Tamara Keith http://ktep.org en Central American Leaders Stop By White House To Talk Border Crisis http://ktep.org/post/central-american-leaders-stop-white-house-talk-border-crisis The presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras met with President Obama at the White House Friday, discussing the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America. So far, Obama has not seen eye to eye with Congress on possible solutions to the crisis. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Central+American+Leaders+Stop+By+White+House+To+Talk+Border+Crisis&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDExNDExMTQwMDEzNjkwODAzMTkxNmQ4Zg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 45420 at http://ktep.org Glenn Beck Takes His Campaign Against Common Core To The Big Screen http://ktep.org/post/glenn-beck-takes-his-campaign-against-common-core-big-screen <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Glenn+Beck+Takes+His+Campaign+Against+Common+Core+To+The+Big+Screen&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA2NDA4NzY1MDEyODkzMjYyNTkxZjFiZQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>We begin this hour with the Common Core, which is getting a little less common. The writing and math standards for kids - excuse me - the reading and math standards for kids from kindergarten through high school were adopted by most states in the country. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 45262 at http://ktep.org Congress And Biden Aim For Job Training That Actually Leads To Jobs http://ktep.org/post/congress-and-biden-aim-job-training-actually-leads-jobs Something pretty remarkable happened Tuesday afternoon in a small windowless auditorium next door to the White House. President Obama signed a new law: the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.<p>It streamlines and updates the nation's job training programs and was 11 years overdue. The bill got overwhelming bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.<p>"Folks in Congress got past their differences; they got a bill to my desk," Obama said at the signing ceremony. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 45217 at http://ktep.org Congress And Biden Aim For Job Training That Actually Leads To Jobs Obama Unrolls New Sanctions Against Russia http://ktep.org/post/obama-unrolls-new-sanctions-against-russia Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>President Obama had some announcements today on U.S. policy overseas. In the White House briefing room, the president ran through a long list of what he described as pressing foreign policy challenges - questions about the election results in Afghanistan, Iranian nuclear talks, the ongoing violence between Hamas and Israel and finally, the situation in Ukraine. The U.S. government imposed new sanctions on Russia today over interference in that country. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:02:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 44843 at http://ktep.org A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty http://ktep.org/post/mothers-essay-challenges-assumptions-about-poverty The stereotype of the so-called welfare queen driving a luxury car while leaching off of society is an enduring one.<p>Darlena Cunha takes on this idea <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/07/08/this-is-what-happened-when-i-drove-my-mercedes-to-pick-up-food-stamps/">in a personal essay</a> published Tuesday by <em>The Washington Post</em>. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:56:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 44563 at http://ktep.org A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty What Could $100 Million Buy You — Besides Campaign Ads In Kentucky? http://ktep.org/post/what-can-100-million-buy-you-besides-election-kentucky For the amount of money that's expected to be spent in the Kentucky race for U.S. Senate this year, you could buy a bottle of the state's own Maker's Mark whiskey for nearly every man, woman and child in the state.<p>Some observers say the election could end up as the most expensive Senate race in history, with spending topping $100 million. And why wouldn't it be? It's at the heart of the battle for control of the U.S. Senate.<p>The incumbent, Mitch McConnell, is the top Republican in the Senate and could become majority leader. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:38:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 44546 at http://ktep.org What Could $100 Million Buy You — Besides Campaign Ads In Kentucky? Obama Gets Real, Meeting The Authors Behind White House Letters http://ktep.org/post/obama-gets-real-meeting-authors-behind-white-house-letters When President Obama delivered a speech about the economy in Minneapolis on Friday, a woman named Rebekah Erler sat in the audience with her family.<p>The White House billed the president's two-day trip to Minnesota as at least in part a "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0x4aSM5yM4">day in the life of Rebekah</a>" — and it's a throwback, in a sense, to a time before Barack Obama was a household name.<p>In 2007, when his candidacy was still considered a long shot, then-Sen. Obama spent a day walking in the shoes of a home health aide.<p>"I'm Pauline Beck. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 43592 at http://ktep.org Obama Gets Real, Meeting The Authors Behind White House Letters Democrats Hope For Work-Life Balance To Act As Lever In Midterms http://ktep.org/post/democrats-hope-work-life-balance-act-lever-midterms The Obama administration held the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families on Monday. Keeping the focus on topics like paid leave, equal pay and workplace flexibility is seen by Democrats as a winning strategy in the midterm elections. