Politics & Government

The Two-Way
6:42 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Congress Will Get A $1.1 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill This Week

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 9:10 am

Faced with a Thursday deadline to finance the U.S. government, leaders of both parties in Congress have worked out a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government until October 2015. But a vote isn't likely to come before the day of the deadline.

Update at 8:45 p.m. ET: Welcome, Cromnibus: Bill Is Published

The House Committee on Appropriations gives an overview of the newly published bill:

Read more
It's All Politics
5:59 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

In Spending Bill, A Gift For Political Party Fundraising

President Obama walks to the podium at his 2008 nominating convention. Lawmakers are inserting into the spending bill a provision allowing political parties to collect up to $97,200 from each donor to pay for their conventions.
Chuck Kennedy,Scott Andrews AP

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 10:56 am

If you're able and eager to write an annual check for roughly $100,000, you might expect to be hearing soon from the Republican and Democratic national committees.

Read more
Newscast
5:47 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Legislators' Orientation, Sugar Plum Shop and Convicted Educators

Alabama Capitol Building
Credit wikipedia.org

    

Alabama state lawmakers will gather in Montgomery this week. APR’s Pat Duggins reports on orientation week for the state house and senate…

Alabama’s newly elected senators and representatives will hear presentations about the legislative process, state budgets and the role of a legislator. Members will also take a mandatory training course on the requirements of the state ethics law.

Read more
It's All Politics
4:16 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Congress Says Goodbye To Its Last World War II Vets

Rep. John Dingell (from left), D-Mich., Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill., Rep. Ralph Regula, R- Ohio, Rep. Ralph Hall, D-Texas, Rep. Cass Ballenger, R-N.C., and Rep. Amo Houghton, R-N.Y., stand at a House ceremony honoring World War II veterans in 2004.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 5:47 pm

The World War II era is about to officially draw to a close in the United States Congress. This comes after seven full decades during which there was always a veteran of that war in the legislative body.

Read more
Politics
3:26 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Advocate's Comments On ACA Now A Liability For Law's Supporters

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 5:47 pm

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Politics
3:26 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Congress Pushes Up Against Deadline To Keep Government Funded

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 5:47 pm

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Law
3:26 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Senate Panel Looks At Taking Sexual Assault Investigations Off Campus

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 5:47 pm

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

It's All Politics
12:05 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Obama Meets Colbert: 6 Unbuttoned Moments

President Obama, appearing on The Colbert Report, said, "Look, the election didn't go as it, uh — as I would have liked. You notice, I made a little correction there, I had a little thought bubble."
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 5:40 pm

When President Obama sat down with comedian Stephen Colbert Monday, he didn't actually loosen his necktie. But we saw a relaxed president with just two years left on the clock, playing to a receptive audience of nearly 1,500.

Here are some of the more memorable moments from the president's appearance on The Colbert Report:

Booting the host from his desk

Read more
National Security
11:44 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Senate Panel's Report On CIA Calls Harsh Tactics Ineffective

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 4:16 pm

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Read more
The Two-Way
10:34 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Obama: CIA's 'Harsh Methods' Inconsistent With Values, National Security

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 11:34 am

The Senate Intelligence Committee's summary of its report on the CIA's interrogation practices found that the agency "provided inaccurate information to the White House, Congress, the Justice Department, the CIA inspector general, the media and the American public." [The report is here.]

Reaction to the summary's release was swift.

Read more
The Two-Way
10:13 am
Tue December 9, 2014

'Obamacare' Expert Apologizes For Remarks On Law's Creation

MIT economist Jonathan Gruber testifies Tuesday before the House Oversight Committee. He apologized for his comments on how the Affordable Care Act was created.
Molly Riley AP

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 10:46 am

The man described as an architect of the Affordable Care Act who said the "stupidity of the American voter" was critical in getting the law to pass apologized during a congressional hearing today for his remarks.

Read more
National Security
4:11 am
Tue December 9, 2014

As Torture Report's Release Nears, CIA And Opponents Ready Responses

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 11:27 am

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Read more
Politics
4:11 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Obamacare Adviser Gets Set To Go In Front Of Congressional Firing Squad

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 11:27 am

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Governing
3:08 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Sources: FAA May Require Licenses To Fly Commercial Drones

Amazon is developing an unmaned aircraft project that it hopes will deliver purchases in 30 minutes or less. The FAA has been struggling to write regulations for such aircraft, but is expected to release rules this month.
AP

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 11:27 am

Drones, drones, drones.

Everybody wants one. Amazon, to deliver packages, Hollywood to shoot movie scenes, agriculture interests to monitor crops.

And everyone is waiting for the FAA to issue regulations as to how commercial drones might be allowed to operate in the U.S. Those regulations are supposed to come out by the end of the month.

The FAA has been struggling to write the rules for unmanned aircraft for several years. In 2012, Congress told the agency to get on with it and set a deadline for final regulations by September 2015.

Read more
Around the Nation
5:15 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

New Entry Program Reunites Some Immigrants With Their Children

Wilfredo Díaz left Honduras 16 years ago before his third child was born, and he hopes to bring his children to the U.S. under the State Department's new program.
Alexandra Starr

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 9:49 am

The State Department launched a program this month that creates a safe passage to the United States from Central America. It would give some U.S.-based Latino parents the chance to bring over children they left in their home countries.

More than 57,000 child migrants made the trip across the U.S.-Mexican border this year. Many report being physically and sexually abused along the harrowing journey.

Read more

Pages