The Washington Post.

Summers is a regular guest host for C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" and a frequent guest on CNN's "Inside Politics", MSNBC's "Weekends With Alex Witt" and other cable news programs. She was a commentator for BET during the 2012 Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

Summers served one term on the board of directors of the Online News Association, the largest non-profit organization of digital journalists. She is an alumna of the Chips Quinn Scholars program, the New York Times Journalism Institute and the Society of Professional Journalists Reporters Institute.

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Summers is a graduate of the University of Missouri's School of Journalism. She is also currently pursuing a master's degree in media management from the Missouri School of Journalism.

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The Salt
6:26 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

House To States: Don't You Dare Demand GMO Labels

A label on a bag of popcorn indicates it is a non-GMO food. House Republicans on Thursday voted in favor of a law that would block states from mandating GMO labels.
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Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 8:35 am

The argument over genetically modified food has been dominated, in recent years, by a debate over food labels — specifically, whether those labels should reveal the presence of GMOs.

The battle, until now, has gone state by state. California refused to pass a labeling initiative, but Maine, Connecticut and Vermont have now passed laws in favor of GMO labeling.

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Politics
5:23 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Jeb Bush Promises To 'Challenge The Whole Culture' Of Washington

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 10:14 pm

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Politics
4:30 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Congress Considers Reauthorizing No Child Left Behind Standards

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 6:34 pm

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Politics
5:01 am
Wed July 8, 2015

House And Senate Lawmakers Work To Revise No Child Left Behind Law

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 6:21 pm

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This week, lawmakers in the House and Senate are working to rewrite No Child Left Behind. That's George W. Bush's signature education law that was passed in 2001. NPR's Juana Summers covers Congress and joins us with the latest. Hey, Juana.

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It's All Politics
5:03 am
Sun June 28, 2015

Presidential Aspiration Born From A Modest, And Tragic, Beginning

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. announces his candidacy for president in Central, S.C. on June 1.
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Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 4:08 pm

This story is part of NPR's series Journey Home. We're going to the places that presidential candidates call home and finding out what those places tell us about how they see the world.

Greg Demetri hit the jackpot. When he picked the location for Villa Toscana, his nearly one-year-old Italian restaurant on the main stretch of businesses in Central, S.C., he had no idea that the building had once been owned by the town's most famous resident, Sen. Lindsey Graham.

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Politics
5:15 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

House Advances Bill To Give President Obama Fast Track Trade Authority

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 8:58 pm

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Politics
6:17 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Supreme Court To Announce Decision On Obamacare Subsidies

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 2:34 pm

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8:01 am
Sat June 13, 2015

Obama's 11th-Hour Push Fails To Sway House On Trade Deal

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 11:46 am

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Politics
5:10 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Skeptical House Democrats Still Not Sold On Trade Pact

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 7:30 am

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Around the Nation
4:19 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

NTSB, Amtrak Heads Testify Before Congress On Philadelphia Derailment

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 6:35 pm

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It's All Politics
6:03 am
Sun May 31, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Lindsey Graham

Graham speaks to reporters in December 1998 about the impeachment trial against President Bill Clinton.
Tim Sloan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 1:12 pm

This post has been updated to note that Graham has now officially gotten into the race for president.

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Politics
5:07 pm
Sat May 30, 2015

O'Malley Joins Democratic Presidential Race, Touts Executive Experience

Originally published on Sat May 30, 2015 6:07 pm

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It's All Politics
1:46 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Martin O'Malley

Martin O'Malley performs with his Irish rock group, O'Malley's March, in Baltimore in 2002.
Alex Dorgan-Ross AP

Originally published on Sun May 31, 2015 7:40 am

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Politics
5:11 am
Wed May 20, 2015

After Derailment, Congress Debates Lifting Amtrak's Damage Cap

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 1:12 pm

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Last week's Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia renewed questions about a decades-old law which limits the money Amtrak can pay out in damages. Some Democratic lawmakers want to raise the limit. Here's NPR's Juana Summers.

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It's All Politics
2:27 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Lawmakers Spar Over Whether Amtrak Funding Cut Matters

"That's a stupid question," House Speaker John Boehner said after a reporter asked him about Democratic claims that the GOP had cut Amtrak funding to unacceptable levels.
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Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 5:28 pm

Back-to-back news conferences by Democratic and Republican House leaders, given from the same podium on Thursday, showed a contrast in how both parties are responding to the politics of a deadly train crash that killed at least eight people and injured scores more.

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It's All Politics
9:03 am
Wed May 13, 2015

GOP Split Over Bill To Let Immigrants In U.S. Illegally Serve In Military

Dream Action Coalition Co-director Cesar Vargas, at a news conference on Capitol Hill in 2014. He wants immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children to later be allowed to serve in the military.
AP

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 8:20 pm

Cesar Vargas has a resume most young Americans would envy. He graduated from a Brooklyn high school that counts Sens. Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders among its alumni. He made honors in both college and law school. But because he was brought to the United States from Mexico illegally when he was 5 years old, he can't fulfill one of his dreams: joining the armed forces.

"I do believe that because this country has given me so much, I do want to be able to give back," Vargas said in an interview.

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Around the Nation
5:02 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Baltimore Residents Recover After Night Of Violence

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 7:53 pm

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It's All Politics
2:18 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

After Spending Scandals, Rep. Aaron Schock Says Goodbye

"Abraham Lincoln held this seat in Congress for one term but few faced as many defeats in his personal, business and public life as he did," Rep. Schock said on the House floor Thursday.
Kris Connor Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 3:09 pm

Once a fast-rising star in the Republican Party, Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock gave his final speech on the House floor Thursday.

Schock, who was elected to Congress in 2008, will resign his House seat at the end of the month. His resignation comes after weeks of questions about his judgment, lavish lifestyle and spending.

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It's All Politics
3:48 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Is Capitol Hill Ready To Rest Its Near-Annual 'Doc Fix' Exercise?

If Reps. Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner win and their plan becomes law, it would kill what's known on Capitol Hill as the "doc fix."
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Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 12:11 pm

Updated at 12:10 p.m. E.T.

Doctors who treat Medicare patients will face a huge cut, 21 percent, if Congress doesn't act by the end of the month. This isn't a new problem. While Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill agree that the formula that pays doctors who treat Medicare patients has long been broken, over the years they've been unable to pass more than temporary patches.

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NPR Story
5:09 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Why Defense Hawks Are Rejecting House Republicans' Budget

U.S. soldiers patrol near Kandahar airfield in Afghanistan on June 2014. The House Republicans' budget proposal requests less money for defense than the Obama administration's plan, but tries to close some of the gap by adding billions to the Overseas Contingency Operations fund, which has been helping pay for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 3:00 pm

Budget season is just kicking off, and already House Republicans' plan is hitting a wall. This time, over defense spending.

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