Tamara Keith http://nhpr.org en Congress And Biden Aim For Job Training That Actually Leads To Jobs http://nhpr.org/post/congress-and-biden-aim-job-training-actually-leads-jobs Something pretty remarkable happened Tuesday afternoon in a small windowless auditorium next door to the White House. President Obama signed a new law: the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.<p>It streamlines and updates the nation's job training programs and was 11 years overdue. The bill got overwhelming bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.<p>"Folks in Congress got past their differences; they got a bill to my desk," Obama said at the signing ceremony. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 52412 at http://nhpr.org Congress And Biden Aim For Job Training That Actually Leads To Jobs Obama Unrolls New Sanctions Against Russia http://nhpr.org/post/obama-unrolls-new-sanctions-against-russia Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>President Obama had some announcements today on U.S. policy overseas. In the White House briefing room, the president ran through a long list of what he described as pressing foreign policy challenges - questions about the election results in Afghanistan, Iranian nuclear talks, the ongoing violence between Hamas and Israel and finally, the situation in Ukraine. The U.S. government imposed new sanctions on Russia today over interference in that country. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:02:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 52084 at http://nhpr.org A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty http://nhpr.org/post/mothers-essay-challenges-assumptions-about-poverty The stereotype of the so-called welfare queen driving a luxury car while leaching off of society is an enduring one.<p>Darlena Cunha takes on this idea <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/07/08/this-is-what-happened-when-i-drove-my-mercedes-to-pick-up-food-stamps/">in a personal essay</a> published Tuesday by <em>The Washington Post</em>. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:56:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 51811 at http://nhpr.org A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty Administration Focuses On Challenges Working Families Face http://nhpr.org/post/administration-focuses-challenges-working-families-face Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Now, a big part of President Obama's two national campaign victories was a promise to help working families. His critics complain that all these years later, he's still talking about some of the very same policy prescriptions with little to show for it. Today, ideas like paid sick and maternity leave and universal preschool will take center stage at the White House Summit on Working Families, so will the challenges faced by workers caring for their children and sometimes their parents. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:23:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 50667 at http://nhpr.org Political Solution Needed In Iraq, Obama Says http://nhpr.org/post/political-solution-needed-iraq-obama-says President Obama is sending up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to gather intelligence on the insurgency. He was adamant there will be no American combat operations on the ground in Iraq. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:20:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 50547 at http://nhpr.org Upset Of Eric Cantor Deals A Shock To GOP Establishment http://nhpr.org/post/upset-eric-cantor-deals-shock-gop-establishment Eric Cantor became the first house majority leader ever to lose a primary, losing the GOP nomination to Tea Party challenger David Brat in the Republican primary. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 01:26:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 50019 at http://nhpr.org What Happened To Unemployment Benefits? http://nhpr.org/post/what-happened-unemployment-benefits Five months have passed since the expiration of the emergency unemployment benefits program for the long-term unemployed. Amid congressional delays, it's unclear whether those benefits ever will be extended. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 49837 at http://nhpr.org Release Of Sgt. Bergdahl May Have Come At A High Cost http://nhpr.org/post/release-sgt-bergdahl-may-have-come-high-cost Bowe Bergdahl's release and the prisoner swap that made it possible are raising thorny foreign policy questions, which are being voiced most loudly at this point by congressional Republicans. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 09:13:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 49531 at http://nhpr.org VA Secretary Shinseki Steps Down Amid Reports Of Systemic Problems http://nhpr.org/post/va-secretary-shinseki-steps-down-amid-reports-systemic-problems Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Gen. Eric Shinseki is out as the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. That comes after bipartisan calls for his resignation and growing outrage over scheduling from the VA health system. NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith reports.<p>TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Shinseki met with President Obama in the Oval Office this morning to brief him on a preliminary audit of the department. Fri, 30 May 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 49469 at http://nhpr.org First Lady Fights To Keep Healthful School Lunch Law Intact http://nhpr.org/post/first-lady-fights-keep-healthy-school-lunch-law-intact First lady Michelle Obama is by far one of the most popular political figures in America, because she's largely avoided appearing too political — instead devoting much of her attention to encouraging good nutrition and healthful lifestyles for America's children.<p>But that cause has run head-on into a congressional fight over stalling some of the nutritional gains of the school lunch program, which she helped put in place.<p>As Obama sees it, the <a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/healthy-hunger-free-kids-act">Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act</a> of 2010 is working. Tue, 27 May 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 49258 at http://nhpr.org First Lady Fights To Keep Healthful School Lunch Law Intact Conservatives Brainstorm To Win Voters In The Middle http://nhpr.org/post/conservatives-brainstorm-win-voters-middle Election watchers say Republicans could take control of the Senate this fall. At the same time, many of these same analysts see problems for the Grand Old Party in the longer term.<p>Republican voters tend to be white, older and more affluent, and their share of the overall population is shrinking. Sat, 24 May 2014 14:41:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 49112 at http://nhpr.org Conservatives Brainstorm To Win Voters In The Middle At Times All A President Can Say After Disaster Is, 'We're Here' http://nhpr.org/post/times-all-president-can-say-after-disaster-were-here Daniel Smith's house is barely standing after a tornado in Arkansas late last month killed 16 people. The EF4 tornado ripped a gash through the rural communities of Mayflower and Vilonia. Homes were wiped clean to their slabs, businesses shredded beyond recognition.<p>Wednesday, President Obama went to see the damage for himself, and to meet with residents like Smith. Thu, 08 May 2014 07:04:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 48124 at http://nhpr.org At Times All A President Can Say After Disaster Is, 'We're Here' GOP Softens Its Edge In An Attempt To Appeal To Women http://nhpr.org/post/gop-softens-its-edge-attempt-appeal-women Republicans have a problem with women.<p>Since the 1980s, women have been much more likely than men to vote Democratic.<p>Increasingly, however, Republican operatives see getting more women to vote for their candidates as key to the party's future.<p>Take Equal Pay Day, for instance, a political holiday that Democrats have used to push a bill called the Paycheck Fairness Act.<p>It's also a day that Republicans have felt free to ignore. Tue, 06 May 2014 07:24:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 47962 at http://nhpr.org GOP Softens Its Edge In An Attempt To Appeal To Women Best Way To Get Women To Run For Office? Ask Repeatedly http://nhpr.org/post/best-way-get-women-run-office-ask-repeatedly Women make up less than 20 percent of those serving in Congress, but more than half the population. There are many reasons for this, but one simple answer comes back again and again. It's about recruiting.<p>When <a href="http://mynmstaterep.com/">Monica Youngblood</a> got the call, she thought it was a joke. The call came from a man she had worked to help get elected.<p>"It's your time," she says he told her. "We need people like you in Santa Fe. We need a voice like yours who's lived here, who's been through what you've been through. Mon, 05 May 2014 21:58:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 47953 at http://nhpr.org Best Way To Get Women To Run For Office? Ask Repeatedly Student Activists Fight To Stem Sexual Assaults http://nhpr.org/post/administration-releases-recommendations-stem-campus-rapes The White House is out this morning with <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/report_0.pdf">new recommendations</a> to protect students from sexual assault, with a focus on the college years. These are the first results from a task force formed earlier this year aimed at addressing a problem that's getting a lot more attention on college campuses than it used to.<p>Campus sexual assault has been making headlines in student newspapers and is a focus of student activism. Put simply, young people are talking about it. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:17:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 47562 at http://nhpr.org Student Activists Fight To Stem Sexual Assaults