May 27, 2009 President Obama's first nominee for the Supreme Court arrives on the playing field with momentum that will be difficult to stop. At 54, Sonia Sotomayor is the ideal age and has all the right academic and judicial credentials. She would upgrade the...
May 21, 2009 No one will ever mistake House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Vice President Dick Cheney for soul mates, but the two have a lot in common.
Lately, they have in common the issue of torture, and the burden of things they knew about it, did about i...
May 13, 2009 Even before this week, it was apparent Dick Cheney would not go gently into the not-so-good night of a former vice president.
The man whom many consider the most powerful veep in history had already been far more vocal and visible than most of ...
May 4, 2009 I first met Jack Kemp 30 years ago in an oak-paneled room of the Wisconsin Club, a private venue for businessmen in downtown Milwaukee. He was there to address a luncheon meeting of the Pachyderm Club, obviously a Republican gathering, and I was t...
April 28, 2009 If you've been reading a newspaper or watching cable TV, you probably have the impression that President Obama passed his 100th day in office sometime in mid-April and that this event carried great significance or legal importance.
April 26, 2009 NPR this week presents a series of stories assessing the Obama administration's progress toward goals set by the new president himself. Our preliminary report will focus on 10 of Obama's agenda priorities.
April 22, 2009 I was taking pictures alongside other tourists at the Temple of Karnak in Egypt earlier this month when a member of the national police marched across 50 yards of sun-blasted terrace to talk to me. He was wearing the black uniform and beret of the...
March 24, 2009 President Barack Obama said Tuesday the stimulus plan was showing signs of progress, but that patience was needed as the government revived the economy. The comments came in a prime-time news conference at the White House.
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March 23, 2009 (Ron Elving is away. This is his last column until he returns in late April.)
March 16, 2009 The White House will continue efforts this week to sell President Obama's economic fix. Which developments most demand attention?
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March 12, 2009 A lobbying spendathon is under way over the Employee Free Choice Act, which Democrats introduced in Congress this week. The bill would make it easier for unions to organize workers. It is opposed by most business groups.
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March 12, 2009 Here's another sure sign we're in an era of change in Washington: People are taking the filibuster seriously again.
March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama is lifting federal restrictions on funding stem cell research. President George W. Bush imposed the ban in the summer of 2001 saying he wanted to protect the sanctity of life. Also, Congress is looking at the vast Omnibus Spending Bill. Host Alex Cohen talks with NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving about this week in politics.
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March 4, 2009 This week, it's health care, with President Obama staging another "White House summit" to kick-start his latest drive to reorder a fundamental element of American life.
March 2, 2009 After a false start with former Sen. Tom Dashcle, President Obama turns to Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to serve as secretary of health and human services. And he picks Nancy-Ann DeParle to head the new White House Office of Health Reform.
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