Andrea Seabrook http://wrvo.org en Ryan Brings Big Ideas, And Some Risk, To GOP Ticket http://wrvo.org/post/ryan-brings-big-ideas-and-some-risk-gop-ticket Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's newly announced running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, has youth and experience. Sat, 11 Aug 2012 12:10:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 24164 at http://wrvo.org Ryan Brings Big Ideas, And Some Risk, To GOP Ticket Budget Hawk Ryan Offers Romney Risk, Reward http://wrvo.org/post/budget-hawk-ryan-offers-romney-risk-reward Among those on Mitt Romney's list of potential running mates, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan has youth and experience, he's a conservative from a swing state, and he has big ideas and the policy chops to back them up.<p>But the chairman of the House Budget Committee would not be the safest of choices.<p>Back in February, when the Republican primary was still in full swing and the party's right wing was conspicuously unhappy with the idea of Romney, tax hawk Grover Norquist spoke to the Conservative Political Action Conference.<p>"We are not auditioning for fearless leader," said Norquist. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 08:22:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 23040 at http://wrvo.org Budget Hawk Ryan Offers Romney Risk, Reward Undeterred, GOP Vows To Repeal Health Care Law http://wrvo.org/post/undeterred-courts-decision-gop-vows-repeal-health-care Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Just last week, Republican leaders were warning their rank and file not to gloat if the health care law were overturned. Well, after the decision came yesterday, GOP leaders regrouped and vowed to keep fighting. Fri, 29 Jun 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 21768 at http://wrvo.org Congress Taking Student Loans, Highway Bill To Wire http://wrvo.org/post/congress-taking-student-loans-highway-bill-wire Congressional leaders on Tuesday said they were close to a deal to solve two big issues facing lawmakers — student loan interest rates and federal highway funding.<p>Both issues with looming deadlines have high stakes for middle-income Americans: If Congress fails to reach agreements by this weekend, the federal highway program would come to a halt, and student loan interest rates would double, to 6.8 percent.<p><strong>Student Loans</strong><p>President Obama has been hammering on the issue of student loans for days.<p>"This issue didn't come out of nowhere; it's been looming for months," Oba Tue, 26 Jun 2012 21:42:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 21603 at http://wrvo.org Congress Taking Student Loans, Highway Bill To Wire Romney's Next Challenge: Woo Skeptical Republicans http://wrvo.org/post/romneys-next-challenge-woo-skeptical-republicans The battering Mitt Romney took from Republican rivals during the primary made big news. What seemed less noteworthy at the time — the knocks he took from Republicans in Congress — is now much more significant if there is to be a President Romney.<p>"He's the least of the candidates running right now that would be considered a Tea Party candidate," Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., told CNN.<p>After Romney won Florida, GOP Rep. Mon, 25 Jun 2012 07:00:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 21484 at http://wrvo.org Romney's Next Challenge: Woo Skeptical Republicans Big Political Donors Shy Away From Public Scrutiny http://wrvo.org/post/big-political-donors-shy-away-public-scrutiny Several dozen <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/149097856/million-dollar-donors" target="_blank">wealthy donors</a><em> have taken advantage of this post-</em><a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/06/18/155148102/citizens-united-gets-renewed-scrutiny" target="_blank">Citizens United</a> world, writing seven-figure checks to political superPACs.<p>Yet it seems there's something wealthy donors weren't counting on when they wrote those checks — attracting attention, including from the political opposition and the media.<p>"There's been a ton of so-called electronic media journalists that have lodged Wed, 20 Jun 2012 07:04:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 21237 at http://wrvo.org Big Political Donors Shy Away From Public Scrutiny Sky's The Limit In Campaign Cash For Wis. Governor http://wrvo.org/post/fundraising-walker-had-governors-advantage Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker vastly out-raised and outspent his Democratic challenger in the state's recall election, largely on the strength of major donations from across the country.<p>One reason for that was a quirk in Wisconsin law, which lets a governor in Walker's situation bypass limits on political donations.