David Welna http://wkms.org en An Angry Hearing On The Hill For 'Cockamamie' Twitter-like Network http://wkms.org/post/angry-hearing-hill-cockamamie-twitter-network Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy was incensed that he only learned about the creation of a Twitter-like network in Cuba through press accounts. He had the chance Tuesday to vent his frustration when USAID administrator Rajiv Shah appeared before Leahy's committee. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:33:00 +0000 David Welna 39768 at http://wkms.org House Passes 'Clean' Debt Limit Bill http://wkms.org/post/house-passes-clean-debt-limit-bill Tuesday saw a rarity in Congress these days: a "clean" bill.<p>The House passed one to raise the debt limit, a move that avoids a possible default later this month.<p>In the past, House Republicans have used this debate to extract concessions from President Obama and congressional Democrats.<p>But not this time. House Republicans demanded nothing in return. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 23:31:00 +0000 David Welna 38635 at http://wkms.org House Passes 'Clean' Debt Limit Bill House Sets Vote On Raising Debt Limit http://wkms.org/post/house-sets-vote-raising-debt-limit House leaders have had weeks to come up with a plan to deal with the nation's debt limit. Now, the day before they want to leave town for a break, it appears they've essentially decided to throw in the towel. They plan to put a bill on the House floor raising the debt ceiling for a year without any conditions attached. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:28:00 +0000 David Welna 38618 at http://wkms.org GOP Still Looking At Pieces Of Debt Limit 'Puzzle' http://wkms.org/post/gop-still-looking-pieces-debt-limit-puzzle Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. Today at the stroke of noon in Washington D. C. the U.S. Treasury statutory authority to borrow money will expire.<p>GREENE: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says there are ways to move some funds around to prevent a debt default, but only for the next three weeks. It's now up to Congress once again to raise the debt limit. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 09:58:00 +0000 David Welna 38544 at http://wkms.org 'Pretty Good' Budget Deal Looks Good Enough To Avoid Shutdown http://wkms.org/post/pretty-good-budget-deal-looks-good-enough-avoid-shutdown For the first time in years, the House of Representatives is expected to approve a massive new spending bill Wednesday that keeps federal agencies operating until a new fiscal year starts in October.<p>The so-called "omnibus" package of all 12 annual spending bills is a compromise; it has more money in it than what Congressional Republicans wanted, but less than what President Obama had asked for. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:17:00 +0000 David Welna 38036 at http://wkms.org 'Pretty Good' Budget Deal Looks Good Enough To Avoid Shutdown The War Over Poverty: A Deep Divide On How To Help http://wkms.org/post/war-over-poverty-deep-divide-how-help All this week, Majority Leader Harry Reid declared over and over on the Senate floor that there's a downside to the recovering economy.<p>"It's true," he said. "The rich are getting a lot richer, and the poor are getting poorer."<p>That observation may not be surprising, coming from a Democrat. Less expected, perhaps, is a similar lament made the same day by the Senate's Republican leader, Mitch McConnell.<p>"We all know the stock market's been doing great, so the richest among us are doing just fine," McConnell said. "But what about the poor? Sat, 11 Jan 2014 16:46:00 +0000 David Welna 37970 at http://wkms.org The War Over Poverty: A Deep Divide On How To Help McCain Lays Al-Qaida Surge In Iraq At Obama's Feet http://wkms.org/post/mccain-lays-al-qaida-surge-iraq-obamas-feet Forces allied with al-Qaida are battling to retake two major cities in Iraq's Sunni-dominated Anbar province: Ramadi, the capital of the province, and Fallujah, the city where U.S. troops prevailed after fighting two major battles.<p>There have been no American forces in Iraq since 2011, when President Obama ordered the last troops to leave. Now the man who lost the presidential race to Obama five years ago is pointing a finger at the president for al-Qaida's resurgence.<p>Some 1,300 U.S. troops died in the area during the Iraq War, and Sen. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 00:06:00 +0000 David Welna 37902 at http://wkms.org McCain Lays Al-Qaida Surge In Iraq At Obama's Feet With Nominees Stalled, Democrats Reprise Filibuster Threat http://wkms.org/post/nominees-stalled-democrats-reprise-filibuster-threat For the third time this year, the Democrats who run the Senate are threatening to change that chamber's rules on the Republican minority's most potent weapon: the filibuster. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 00:11:00 +0000 David Welna 36742 at http://wkms.org With Nominees Stalled, Democrats Reprise Filibuster Threat Senate Advances Employment Non-Discrimination Act http://wkms.org/post/senate-advances-employment-non-discrimination-act With a vote of 61-30, the Senate voted to move forward on legislation that would prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Monday's vote opens the floor to debate on the bill and the Senate is expected to schedule a full vote by week's end. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 09:02:00 +0000 David Welna 36294 at http://wkms.org Without Earmark 'Grease,' Some Say, Spending Bills Get Stuck http://wkms.org/post/without-earmark-grease-some-say-spending-bills-get-stuck Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>While Congress tries to get to the bottom of what went wrong with the Affordable Care Act website, it's got other problems on its mind. Leading the list is the inability of lawmakers to carry out their most fundamental constitutional responsibility: appropriating the money needed to run the government in a timely fashion.<p>This month's shutdown was only the most recent fallout of the breakdown in appropriations. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 09:48:00 +0000 David Welna 36141 at http://wkms.org