Tamara Keith http://nhpr.org en Updated Obamacare Enrollment Exceeds Estimates http://nhpr.org/post/updated-obamacare-enrollment-exceeds-estimates Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>After that agreement was reached yesterday, President Obama sounded pretty skeptical that it would actually ease tensions in Ukraine.<p>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: My hope is that we actually do see follow-through over the next several days. But I don't think, given past performance, that we can count on that.<p>MCEVERS: Ukraine was one of the big topics in the president's White House press conference yesterday afternoon. He also made some news, and faced questions on the Affordable Care Act. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:18:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 46975 at http://nhpr.org Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches http://nhpr.org/post/president-obamas-favorite-county-least-when-it-comes-giving-speeches Residents of Prince George's County, Md., might just get sick of hearing "Hail to the Chief." President Obama has visited this county to deliver policy addresses more than any other in his second term.<p>"Hello Maryland. It's good to see you," the president said enthusiastically in January at a Costco in Lanham, Md. "I love to get outside of the Beltway, even if it is just a few hundred feet away."<p>For many years, presidents have traveled to Prince George's County because it is the location of Joint Base Andrews, the home base of Air Force One. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:02:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 46970 at http://nhpr.org Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches Life Without Jobless Benefits: Watching, Searching And Praying http://nhpr.org/post/unemployed-and-stuck-middle-midwest-woman-must-wait 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 20:30:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 46227 at http://nhpr.org Life Without Jobless Benefits: Watching, Searching And Praying Debate Over Repealing Health Care Law Is Over, Obama Says http://nhpr.org/post/debate-over-repealing-health-care-law-over-obama-says Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>There were many predictions in recent months that not enough people would sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Turns out those predictions were wrong. And President Obama went to the Rose Garden yesterday to make sure everyone knew it.<p>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Seven point one million Americans have now signed up for...<p>(APPLAUSE)<p>OBAMA: ...private insurance plans through these marketplaces.<p>INSKEEP: It's a little bit more than the goal and that figure is likely to rise. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:24:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 46037 at http://nhpr.org Obamacare Rolls Into N.H. Like A Political Campaign — And Wins http://nhpr.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 45887 at http://nhpr.org Obamacare Rolls Into N.H. Like A Political Campaign — And Wins Under 30? The President Would Like You To Know Health Care Is Hip http://nhpr.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 45122 at http://nhpr.org Under 30? The President Would Like You To Know Health Care Is Hip Obama To Push Expanded Overtime Pay http://nhpr.org/post/obama-push-expanded-overtime-pay Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>Today, President Obama will tell the Department of Labor to rethink the rules for how employers pay overtime. The president wants millions more people to get paid overtime, particularly those who are exempt. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 44992 at http://nhpr.org White House Meeting To Examine Women's Pay http://nhpr.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 44929 at http://nhpr.org Obama Pitches Health Care Law To Latinos In Bid To Boost Enrollment http://nhpr.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 44652 at http://nhpr.org Obama Pitches Health Care Law To Latinos In Bid To Boost Enrollment New England Governors Back Obama's Minimum Wage Hike Plan http://nhpr.org/post/new-england-governors-back-obamas-minimum-wage-hike-plan Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>President Obama is hoping lawmakers will raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Many Republicans call that a potential job killer, and they're blocking the president's efforts in Congress. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:01:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 44604 at http://nhpr.org At The White House, It's Budget Day http://nhpr.org/post/obama-release-proposed-annual-budget President Obama unveils his nearly $4 trillion budget at an elementary school. But before the bound copy of the budget is even delivered to Congress, the fate of this spending plan is already sealed. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 10:02:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 44472 at http://nhpr.org Anticipation Grows That U.S. Ice Dancing Duo Will Win Gold http://nhpr.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 43676 at http://nhpr.org Sochi's Stray Dogs Melt Hearts, And Put Officials On Defensive http://nhpr.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 23:06:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 43157 at http://nhpr.org Sochi's Stray Dogs Melt Hearts, And Put Officials On Defensive Obama Prepared To Bypass Congress If Needed http://nhpr.org/post/obama-prepared-bypass-congress-if-needed When President Obama gives his State of the Union Address, he's likely to hit on familiar themes: expanding opportunity for all Americans, pushing for immigration overhaul and investment in infrastructure. And he's expected to say that if Congress doesn't act, he'll move forward with his own initiatives through executive action. This comes as Congress gave him very little of what he asked for last year. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 42547 at http://nhpr.org 7 Facts And 3 GIFs: Hellooo Curling http://nhpr.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 42288 at http://nhpr.org 7 Facts And 3 GIFs: Hellooo Curling