Scott Horsley http://wvasfm.org en House GOP Plows Forward With Plans To Sue Obama http://wvasfm.org/post/house-gop-plows-forward-plans-sue-obama House Republicans are pushing ahead with a plan to sue President Obama, accusing him of trying to sidestep Congress and make his own laws.<p>But the president is also using the suit, which is considered a long shot in legal terms, to score political points.<p>House Speaker John Boehner says the lawsuit will focus on the administration's decision to postpone the requirement in the Affordable Care Act that large employers provide health insurance for their workers.<p>But the White House describes the suit as a "taxpayer-funded political stunt," and the president used it as a convenient punch lin Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 51289 at http://wvasfm.org House GOP Plows Forward With Plans To Sue Obama Perry Meeting On Immigration Crisis Constructive, Obama Says http://wvasfm.org/post/perry-meeting-immigration-crisis-constructive-obama-says Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good Morning. President Obama met yesterday with a man who once aspired to take his job. He met with Texas Governor, Rick Perry.<p>MONTAGNE: They talked about thousands of unaccompanied minors heading from Central America to the U.S. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 51164 at http://wvasfm.org Obama Stumps In Colorado, With Women's Vote As Backdrop http://wvasfm.org/post/obama-stumps-colorado-womens-vote-backdrop In Colorado, where President Obama's approval rating is low and the Senate race is tight, Democratic incumbent Mark Udall largely bowed out of the spotlight of the president's visit Wednesday.<p>But as Obama made the rounds speaking about the economy and raising money for Democratic congressional candidates, he also spoke about the women's issues that could be key to Udall's electoral success.<p>At a morning outdoor rally in Denver's Cheesman Park, Obama emphasized just how much is on the line in the midterms.<p>"So far this year, Republicans have blocked or voted down every serious idea to st Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 51141 at http://wvasfm.org Obama Stumps In Colorado, With Women's Vote As Backdrop Obama To Ask Congress For $2B To Ease Immigration Crisis http://wvasfm.org/post/obama-ask-congress-2b-ease-immigration-crisis The Obama administration will ask Congress for more than $2 billion Tuesday to address the urgent humanitarian crisis along the U.S. border with Mexico.<p>In the past nine months, more than 50,000 children and teenagers have crossed that border illegally on their own, most from Central America. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:37:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 51016 at http://wvasfm.org Obama To Ask Congress For $2B To Ease Immigration Crisis Lawmakers Pitch A Gas Tax Hike To Replenish Dwindling Highway Funds http://wvasfm.org/post/lawmakers-pitch-gas-tax-hike-replenish-dwindling-highway-funds Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Let's take a closer look now at what's happening to the Highway Trust Fund. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx warned state officials in a letter today that unless the fund is patched quickly, the federal government will start limiting payouts to states on August 1. The average state will lose nearly 30 percent of its federal road money and that could mean a lot less asphalt. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:10:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 50705 at http://wvasfm.org Birth Control Ruling Is A Setback For White House http://wvasfm.org/post/birth-control-ruling-setback-white-house Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning. The Obama Administration is now looking for another way to promote broader access to birth control. This comes after yesterday's Supreme Court decision that closely held corporations don't have to include contraceptive coverage in employee health insurance, that is if the company's owners have a religious objection. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 50669 at http://wvasfm.org Supreme Court To Rule On Hobby Lobby Contraception Case http://wvasfm.org/post/supreme-court-rule-hobby-lobby-contraception-case Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, BYLINE: Here in Washington, the U.S. Supreme Court wraps up its term today. And once again, we are waiting for a major decision on the Affordable Care Act. The High Court is set to rule on whether the health insurance that for-profit employers offer to their workers has to include birth control even if the employer has a religious objection. Our colleague Steve Inskeep spoke to NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley about the case.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The Affordable Care Act has already been before the U.S. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 50602 at http://wvasfm.org Political Challenge Compounded As Migrant Children Head To U.S. Border http://wvasfm.org/post/political-challenge-compounded-migrant-children-head-us-border Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene at member station WLRN in Miami. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is in southern Arizona today along the border with Mexico. He'll be touring facilities where the government has been processing a large number of children from Central America who've been arriving illegally. These are stunning numbers. More than 50,000 children traveling without adults have been apprehended along the border in the last nine months. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:59:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 50322 at http://wvasfm.org Cantor's Defeat Brings An End To Prickly Relationship With Obama http://wvasfm.org/post/cantors-defeat-brings-end-prickly-relationship-obama Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block. There is no love lost at the White House for Eric Cantor, the number two Republican in the House, who lost his primary this week. The Virginia congressman has long been a roadblock for the president's legislative agenda. House Republicans will vote next week on who should replace Cantor as majority leader. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 49710 at http://wvasfm.org Tea Party Candidate Uses Immigration Issue To Beat Cantor http://wvasfm.org/post/tea-party-candidate-uses-immigration-issue-beat-cantor Already dim prospects for an immigration overhaul got even dimmer after Republican House Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary this week. What does this mean for Republicans going forward? Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:12:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 49597 at http://wvasfm.org