Ron Elving http://wkms.org en The Week In Politics: Progress On Upgrading VA Health System http://wkms.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 42412 at http://wkms.org Is The Tea Party Finished? http://wkms.org/post/tea-party-finished The time has come for us all to take a long, step-back look at this thing we call the Tea Party.<p>The results from Republican primaries in a dozen states so far this year strongly suggest that the party, such as it was, is over.<p>It may not have made sense to use the term "party" at any time in this movement's brief history. This year, that fact has become increasingly obvious.<p>The Tea Party was not so much an organized force in itself as an outburst that others tried to harness. Fri, 23 May 2014 20:47:56 +0000 Ron Elving 40798 at http://wkms.org Is The Tea Party Finished? It May Not Be A Tea Party Year, But Outsiders Are Still Thriving http://wkms.org/post/it-may-not-be-tea-party-year-outsiders-are-still-thriving The prevailing narrative for Tuesday night's GOP primary results was written weeks ago: 2014 will not be another field of dreams for Tea Party insurgents. Wrapping a candidacy in the flag of "Don't Tread on Me" is not the winning tactic it was in many Republican contests two and four years earlier.<p>But that scarcely means that Washington or its insiders have been rehabilitated in voters' eyes or that the era of outsider candidates has passed. In fact, in Tuesday's major events, being a <em>newcomer</em> was still a pretty good ticket. Wed, 21 May 2014 19:16:41 +0000 Ron Elving 40726 at http://wkms.org It May Not Be A Tea Party Year, But Outsiders Are Still Thriving In Kentucky Primary, McConnell Bests Tea Party Challenger http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-primary-mcconnell-bests-tea-party-challenger In a day packed full of primaries, voters headed to the polls in six states — including three that are expected to have highly competitive Senate races. Wed, 21 May 2014 13:58:00 +0000 Ron Elving 40717 at http://wkms.org GOP Candidates Try To Hold Off Tea Party Picks In Primaries http://wkms.org/post/politics-news-9 Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>OK, so that's the governor's race in Pennsylvania; a battle among Democrats. The other races we'll be watching closely tomorrow are mainly those among Republicans who want to serve in the Senate, and they are hoping it is a Senate with a GOP majority.<p>To walk us through some of these races, we're joined as we are most Mondays by Cokie Roberts. Cokie, good morning.<p>COKIE ROBERTS, BYLINE: Hi, David.<p>GREENE: And here in the studio with me is NPR senior Washington editor Ron Elving. Mon, 19 May 2014 08:57:00 +0000 Ron Elving 40644 at http://wkms.org 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