Scott Horsley http://ktep.org en White House Urges Lawmakers To Address Popular Tax Dodge http://ktep.org/post/white-house-urges-lawmakers-address-popular-tax-dodge When is it OK for an American company to avoid paying American taxes?<p>That's the question the Senate Finance Committee will wrestle with next week as the Obama administration urges lawmakers to make it harder for companies to duck corporate taxes by setting up shop overseas.<p>The latest tax-cutting strategy to go under the microscope, these so-called corporate inversions are a buttoned-down variation of an older, sexier tax dodge called the "naked inversion."<p>"The naked inversion is, you're a U.S. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 44917 at http://ktep.org White House Urges Lawmakers To Address Popular Tax Dodge Congress Pulls A Smooth Maneuver To Make Highway Payments http://ktep.org/post/how-congress-turning-finesse-wording-highway-payments Chances are you've never heard of the budget gimmick known as "pension smoothing." We'll try to explain.<p><strong>1. What is pension smoothing?</strong><p>It's one of the tactics lawmakers are using as a temporary patch for the Highway Trust Fund. It allows employers that offer traditional pensions to set aside less money for future retirees. That makes the companies appear more profitable in the short run so they — or their employees — pay more money to the government in taxes. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 44743 at http://ktep.org Congress Pulls A Smooth Maneuver To Make Highway Payments House GOP Plows Forward With Plans To Sue Obama http://ktep.org/post/house-gop-plows-forward-plans-sue-obama House Republicans are pushing ahead with a plan to sue President Obama, accusing him of trying to sidestep Congress and make his own laws.<p>But the president is also using the suit, which is considered a long shot in legal terms, to score political points.<p>House Speaker John Boehner says the lawsuit will focus on the administration's decision to postpone the requirement in the Affordable Care Act that large employers provide health insurance for their workers.<p>But the White House describes the suit as a "taxpayer-funded political stunt," and the president used it as a convenient punch lin Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 44518 at http://ktep.org House GOP Plows Forward With Plans To Sue Obama Perry Meeting On Immigration Crisis Constructive, Obama Says http://ktep.org/post/perry-meeting-immigration-crisis-constructive-obama-says Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good Morning. President Obama met yesterday with a man who once aspired to take his job. He met with Texas Governor, Rick Perry.<p>MONTAGNE: They talked about thousands of unaccompanied minors heading from Central America to the U.S. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 44364 at http://ktep.org Obama Stumps In Colorado, With Women's Vote As Backdrop http://ktep.org/post/obama-stumps-colorado-womens-vote-backdrop In Colorado, where President Obama's approval rating is low and the Senate race is tight, Democratic incumbent Mark Udall largely bowed out of the spotlight of the president's visit Wednesday.<p>But as Obama made the rounds speaking about the economy and raising money for Democratic congressional candidates, he also spoke about the women's issues that could be key to Udall's electoral success.<p>At a morning outdoor rally in Denver's Cheesman Park, Obama emphasized just how much is on the line in the midterms.<p>"So far this year, Republicans have blocked or voted down every serious idea to st Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:46:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 44343 at http://ktep.org Obama Stumps In Colorado, With Women's Vote As Backdrop Obama To Ask Congress For $2B To Ease Immigration Crisis http://ktep.org/post/obama-ask-congress-2b-ease-immigration-crisis The Obama administration will ask Congress for more than $2 billion Tuesday to address the urgent humanitarian crisis along the U.S. border with Mexico.<p>In the past nine months, more than 50,000 children and teenagers have crossed that border illegally on their own, most from Central America. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:37:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 44202 at http://ktep.org Obama To Ask Congress For $2B To Ease Immigration Crisis Lawmakers Pitch A Gas Tax Hike To Replenish Dwindling Highway Funds http://ktep.org/post/lawmakers-pitch-gas-tax-hike-replenish-dwindling-highway-funds Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Let's take a closer look now at what's happening to the Highway Trust Fund. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx warned state officials in a letter today that unless the fund is patched quickly, the federal government will start limiting payouts to states on August 1. The average state will lose nearly 30 percent of its federal road money and that could mean a lot less asphalt. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:10:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 43826 at http://ktep.org Birth Control Ruling Is A Setback For White House http://ktep.org/post/birth-control-ruling-setback-white-house Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning. The Obama Administration is now looking for another way to promote broader access to birth control. This comes after yesterday's Supreme Court decision that closely held corporations don't have to include contraceptive coverage in employee health insurance, that is if the company's owners have a religious objection. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:21:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 43778 at http://ktep.org Supreme Court To Rule On Hobby Lobby Contraception Case http://ktep.org/post/supreme-court-rule-hobby-lobby-contraception-case Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, BYLINE: Here in Washington, the U.S. Supreme Court wraps up its term today. And once again, we are waiting for a major decision on the Affordable Care Act. The High Court is set to rule on whether the health insurance that for-profit employers offer to their workers has to include birth control even if the employer has a religious objection. Our colleague Steve Inskeep spoke to NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley about the case.