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 43262 at http://ktep.org Administration Focuses On Challenges Working Families Face http://ktep.org/post/administration-focuses-challenges-working-families-face Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Now, a big part of President Obama's two national campaign victories was a promise to help working families. His critics complain that all these years later, he's still talking about some of the very same policy prescriptions with little to show for it. Today, ideas like paid sick and maternity leave and universal preschool will take center stage at the White House Summit on Working Families, so will the challenges faced by workers caring for their children and sometimes their parents. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:23:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 43229 at http://ktep.org Political Solution Needed In Iraq, Obama Says http://ktep.org/post/political-solution-needed-iraq-obama-says President Obama is sending up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to gather intelligence on the insurgency. He was adamant there will be no American combat operations on the ground in Iraq. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:20:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 43062 at http://ktep.org Obama Plans To Send Advisers To Iraq, Leaving Air Strikes On Table http://ktep.org/post/obama-plans-send-advisers-iraq-leaving-air-strikes-table 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 announced today that the U.S. will send up to 300 special forces advisers into Iraq. He says they'll gather intelligence and assist Iraqi security forces. This comes as radical Islamists continue to march toward Baghdad. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:12:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 43024 at http://ktep.org Upset Of Eric Cantor Deals A Shock To GOP Establishment http://ktep.org/post/upset-eric-cantor-deals-shock-gop-establishment Eric Cantor became the first house majority leader ever to lose a primary, losing the GOP nomination to Tea Party challenger David Brat in the Republican primary. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 01:26:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 42431 at http://ktep.org Despite Initial Doubts, Wisconsin's Second-In-Command Soars http://ktep.org/post/despite-initial-doubts-wisconsins-second-command-soars Few people expected it, but Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch is now a rising GOP star. The mother of two is a former TV news anchor and a cancer survivor, who left the hospital just in time to vote in her own primary. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 42406 at http://ktep.org What Happened To Unemployment Benefits? http://ktep.org/post/what-happened-unemployment-benefits Five months have passed since the expiration of the emergency unemployment benefits program for the long-term unemployed. Amid congressional delays, it's unclear whether those benefits ever will be extended. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 42205 at http://ktep.org Release Of Sgt. Bergdahl May Have Come At A High Cost http://ktep.org/post/release-sgt-bergdahl-may-have-come-high-cost Bowe Bergdahl's release and the prisoner swap that made it possible are raising thorny foreign policy questions, which are being voiced most loudly at this point by congressional Republicans. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 09:13:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 41857 at http://ktep.org New Acting VA Secretary Faces Cultural Challenges http://ktep.org/post/new-acting-va-secretary-faces-cultural-challenges Eric Shinseki, secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, has resigned over the growing health care scandal. He said remaining in office would only distract from carrying out needed reforms. Sat, 31 May 2014 11:40:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 41790 at http://ktep.org VA Secretary Shinseki Steps Down Amid Reports Of Systemic Problems http://ktep.org/post/va-secretary-shinseki-steps-down-amid-reports-systemic-problems 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. Gen. Eric Shinseki is out as the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. That comes after bipartisan calls for his resignation and growing outrage over scheduling from the VA health system. NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith reports.<p>TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Shinseki met with President Obama in the Oval Office this morning to brief him on a preliminary audit of the department. Fri, 30 May 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 41747 at http://ktep.org U.S. Plans To Leave Residual Force Of Nearly 10,000 In Afghanistan http://ktep.org/post/us-plans-leave-residual-force-nearly-10000-afghanistan Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene. Today, President Obama outlined his vision for the nation's foreign policy in a commencement address at West Point. He set the table for that speech with remarks at the White House yesterday, speaking about a country that has been central to U.S. foreign-policy - Afghanistan. The President sketched out his plan to draw down U.S. troops there after more than a decade of war. Wed, 28 May 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 41530 at http://ktep.org First Lady Fights To Keep Healthful School Lunch Law Intact http://ktep.org/post/first-lady-fights-keep-healthy-school-lunch-law-intact First lady Michelle Obama is by far one of the most popular political figures in America, because she's largely avoided appearing too political — instead devoting much of her attention to encouraging good nutrition and healthful lifestyles for America's children.