Tamara Keith http://kbia.org en Central American Leaders Stop By White House To Talk Border Crisis http://kbia.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 20:35:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 56726 at http://kbia.org Glenn Beck Takes His Campaign Against Common Core To The Big Screen http://kbia.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 56609 at http://kbia.org Congress And Biden Aim For Job Training That Actually Leads To Jobs http://kbia.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 56563 at http://kbia.org Congress And Biden Aim For Job Training That Actually Leads To Jobs Kicking The Can Down The Road: A Habit That's Hard To Kick http://kbia.org/post/kicking-can-down-road-habit-thats-hard-kick The Senate is expected to vote on a temporary transportation spending bill later this week — with an emphasis on the word <em>temporary</em>.<p>The bill would keep highway funding flowing through May of next year, and avert a looming infrastructure crisis. Without congressional action, the highway trust fund would run out of cash in August.<p>The short-term fix follows a familiar pattern. It goes something like this:<p>First, panic erupts because the government is going to shut down — or a program is going to run out of money — or a tax will automatically rise. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:08:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 56430 at http://kbia.org Kicking The Can Down The Road: A Habit That's Hard To Kick Obama Unrolls New Sanctions Against Russia http://kbia.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 56267 at http://kbia.org A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty http://kbia.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 56053 at http://kbia.org A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty What Could $100 Million Buy You — Besides Campaign Ads In Kentucky? http://kbia.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 11:36:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 56041 at http://kbia.org What Could $100 Million Buy You — Besides Campaign Ads In Kentucky? Administration Focuses On Challenges Working Families Face http://kbia.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 54982 at http://kbia.org Obama Plans To Send Advisers To Iraq, Leaving Air Strikes On Table http://kbia.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 54844 at http://kbia.org Upset Of Eric Cantor Deals A Shock To GOP Establishment http://kbia.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 54345 at http://kbia.org What Happened To Unemployment Benefits? http://kbia.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 54182 at http://kbia.org Release Of Sgt. Bergdahl May Have Come At A High Cost http://kbia.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 53894 at http://kbia.org New Acting VA Secretary Faces Cultural Challenges http://kbia.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 11:46:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 53843 at http://kbia.org VA Secretary Shinseki Steps Down Amid Reports Of Systemic Problems http://kbia.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 20:36:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 53817 at http://kbia.org First Lady Fights To Keep Healthful School Lunch Law Intact http://kbia.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 53621 at http://kbia.org First Lady Fights To Keep Healthful School Lunch Law Intact Conservatives Brainstorm To Win Voters In The Middle http://kbia.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 14:11:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 53486 at http://kbia.org Conservatives Brainstorm To Win Voters In The Middle For Moms In Congress, Votes Mix With Diapers And School Pickup http://kbia.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 52664 at http://kbia.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://kbia.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 08:15:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 52620 at http://kbia.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://kbia.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 52496 at http://kbia.org GOP Softens Its Edge In An Attempt To Appeal To Women Best Way To Get Women To Run For Office? Ask Repeatedly http://kbia.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 52483 at http://kbia.org Best Way To Get Women To Run For Office? Ask Repeatedly White House Report Lays Out Plans For Combating Campus Sexual Assault http://kbia.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 20:24:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 52153 at http://kbia.org Pipeline Put Off, As Keystone Review Is Indefinitely Extended http://kbia.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 20:41:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 51567 at http://kbia.org Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches http://kbia.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 51522 at http://kbia.org Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches Budget Bomb-Throwing Resumes With Party Line Vote http://kbia.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 20:08:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 51119 at http://kbia.org Life Without Jobless Benefits: Watching, Searching And Praying http://kbia.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 50802 at http://kbia.org Life Without Jobless Benefits: Watching, Searching And Praying Obamacare Rolls Into N.H. Like A Political Campaign — And Wins http://kbia.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 50480 at http://kbia.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://kbia.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 50214 at http://kbia.org Biden Visits N.H. To Talk About Jobs ... But Not His Own Obama's Surgeon General Nominee Stuck In Limbo http://kbia.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 49906 at http://kbia.org Under 30? The President Would Like You To Know Health Care Is Hip http://kbia.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 49667 at http://kbia.org Under 30? The President Would Like You To Know Health Care Is Hip President Obama Moves To Expand Overtime Pay http://kbia.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 49513 at http://kbia.org