Tamara Keith http://wrvo.org en Budget Bomb-Throwing Resumes With Party Line Vote http://wrvo.org/post/budget-bomb-throwing-resumes-party-line-vote Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. For years, budget battles have ruled Washington politics: fiscal cliffs, debt ceiling fights and, of course, last fall's government shutdown. But then, in December, the House and Senate agreed on a two-year spending plan and the budget bomb-throwing stopped. Today, it resumed just long enough for the Republican-controlled House to pass a budget.<p>NPR's White House correspondent Tamara Keith joins us now to talk more about this. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 54090 at http://wrvo.org Life Without Jobless Benefits: Watching, Searching And Praying http://wrvo.org/post/life-without-jobless-benefits-watching-searching-and-praying There's a small frame hanging on the wall near the computer Josie Maisano uses to search for work. Inside there's a picture of her at this year's State of the Union address and a blue ribbon that Democrats wore that night to highlight the plight of people like Maisano, whose unemployment benefits stopped at the end of December.<p>"Oh, my God. It was just a once-in-a-lifetime experience," says Maisano. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:49:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 53800 at http://wrvo.org Life Without Jobless Benefits: Watching, Searching And Praying Obamacare Rolls Into N.H. Like A Political Campaign — And Wins http://wrvo.org/post/obamacare-rolls-nh-political-campaign-and-wins Monday is the deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, or at least to begin the process. We already know that nationwide more than <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/27/295311611/obamacare-enrollment-exceeds-6-million" target="_blank">6 million people have enrolled</a>.<p>But each state has its own insurance market and its own experience with the law. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:35:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 53497 at http://wrvo.org Obamacare Rolls Into N.H. Like A Political Campaign — And Wins Biden Visits N.H. To Talk About Jobs ... But Not His Own http://wrvo.org/post/biden-visits-nh-talk-about-jobs-not-his-own If you didn't know any better (or you got confused about what year it was), you might think Vice President Biden was back on the campaign trail, kissing grandmothers, slapping guys on the back and borrowing a woman's phone to razz her son about a basketball game.<p>Biden returned Tuesday to the familiar campaign grounds of New Hampshire for the first time since October 2012. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 53264 at http://wrvo.org Biden Visits N.H. To Talk About Jobs ... But Not His Own Obama's Surgeon General Nominee Stuck In Limbo http://wrvo.org/post/obamas-surgeon-general-nominee-stuck-limbo President Obama's nominee for surgeon general has a medical degree and an MBA, but his confirmation is being held up in the Senate because of special-interest politics and Democrats facing tough re-election campaigns. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 52966 at http://wrvo.org Under 30? The President Would Like You To Know Health Care Is Hip http://wrvo.org/post/under-30-president-would-you-know-health-care-hip <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSy1_Ighgak</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPMsZYyesRE</p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 13:52:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 52744 at http://wrvo.org Under 30? The President Would Like You To Know Health Care Is Hip President Obama Moves To Expand Overtime Pay http://wrvo.org/post/president-obama-moves-expand-overtime-pay Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. President Obama is taking another step to raise the wages of workers and he plans to do it without getting Congress involved. The White House says tomorrow Obama will direct the Labor Department to change the rules for businesses on overtime pay. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:12:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 52602 at http://wrvo.org White House Meeting To Examine Women's Pay http://wrvo.org/post/white-house-meeting-examine-womens-pay President Obama is expected to meet on Wednesday with female members of Congress. There are reasons for the president's focus on women that involve both policy and politics. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:35:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 52566 at http://wrvo.org Obama Pitches Health Care Law To Latinos In Bid To Boost Enrollment http://wrvo.org/post/hoping-boost-latino-aca-enrollment-obama-turns-town-hall Getting Latinos to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is seen as critical to the law's success. The Latino population is disproportionately uninsured and relatively young, but enrollment hasn't been going well. This, in part, explains President Obama's appearance Thursday at a town-hall-style event hosted by the nation's two largest Spanish-language television networks, Univision and Telemundo. The tough questions he got only scratch the surface.<p>The televised town hall was conducted entirely in Spanish. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 52316 at http://wrvo.org Obama Pitches Health Care Law To Latinos In Bid To Boost Enrollment Obama Budget: A Blueprint With Little Chance Of Passage http://wrvo.org/post/obama-budget-blueprint-little-chance-passage President Obama is announcing his 2015 budget Tuesday. It calls for increased tax credits for the poor and boosted infrastructure spending, but it's unlikely to be enacted by Congress. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 52205 at http://wrvo.org Two Talks On The Docket For Netanyahu's White House Visit http://wrvo.org/post/two-talks-docket-netanyahus-white-house-visit Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>President Obama met today in the Oval Office with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. At the top of the president's agenda: Getting Israel to accept a framework for peace talks with the Palestinians.