<p>But that cause has run head-on into a congressional fight over stalling some of the nutritional gains of the school lunch program, which she helped put in place.<p>As Obama sees it, the <a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/healthy-hunger-free-kids-act">Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act</a> of 2010 is working. Tue, 27 May 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 41497 at http://ktep.org First Lady Fights To Keep Healthful School Lunch Law Intact Conservatives Brainstorm To Win Voters In The Middle http://ktep.org/post/conservatives-brainstorm-win-voters-middle Election watchers say Republicans could take control of the Senate this fall. At the same time, many of these same analysts see problems for the Grand Old Party in the longer term.<p>Republican voters tend to be white, older and more affluent, and their share of the overall population is shrinking. Sat, 24 May 2014 14:41:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 41339 at http://ktep.org Conservatives Brainstorm To Win Voters In The Middle For Moms In Congress, Votes Mix With Diapers And School Pickup http://ktep.org/post/moms-congress-votes-mix-diapers-and-school-pickup Just nine women have given birth while serving in the U.S. Congress.<p>Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., has the distinction of having done it three times.<p>Her son Cole was born in 2007 with a condition called trisomy 21. Grace came in 2010, followed by Brynn this past November.<p>"Thankfully, she's a good sleeper and she's a good eater," says McMorris Rodgers. Fri, 09 May 2014 07:32:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 40282 at http://ktep.org For Moms In Congress, Votes Mix With Diapers And School Pickup At Times All A President Can Say After Disaster Is, 'We're Here' http://ktep.org/post/times-all-president-can-say-after-disaster-were-here Daniel Smith's house is barely standing after a tornado in Arkansas late last month killed 16 people. The EF4 tornado ripped a gash through the rural communities of Mayflower and Vilonia. Homes were wiped clean to their slabs, businesses shredded beyond recognition.<p>Wednesday, President Obama went to see the damage for himself, and to meet with residents like Smith. Thu, 08 May 2014 07:04:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 40209 at http://ktep.org At Times All A President Can Say After Disaster Is, 'We're Here' GOP Softens Its Edge In An Attempt To Appeal To Women http://ktep.org/post/gop-softens-its-edge-attempt-appeal-women Republicans have a problem with women.<p>Since the 1980s, women have been much more likely than men to vote Democratic.<p>Increasingly, however, Republican operatives see getting more women to vote for their candidates as key to the party's future.<p>Take Equal Pay Day, for instance, a political holiday that Democrats have used to push a bill called the Paycheck Fairness Act.<p>It's also a day that Republicans have felt free to ignore. Tue, 06 May 2014 07:24:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 40062 at http://ktep.org GOP Softens Its Edge In An Attempt To Appeal To Women Best Way To Get Women To Run For Office? Ask Repeatedly http://ktep.org/post/best-way-get-women-run-office-ask-repeatedly Women make up less than 20 percent of those serving in Congress, but more than half the population. There are many reasons for this, but one simple answer comes back again and again. It's about recruiting.<p>When <a href="http://mynmstaterep.com/">Monica Youngblood</a> got the call, she thought it was a joke. The call came from a man she had worked to help get elected.<p>"It's your time," she says he told her. "We need people like you in Santa Fe. We need a voice like yours who's lived here, who's been through what you've been through. Mon, 05 May 2014 21:58:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 40055 at http://ktep.org Best Way To Get Women To Run For Office? Ask Repeatedly White House Report Lays Out Plans For Combating Campus Sexual Assault http://ktep.org/post/white-house-report-lays-out-plans-combating-campus-sexual-assault Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. The White House is taking on the issue of campus sexual assault. Today, it released a series of recommendations aimed at prevention and enforcement. As part of the campaign, the administration cited a stark statistic. They say one-in-five women is sexually assaulted in college. NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith reports.<p>TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Survivors and activists, college presidents and members of Congress gathered in an auditorium in Washington, D.C. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:03:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 39662 at http://ktep.org Student Activists Fight To Stem Sexual Assaults http://ktep.org/post/administration-releases-recommendations-stem-campus-rapes The White House is out this morning with <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/report_0.pdf">new recommendations</a> to protect students from sexual assault, with a focus on the college years. These are the first results from a task force formed earlier this year aimed at addressing a problem that's getting a lot more attention on college campuses than it used to.<p>Campus sexual assault has been making headlines in student newspapers and is a focus of student activism. Put simply, young people are talking about it. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:17:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 39615 at http://ktep.org Student Activists Fight To Stem Sexual Assaults 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