Tamara Keith http://ktep.org en Pipeline Put Off, As Keystone Review Is Indefinitely Extended http://ktep.org/post/pipeline-put-keystone-review-indefinitely-extended The Keystone XL pipeline remains a major point of contention within the Democratic Party, as green voters pull President Obama one direction and pro-energy senators and labor unions pull the other. It looks as though the "comment period" for the project will be extended, delaying a decision past the November elections. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 38946 at http://ktep.org Updated Obamacare Enrollment Exceeds Estimates http://ktep.org/post/updated-obamacare-enrollment-exceeds-estimates Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>After that agreement was reached yesterday, President Obama sounded pretty skeptical that it would actually ease tensions in Ukraine.<p>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: My hope is that we actually do see follow-through over the next several days. But I don't think, given past performance, that we can count on that.<p>MCEVERS: Ukraine was one of the big topics in the president's White House press conference yesterday afternoon. He also made some news, and faced questions on the Affordable Care Act. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:18:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 38891 at http://ktep.org Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches http://ktep.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 38881 at http://ktep.org Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches Budget Bomb-Throwing Resumes With Party Line Vote http://ktep.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 38420 at http://ktep.org Life Without Jobless Benefits: Watching, Searching And Praying http://ktep.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 38047 at http://ktep.org Life Without Jobless Benefits: Watching, Searching And Praying Debate Over Repealing Health Care Law Is Over, Obama Says http://ktep.org/post/debate-over-repealing-health-care-law-over-obama-says Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>There were many predictions in recent months that not enough people would sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Turns out those predictions were wrong. And President Obama went to the Rose Garden yesterday to make sure everyone knew it.<p>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Seven point one million Americans have now signed up for...<p>(APPLAUSE)<p>OBAMA: ...private insurance plans through these marketplaces.<p>INSKEEP: It's a little bit more than the goal and that figure is likely to rise. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:24:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 37848 at http://ktep.org Obamacare Rolls Into N.H. Like A Political Campaign — And Wins http://ktep.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 37693 at http://ktep.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://ktep.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 37371 at http://ktep.org Biden Visits N.H. To Talk About Jobs ... But Not His Own Selfies In Red Square? Not For These American Politicians http://ktep.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 37064 at http://ktep.org Selfies In Red Square? Not For These American Politicians Obama's Surgeon General Nominee Stuck In Limbo http://ktep.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 37011 at http://ktep.org Under 30? The President Would Like You To Know Health Care Is Hip http://ktep.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 36728 at http://ktep.org Under 30? The President Would Like You To Know Health Care Is Hip Obama To Push Expanded Overtime Pay http://ktep.org/post/obama-push-expanded-overtime-pay Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>Today, President Obama will tell the Department of Labor to rethink the rules for how employers pay overtime. The president wants millions more people to get paid overtime, particularly those who are exempt. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 36545 at http://ktep.org President Obama Moves To Expand Overtime Pay http://ktep.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 36526 at http://ktep.org White House Meeting To Examine Women's Pay http://ktep.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 36483 at http://ktep.org New England Governors Back Obama's Minimum Wage Hike Plan http://ktep.org/post/new-england-governors-back-obamas-minimum-wage-hike-plan Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>President Obama is hoping lawmakers will raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Many Republicans call that a potential job killer, and they're blocking the president's efforts in Congress. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:01:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 36080 at http://ktep.org Obama Budget: A Blueprint With Little Chance Of Passage http://ktep.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 35979 at http://ktep.org At The White House, It's Budget Day http://ktep.org/post/obama-release-proposed-annual-budget President Obama unveils his nearly $4 trillion budget at an elementary school. But before the bound copy of the budget is even delivered to Congress, the fate of this spending plan is already sealed. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 10:02:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 35926 at http://ktep.org Two Talks On The Docket For Netanyahu's White House Visit http://ktep.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 35902 at http://ktep.org Russia, With Home-Field Advantage, Wins Sochi Medal Race http://ktep.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 35358 at http://ktep.org Russia, With Home-Field Advantage, Wins Sochi Medal Race Ted Ligety Tames The Giant Slalom In Sochi http://ktep.