<p>NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith reports.<p>TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: There's a deadline coming at the end of April. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 52147 at http://wrvo.org Russia, With Home-Field Advantage, Wins Sochi Medal Race http://wrvo.org/post/russia-home-field-advantage-wins-sochi-medal-race Just two medals remain to be awarded at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, as <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/canada-3-sled-crashes-4-man-bobsled-olympics-184933333--spt.html">Canada and Sweden face off on the hockey ice.</a> If the Canadian men take gold, Canada will have swept all four traditional team sports. Canadian teams have already won gold in men's and women's curling and women's ice hockey.<p>[<strong>Add at 10:00 a.m. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 13:51:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 51778 at http://wrvo.org Russia, With Home-Field Advantage, Wins Sochi Medal Race Canada Stuns U.S. Women In Comeback Win http://wrvo.org/post/canada-stuns-us-women-comeback-win Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>The Winter Olympics gave us a match for the ages today: The U.S. and Canadian women's hockey teams spot for gold. The rivalry between them has been intense and the final game lived up to its billing. The Canadians won in overtime, 3-to-2.<p>NPR's Tamara Keith was in the Bolshoi Ice Dome in Sochi and joins us now. Hey there, Tamara.<p>TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Hey, Audie.<p>CORNISH: So the U.S. led for much of the game. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 51663 at http://wrvo.org Ted Ligety Tames The Giant Slalom In Sochi http://wrvo.org/post/ted-ligety-tames-giant-slalom-sochi Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The U.S. has added another gold medal to its Olympic tally. As NPR's Tamara Keith reports, this latest win comes courtesy of Ted Ligety and with it, he has cemented his place as one of the great giant slalom skiers.<p>TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Ted Ligety came into the second run of today's giant slalom competition with such a commanding lead, nearly a full second, that all he had to do was not mess up. He blazed down the mountain, though taking fewer risks than on the first run, making each turn with his aggressive and yet seemingly effortless style. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:49:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 51606 at http://wrvo.org Canadian Athletes Pumped To Show The Fitter Side Of Curling http://wrvo.org/post/canadian-athletes-pumped-show-fitter-side-curling <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1LCjjnI8xM</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 51549 at http://wrvo.org Canadian Athletes Pumped To Show The Fitter Side Of Curling Longtime Pair Take Home First American Ice Dancing Gold http://wrvo.org/post/longtime-pair-take-home-first-american-ice-dancing-gold Ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the gold medal Monday night in ice dancing. They earned a silver medal in the last Winter Games in Vancouver, and they entered competition favored to win in Sochi. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 51494 at http://wrvo.org Anticipation Grows That U.S. Ice Dancing Duo Will Win Gold http://wrvo.org/post/anticipation-grows-us-ice-dancing-duo-will-win-gold Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White are favored to win gold in ice dancing. The pair took silver in the last Olympic Games in Vancouver, and expectations are high that they'll do even better in Sochi. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:17:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 51473 at http://wrvo.org U.S. Men's Alpine Skiers Grab Bronze And Silver http://wrvo.org/post/us-mens-alpine-skiers-grab-bronze-and-silver Athletes prepare for years to compete in the Olympics, and then, in a flash, it's all over. For American speed skaters it's been a terrible Olympics, but U.S. men's Alpine skiers are managing to turn around a medals drought.<p>In the men's super-G competition Bode Miller won the bronze. At 36 years old, he is the oldest person ever to win a medal in Alpine skiing at the Olympics. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 14:42:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 51456 at http://wrvo.org U.S. Men's Alpine Skiers Grab Bronze And Silver In Olympic First, Women Ski Jumpers Shatter Glass Ceiling http://wrvo.org/post/olympic-first-women-ski-jumpers-shatter-glass-ceiling Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>Sports history was made today at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. For the first time, women were allowed to compete in ski jumping. And some of the women who jumped today had been fighting for equality for their sport for more than a decade.<p>NPR's Tamara Keith was there at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center and joins us now. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:33:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 51242 at http://wrvo.org Female Ski Jumpers Finally Make Their Olympic Debut http://wrvo.org/post/female-ski-jumpers-finally-make-their-olympic-debut <strong>Update at 4:15 p.m. ET: Leaping Into History</strong><p>When American Sarah Hendrickson launched herself down the 90-meter jumping hill in Sochi, she flew into history, becoming the first woman to ski jump in Olympic competition. She ultimately finished in 21st place.<p>Carina Vogt from Germany brought home the gold. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria took silver, and France's Coline Mattel, 18, won bronze.<p>The Americans were led by Jessica Jerome from Park City, Utah, who finished 10<sup>th</sup>, and Lindsey Van in 15th. