Ailsa Chang http://kwit.org en VA Nominee Steps Before Senate Committee http://kwit.org/post/va-nominee-steps-senate-committee Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee to run the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, is appearing before the Senate for his confirmation hearing. He faces the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, which will vote on whether to send his nomination to the Senate floor. <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=VA+Nominee+Steps+Before+Senate+Committee&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDI3MDk2MDEzMjA0NDE3NTExOWRjNg004)"/></div><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 48845 at http://kwit.org House GOP Counters Obama's Request By Promising Own Proposal http://kwit.org/post/house-gop-counters-obamas-request-promising-own-proposal 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. It's a familiar dance in Washington - President Obama makes a request to Congress and the House says no. This time, the no is in response to the $3.7 billion dollars the president requested to respond to an influx of unaccompanied immigrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border.<p>House Republicans say they won't grant anywhere near that amount. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 48435 at http://kwit.org Administration Officials Defend Funding Request To Stem Border Crisis http://kwit.org/post/administration-officials-defend-funding-request-stem-border-crisis President Obama has asked for $3.7 billion to deal with the southern border crisis. There are predictions the number of unaccompanied children entering the U.S. could reach 90,000 by October. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 48165 at http://kwit.org Could A Socialist Senator Become A National Brand? http://kwit.org/post/could-socialist-senator-become-national-brand As members of Congress continue hammering out a bill to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs' <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/06/04/318827245/va-health-cares-chronic-ailments-long-waits-and-red-tape">beleaguered health care system</a>, attention has focused on one man leading the charge: Bernie Sanders, Independent senator from Vermont and a self-described socialist.<p>Sanders barely got 2 percent of the vote when he first tried breaking into Vermont politics in the 1970s, but now there's buzz that the man known simply as "Bernie" may be a presidential candidate in 2016.<p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 07:23:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 48072 at http://kwit.org Could A Socialist Senator Become A National Brand? Supreme Court Invalidates 3 Obama Recess Appointments http://kwit.org/post/supreme-court-invalidates-3-obama-recess-appointments Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>In Washington yesterday, the Supreme Court limited the president's authority to make appointments when the Senate is gone. The justices unanimously ruled that the temporary appointment's President Obama made to the National Labors Relations Board in 2012 were unconstitutional because the Senate was technically still there, not in recessed. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:11:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 47325 at http://kwit.org Addressing Border Crisis, Politicians Find Invitation In Misperception http://kwit.org/post/addressing-border-crisis-politicians-find-invitation-misperception The House Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing Tuesday to address the influx of unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke at the proceedings, saying the situation at the border was "urgent." <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:25:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 47142 at http://kwit.org GOP: McCarthy Voted Majority Leader; Scalise Chosen As Whip http://kwit.org/post/gop-mccarthy-voted-majority-leader-scalise-chosen-whip Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>House Republicans have elected a new majority leader. As expected, Kevin McCarthy of California, currently the third-ranked Republican in the House, easily prevailed. And Steve Scalise of Louisiana won the fight to replace McCarthy as majority whip. The leadership shuffle followed last week's unexpected primary defeat of the previous majority leader, Eric Cantor. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:22:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 46886 at http://kwit.org Hagel Defends Bergdahl Exchange Before House Panel http://kwit.org/post/hagel-defends-bergdahl-exchange-house-panel Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel explained why the Obama administration agreed to swap five top Taliban leaders for the release of an Army enlisted man, who willingly left his post in Afghanistan. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:12:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 46356 at http://kwit.org Outraged Senators Reach Across Aisle For Deal On VA Wait Times http://kwit.org/post/outraged-senators-reach-across-aisle-deal-va-wait-times Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Some U.S. senators have crafted a bipartisan response to the crisis at the Department of Veterans Affairs. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned last week, amid controversy over treatment delays at veterans' hospitals. Now, a Senate plan calls for construction of new medical centers for veterans. It would also allow quicker dismissal of high-level employees at the VA.<p>NPR's Ailsa Chang is following all of this from the capital. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 45998 at http://kwit.org Old Senate Tradition Lies Behind Controversial Judge's Nomination http://kwit.org/post/old-senate-tradition-lies-behind-controversial-judges-nomination As President Obama continues to take heat for nominating to the federal bench a judge who once wanted to keep the Confederate emblem on the Georgia state flag, the White House says what's partly to blame for the choice is an old Senate tradition.<p>It turns out that tradition — which gives virtual veto power over judicial nominations to home state senators — helps explain why almost all the judicial vacancies without nominees are now in states with Republican senators.<p>There's an idea in the Senate that it's still a chamber operating on mutual respect and goodwill between colleagues, even in Thu, 29 May 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 45576 at http://kwit.org Old Senate Tradition Lies Behind Controversial Judge's Nomination