Andrea Seabrook http://nhpr.org en Ryan Brings Big Ideas, And Some Risk, To GOP Ticket http://nhpr.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 10644 at http://nhpr.org Ryan Brings Big Ideas, And Some Risk, To GOP Ticket Budget Hawk Ryan Offers Romney Risk, Reward http://nhpr.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 9366 at http://nhpr.org Budget Hawk Ryan Offers Romney Risk, Reward Undeterred, GOP Vows To Repeal Health Care Law http://nhpr.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 7844 at http://nhpr.org Congress Taking Student Loans, Highway Bill To Wire http://nhpr.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 21:34:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 7639 at http://nhpr.org Congress Taking Student Loans, Highway Bill To Wire Romney's Next Challenge: Woo Skeptical Republicans http://nhpr.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 7495 at http://nhpr.org Romney's Next Challenge: Woo Skeptical Republicans Big Political Donors Shy Away From Public Scrutiny http://nhpr.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 7211 at http://nhpr.org Big Political Donors Shy Away From Public Scrutiny Congressmen Accuse White House Of Leaking Intel http://nhpr.org/post/congressmen-accuse-white-house-leaking-intel A bipartisan group of senators has called an investigation into how the news media has received information from the White House about drone strikes and cyber warfare. Thu, 07 Jun 2012 21:25:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 6443 at http://nhpr.org Sky's The Limit In Campaign Cash For Wis. Governor http://nhpr.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 21:35:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 6257 at http://nhpr.org Sky's The Limit In Campaign Cash For Wis. Governor Health Law's Downfall Could Put GOP In Odd Spot http://nhpr.org/post/health-laws-downfall-could-put-gop-odd-spot The Supreme Court will rule in the coming weeks on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act — the health care law that has been a flashpoint of partisan acrimony and debate since its beginning.<p>Much of that debate has been philosophical. But now that the law is under review by the country's highest court, politicians have to plan for the real implications of the court's decision. That's proving particularly difficult for congressional Republicans.<p>They've rallied for repeal of the plan since the day it passed in 2010. Thu, 24 May 2012 20:47:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 5521 at http://nhpr.org Health Law's Downfall Could Put GOP In Odd Spot Remember The Debt Ceiling Debate? It's Back http://nhpr.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 5437 at http://nhpr.org Remember The Debt Ceiling Debate? It's Back Group Aiming To Bypass Party Politics Hits Bumps http://nhpr.org/post/group-aiming-bypass-party-politics-hits-bumps A political group outside the two major parties has been flying below the radar this election season: Americans Elect. The group, which is trying to run the first online primary, says its goal is to choose a presidential ticket and get it on the ballot in all 50 states.<p>So far, the group has gotten on the ballot in more than half the states. But picking a candidate is proving more of a challenge.<p>The people who run Americans Elect say they represent the neglected middle of the political spectrum. Fri, 04 May 2012 22:13:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 4231 at http://nhpr.org Group Aiming To Bypass Party Politics Hits Bumps Just Say No To E-Filing: Senate Remains In Dark Ages http://nhpr.org/post/just-say-no-e-filing-senate-remains-dark-ages "Follow the money." That's the mantra of modern political coverage, especially in the wake of the Supreme Court's <em>Citizens United</em> decision, which opened the floodgates of campaign cash.<p>Checking a candidate's contributors has become critical for understanding the candidate's politics. It's also easier than ever before with regular deadlines and electronic records — unless the legislator you are tracking is a member of the U.S. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 21:39:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 3427 at http://nhpr.org Just Say No To E-Filing: Senate Remains In Dark Ages Why Lobbyists Dodge Calls From Congressmen http://nhpr.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 09:08:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 3231 at http://nhpr.org Why Lobbyists Dodge Calls From Congressmen House Investigator Issa Has Faced Allegations As Well http://nhpr.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 3165 at http://nhpr.org House Investigator Issa Has Faced Allegations As Well