Ron Elving en Palin's Call For Impeachment Reopens Debate Over ... Sarah Palin It's nice to see Sarah Palin back in the news. Nice, that is, if you're a Sarah fan — or if you're a Democrat, or a member of the media.<p>Palin's fans, and they are legion on the right, love her reliably tough-talking take on how conservatives should fight President Obama and his use of executive power to circumvent Congress.<p>Writing for <a href=""></a> and speaking to Sean Hannity on FOX, Palin has insisted the required "high crimes and misdemeanors" are in evidence. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:21:00 +0000 Ron Elving 44809 at Palin's Call For Impeachment Reopens Debate Over ... Sarah Palin Why You Should Care Where The GOP Meets The next Republican nominated for president will take the stage and wave to the crowd in ... wait for it ... Cleveland, Ohio.<p>That may shock you for any number of reasons, not least being that hardly anyone remembers the last time Cleveland hosted a national convention.<p>In fact, it was 1936, when the GOP went there to nominate a guy named Alf Landon, who carried exactly two states in November. It was the worst showing by a Republican nominee in U.S. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:43:43 +0000 Ron Elving 44309 at Why You Should Care Where The GOP Meets Howard Baker's Legacy: Political, But Not Partisan Howard Baker, <a href="">who died Thursday at age 88</a>, was a former Senate majority leader and chief of staff to President Reagan. Both his father and stepmother served in Congress; one of the Senate's office buildings is named for Baker's father-in-law, Everett Dirksen.<p>When he retired, Baker took up residence as one of the capital's most respected and well-liked wise men. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:59:00 +0000 Ron Elving 43529 at Howard Baker's Legacy: Political, But Not Partisan Election Season Defies Conventional Storylines Crumple up that first draft. Hit delete on the keyboard. The take most of us had on Tuesday's primaries just one day ago turned out to be just one more misread in the primaries of 2014.<p>That story about the passing of the Old Guard? Or the one about the resurgence of the Tea Party? Not so fast, the voters still seem to be saying.<p>The first shock came in Mississippi, where six-term U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran had been outpaced by an upstart state legislator, Chris McDaniel, in the June 3 Republican primary. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:34:00 +0000 Ron Elving 43436 at Election Season Defies Conventional Storylines Parsing The Numbers Of A Tuesday Packed With Primaries Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Joining us now to talk more about yesterday's elections and what the results may tell us is NPR Senior Editor and Correspondent Ron Elving. Hey there, Ron.<p>RON ELVING, BYLINE: Good to be with you, Audie.<p>CORNISH: So there were primaries and runoffs in seven states. What's most striking to you about the results.<p>ELVING: Oh, it's got to be the two more key races Cochran we just heard about, of course and Charles Rangel, the legendary controversial congressman from New York, who was just nominated for his 23rd term in the House. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Ron Elving 43416 at House Republican Conference To Choose Cantor's Successor The House Republican Conference on Thursday will chose a new majority leader, who will succeed Eric Cantor at the end of the month. Cantor is stepping down after losing last week's primary. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:14:00 +0000 Ron Elving 42909 at Eric Cantor's Collapse: What Happened? That shape-shifting spirit we call the Tea Party assumed yet a new form Tuesday and took down its most prominent victim of this year, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. In some ways, Cantor is the most significant Republican incumbent ousted in a primary since the latest intraparty rebellion by conservative hard-liners began five years ago.<br /> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:04:00 +0000 Ron Elving 42438 at Eric Cantor's Collapse: What Happened? Tea Party Still Packs A Punch: How It Happened In Mississippi In mid-May, many political observers in Washington and elsewhere were declaring the Tea Party dead after it had lost every major Republican primary it contested this spring. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Ron Elving 42024 at Tea Party Still Packs A Punch: How It Happened In Mississippi A Speech To A Nation Weary Of War, And Wary Of The World President Obama's speech this week to the West Point grads was for them, their families, the Army they will help lead and the nation they serve. But through much of the hourlong presentation the president seemed to be addressing another large and varied crowd: his critics.<p>The president made it clear he is keenly aware that many would prefer a foreign policy approach that asserts U.S. interests abroad and projects U.S. power globally with consistency and certitude. Thu, 29 May 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Ron Elving 41685 at A Speech To A Nation Weary Of War, And Wary Of The World 10 Thoughts On Obama's West Point Policy Address President Obama gave the <a href="">graduation speech Wednesday</a> at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, using the occasion to describe "the next phase" of the U.S. war against terrorism and his ideas about national defense and foreign policy in general. Here are a few general impressions.