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 35121 at http://ktep.org Canadian Athletes Pumped To Show The Fitter Side Of Curling http://ktep.org/post/canadian-athletes-pumped-show-fitter-side-curling <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1LCjjnI8xM</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 35042 at http://ktep.org Canadian Athletes Pumped To Show The Fitter Side Of Curling Longtime Pair Take Home First American Ice Dancing Gold http://ktep.org/post/longtime-pair-take-home-first-american-ice-dancing-gold Ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the gold medal Monday night in ice dancing. They earned a silver medal in the last Winter Games in Vancouver, and they entered competition favored to win in Sochi. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:13:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 34985 at http://ktep.org Anticipation Grows That U.S. Ice Dancing Duo Will Win Gold http://ktep.org/post/anticipation-grows-us-ice-dancing-duo-will-win-gold Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White are favored to win gold in ice dancing. The pair took silver in the last Olympic Games in Vancouver, and expectations are high that they'll do even better in Sochi. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:17:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 34947 at http://ktep.org U.S. Men's Alpine Skiers Grab Bronze And Silver http://ktep.org/post/us-mens-alpine-skiers-grab-bronze-and-silver Athletes prepare for years to compete in the Olympics, and then, in a flash, it's all over. For American speed skaters it's been a terrible Olympics, but U.S. men's Alpine skiers are managing to turn around a medals drought.<p>In the men's super-G competition Bode Miller won the bronze. At 36 years old, he is the oldest person ever to win a medal in Alpine skiing at the Olympics. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 14:42:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 34925 at http://ktep.org U.S. Men's Alpine Skiers Grab Bronze And Silver Where Does The U.S. Stand In The Olympic Medal Count? http://ktep.org/post/where-does-us-stand-olympic-medal-count Speed skater Shani Davis is the latest star American athlete to miss the medal stand. He's joined by Alpine Skier Bode Miller, who didn't do well in his run and Shaun White, among others. We look at where the Americans stand in the medal count. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:09:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 34715 at http://ktep.org Female Ski Jumpers Finally Make Their Olympic Debut http://ktep.org/post/female-ski-jumpers-finally-make-their-olympic-debut <strong>Update at 4:15 p.m. ET: Leaping Into History</strong><p>When American Sarah Hendrickson launched herself down the 90-meter jumping hill in Sochi, she flew into history, becoming the first woman to ski jump in Olympic competition. She ultimately finished in 21st place.<p>Carina Vogt from Germany brought home the gold. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria took silver, and France's Coline Mattel, 18, won bronze.<p>The Americans were led by Jessica Jerome from Park City, Utah, who finished 10<sup>th</sup>, and Lindsey Van in 15th. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:25:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 34587 at http://ktep.org Female Ski Jumpers Finally Make Their Olympic Debut U.S. And Canadian Women's Hockey Brings Plenty Of Heat To The Ice http://ktep.org/post/us-and-canadian-womens-hockey-brings-plenty-heat-ice <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VocnwYpbfo</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 34555 at http://ktep.org U.S. And Canadian Women's Hockey Brings Plenty Of Heat To The Ice So Far At The Games, A Low-Key Response To Russia's Anti-Gay Law http://ktep.org/post/so-far-games-low-key-response-russias-anti-gay-law Leading up to the Olympics in Sochi, a dominant storyline was Russia's anti-gay propaganda law and what it might mean for athletes and other visitors. Would athletes protest in any way? Mon, 10 Feb 2014 19:03:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 34522 at http://ktep.org So Far At The Games, A Low-Key Response To Russia's Anti-Gay Law Despite German Domination, More Athletes Drawn To Luge http://ktep.org/post/despite-german-domination-more-athletes-drawn-luge Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>At the Winter Olympics, the men's singles luge competition wrapped up last night. That's the sport where athletes lie on their backs, feet first, on a tiny sled and slide down an ice track at speeds of over 80 miles an hour. It looks dangerous and it is. But even athletes with little chance of winning gold keep taking the risk to compete. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 10:18:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 34496 at http://ktep.org First Gold Medal Goes To An American http://ktep.org/post/first-gold-medal-goes-american Slopestyle snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg has won the first gold medal in the Sochi Olympics. Kotsenburg, 20, is from Park City, Utah, and seemed surprised by the whole thing.<p>He wasn't expected to medal and then he brought out a move he calls the "Holy Crail."<p>"It's a grab that I invented a couple months ago," said Kotsenberg at a news conference after winning gold. "It's pretty cool to do it here at the first-ever Slopestyle event, because it's just like, kind of like my own flare on the course and I'm definitely into doing creative stuff. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 13:53:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 34418 at http://ktep.org First Gold Medal Goes To An American