Politics http://ktep.org en The New SuperPAC That Spends Big So That Others Spend Less http://ktep.org/post/new-superpac-spends-big-so-others-spend-less <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=The+New+SuperPAC+That+Spends+Big+So+That+Others+Spend+Less&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwMTM1NDgzMDEyMzg2MDcwMzJjODJiYQ004)"/></div><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Jacob Goldstein 45642 at http://ktep.org Leahy Aims To Patch Loopholes With A Revamp Of NSA's Data Collection http://ktep.org/post/leahy-aims-patch-loopholes-revamp-nsas-data-collection <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=Leahy+Aims+To+Patch+Loopholes+With+A+Revamp+Of+NSA%27s+Data+Collection&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1NTMzNDA4MDEyNzk4MTU2OTg2ZjAyZQ004)"/></div><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 David Welna 45634 at http://ktep.org Forget Tea Pot Dome: Harding's Love Letters Make For A New Steamy Scandal http://ktep.org/post/forget-tea-pot-dome-hardings-love-letters-make-new-steamy-scandal <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=Forget+Tea+Pot+Dome%3A+Harding%27s+Love+Letters+Make+For+A+New+Steamy+Scandal&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MTg5NDMyMDEzMTY1NDQwNzMwYjM3Nw004)"/></div><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 45631 at http://ktep.org The Great Blue Hope: Michelle Nunn Tries The Improbable In Ga. http://ktep.org/post/great-blue-hope-michelle-nunn-tries-improbable-ga Georgia has been considered safely red territory for more than a decade. But there's a new energy among Democrats in the state, where candidate Michelle Nunn represents the party's best chance of winning a Senate seat in years.<p>This is Nunn's first run for public office, but she's far from an unknown in a state where her father, Sam Nunn, is a Democratic icon who represented Georgia in the Senate for more than two decades.<p>Like her father, Nunn positions herself as a moderate Democrat, willing to reach across the aisle to work with Republicans. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Greg Allen 45632 at http://ktep.org The Great Blue Hope: Michelle Nunn Tries The Improbable In Ga. Former Va. Gov. McDonnell's Trial Opens With Claims Of 'Poisoned' Marriage http://ktep.org/post/former-va-gov-mcdonnells-trial-opens-claims-poisoned-marriage <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=Former+Va.+Gov.+McDonnell%27s+Trial+Opens+With+Claims+Of+%27Poisoned%27+Marriage&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3OTAzNzgzMDEzMTIyMTYyODIxZDdjYg004)"/></div><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 editor 45633 at http://ktep.org Jury Awards Former Gov. Ventura Nearly $2 Million In Defamation Case http://ktep.org/post/jury-awards-former-gov-ventura-nearly-2-million-defamation-case A jury has awarded former Minnesota Gov. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:11:00 +0000 editor 45626 at http://ktep.org Jury Awards Former Gov. Ventura Nearly $2 Million In Defamation Case A Compromise Deal On Overhauling The VA, But Will It Pass? http://ktep.org/post/compromise-deal-overhauling-va-will-it-pass <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=A+Compromise+Deal+On+Overhauling+The+VA%2C+But+Will+It+Pass%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4OTAxNzAzMDEzMjc0MTc2MzA5ZDZlMw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>As Congress prepares to leave town for summer recess at the end of the week, one item on the to do list appears closer to getting done - fixing the troubled health care system under the Department of Veterans Affairs. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:35:00 +0000 David Welna 45600 at http://ktep.org After 5 Weeks Of Haggling, Congress Inks Bipartisan VA Bill http://ktep.org/post/after-5-weeks-haggling-congress-inks-bipartisan-va-bill <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=After+5+Weeks+Of+Haggling%2C+Congress+Inks+Bipartisan+VA+Bill&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NTY5MTc2MDEzMDY5NDU2MjQ3NDZhOA001)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 45564 at http://ktep.org The Week In Politics: Progress On Upgrading VA Health System http://ktep.org/post/week-politics-progress-upgrading-va-health-system <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=The+Week+In+Politics%3A+Progress+On+Upgrading+VA+Health+System&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODMzOTM1MDEyMTY4Mzc5OTliNTMwMg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Congress is heading into its last week before taking a summer recess. For a change, lawmakers are not racing the clock to overt a fiscal calamity. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ron Elving 45529 at http://ktep.org When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution http://ktep.org/post/when-did-companies-become-people-excavating-legal-evolution Are corporations people? The U.S. Supreme Court says they are, at least for some purposes. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 45521 at http://ktep.org When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution Time Running Short For Congress To Agree On Border Bill http://ktep.org/post/time-running-short-congress-agree-border-bill Congress is set to disband later this week for a summer break stretching past Labor Day. That leaves lawmakers only a few more days to act on an urgent request from President Obama.