<p>Wisconsin law says candidates for governor normally may not take donations of more than $10,000 each. Tue, 05 Jun 2012 21:03:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 20452 at http://wrvo.org Sky's The Limit In Campaign Cash For Wis. Governor #FollowFriday: A Tiny Shred Of Political Authenticity http://wrvo.org/post/followfriday-tiny-shred-political-authenticity <em><sup>Note: We've asked NPR journalists to share their top five (or so) political Twitter accounts, and we're featuring the series on #FollowFriday. Here are recommendations from reporter Andrea Seabrook (<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/radiobabe" target="_blank">@RadioBabe</a>).</sup></em><p>I have a thing about political fakes on Twitter. I HATE them. Fri, 25 May 2012 15:14:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 19875 at http://wrvo.org #FollowFriday: A Tiny Shred Of Political Authenticity Remember The Debt Ceiling Debate? It's Back http://wrvo.org/post/remember-debt-ceiling-debate-its-back A storm is brewing in Washington that could darken political debate for months to come. It's about the debt, the deficit, taxes and spending — all hot topics lawmakers have been fighting about for years now.<p>This time, though, there's a deadline, and the consequences of inaction would be immediate. That has many in Washington saying: Here we go again.<p>In the past week, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have begun a new round of sparring over the U.S. Wed, 23 May 2012 20:59:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 19777 at http://wrvo.org Remember The Debt Ceiling Debate? It's Back Why Lobbyists Dodge Calls From Congressmen http://wrvo.org/post/why-lobbyists-dodge-calls-congressmen <em>This story is part of our <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=149649575" target="_blank">series on money in politics</a>.</em><p>We imagine the lobbyist stalking the halls of Congress trying to use cash to influence important people. But it doesn't always work that way. Often, the Congressman is stalking the lobbyist, asking for money.<p>Lawmakers of both parties need to raise millions of dollars per election cycle. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 07:31:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 17840 at http://wrvo.org Why Lobbyists Dodge Calls From Congressmen House Investigator Issa Has Faced Allegations As Well http://wrvo.org/post/house-investigator-issa-has-faced-allegations-well The man driving the investigation into the General Services Administration, California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, took the top seat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after the GOP won a majority in 2010.<p>Issa has led several splashy investigations since. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 21:55:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 17697 at http://wrvo.org House Investigator Issa Has Faced Allegations As Well The Most (And Least) Lucrative Committees In Congress http://wrvo.org/post/most-and-least-lucrative-committees-congress <em>This story is part of Planet Money's series on <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=149649575" target="_blank">money in politics</a>. This post was originally published on March 30. Fri, 06 Apr 2012 11:35:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 17232 at http://wrvo.org The Most (And Least) Lucrative Committees In Congress On Tour With Nancy Pelosi, Fundraising Rock Star http://wrvo.org/post/tour-nancy-pelosi-fundraising-rock-star <em>This story is part of a Planet Money series on money in politics. Also see our story, "<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/03/30/149648666/senator-by-day-telemarketer-by-night">Senator By Day, Telemarketer By Night</a></em><em>, and listen to us this weekend on This American Life.</em><p>Democrats love Nancy Pelosi. Republicans hate Nancy Pelosi.<p>One key reason for both the love and the hate: Nancy Pelosi is incredibly good at her job. Fri, 30 Mar 2012 20:49:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 16891 at http://wrvo.org On Tour With Nancy Pelosi, Fundraising Rock Star Obama Revs Up House Democrats For Election-Year Fight http://wrvo.org/post/obama-revs-house-democrats-election-year-fight President Obama flew out to Maryland's Eastern Shore on Friday to fire up his rank and file in Congress.<p>House Democrats have spent the past few days in their annual retreat, regrouping and strategizing for the year to come. Lawmakers say their hopes for success — in the economy and in politics — depend on sticking together and sending the same message to Americans.<p>The head of the House Democratic Caucus, John Larson of Connecticut, whipped up the crowd before Obama's speech. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 21:42:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 13556 at http://wrvo.org Obama Revs Up House Democrats For Election-Year Fight Members Of Congress React To Obama's Speech http://wrvo.org/post/members-congress-react-obamas-speech Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Though millions of Americans watched the televised speech, the president's ostensible audience was right in front of him - Congress. His relations with many Republican lawmakers are icy at best. And even his alliances with Democrats had been put under stress at times in the past year.