Politics http://wvasfm.org en Conservative Rep. DesJarlais Faces Primary Challenge In Tennessee http://wvasfm.org/post/conservative-rep-desjarlais-faces-primary-challenge-tennessee <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 Nashville Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.wpln.org/">http://www.wpln.org/</a>.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Conservative+Rep.+DesJarlais+Faces+Primary+Challenge+In+Tennessee&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDExNDExMTQwMDEzNjkwODAzMTkxNmQ4Zg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:12:00 +0000 Blake Farmer 52006 at http://wvasfm.org Montana Senator Comes Under Fire For Plagiarism Allegations http://wvasfm.org/post/montana-senator-comes-under-fire-plagiarism-allegations Sen. John Walsh of Montana was appointed to his seat in February, and he's preparing to face voters for the first time. The Democrat's bid will likely be complicated by allegations of plagiarism, reported by <em>The New York Times</em>. It seems that in a paper Walsh submitted for his master's degree from the U.S. Army War College, long passages were borrowed without attribution. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:56:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 51991 at http://wvasfm.org Rep. Ryan Unveils His Anti-Poverty Plan, A Rebuke To LBJ Programs http://wvasfm.org/post/paul-ryan-unveils-his-anti-poverty-plan-rebuke-lbj-programs For much of this year, Republicans have talked about finding new ways to get Americans out of poverty but have offered few specifics — until now.<p>House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled his plan Thursday to fight poverty, which he says will help fix safety-net programs that he calls fragmented and ineffective.<p>Here are the highlights of Ryan's plan:<p><ul><p><li>Allow states to experiment with federal aid, by merging things like food stamps, child care and welfare into what he calls an "Opportunity Grant."</li><p><li>Expand tax credits for working adults.</li><p><li>Make it easi Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:52:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 51992 at http://wvasfm.org Rep. Ryan Unveils His Anti-Poverty Plan, A Rebuke To LBJ Programs Montana Sen. Walsh Says PTSD May Have Played A Role In His Plagiarism http://wvasfm.org/post/montana-sen-walsh-says-ptsd-may-have-played-role-his-plagiarism <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/24/us/politics/montana-senator-john-walsh-plagiarized-thesis.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0.">After <em>The New York Times</em> reported</a> that Sen. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:32:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 51947 at http://wvasfm.org Montana Sen. Walsh Says PTSD May Have Played A Role In His Plagiarism A Strange Political Dustup Clouds Kansas Governor's Future http://wvasfm.org/post/strange-political-dustup-clouds-kansas-governors-future Kansas's Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is locked in an unexpectedly tough re-election battle for doing exactly what he said he would do — cut taxes.<p>Citing mounting evidence that those tax cuts are creating a budget crisis – not stimulating the Kansas economy as promised — some in the state's moderate Republican establishment recently did the unthinkable: endorse a Democrat for governor.<p>That's not only endangering Brownback's re-election hopes, it's also tarnishing his plans to turn one of the reddest of red states into a national model.<p>Sam Brownback left the U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 editor 51930 at http://wvasfm.org A Strange Political Dustup Clouds Kansas Governor's Future Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency http://wvasfm.org/post/democrats-make-new-bid-require-donor-transparency Senate Democrats have rolled out this year's model of the DISCLOSE Act. Or, if you want to be more formal: the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act.<p>It's the third version of DISCLOSE since 2010. Broadly speaking, it would force donor disclosure on the big-money, 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations that are flourishing in post-<em>Citizens United</em> politics. Unlike almost all other players in an election campaign, 501(c)(4)s are not covered by the disclosure laws. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:05:00 +0000 Peter Overby 51927 at http://wvasfm.org Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency Campaign Finance Transparency Bill Gets Chilly Reception In Senate http://wvasfm.org/post/campaign-finance-transparency-bill-gets-chilly-reception-senate A bill that would require transparency by nonprofit groups related to federal elections met with united opposition from Republicans Wednesday, at the first Senate hearing on what its supporters call the Disclose Act.<p>The legislation would require any politically active group that spends more than $10,000 to list its donors. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:56:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 51928 at http://wvasfm.org Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare http://wvasfm.org/post/insurance-fake-identities-latest-skirmish-over-obamacare House Republicans went on the attack Wednesday over what they say is the latest bungling of the Affordable Care Act: fake identities used to get insurance.<p>Undercover investigators were able to get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance from the government's website 11 out of the 18 times they tried, according to a preliminary report from the Government Accountability Office.<p>Republicans on the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee say fraud and abuse will be rampant and may already be.<p>Democrats question all the fuss.<p>For one thing, they argue applicants don't get Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 51921 at http://wvasfm.org Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare Faced With Undocumented Minors, Iowa Is Wrenched By Stark Divide http://wvasfm.org/post/faced-undocumented-minors-iowa-wrenched-stark-divide Although the governor of Iowa says that unaccompanied minors from Central America should not find shelter in his state, more than 100 are already there. But the mayor of Des Moines, the state's largest city, and many religious leaders are at odds with the governor. They say Iowa should be welcoming and help children in need. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 51917 at http://wvasfm.org Glenn Beck Takes His Campaign Against Common Core To The Big Screen http://wvasfm.org/post/glenn-beck-takes-his-campaign-against-common-core-big-screen <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Glenn+Beck+Takes+His+Campaign+Against+Common+Core+To+The+Big+Screen&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA2NDA4NzY1MDEyODkzMjYyNTkxZjFiZQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>We begin this hour with the Common Core, which is getting a little less common. The writing and math standards for kids - excuse me - the reading and math standards for kids from kindergarten through high school were adopted by most states in the country. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 51915 at http://wvasfm.org