<p>The president wants nearly $4 billion in emergency funds to deal with the tens of thousands of children from Central America who've been illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 David Welna 45495 at http://ktep.org Time Running Short For Congress To Agree On Border Bill Congress Leaves Town Next Week, But Will Anyone Notice? http://ktep.org/post/congress-leaves-town-next-week-will-anyone-notice <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=Congress+Leaves+Town+Next+Week%2C+But+Will+Anyone+Notice%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NjA1MTgyMDEzMzk3ODE2ODgwOGQyMQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. The U.S. Congress will go on vacation in a week. Some people might ask how will we be able to tell? NPR's senior Washington correspondent, Ron Elving, joins us in our studios. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:33:00 +0000 editor 45463 at http://ktep.org 'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials http://ktep.org/post/i-love-your-country-new-house-member-tells-us-officials Rep. Curt Clawson hasn't been in Congress long — he was sworn into office exactly one month ago. We mention that as a caveat, because in a congressional hearing Thursday, Clawson seems to have mistaken Americans who work in the U.S. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:50:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 45433 at http://ktep.org 'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter http://ktep.org/post/political-disenchantment-soars-lines-polls-grow-shorter Several new surveys show voter interest is low, anti-incumbent sentiment is high, and voters from both parties are questioning whether their elected leaders should return to Congress next year.<p>In short, the electorate is disengaged and disgusted with politics.<p>Voter turnout in the 2010 primaries was only about 18 percent, and now it's even lower. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 45417 at http://ktep.org As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter Week In Politics: Violence In Gaza And Paul Ryan's Anti-Poverty Plan http://ktep.org/post/week-politics-violence-gaza-and-paul-ryans-anti-poverty-plan <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=Week+In+Politics%3A+Violence+In+Gaza+And+Paul+Ryan%27s+Anti-Poverty+Plan&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MjQzMDEyMTY4NDQwNDM4ODU3OA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:45:00 +0000 editor 45419 at http://ktep.org 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 Army War College Opens A Probe Into Sen. Walsh's Alleged Plagiarism http://ktep.org/post/army-war-college-opens-probe-sen-walshs-alleged-plagiarism <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=Army+War+College+Opens+A+Probe+Into+Sen.+Walsh%27s+Alleged+Plagiarism&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODMzOTM1MDEyMTY4Mzc5OTliNTMwMg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 45418 at http://ktep.org The GOP's New Plan To Tackle Poverty: Helpful Or Hurtful? http://ktep.org/post/gops-new-plan-tackle-poverty-helpful-or-hurtful <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=The+GOP%27s+New+Plan+To+Tackle+Poverty%3A+Helpful+Or+Hurtful%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NjA1MTgyMDEzMzk3ODE2ODgwOGQyMQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is TELL ME MORE from NPR. I'm Michel Martin. We're going to start today talking about politics. Summer is supposed to be a slow time for political news but that's certainly not the case this year. There were some major headlines this week. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:28:00 +0000 editor 45407 at http://ktep.org In A Luxury Apartment, Is A Separate 'Poor Door' Segregation? http://ktep.org/post/luxury-apartment-separate-poor-door-segregation <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=In+A+Luxury+Apartment%2C+Is+A+Separate+%27Poor+Door%27+Segregation%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNDY5MjM1MDEyODE2MzMyMTZmZDQwMg001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for our weekly visit to the Barbershop, where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:28:00 +0000 editor 45406 at http://ktep.org Conservative Rep. DesJarlais Faces Primary Challenge In Tennessee http://ktep.org/post/conservative-rep-desjarlais-faces-primary-challenge-tennessee <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 Nashville Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.wpln.org/">http://www.wpln.org/</a>.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Conservative+Rep.+DesJarlais+Faces+Primary+Challenge+In+Tennessee&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM1Njk5MDEyMTY5MDg4MzEyOTc5Ng004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:02:00 +0000 editor 45377 at http://ktep.org Montana Senator Comes Under Fire For Plagiarism Allegations http://ktep.org/post/montana-senator-comes-under-fire-plagiarism-allegations Sen. John Walsh of Montana was appointed to his seat in February, and he's preparing to face voters for the first time. The Democrat's bid will likely be complicated by allegations of plagiarism, reported by <em>The New York Times</em>. It seems that in a paper Walsh submitted for his master's degree from the U.S. Army War College, long passages were borrowed without attribution. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:22:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 45368 at http://ktep.org Rep. Ryan Unveils His Anti-Poverty Plan, A Rebuke To LBJ Programs http://ktep.org/post/paul-ryan-unveils-his-anti-poverty-plan-rebuke-lbj-programs For much of this year, Republicans have talked about finding new ways to get Americans out of poverty but have offered few specifics — until now.<p>House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled his plan Thursday to fight poverty, which he says will help fix safety-net programs that he calls fragmented and ineffective.