Today the Supreme Court opens its doors for the 2013-14 term and it's promising to be an eventful one. Campaign contributions, abortion rights, affirmative action and public prayer are just a few of the extraordinary cases slated to make the court's agenda. They are also issues that defined former justice Sandra Day O'Conner's time on the court. Slate writer Dahlia Lithwick said this term could mark "the final demise of the O'Conner legacy." Steve Scher talks with Lithwick about the court's upcoming term.
Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 8:11 am
Immigration activists in the Northwest are pushing for Congress to get beyond the government shutdown fight and return to the issue of undocumented workers. Immigrant rights groups rallied in Yakima, Wash., on Saturday as part of a national protest.
Flags were waving as caravans of people pulled into Yakima to rally in front of the office of Republican Rep. Doc Hastings.
Ben Charles and the Crazy Faith Outreach group have been feeding homeless people in a parking lot in Olympia every Thursday evening. But now city official want them to shut it down. Ross Reynolds talks to Tom Hill, Olympia’s building official.
A continuing political fight over the nation's new health care law leads to a partial shutdown of the federal government, the first in 17 years. Washington state's health care exchange gets off to a glitchy start online. We check in on the race for Seattle mayor with just over one month to go before the November 5 election. Plus, Live Wire host Luke Burbank seeks help coping with the strange discomfort of having two undefeated football teams in town.
The government's partial shutdown has put many federal benefits at risk, including education benefits for veterans covered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill. That money goes towards tuition, housing, books and more. Steve Scher talks with Tom Jenkins, a senior at UW and president of Husky United Military Veterans about how the shutdown is affecting student veterans.
At Columbia University in New York, a historian named Mathew Connelly is working with computer scientists and statisticians
on a “declassification engine.”
It’s a project that will not just archive millions of declassified government documents, but also mine them for hidden patterns that reveal what the US government chooses to keep secret and why.
This story was featured in the pilot episode of the new public radio series focusing on investigative journalism called "Reveal."
While much of the nation’s attention has been on the government shutdown, yesterday House Democrats introduced an immigration bill. At the start of the year a bipartisan gang of eight senators unveiled an immigration overhaul. Washington state’s first district Congress member Suzan DelBene is a co-sponsor of the comprehensive immigration legislation. She spoke with Ross Reynolds about the bill.
From Acadia in Maine to Zion in Utah to the North Cascades in Washington, America's 401 national park areas have gates blocking entrance roads.
The last remaining campers and hotel guests in the parks must leave Thursday, and park rangers will patrol to keep others out.
The national parks "belong to the American people, and the American people should have the right to come in," says National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis. "But the only way I can protect these places during this period is to shut them down."
With the federal government shut down for the first time since 1996, Congress is now heading toward a fight over raising the nation's debt ceiling. What would it mean for the US government to default on the debt? David Hyde talks with Rolling Stone financial writer and contributing editor Matt Taibbi.
Could a government shutdown happen in Canada? Probably not. Vancouver Sun political columnist Vaughn Palmer explains why. Plus, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has strong words about the proposed Keystone pipeline and Canada kicks off a brand-new private marketplace for medical pot.
Photos of the government shutdown have not been kind to Republicans: Images of children who can’t play in parks that have been closed and of low-income children who can’t attend Head Start, the government's early education program. And then, of course, are the images of tourists squeezing between national monuments and barriers for posed shots.
Before the government shutdown, the House of Representatives voted to cut $40 billion from the federal food stamp program. Senate Democrats and President Obama have said they will block the plan.
Even so, the debate over food stamp funding is worrisome for people who receive food assistance. It comes on the eve of scheduled cuts to SNAP beneficiaries that will go into affect in November, when the federal government's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act expires.
David Hyde talks with Kent resident Catherine Hernandez about how her family uses food stamps. Later in the hour, Ross Reynolds talks with John Camp, administrator for the Department of Social and Health Services' food assistance program about distributing food stamps in Washington.
Last week, militant group al-Shabab attacked a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing over 60 people. On Sunday, dozens of students were murdered when a group, widely believed to be Boko Haram, rampaged an agricultural college in northeast Nigeria. David Hyde talks with Peter Lewis, director of Johns Hopkins' African studies program in their School of Advanced International Studies, about extremist violence in Africa and the different groups operating there.