Ron Elving http://wcbe.org en The Week In Politics: Progress On Upgrading VA Health System http://wcbe.org/post/week-politics-progress-upgrading-va-health-system <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=The+Week+In+Politics%3A+Progress+On+Upgrading+VA+Health+System&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODMzOTM1MDEyMTY4Mzc5OTliNTMwMg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Congress is heading into its last week before taking a summer recess. For a change, lawmakers are not racing the clock to overt a fiscal calamity. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ron Elving 60236 at http://wcbe.org Palin's Call For Impeachment Reopens Debate Over ... Sarah Palin http://wcbe.org/post/palins-call-impeachment-re-opens-debate-oversarah-palin It's nice to see Sarah Palin back in the news. Nice, that is, if you're a Sarah fan — or if you're a Democrat, or a member of the media.<p>Palin's fans, and they are legion on the right, love her reliably tough-talking take on how conservatives should fight President Obama and his use of executive power to circumvent Congress.<p>Writing for <a href="http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/07/08/Exclusive-Sarah-Palin-Time-to-Impeach-President-Obama">Breitbart.com</a> and speaking to Sean Hannity on FOX, Palin has insisted the required "high crimes and misdemeanors" are in evidence. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:46:00 +0000 Ron Elving 59592 at http://wcbe.org Palin's Call For Impeachment Reopens Debate Over ... Sarah Palin Why You Should Care Where The GOP Meets http://wcbe.org/post/why-you-should-care-where-gop-meets The next Republican nominated for president will take the stage and wave to the crowd in ... wait for it ... Cleveland, Ohio.<p>That may shock you for any number of reasons, not least being that hardly anyone remembers the last time Cleveland hosted a national convention.<p>In fact, it was 1936, when the GOP went there to nominate a guy named Alf Landon, who carried exactly two states in November. It was the worst showing by a Republican nominee in U.S. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:54:04 +0000 Ron Elving 59148 at http://wcbe.org Why You Should Care Where The GOP Meets Howard Baker's Legacy: Political, But Not Partisan http://wcbe.org/post/howard-bakers-legacy-political-not-partisan Howard Baker, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/26/325883657/former-senate-majority-leader-howard-baker-dies-at-88">who died Thursday at age 88</a>, was a former Senate majority leader and chief of staff to President Reagan. Both his father and stepmother served in Congress; one of the Senate's office buildings is named for Baker's father-in-law, Everett Dirksen.<p>When he retired, Baker took up residence as one of the capital's most respected and well-liked wise men. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:33:00 +0000 Ron Elving 58494 at http://wcbe.org Howard Baker's Legacy: Political, But Not Partisan Election Season Defies Conventional Storylines http://wcbe.org/post/election-season-defies-conventional-storylines Crumple up that first draft. Hit delete on the keyboard. The take most of us had on Tuesday's primaries just one day ago turned out to be just one more misread in the primaries of 2014.<p>That story about the passing of the Old Guard? Or the one about the resurgence of the Tea Party? Not so fast, the voters still seem to be saying.<p>The first shock came in Mississippi, where six-term U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran had been outpaced by an upstart state legislator, Chris McDaniel, in the June 3 Republican primary. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:34:00 +0000 Ron Elving 58424 at http://wcbe.org Election Season Defies Conventional Storylines Parsing The Numbers Of A Tuesday Packed With Primaries http://wcbe.org/post/parsing-numbers-tuesday-packed-primaries Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Joining us now to talk more about yesterday's elections and what the results may tell us is NPR Senior Editor and Correspondent Ron Elving. Hey there, Ron.<p>RON ELVING, BYLINE: Good to be with you, Audie.<p>CORNISH: So there were primaries and runoffs in seven states. What's most striking to you about the results.<p>ELVING: Oh, it's got to be the two more key races Cochran we just heard about, of course and Charles Rangel, the legendary controversial congressman from New York, who was just nominated for his 23rd term in the House. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Ron Elving 58406 at http://wcbe.org Eric Cantor's Collapse: What Happened? http://wcbe.org/post/eric-cantors-collapse-what-happened That shape-shifting spirit we call the Tea Party assumed yet a new form Tuesday and took down its most prominent victim of this year, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. In some ways, Cantor is the most significant Republican incumbent ousted in a primary since the latest intraparty rebellion by conservative hard-liners began five years ago.<br /> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:04:00 +0000 Ron Elving 57534 at http://wcbe.org Eric Cantor's Collapse: What Happened? Hard Sell For 'Hard Choices' Says Hillary's Running In 2016 http://wcbe.org/post/hard-sell-hard-choices-says-hillarys-running-2016 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfriiTkAyYA</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 16:55:00 +0000 Ron Elving 56828 at http://wcbe.org Hard Sell For 'Hard Choices' Says Hillary's Running In 2016 Is The Tea Party Finished? http://wcbe.org/post/tea-party-finished The time has come for us all to take a long, step-back look at this thing we call the Tea Party.