Ailsa Chang http://kuow.org en VA Nominee Steps Before Senate Committee http://kuow.org/post/va-nominee-steps-senate-committee Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee to run the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, is appearing before the Senate for his confirmation hearing. He faces the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, which will vote on whether to send his nomination to the Senate floor. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=VA+Nominee+Steps+Before+Senate+Committee&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDI3MDk2MDEzMjA0NDE3NTExOWRjNg004)"/></div><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 38757 at http://kuow.org House GOP Counters Obama's Request By Promising Own Proposal http://kuow.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 38298 at http://kuow.org Could A Socialist Senator Become A National Brand? http://kuow.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 37942 at http://kuow.org Could A Socialist Senator Become A National Brand? Addressing Border Crisis, Politicians Find Invitation In Misperception http://kuow.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 37005 at http://kuow.org GOP: McCarthy Voted Majority Leader; Scalise Chosen As Whip http://kuow.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 36738 at http://kuow.org Old Senate Tradition Lies Behind Controversial Judge's Nomination http://kuow.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 21:06:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 35460 at http://kuow.org Old Senate Tradition Lies Behind Controversial Judge's Nomination Sen. Isakson: Boggs Fight Won't Break White House Deal http://kuow.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 35041 at http://kuow.org Sen. Isakson: Boggs Fight Won't Break White House Deal House Panel Wants More Done To Undermine Boko Haram http://kuow.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 34953 at http://kuow.org Obama Judicial Nominee Gets A Hostile Reception From Democrats http://kuow.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 34389 at http://kuow.org Election-Year Politics Dooms Energy Bill, Averts Pipeline Vote http://kuow.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 34338 at http://kuow.org Election-Year Politics Dooms Energy Bill, Averts Pipeline Vote Women On Capitol Hill Reach Across Party Lines To Get Things Done http://kuow.org/post/women-capitol-hill-reach-across-party-lines-get-things-done 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 12:15:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 34090 at http://kuow.org Women On Capitol Hill Reach Across Party Lines To Get Things Done Hey, Superheroes On The National Mall: Any Advice For Congress? http://kuow.org/post/hey-superheroes-national-mall-any-advice-congress 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 22:50:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 32846 at http://kuow.org Hey, Superheroes On The National Mall: Any Advice For Congress? Mega-Donor Opens Wallet On The Hill To Kill Online Gambling http://kuow.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 31881 at http://kuow.org Mega-Donor Opens Wallet On The Hill To Kill Online Gambling As Obamacare Deadline Nears, Louisiana Gets Special Attention http://kuow.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 31431 at http://kuow.org As Obamacare Deadline Nears, Louisiana Gets Special Attention How To Meet Your Congressman http://kuow.org/post/how-meet-your-congressman For all the campaigning and schmoozing members of Congress have to do, the truth is that the vast majority of Americans will never actually meet their lawmakers.<p>To be fair, not everyone wants to. But among those who do, there's serious competition for a lawmaker's time. So, how does an average citizen get access on Capitol Hill? The quick answer: It's not easy.<p>First, do the math. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 31272 at http://kuow.org How To Meet Your Congressman