Tamara Keith http://kuow.org en Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches http://kuow.org/post/president-obamas-favorite-county-least-when-it-comes-giving-speeches Residents of Prince George's County, Md., might just get sick of hearing "Hail to the Chief." President Obama has visited this county to deliver policy addresses more than any other in his second term.<p>"Hello Maryland. It's good to see you," the president said enthusiastically in January at a Costco in Lanham, Md. "I love to get outside of the Beltway, even if it is just a few hundred feet away."<p>For many years, presidents have traveled to Prince George's County because it is the location of Joint Base Andrews, the home base of Air Force One. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:02:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 32773 at http://kuow.org Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches Budget Bomb-Throwing Resumes With Party Line Vote http://kuow.org/post/budget-bomb-throwing-resumes-party-line-vote Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. For years, budget battles have ruled Washington politics: fiscal cliffs, debt ceiling fights and, of course, last fall's government shutdown. But then, in December, the House and Senate agreed on a two-year spending plan and the budget bomb-throwing stopped. Today, it resumed just long enough for the Republican-controlled House to pass a budget.<p>NPR's White House correspondent Tamara Keith joins us now to talk more about this. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 32323 at http://kuow.org Life Without Jobless Benefits: Watching, Searching And Praying http://kuow.org/post/unemployed-and-stuck-middle-midwest-woman-must-wait There's a small frame hanging on the wall near the computer Josie Maisano uses to search for work. Inside there's a picture of her at this year's State of the Union address and a blue ribbon that Democrats wore that night to highlight the plight of people like Maisano, whose unemployment benefits stopped at the end of December.<p>"Oh, my God. It was just a once-in-a-lifetime experience," says Maisano. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 31945 at http://kuow.org Life Without Jobless Benefits: Watching, Searching And Praying Obamacare Rolls Into N.H. Like A Political Campaign — And Wins http://kuow.org/post/obamacare-rolls-nh-political-campaign-and-wins Monday is the deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, or at least to begin the process. We already know that nationwide more than <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/27/295311611/obamacare-enrollment-exceeds-6-million" target="_blank">6 million people have enrolled</a>.<p>But each state has its own insurance market and its own experience with the law. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:35:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 31578 at http://kuow.org Obamacare Rolls Into N.H. Like A Political Campaign — And Wins Biden Visits N.H. To Talk About Jobs ... But Not His Own http://kuow.org/post/biden-visits-nh-talk-about-jobsbut-not-his-own If you didn't know any better (or you got confused about what year it was), you might think Vice President Biden was back on the campaign trail, kissing grandmothers, slapping guys on the back and borrowing a woman's phone to razz her son about a basketball game.<p>Biden returned Tuesday to the familiar campaign grounds of New Hampshire for the first time since October 2012. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 31256 at http://kuow.org Biden Visits N.H. To Talk About Jobs ... But Not His Own Selfies In Red Square? Not For These American Politicians http://kuow.org/post/selfies-red-square-not-these-american-politicians For a select group of American politicians and advisers to the president there will be no selfies in Red Square, no tours of Saint Basil's Cathedral, no borscht, no Baltika beer and certainly no return to the Sochi arena where the U.S. hockey team won an epic victory over Russia in the Winter Olympics.<p>And they couldn't be happier.<p>Russia, in response to <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/03/20/executive-order-blocking-property-additional-persons-contributing-situat">U.S. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:03:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 30951 at http://kuow.org Selfies In Red Square? Not For These American Politicians Obama's Surgeon General Nominee Stuck In Limbo http://kuow.org/post/obamas-surgeon-general-nominee-stuck-limbo President Obama's nominee for surgeon general has a medical degree and an MBA, but his confirmation is being held up in the Senate because of special-interest politics and Democrats facing tough re-election campaigns. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 08:31:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 30890 at http://kuow.org Under 30? The President Would Like You To Know Health Care Is Hip http://kuow.org/post/under-30-president-would-you-know-health-care-hip <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSy1_Ighgak</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPMsZYyesRE</p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 13:52:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 30602 at http://kuow.org Under 30? The President Would Like You To Know Health Care Is Hip President Obama Moves To Expand Overtime Pay http://kuow.org/post/president-obama-moves-expand-overtime-pay Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. President Obama is taking another step to raise the wages of workers and he plans to do it without getting Congress involved. The White House says tomorrow Obama will direct the Labor Department to change the rules for businesses on overtime pay. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 30406 at http://kuow.org White House Meeting To Examine Women's Pay http://kuow.org/post/white-house-meeting-examine-womens-pay President Obama is expected to meet on Wednesday with female members of Congress. There are reasons for the president's focus on women that involve both policy and politics. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:35:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 30341 at http://kuow.org Obama Pitches Health Care Law To Latinos In Bid To Boost Enrollment http://kuow.org/post/hoping-boost-latino-aca-enrollment-obama-turns-town-hall Getting Latinos to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is seen as critical to the law's success. The Latino population is disproportionately uninsured and relatively young, but enrollment hasn't been going well. This, in part, explains President Obama's appearance Thursday at a town-hall-style event hosted by the nation's two largest Spanish-language television networks, Univision and Telemundo. The tough questions he got only scratch the surface.<p>The televised town hall was conducted entirely in Spanish. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 29995 at http://kuow.org Obama Pitches Health Care Law To Latinos In Bid To Boost Enrollment Obama Budget: A Blueprint With Little Chance Of Passage http://kuow.org/post/obama-budget-blueprint-little-chance-passage President Obama is announcing his 2015 budget Tuesday. It calls for increased tax credits for the poor and boosted infrastructure spending, but it's unlikely to be enacted by Congress. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 29855 at http://kuow.org Two Talks On The Docket For Netanyahu's White House Visit http://kuow.org/post/two-talks-docket-netanyahus-white-house-visit Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>President Obama met today in the Oval Office with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. At the top of the president's agenda: Getting Israel to accept a framework for peace talks with the Palestinians.<p>NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith reports.<p>TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: There's a deadline coming at the end of April. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:23:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 29775 at http://kuow.org Russia, With Home-Field Advantage, Wins Sochi Medal Race http://kuow.org/post/russia-home-field-advantage-wins-sochi-medal-race Just two medals remain to be awarded at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, as <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/canada-3-sled-crashes-4-man-bobsled-olympics-184933333--spt.html">Canada and Sweden face off on the hockey ice.</a> If the Canadian men take gold, Canada will have swept all four traditional team sports. Canadian teams have already won gold in men's and women's curling and women's ice hockey.<p>[<strong>Add at 10:00 a.m. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 13:51:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 29283 at http://kuow.org Russia, With Home-Field Advantage, Wins Sochi Medal Race Ted Ligety Tames The Giant Slalom In Sochi http://kuow.org/post/ted-ligety-tames-giant-slalom-sochi Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The U.S. has added another gold medal to its Olympic tally. As NPR's Tamara Keith reports, this latest win comes courtesy of Ted Ligety and with it, he has cemented his place as one of the great giant slalom skiers.<p>TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Ted Ligety came into the second run of today's giant slalom competition with such a commanding lead, nearly a full second, that all he had to do was not mess up. He blazed down the mountain, though taking fewer risks than on the first run, making each turn with his aggressive and yet seemingly effortless style. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 29080 at http://kuow.org