<p>Here are the highlights of Ryan's plan:<p><ul><p><li>Allow states to experiment with federal aid, by merging things like food stamps, child care and welfare into what he calls an "Opportunity Grant."</li><p><li>Expand tax credits for working adults.</li><p><li>Make it easi Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:22:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 45369 at http://ktep.org Rep. Ryan Unveils His Anti-Poverty Plan, A Rebuke To LBJ Programs Montana Sen. Walsh Says PTSD May Have Played A Role In His Plagiarism http://ktep.org/post/montana-sen-walsh-says-ptsd-may-have-played-role-his-plagiarism <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/24/us/politics/montana-senator-john-walsh-plagiarized-thesis.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0.">After <em>The New York Times</em> reported</a> that Sen. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:32:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 45315 at http://ktep.org Montana Sen. Walsh Says PTSD May Have Played A Role In His Plagiarism A Strange Political Dustup Clouds Kansas Governor's Future http://ktep.org/post/strange-political-dustup-clouds-kansas-governors-future Kansas's Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is locked in an unexpectedly tough re-election battle for doing exactly what he said he would do — cut taxes.<p>Citing mounting evidence that those tax cuts are creating a budget crisis – not stimulating the Kansas economy as promised — some in the state's moderate Republican establishment recently did the unthinkable: endorse a Democrat for governor.<p>That's not only endangering Brownback's re-election hopes, it's also tarnishing his plans to turn one of the reddest of red states into a national model.<p>Sam Brownback left the U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 editor 45288 at http://ktep.org A Strange Political Dustup Clouds Kansas Governor's Future Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency http://ktep.org/post/democrats-make-new-bid-require-donor-transparency Senate Democrats have rolled out this year's model of the DISCLOSE Act. Or, if you want to be more formal: the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act.<p>It's the third version of DISCLOSE since 2010. Broadly speaking, it would force donor disclosure on the big-money, 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations that are flourishing in post-<em>Citizens United</em> politics. Unlike almost all other players in an election campaign, 501(c)(4)s are not covered by the disclosure laws. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:04:00 +0000 Peter Overby 45283 at http://ktep.org Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency Campaign Finance Transparency Bill Gets Chilly Reception In Senate http://ktep.org/post/campaign-finance-transparency-bill-gets-chilly-reception-senate A bill that would require transparency by nonprofit groups related to federal elections met with united opposition from Republicans Wednesday, at the first Senate hearing on what its supporters call the Disclose Act.<p>The legislation would require any politically active group that spends more than $10,000 to list its donors. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:56:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 45284 at http://ktep.org Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare http://ktep.org/post/insurance-fake-identities-latest-skirmish-over-obamacare House Republicans went on the attack Wednesday over what they say is the latest bungling of the Affordable Care Act: fake identities used to get insurance.<p>Undercover investigators were able to get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance from the government's website 11 out of the 18 times they tried, according to a preliminary report from the Government Accountability Office.<p>Republicans on the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee say fraud and abuse will be rampant and may already be.<p>Democrats question all the fuss.<p>For one thing, they argue applicants don't get Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:35:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 45276 at http://ktep.org Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare 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 Faced With Undocumented Minors, Iowa Is Wrenched By Stark Divide http://ktep.org/post/faced-undocumented-minors-iowa-wrenched-stark-divide Although the governor of Iowa says that unaccompanied minors from Central America should not find shelter in his state, more than 100 are already there. But the mayor of Des Moines, the state's largest city, and many religious leaders are at odds with the governor. They say Iowa should be welcoming and help children in need. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 45263 at http://ktep.org To Cope With Child Immigrants, Competing Plans Emerge From Congress http://ktep.org/post/cope-immigration-influx-competing-plans-emerge-congress Divergent plans are now emerging from the House and Senate on how best to deal with the influx of unaccompanied children from Central America across the border.<p>Though both would offer the president less money than he asked for to deal with the crisis, a major battle has developed over whether to amend a 2008 law that makes it harder to speedily deport the children.<p>House Republicans are drawing a clear line in the sand on this one: President Obama is getting no money from them if they can't attach some policy changes to the funding. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 45264 at http://ktep.org To Cope With Child Immigrants, Competing Plans Emerge From Congress