<p><ol><p><li>Most commencement speakers try to mix in some humor and offer the graduating class some advice. Thu, 29 May 2014 01:03:00 +0000 Ron Elving 41607 at 10 Thoughts On Obama's West Point Policy Address Hard Sell For 'Hard Choices' Says Hillary's Running In 2016 <p></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 16:55:00 +0000 Ron Elving 41558 at Hard Sell For 'Hard Choices' Says Hillary's Running In 2016 Is The Tea Party Finished? The time has come for us all to take a long, step-back look at this thing we call the Tea Party.<p>The results from Republican primaries in a dozen states so far this year strongly suggest that the party, such as it was, is over.<p>It may not have made sense to use the term "party" at any time in this movement's brief history. This year, that fact has become increasingly obvious.<p>The Tea Party was not so much an organized force in itself as an outburst that others tried to harness. Fri, 23 May 2014 14:39:00 +0000 Ron Elving 41260 at Is The Tea Party Finished? It May Not Be A Tea Party Year, But Outsiders Are Still Thriving The prevailing narrative for Tuesday night's GOP primary results was written weeks ago: 2014 will not be another field of dreams for Tea Party insurgents. Wrapping a candidacy in the flag of "Don't Tread on Me" is not the winning tactic it was in many Republican contests two and four years earlier.<p>But that scarcely means that Washington or its insiders have been rehabilitated in voters' eyes or that the era of outsider candidates has passed. In fact, in Tuesday's major events, being a <em>newcomer</em> was still a pretty good ticket. Wed, 21 May 2014 19:12:00 +0000 Ron Elving 41111 at It May Not Be A Tea Party Year, But Outsiders Are Still Thriving In Kentucky Primary, McConnell Bests Tea Party Challenger In a day packed full of primaries, voters headed to the polls in six states — including three that are expected to have highly competitive Senate races. Wed, 21 May 2014 13:58:00 +0000 Ron Elving 41089 at GOP Candidates Try To Hold Off Tea Party Picks In Primaries Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>OK, so that's the governor's race in Pennsylvania; a battle among Democrats. The other races we'll be watching closely tomorrow are mainly those among Republicans who want to serve in the Senate, and they are hoping it is a Senate with a GOP majority.<p>To walk us through some of these races, we're joined as we are most Mondays by Cokie Roberts. Cokie, good morning.<p>COKIE ROBERTS, BYLINE: Hi, David.<p>GREENE: And here in the studio with me is NPR senior Washington editor Ron Elving. Mon, 19 May 2014 08:57:00 +0000 Ron Elving 40918 at Why Scott Walker Is Looking Beyond His Fan Base Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker officially announced this week that he is running for — wait for it — re-election as governor of Wisconsin.<p>It will be at least six months before he says anything definitive regarding that <em>other</em> office, the oval-shaped one in Washington, D.C.<p>And that's to be expected.<p>Governors in both parties routinely run for re-election while keeping coy about the White House — much like Bill Clinton in 1990 and George W. Bush in 1998 and Rick Perry in 2010.<p>Of course there's no question what's on Walker's mind, long term. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:56:00 +0000 Ron Elving 38930 at Why Scott Walker Is Looking Beyond His Fan Base Immigration Turbulence Buffets Boehner Will the real John Boehner please stand up?<p>Just a dozen days ago, Speaker Boehner and his GOP leadership team embraced <a href="">a set of principles</a> for updating the nation's immigration laws.<p>In that moment, the House seemed about to acknowledge the most pressing issue before the Congress – the elephant in the room, if you will. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Ron Elving 34588 at Immigration Turbulence Buffets Boehner Congressman's Exit Closes Book On 'Watergate Babies' Henry Waxman's retirement means more than the loss of a legendary legislator on health care, energy and other regulatory issues. It also closes an era that began 40 years ago with the election of the "Watergate babies."<p>When Waxman departs, there will no longer be a House member who has been serving since that historic class of 75 Democrats was first elected in 1974. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ron Elving 33872 at Congressman's Exit Closes Book On 'Watergate Babies' Obama Showed A Deft Hand With Speech. Why Not With Congress? The toughest test of a card player comes not with a big hand or a sheer bust, but rather with cards somewhere in between. Then it's not the deal that makes the difference — it's the sheer skill of the player.<p>The hand President Obama was playing in his <a href="">latest State of the Union speech</a> could scarcely be called a powerhouse. Pre-speech coverage was dominated by polls showing his approval rating well underwater and the national mood dyspeptic at best. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:36:00 +0000 Ron Elving 33725 at Obama Showed A Deft Hand With Speech. Why Not With Congress? 'Nuclear Option' Vote Marks Tectonic Shift In Senate Rules Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's move Thursday to make possible the confirmation of presidential nominees with a simple majority marks a tectonic shift in the rules and folkways of the Senate.<p>Back in 2005, then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist called this idea "the constitutional option" when he came close to invoking it on behalf of the judicial nominees of President George W. Bush.<p>That sounded a lot more dignified than the name Frist's predecessor, Trent Lott, had used just two years earlier: "the nuclear option."<p>Guess which name stuck. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:16:00 +0000 Ron Elving 29491 at 'Nuclear Option' Vote Marks Tectonic Shift In Senate Rules 7 Election Lessons We Should Have Seen Coming In the end, <a href="" target="_blank">they pretty much all won</a>. The people who were expected to prevail Tuesday night wound up in the winner's circle. In New Jersey and New York, of course, and in Virginia, too, in the end. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 15:49:00 +0000 Ron Elving 28481 at 7 Election Lessons We Should Have Seen Coming Former House Speaker Tom Foley Dies At 84 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.<p>Former Speaker of the House Thomas Foley died today at his home in Washington, D.C. He was 84 years old. Foley had been in hospice care following a stroke and a bout with pneumonia earlier this year. He was a Democrat who served in Congress for 30 years, beginning with the Lyndon Johnson landslide of 1964 and ending with the Newt Gingrich revolution of 1994, when Foley lost his own seat. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 23:51:00 +0000 Ron Elving 27343 at President Obama's 'It's Good To Be The King' Moment It is good to be the king.<p>That old adage holds, even though nowadays we call our chief executive "Mr. President."<strong></strong><p>After another long day of showdown over the shutdown, President Obama was able to dominate the headlines, break the tension and change the atmosphere in Washington. He could demonstrate everything that is different about being in the White House — as opposed to that other House where Speaker John Boehner lives.<p>The president could do all this just by putting out the word that he was about to appoint the most powerful central banker in the world. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:20:00 +0000 Ron Elving 26678 at President Obama's 'It's Good To Be The King' Moment With Shutdown Looming, Senate Takes Up Stopgap Spending Bill Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And on Capitol Hill, words of anger and frustration today over the increasing likelihood of a government shutdown. This morning in the House, members of both parties took to the floor and pointed fingers.<p>REPRESENTATIVE EARL BLUMENAUER: If you're serious about working together to solve problems, why don't you work together to solve problems?<p>REPRESENTATIVE TED POE: Where oh where has the Senate gone? Where oh where can they be? Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:32:00 +0000 Ron Elving 26076 at Obama's Shift On Syria: A Show Of Strength Or Fear? One line President Obama might have borrowed for his speech to the nation Tuesday night was a famous one from John F. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:54:00 +0000 Ron Elving 24817 at Obama's Shift On Syria: A Show Of Strength Or Fear? Goodbye, Again, To Obama's Most Audacious Hope The sudden eruption of second-term scandals in his administration will have many costs for President Obama, but surely the most grievous will be the lost opportunity to transcend the partisan wars of Washington. That aspiration was his fondest dream for his second term, much as it was for his first. Now it seems destined to be dashed once again.<p>Of course, there are those who believe Barack Obama never intended to be anything but a conquering hero of the left. Tue, 14 May 2013 23:26:00 +0000 Ron Elving 16828 at Goodbye, Again, To Obama's Most Audacious Hope Logic Behind Obama News Conference Hard To Fathom On Tuesday afternoon, President Obama declared May as Older Americans Month, National Foster Care Month, National Building Safety Month, Jewish American Heritage Month and National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.<p>The president also issued a statement on the investiture of the new king of the Netherlands.<p>While small and routine, these moves were all easy to understand, as were the accompanying proclamations from the White House press shop.<p>What was not clear was the executive thinking behind the <a href=" Tue, 30 Apr 2013 23:26:00 +0000 Ron Elving 15867 at Logic Behind Obama News Conference Hard To Fathom Reluctant Justices May Be Forced To Make History Now and then, an issue before the U.S. Supreme Court changes the course of the nation's political history — whether the justices like it or not.<p>It's happening again with gay marriage. This week the court heard oral arguments in two key cases. One could restore legal same-sex marriage in California; the other could end discrimination against gay married couples in the administration of more than 1,000 federal programs.<p>The questions from the pivotal justices indicated they might prefer these cases — and these issues — be decided by someone else. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 22:04:00 +0000 Ron Elving 13673 at Reluctant Justices May Be Forced To Make History RNC Post-Election Report A Line In The Sand For Divided GOP The release of a "<a href="" target="_blank">postmortem</a>" report on the 2012 national election by the Republican National Committee is either the first step toward the GOP's recovery or the latest sign that the party is headed for a breakup.<p>Or, it could be both.<p>RNC Chairman Reince Priebus put out a <a href="" target="_blank">hard-eyed assessment</a> of the state of his party, excoriating failures Tue, 19 Mar 2013 14:42:00 +0000 Ron Elving 13036 at RNC Post-Election Report A Line In The Sand For Divided GOP Fiscal Cliff Debate: Why The (Very) Few Rule The Many In Congress In the final hours of the latest budget crisis in Washington, several salient facts are increasingly clear.<p>First, the leaders of the two parties in the Senate might still put together a negotiated deal that would avert the combination of tax increases and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 20:48:00 +0000 Ron Elving 7923 at