Ron Elving http://kwit.org en The Week In Politics: Progress On Upgrading VA Health System http://kwit.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 49158 at http://kwit.org Palin's Call For Impeachment Reopens Debate Over ... Sarah Palin http://kwit.org/post/palins-call-impeachment-re-opens-debate-oversarah-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="http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/07/08/Exclusive-Sarah-Palin-Time-to-Impeach-President-Obama">Breitbart.com</a> and speaking to Sean Hannity on FOX, Palin has insisted the required "high crimes and misdemeanors" are in evidence. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:46:00 +0000 Ron Elving 48491 at http://kwit.org Palin's Call For Impeachment Reopens Debate Over ... Sarah Palin Why You Should Care Where The GOP Meets http://kwit.org/post/why-you-should-care-where-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 15:47:52 +0000 Ron Elving 48024 at http://kwit.org Why You Should Care Where The GOP Meets Howard Baker's Legacy: Political, But Not Partisan http://kwit.org/post/howard-bakers-legacy-political-not-partisan Howard Baker, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/26/325883657/former-senate-majority-leader-howard-baker-dies-at-88">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 47309 at http://kwit.org Howard Baker's Legacy: Political, But Not Partisan Election Season Defies Conventional Storylines http://kwit.org/post/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 47220 at http://kwit.org Election Season Defies Conventional Storylines Parsing The Numbers Of A Tuesday Packed With Primaries http://kwit.org/post/parsing-numbers-tuesday-packed-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 47200 at http://kwit.org Eric Cantor's Collapse: What Happened? http://kwit.org/post/eric-cantors-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 46283 at http://kwit.org Eric Cantor's Collapse: What Happened? Tea Party Still Packs A Punch: How It Happened In Mississippi http://kwit.org/post/tea-party-still-packs-punch-how-it-happened-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 16:26:00 +0000 Ron Elving 45898 at http://kwit.org Tea Party Still Packs A Punch: How It Happened In Mississippi 10 Thoughts On Obama's West Point Policy Address http://kwit.org/post/10-thoughts-obamas-west-point-policy-address President Obama gave the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/28/316679829/obama-emphasizes-importance-of-alliances-in-foreign-policy-address">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 45514 at http://kwit.org 10 Thoughts On Obama's West Point Policy Address Hard Sell For 'Hard Choices' Says Hillary's Running In 2016 http://kwit.org/post/hard-sell-hard-choices-says-hillarys-running-2016 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfriiTkAyYA</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 16:55:00 +0000 Ron Elving 45480 at http://kwit.org Hard Sell For 'Hard Choices' Says Hillary's Running In 2016