Ron Elving http://nhpr.org en Former House Speaker Tom Foley Dies At 84 http://nhpr.org/post/former-house-speaker-tom-foley-dies-84-0 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 37037 at http://nhpr.org With Shutdown Looming, Senate Takes Up Stopgap Spending Bill http://nhpr.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 35920 at http://nhpr.org Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye Dies At 88 Of Respiratory Complications http://nhpr.org/post/hawaii-sen-daniel-inouye-dies-88-respiratory-complications 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.<p>Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii has died. He was 88. He was the president pro tempore of the Senate, an honor held by the most senior member of the majority party and a position that stands third in the presidential line of succession. Inouye died today at Walter Reed hospital outside Washington, D.C., from complications of respiratory disease. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 23:17:00 +0000 Ron Elving 18652 at http://nhpr.org All Eyes On The Battleground States As Polls Close http://nhpr.org/post/all-eyes-battleground-states-polls-close Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And in our studio, NPR's senior Washington editor Ron Elving. Every couple of years, here we are around this time trying to figure out who has been elected to what. Tonight, what are you looking for? What are the important signs you're looking for in the numbers as they come in?<p>RON ELVING, BYLINE: We're looking to see if Mitt Romney can develop a trajectory up the East Coast a little bit like Hurricane Sandy did about 10 weeks ago. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:50:00 +0000 Ron Elving 16360 at http://nhpr.org NPR Poll Finds Presidential Race Too Close To Call http://nhpr.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 15764 at http://nhpr.org NPR Poll Finds Presidential Race Too Close To Call Could There Be A Tie In The Electoral College? http://nhpr.org/post/could-there-be-tie-electoral-college Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>Most polls in the presidential race show the national popular vote to be a virtual tie. But as we know, the popular does not pick the president. That's the job of the Electoral College. And some election number crunchers are starting to explore the nightmare scenario of an Electoral College tie. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 21:16:00 +0000 Ron Elving 15453 at http://nhpr.org Analysis: Romney Debate Strategy Shows He Thinks He's In the Driver's Seat http://nhpr.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 16:47:00 +0000 Ron Elving 15325 at http://nhpr.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://nhpr.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 15230 at http://nhpr.org George McGovern, An Improbable Icon Of Anti-War Movement A Stronger Showing At Hofstra, But Ghost Of Denver Still Haunts Obama http://nhpr.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 14946 at http://nhpr.org A Stronger Showing At Hofstra, But Ghost Of Denver Still Haunts Obama 7 Signals Stolen From The Running Mates' One-Game Playoff http://nhpr.org/post/7-signals-stolen-running-mates-one-game-playoff You may have noticed that the vice presidential debate took place on the same day as four crucial games in this year's baseball playoffs. In case you were distracted at all by the latter, here's some of what you may have missed:<strong></strong><p><strong>1) Joe Biden still has his fastball.</strong> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 17:44:00 +0000 Ron Elving 14685 at http://nhpr.org 7 Signals Stolen From The Running Mates' One-Game Playoff That's Why Incumbents Used To Say No http://nhpr.org/post/thats-why-incumbents-used-say-no In case anyone was wondering, this week's presidential debate demonstrated why incumbent presidents and others leading in the polls used to refuse to debate their challengers.<p>After John F. Kennedy used the first TV debates to boost his campaign against incumbent Vice President Richard Nixon in 1960, there simply were no debates until 1976. Running again with a big lead in 1968 and 1972, Nixon declined to debate and won both times. Lyndon B. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 17:50:00 +0000 Ron Elving 14178 at http://nhpr.org That's Why Incumbents Used To Say No Republicans Or Democrats: The Choice Comes Down To Competing Myths http://nhpr.org/post/republicans-or-democrats-choice-comes-down-competing-myths Early in his acceptance speech last night, President Obama laid out the voters' task in these words:<p>"On every issue, the choice you face won't be just between two candidates or two parties. It will be a choice ... between two fundamentally different visions for the future."<p>It's a thought that emerges often in the Obama campaign, the idea of 2012 as a watershed election — "a hinge of history," as Vice President Biden called it at the convention in Charlotte, N.C. Some might see this as a device to drive Democratic turnout in the midst of a tepid economic recovery. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 12:07:00 +0000 Ron Elving 12436 at http://nhpr.org Republicans Or Democrats: The Choice Comes Down To Competing Myths What The Democrats' Do-Over Really Says About Party Platforms http://nhpr.org/post/what-democrats-do-over-really-says-about-party-platforms Party platforms are like contracts: No one bothers to read them until something bad happens.<p>We all know that parties to any agreement should study the fine print in advance, and surely that applies to the national political parties. The delegates really ought to spend some of their time in the host city studying the document they are voting to adopt.<p>But hey, it's a convention. It's a party. Who wants to sit in their hotel room and read?<p>Platforms can lead to awkward moments, and worse. Thu, 06 Sep 2012 14:28:00 +0000 Ron Elving 12355 at http://nhpr.org What The Democrats' Do-Over Really Says About Party Platforms Bill Clinton, Politics' Comeback Kid, Rides Again At The DNC http://nhpr.org/post/bill-clinton-politics-comeback-kid-rides-again-dnc Bill Clinton will add yet another chapter to his storied career tonight when the former president places in nomination the name of the current president, Barack Obama.<p>It will be the focal point of the evening and for some, perhaps, the most newsworthy moment of the entire convention. The old Clinton-Obama feud remains an endless source of political gossip, and the convention planners are happy to have the former president's supposedly unedited and unvetted remarks as a rare source of suspense. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 12:14:00 +0000 Ron Elving 12252 at http://nhpr.org Bill Clinton, Politics' Comeback Kid, Rides Again At The DNC GOP's 'We Built It' Refrain Is Both Puzzling and Telling http://nhpr.org/post/gops-we-built-it-refrain-both-puzzling-and-telling <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DkINRPpXf8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBOqLxzGTx8</p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:41:00 +0000 Ron Elving 12007 at http://nhpr.org GOP's 'We Built It' Refrain Is Both Puzzling and Telling