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The Affordable Care Act has already been before the U.S. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 43714 at http://ktep.org Cantor's Defeat Brings An End To Prickly Relationship With Obama http://ktep.org/post/cantors-defeat-brings-end-prickly-relationship-obama Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block. There is no love lost at the White House for Eric Cantor, the number two Republican in the House, who lost his primary this week. The Virginia congressman has long been a roadblock for the president's legislative agenda. House Republicans will vote next week on who should replace Cantor as majority leader. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 42636 at http://ktep.org Tea Party Candidate Uses Immigration Issue To Beat Cantor http://ktep.org/post/tea-party-candidate-uses-immigration-issue-beat-cantor Already dim prospects for an immigration overhaul got even dimmer after Republican House Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary this week. What does this mean for Republicans going forward? Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:12:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 42517 at http://ktep.org Obama Acts To Ease Student Loan Payments http://ktep.org/post/obama-acts-ease-student-loan-payments Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. It's graduation time on college campuses around the country - a time for students and their families to celebrate. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 10:21:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 42371 at http://ktep.org Obama Reassures Allies As He Honors D-Day Sacrifices http://ktep.org/post/obama-reassures-allies-he-honors-d-day-sacrifices President Obama has had an eventful visit to Europe, which included attending the 70th D-Day commemoration in Normandy. Sat, 07 Jun 2014 11:54:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 42248 at http://ktep.org On Eve Of D-Day Anniversary, World Leaders Cope With Fresher Scars http://ktep.org/post/eve-d-day-anniversary-world-leaders-cope-fresher-scars Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish. World leaders are gathering in France for a ceremony tomorrow marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day. It could be an awkward get together, not because of old battle scars from World War II, but because of the current fighting over Ukraine. Vladimir Putin was deliberately excluded from this week's G-7 meeting in Brussels as punishment for Russia's interference in Ukraine. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 42121 at http://ktep.org Obama In Brussels For G-7 Meeting http://ktep.org/post/obama-brussels-g-7-meeting Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. President Obama is meeting in Brussels today with other world leaders - some of them. Conspicuously absent from this get-together is Russian President, Vladimir Putin, who was disinvited as punishment for Russia's interference it Ukraine, which was a major subject of the world leaders who did attend. NPR's Scott Horsley is traveling with the president. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 09:29:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 42070 at http://ktep.org In Keynote Speech, Obama Marks A Quarter-Century Of Polish Democracy http://ktep.org/post/keynote-speech-obama-marks-quarter-century-polish-democracy President Obama is delivering the keynote address of his current trip to Europe in Poland. Earlier in the day, Obama is meeting with the president-elect of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 42040 at http://ktep.org In Poland, Obama Reassures Region After Russia Annexes Crimea http://ktep.org/post/poland-obama-reassures-region-after-russia-annexes-crimea Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning. President Obama is in Poland today for a celebration marking the 25th anniversary of that country's emergence from Soviet domination. It is a milestone with contemporary echoes in neighboring Ukraine. Obama met this morning with the incoming president of Ukraine, whose election last week holds hope of stabilizing that country. NPR's Scott Horsley is on the line with us. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 09:12:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 42001 at http://ktep.org In Warsaw, Obama Vows To Keep Rattled Allies Out Of Russian Orbit http://ktep.org/post/warsaw-obama-vows-keep-rattled-allies-out-russian-orbit 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. President Obama is asking Congress for an extra billion dollars. It's for defense, to reassure nervous allies and let Eastern Europe that United States is committed to their security. The president spoke to an audience in Poland today. He said the U.S. commitment is especially important in the face of Russia's actions in neighboring Ukraine.<p>CORNISH: Poland is the starting point in the president's four-day visit to Europe. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 41970 at http://ktep.org Obama Auditions Foreign Policy Speech Before Graduating Cadets http://ktep.org/post/obama-auditions-foreign-policy-speech-graduating-cadets 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 says he wants to ramp up support for opposition forces in Syria. That could include weapons and training provided by the U.S. military. We'll hear more about his reasoning ahead. Obama made the call today in a commencement speech at West Point. Wed, 28 May 2014 20:39:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 41586 at http://ktep.org Brad Paisley Leaves 'Southern Comfort Zone' For Troops In Afghanistan http://ktep.org/post/brad-paisley-leaves-southern-comfort-zone-troops-afghanistan Brad Paisley is well-known as a top-selling country music star. Turns out, he's a pretty good juggler, too.