<p>The lawmakers' responses to the speech ranged from predictable to somewhat surprised. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 13365 at http://wrvo.org House GOP's 2012 Mission: Unity Against Obama http://wrvo.org/post/house-gops-2012-mission-unity-against-obama The last battle scar of 2011 for the GOP came in December, when House Republicans painted themselves into a corner on extending unemployment benefits and the payroll tax cut. Mon, 23 Jan 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 13219 at http://wrvo.org House GOP's 2012 Mission: Unity Against Obama New Hampshire Voters Speak Out http://wrvo.org/post/new-hampshire-voters-speak-out Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Now, for some perspective, New Hampshire accounts for a tiny portion of the delegates Republicans are competing for – just 5 percent. Bigger states later on in the election season will award many more delegates. But voters in the Granite State feel their votes serve as an important vetting process, a springboard for candidates. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 12585 at http://wrvo.org Spotlight Shines On Late Riser Rick Santorum http://wrvo.org/post/spotlight-shines-late-riser-rick-santorum Rick Santorum has been upsetting elections from the beginning.<p>He was only 32 years old when he toppled a seven-term incumbent in a majority Democratic district in western Pennsylvania.<p>Just four years later, Santorum rode the Republican wave of 1994 into the Senate representing Pennsylvania. Thu, 05 Jan 2012 21:48:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 12298 at http://wrvo.org Spotlight Shines On Late Riser Rick Santorum Why Tea Party Freshmen Caved On Payroll Tax Deal http://wrvo.org/post/why-tea-party-freshmen-caved-payroll-tax-deal Conservative Tea Party-affiliated lawmakers spent weeks vowing to oppose the short-term compromise bill extending payroll tax cuts and unemployment insurance.<p>But in the end, the bill glided through the House, just before Christmas.<p>The final moments of this latest congressional showdown were fascinating not because of what happened but because of what <em>didn't</em> happen.<p>House Speaker John Boehner presided over a quick session, no roll call, no vote-counting. He brought the compromise bill to the floor under a special procedure. Wed, 28 Dec 2011 21:26:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 11862 at http://wrvo.org Why Tea Party Freshmen Caved On Payroll Tax Deal On The Hill, Gingrich Made Friends And Enemies http://wrvo.org/post/hill-gingrich-made-friends-and-enemies Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is new to his front-runner status, but he's hardly new to Washington.<p>He has spent decades weaving relationships in and around government — starting with his successful campaign to win the House majority back in the early 1990s. Some of his most ardent supporters now worked with him back then — but some of his angriest opponents did, too.<p><strong>'He's A Quality Guy'</strong><p>By the 1980s, Democrats had controlled Congress for decades, and Republicans were thought of as a sort of permanent minority. Wed, 14 Dec 2011 05:01:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 11047 at http://wrvo.org Did Bush Tax Cuts Foreshadow Supercommitte's Failure? http://wrvo.org/post/did-bush-tax-cuts-foreshadow-supercommittes-failure Lawmakers have spent much of this year struggling to reach a deal that could get budget deficits under control. But the problem has been developing for at least a decade.<p>Young voters might not be familiar with the government of the year 2000 — at least not by its balance sheet. The economy: booming. Tax revenue: rolling in. Expenses for war: none. Tue, 22 Nov 2011 09:00:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 9843 at http://wrvo.org On Capitol Hill, Rand's 'Atlas' Can't Be Shrugged Off http://wrvo.org/post/capitol-hill-rands-atlas-cant-be-shrugged <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ukJiBZ8_4k</p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:01:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 9383 at http://wrvo.org On Capitol Hill, Rand's 'Atlas' Can't Be Shrugged Off Herman Cain's Base Ponders His Accusations http://wrvo.org/post/herman-cains-base-ponders-his-accusations Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, host: Now, listening to this news you may come away with an impression of Herman Cain beset by controversy and scandal. But at a Washington, D.C. conference hosted by the Conservative Americans for Prosperity group, Mr. Cain elicited a very different response. NPR's Andrea Seabrook has this report.