Ron Elving http://wkms.org en Former House Speaker Tom Foley Dies At 84 http://wkms.org/post/former-house-speaker-tom-foley-dies-84 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.<p>Former Speaker of the House Thomas Foley died today at his home in Washington, D.C. He was 84 years old. Foley had been in hospice care following a stroke and a bout with pneumonia earlier this year. He was a Democrat who served in Congress for 30 years, beginning with the Lyndon Johnson landslide of 1964 and ending with the Newt Gingrich revolution of 1994, when Foley lost his own seat. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:43:00 +0000 Ron Elving 35858 at http://wkms.org With Shutdown Looming, Senate Takes Up Stopgap Spending Bill http://wkms.org/post/shutdown-looming-senate-takes-stopgap-spending-bill Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And on Capitol Hill, words of anger and frustration today over the increasing likelihood of a government shutdown. This morning in the House, members of both parties took to the floor and pointed fingers.<p>REPRESENTATIVE EARL BLUMENAUER: If you're serious about working together to solve problems, why don't you work together to solve problems?<p>REPRESENTATIVE TED POE: Where oh where has the Senate gone? Where oh where can they be? Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:32:00 +0000 Ron Elving 35322 at http://wkms.org Logic Behind Obama News Conference Hard To Fathom http://wkms.org/post/logic-behind-obama-news-conference-hard-fathom On Tuesday afternoon, President Obama declared May as Older Americans Month, National Foster Care Month, National Building Safety Month, Jewish American Heritage Month and National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.<p>The president also issued a statement on the investiture of the new king of the Netherlands.<p>While small and routine, these moves were all easy to understand, as were the accompanying proclamations from the White House press shop.<p>What was not clear was the executive thinking behind the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/30/180026256/obama-to-hold-news-confe Tue, 30 Apr 2013 23:42:00 +0000 Ron Elving 31232 at http://wkms.org Logic Behind Obama News Conference Hard To Fathom Reluctant Justices May Be Forced To Make History http://wkms.org/post/reluctant-justices-may-be-forced-make-history Now and then, an issue before the U.S. Supreme Court changes the course of the nation's political history — whether the justices like it or not.<p>It's happening again with gay marriage. This week the court heard oral arguments in two key cases. One could restore legal same-sex marriage in California; the other could end discrimination against gay married couples in the administration of more than 1,000 federal programs.<p>The questions from the pivotal justices indicated they might prefer these cases — and these issues — be decided by someone else. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 22:04:00 +0000 Ron Elving 29907 at http://wkms.org Reluctant Justices May Be Forced To Make History Fiscal Cliff Debate: Why The (Very) Few Rule The Many In Congress http://wkms.org/post/fiscal-cliff-debate-why-very-few-rule-many-congress In the final hours of the latest budget crisis in Washington, several salient facts are increasingly clear.<p>First, the leaders of the two parties in the Senate might still put together a negotiated deal that would avert the combination of tax increases and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 20:48:00 +0000 Ron Elving 26220 at http://wkms.org NPR Poll Finds Presidential Race Too Close To Call http://wkms.org/post/npr-poll-finds-presidential-race-too-close-call The <a href="http://media.npr.org/documents/2012/oct/NPROctpoll.pdf" target="_blank">latest and last NPR Battleground Poll</a> for 2012 shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holding the narrowest of leads in the national sample, but trailing President Obama in the dozen states that will decide the election.<p>The poll adds evidence that the Oct. 3 debate between the two men redefined the race. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 02:36:00 +0000 Ron Elving 23858 at http://wkms.org NPR Poll Finds Presidential Race Too Close To Call Analysis: Romney Debate Strategy Shows He Thinks He's In the Driver's Seat http://wkms.org/post/analysis-romney-debate-strategy-shows-he-thinks-hes-drivers-seat In his third debate with President Obama, Mitt Romney dialed up "cool and cautious" on his mood meter. And that tells you a great deal about where this presidential race stands with two weeks to go.<p>Romney had to know the president would be coming after him in Boca Raton, Fla., but he decided to avoid the aggressive and even angry notes he had struck in the first two debates. He had achieved what he could with this approach in the initial clash in Denver on Oct. 3, when he seemed the more decisive and strong-willed candidate on stage. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:54:00 +0000 Ron Elving 23596 at http://wkms.org Analysis: Romney Debate Strategy Shows He Thinks He's In the Driver's Seat George McGovern, An Improbable Icon Of Anti-War Movement http://wkms.org/post/george-mcgovern-improbable-icon-anti-war-movement If George McGovern often seemed miscast as a presidential candidate, he was at least as improbable as an icon of the anti-war movement.<p>The Vietnam War gave birth to an opposition movement unlike any America had seen in its previous wars. It was young, unconventional and countercultural, defiant of authority and deeply suspicious of government.<p>McGovern himself was none of these things.<p>He was, at the time of his presidential nomination, a 50-year-old two-term senator from South Dakota, a family man and the son of a small-town Methodist minister. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 10:36:00 +0000 Ron Elving 23512 at http://wkms.org George McGovern, An Improbable Icon Of Anti-War Movement A Stronger Showing At Hofstra, But Ghost Of Denver Still Haunts Obama http://wkms.org/post/stronger-showing-hofstra-ghost-denver-still-haunts-obama President Obama beat at least one of his adversaries on the stage at Hofstra University last night. He easily outperformed that guy — whoever he was — who debated against former Gov. Mitt Romney two weeks ago in Denver.<p>That much was obvious — and necessary for the president. The question now is whether it will be sufficient to restore his momentum in the race itself.<p>Some "instant polls" and other quickie measures were heartening to the Obama camp. But no matter how much Obama's showing at Hofstra surpassed his Denver no-show, it will not eradicate the damage or make up for lost time. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 11:49:00 +0000 Ron Elving 23335 at http://wkms.org A Stronger Showing At Hofstra, But Ghost Of Denver Still Haunts Obama A Fighter To The End, Arlen Specter Seemed To Thrive On Controversy http://wkms.org/post/fighter-end-arlen-specter-seemed-thrive-controversy Imagine a lawyer's lawyer, a fighter's fighter and a pol's pol. Now imagine one person as all three. That was Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who died Sunday at age 82.<p>Over the course of three decades in the U.S. Senate (1981-2011), Specter came to personify the pragmatic, independent operator who sized up the substance and politics of every issue for himself. Mon, 15 Oct 2012 11:56:00 +0000 Ron Elving 23227 at http://wkms.org A Fighter To The End, Arlen Specter Seemed To Thrive On Controversy