<p>Paisley <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/25/315794236/on-memorial-day-eve-president-obama-lands-in-afghanistan">joined President Obama</a> in a surprise trip to Afghanistan this Memorial Day weekend, playing for some 3,000 troops at the Bagram Airfield. Mon, 26 May 2014 18:54:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 41425 at http://ktep.org Brad Paisley Leaves 'Southern Comfort Zone' For Troops In Afghanistan Obama Wants At Least A Small Troop Presence In Afghanistan http://ktep.org/post/obama-wants-least-small-troop-presence-afghanistan President Obama made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Sunday — his first since 2012. Since that time, U.S. troop levels there have been cut by about two-thirds. Mon, 26 May 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 41397 at http://ktep.org Obama Taps San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro For HUD Secretary http://ktep.org/post/obama-taps-san-antonio-mayor-julian-castro-hud-secretary President Obama has been playing musical chairs with his Cabinet.<p>At the White House on Friday, Obama announced that he's chosen Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan to be his new budget director. Fri, 23 May 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 41284 at http://ktep.org Obama Taps San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro For HUD Secretary Obama Wants Guantanamo Closed But His Efforts Are Thwarted http://ktep.org/post/obama-wants-guantanamo-closed-his-efforts-are-thwarted It's been a year since President Obama renewed his pledge to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But more than 150 prisoners are still housed there. Fri, 23 May 2014 09:02:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 41231 at http://ktep.org Wait Times Scandal At VA Moves To Front Burner http://ktep.org/post/wait-times-scandal-va-moves-front-burner President Obama promised accountability for problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs after meeting with Secretary Eric Shinseki. The secretary has been on the hot seat since allegations surfaced last month about a possible cover-up of long wait times at a Phoenix VA medical center. Wed, 21 May 2014 20:10:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 41123 at http://ktep.org How Big A Factor Will Obamacare Be In Midterm Elections? http://ktep.org/post/how-big-factor-will-obamacare-be-midterm-elections Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>Voters are choosing congressional nominees in half a dozen state primaries today, from the Pacific Northwest to the Deep South. Those states also run the gamut in their experience with the Affordable Care Act.<p>Now that the first insurance sign-up period has ended, we thought we'd take this opportunity to explore how the law is playing politically, and gauge what effect Obamacare might have on the midterm elections in November.<p>To help us with that, we're joined by NPR's Scott Horsley. Tue, 20 May 2014 09:11:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 40981 at http://ktep.org On The Hill And Off It, Two Different GOP Positions On Minimum Wage http://ktep.org/post/hill-and-it-two-different-gop-positions-minimum-wage Prominent Republicans — including former presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Tim Pawlenty — have endorsed a minimum wage hike in recent weeks. And in Vermont, lawmakers approved the nation's highest statewide minimum wage, in a deal brokered by a Republican state senator. Nevertheless, a nationwide increase faces solid Republican opposition in Congress. Thu, 15 May 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 40724 at http://ktep.org Forecast Predicts A Shift Away From Employer-Sponsored Insurance http://ktep.org/post/forecast-predicts-shift-away-employer-sponsored-insurance Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. President Obama's pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services is winning some Republican support. The president chose Sylvia Matthews Burwell to take over from the embattled outgoing secretary, Kathleen Sebelius. And today, Burwell appeared before the Senate Health Committee. Thu, 08 May 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 40272 at http://ktep.org Obama Sounds Alarm Bell On Climate Change. Is Anyone Listening? http://ktep.org/post/obama-sounds-alarm-bell-climate-change-anyone-listening Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Everybody makes conversation about the weather. And today that includes President Obama. He's appearing on three network TV shows to discuss a new government report on climate change. It's on a day when the president also visits Arkansas to survey the damage from last week's tornadoes.<p>The president says he wants to do more than talk. Wed, 07 May 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 40142 at http://ktep.org Poised And Persistent, Reporter Broke White House Color Barrier http://ktep.org/post/poised-and-persistent-reporter-broke-white-house-color-barrier Hollywood starlets will mingle with politicians and even humble reporters in Washington on Saturday night. That can only mean one thing: the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner. Sat, 03 May 2014 15:08:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 39939 at http://ktep.org Poised And Persistent, Reporter Broke White House Color Barrier Out Of White House Meeting, Obama And Merkel Emerge United On Russia http://ktep.org/post/out-white-house-meeting-obama-and-merkel-emerge-united-russia 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. As fighting escalated in Ukraine today, President Obama welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House. They talked about how to put greater economic pressure on Russia in hopes of forcing Vladimir Putin to change course in Ukraine. Obama and Merkel also discussed surveillance tactics. It's been a source of friction since it was reported that American spies eavesdropped on Merkel's own telephone. Fri, 02 May 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 39892 at http://ktep.org