<p>ANDREA SEABROOK: Judging by this crowd, Herman Cain has taken conservatives by storm.<p>FREDERICK MCKINLEY: Mr. Sat, 05 Nov 2011 12:00:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 8960 at http://wrvo.org Pressure Is On For House GOP Freshman To Fundraise http://wrvo.org/post/pressure-house-gop-freshman-fundraise Last month, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised almost double what its Republican counterpart took in despite that the GOP holds the majority in the House. One group of Republicans that seems to be having a tough go of it is that huge class of freshman Republicans who took 2010 by storm.<p>"Well,<strong> </strong>I did have a slow third quarter, I definitely could have done better," says freshman Rep. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina. For the months of July, August and September, she raised roughly $97,000. "It wasn't as high a priority for me. Wed, 26 Oct 2011 18:17:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 8440 at http://wrvo.org Pressure Is On For House GOP Freshman To Fundraise Silence Of Super(secret)committee May Be Progress http://wrvo.org/post/silence-supersecretcommittee-may-be-progress On Capitol Hill, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction has been very quiet. Also known as the supercommittee, it was created by Congress this summer and is tasked with finding at least 1.2 trillion dollars in cuts over the coming decade. But, so far, its members are keeping their ideas for doing that on the down-low — and that may be a good sign.<p>It's been weeks since the committee had an open hearing. Thu, 13 Oct 2011 21:36:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 7734 at http://wrvo.org Silence Of Super(secret)committee May Be Progress A Matter Of Interpretation: Justices Open Up http://wrvo.org/post/matter-interpretation-justices-open In a rare moment, two Supreme Court justices appeared before a Senate committee on Wednesday for a hearing about the role of judges under the U.S. Constitution. Among the topics of discussion was the granddaddy of all legal debates: how to interpret the Constitution.<p>Justice Antonin Scalia is a staunch conservative, what he calls an "originalist." He believes judges should determine the framers' original intent in the words of the constitution, and hew strictly to it.<p>On the other hand, Justice Stephen Breyer is often called a liberal, or a pragmatist. Sun, 09 Oct 2011 04:58:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 7475 at http://wrvo.org A Matter Of Interpretation: Justices Open Up Consumer Protection Iffy, Despite Nominee Approval http://wrvo.org/post/consumer-protection-iffy-despite-nominee-approval President Obama said Thursday that Bank of America and other financial institutions are using new consumer protections as an excuse to charge new fees.<p>"I mean, basically the argument they've made is, 'Well, you know what, this hidden fee was prohibited, and so we'll find another hidden fee to make up for it,' " he said at a news conference.<p>What could help consumers? The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Obama says. Thu, 06 Oct 2011 19:02:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 7367 at http://wrvo.org Consumer Protection Iffy, Despite Nominee Approval It Took Only 5 Minutes? House Votes To Stay Funded http://wrvo.org/post/it-only-took-5-minutes-house-votes-stay-funded The House or Representatives met for exactly 5 minutes and 2 seconds Thursday and — in less time than you can eat lunch — passed a spending bill that will keep the government up and running.<p>That is, for a few days, anyway.<p><strong>How It Happened</strong><p>At 11 a.m., an officer of the sergeant at arms threw open the doors of the House of Representatives to carry in the 4-foot ceremonial mace with the golden eagle on top.<p>Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) was in the chair and called on the House chaplain to give the prayer.<p>The Rev. Thu, 29 Sep 2011 20:40:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 6981 at http://wrvo.org It Took Only 5 Minutes? House Votes To Stay Funded Boehner Commands Supercommitee Not To Raise Taxes http://wrvo.org/post/boehner-commands-supercommitee-not-raise-taxes House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday unveiled his own jobs proposal. He also weighed in on President Obama's jobs plan. And in both instances, the Ohio congressman touted one main theme: the need to avoid raising taxes. Fri, 16 Sep 2011 08:00:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 6277 at http://wrvo.org A Potential Super Hero For The Supercommittee http://wrvo.org/post/potential-super-hero-supercommittee Tuesday's hearing in the supercommittee was supposed to be about the history of the current debt crisis. Almost nothing causes more partisan bickering than that. Tue, 13 Sep 2011 21:54:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 6117 at http://wrvo.org A Potential Super Hero For The Supercommittee