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:25:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 51207 at http://wrvo.org Female Ski Jumpers Finally Make Their Olympic Debut U.S. And Canadian Women's Hockey Brings Plenty Of Heat To The Ice http://wrvo.org/post/us-and-canadian-womens-hockey-brings-plenty-heat-ice <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VocnwYpbfo</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 51188 at http://wrvo.org U.S. And Canadian Women's Hockey Brings Plenty Of Heat To The Ice So Far At The Games, A Low-Key Response To Russia's Anti-Gay Law http://wrvo.org/post/so-far-games-low-key-response-russias-anti-gay-law Leading up to the Olympics in Sochi, a dominant storyline was Russia's anti-gay propaganda law and what it might mean for athletes and other visitors. Would athletes protest in any way? Mon, 10 Feb 2014 19:03:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 51165 at http://wrvo.org So Far At The Games, A Low-Key Response To Russia's Anti-Gay Law First Gold Medal Goes To An American http://wrvo.org/post/first-gold-medal-goes-american Slopestyle snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg has won the first gold medal in the Sochi Olympics. Kotsenburg, 20, is from Park City, Utah, and seemed surprised by the whole thing.<p>He wasn't expected to medal and then he brought out a move he calls the "Holy Crail."<p>"It's a grab that I invented a couple months ago," said Kotsenberg at a news conference after winning gold. "It's pretty cool to do it here at the first-ever Slopestyle event, because it's just like, kind of like my own flare on the course and I'm definitely into doing creative stuff. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 13:53:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 51087 at http://wrvo.org First Gold Medal Goes To An American Sochi's Stray Dogs Melt Hearts, And Put Officials On Defensive http://wrvo.org/post/sochis-stray-dogs-melt-hearts-and-put-officials-defensive It's after dark in Sochi, and a pack of stray dogs is hogging the sidewalk like they own the place. There are a dachshund mix, several random mutts and one dog that looks like it may be part chow. They're cute and look like pets; seemingly well-fed and with decent pedigrees.<p>That is, until a fight breaks out. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 23:29:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 51024 at http://wrvo.org Sochi's Stray Dogs Melt Hearts, And Put Officials On Defensive One Prediction Of Sochi Doom That Hasn't Happened http://wrvo.org/post/hundreds-snow-making-machines-are-hard-work-sochi Heading into the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, there were many predictions of trouble — possible terrorism, incomplete construction, unsold tickets and not enough snow. Well, you can take that last item off the list.<p>Skiers zip by on a practice run at the Rosa Khutor alpine ski course in Russia with not a cloud in the sky above them. You can't hear the skis, though, because there's a snow-making machine blasting water into the cool, dry air. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 50905 at http://wrvo.org One Prediction Of Sochi Doom That Hasn't Happened The Deficit: The Talk Is Big, But The Number Is Shrinking http://wrvo.org/post/deficit-talk-big-number-shrinking The deficit is the nation's annual budget shortfall, the difference between what the government spends in one year and what it takes in. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 08:41:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 50844 at http://wrvo.org After Decade-Long Fight, Ski Jumper Lindsey Van Is 'Ready To Fly' http://wrvo.org/post/after-decade-long-fight-ski-jumper-lindsey-van-ready-fly For more than a decade, ski jumper Lindsey Van dreamed of making the U.S. Olympic team, but one thing held her back: Female ski jumpers weren't allowed to compete. Until this year.<p>This month, the 29-year-old from Park City, Utah, will be one of the athletes competing at the Olympics on the U.S. women's ski jumping team. For Van, that competition marks the end of a very long road.<p>"Honestly, I don't really have words for it," she said at a press conference announcing the team. Sun, 02 Feb 2014 22:17:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 50780 at http://wrvo.org After Decade-Long Fight, Ski Jumper Lindsey Van Is 'Ready To Fly' The State Of The Union Goes On Tour http://wrvo.org/post/state-union-goes-tour Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. President Obama is on the road today. He's busy making the case for some of the ideas he rolled out last night in his State of the Union address. First stop, a warehouse store in Maryland. There, the president made a multipronged pitch around raising the minimum wage. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 50615 at http://wrvo.org 7 Facts And 3 GIFs: Hellooo Curling http://wrvo.org/post/7-facts-and-3-gifs-hellooo-curling Most of the sports in the Winter Olympics involve great physical strength or agility. The goals are easy to understand: to go faster, to jump farther or more spectacularly. But one Olympic sport — curling — is as much about strategy and physics as physicality.<p>Curling is some combination of bowling, bocce ball, billiards and chess — all on ice. Oh, and there's sweeping involved, too, so throw some basic housekeeping into that mix. It's one of those sports people love to mock for not really being a sport. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 08:40:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 50267 at http://wrvo.org 7 Facts And 3 GIFs: Hellooo Curling Obama Launches Task Force To Combat Sexual Assault http://wrvo.org/post/obama-launches-task-force-combat-sexual-assault Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>One in five women: that's the number of women who have been sexually assaulted in college, according to a new White House report. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:27:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 50260 at http://wrvo.org