<p>The results from Republican primaries in a dozen states so far this year strongly suggest that the party, such as it was, is over.<p>It may not have made sense to use the term "party" at any time in this movement's brief history. This year, that fact has become increasingly obvious.<p>The Tea Party was not so much an organized force in itself as an outburst that others tried to harness. Fri, 23 May 2014 14:39:00 +0000 Ron Elving 56558 at http://wcbe.org Is The Tea Party Finished? It May Not Be A Tea Party Year, But Outsiders Are Still Thriving http://wcbe.org/post/it-may-not-be-tea-party-year-outsiders-are-still-thriving The prevailing narrative for Tuesday night's GOP primary results was written weeks ago: 2014 will not be another field of dreams for Tea Party insurgents. Wrapping a candidacy in the flag of "Don't Tread on Me" is not the winning tactic it was in many Republican contests two and four years earlier.<p>But that scarcely means that Washington or its insiders have been rehabilitated in voters' eyes or that the era of outsider candidates has passed. In fact, in Tuesday's major events, being a <em>newcomer</em> was still a pretty good ticket. Wed, 21 May 2014 19:33:00 +0000 Ron Elving 56409 at http://wcbe.org It May Not Be A Tea Party Year, But Outsiders Are Still Thriving In Kentucky Primary, McConnell Bests Tea Party Challenger http://wcbe.org/post/kentucky-primary-mcconnell-bests-tea-party-challenger In a day packed full of primaries, voters headed to the polls in six states — including three that are expected to have highly competitive Senate races. Wed, 21 May 2014 13:58:00 +0000 Ron Elving 56384 at http://wcbe.org GOP Candidates Try To Hold Off Tea Party Picks In Primaries http://wcbe.org/post/politics-news-36 Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>OK, so that's the governor's race in Pennsylvania; a battle among Democrats. The other races we'll be watching closely tomorrow are mainly those among Republicans who want to serve in the Senate, and they are hoping it is a Senate with a GOP majority.<p>To walk us through some of these races, we're joined as we are most Mondays by Cokie Roberts. Cokie, good morning.<p>COKIE ROBERTS, BYLINE: Hi, David.<p>GREENE: And here in the studio with me is NPR senior Washington editor Ron Elving. Mon, 19 May 2014 08:57:00 +0000 Ron Elving 56228 at http://wcbe.org Why Scott Walker Is Looking Beyond His Fan Base http://wcbe.org/post/why-scott-walker-looking-beyond-his-fan-base Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker officially announced this week that he is running for — wait for it — re-election as governor of Wisconsin.<p>It will be at least six months before he says anything definitive regarding that <em>other</em> office, the oval-shaped one in Washington, D.C.<p>And that's to be expected.<p>Governors in both parties routinely run for re-election while keeping coy about the White House — much like Bill Clinton in 1990 and George W. Bush in 1998 and Rick Perry in 2010.<p>Of course there's no question what's on Walker's mind, long term. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:27:00 +0000 Ron Elving 54555 at http://wcbe.org Why Scott Walker Is Looking Beyond His Fan Base Immigration Turbulence Buffets Boehner http://wcbe.org/post/immigration-turbulence-buffets-boehner Will the real John Boehner please stand up?<p>Just a dozen days ago, Speaker Boehner and his GOP leadership team embraced <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2014/01/31/269508298/after-3-day-retreat-gop-battle-plan-still-only-an-outline">a set of principles</a> for updating the nation's immigration laws.<p>In that moment, the House seemed about to acknowledge the most pressing issue before the Congress – the elephant in the room, if you will. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Ron Elving 50943 at http://wcbe.org Immigration Turbulence Buffets Boehner Congressman's Exit Closes Book On 'Watergate Babies' http://wcbe.org/post/congressmans-exit-closes-book-watergate-babies Henry Waxman's retirement means more than the loss of a legendary legislator on health care, energy and other regulatory issues. It also closes an era that began 40 years ago with the election of the "Watergate babies."<p>When Waxman departs, there will no longer be a House member who has been serving since that historic class of 75 Democrats was first elected in 1974. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ron Elving 50378 at http://wcbe.org Congressman's Exit Closes Book On 'Watergate Babies' Obama Showed A Deft Hand With Speech. Why Not With Congress? http://wcbe.org/post/obama-showed-deft-hand-speech-why-not-congress The toughest test of a card player comes not with a big hand or a sheer bust, but rather with cards somewhere in between. Then it's not the deal that makes the difference — it's the sheer skill of the player.<p>The hand President Obama was playing in his <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/28/267858893/live-blog-president-obamas-state-of-union-address">latest State of the Union speech</a> could scarcely be called a powerhouse. Pre-speech coverage was dominated by polls showing his approval rating well underwater and the national mood dyspeptic at best. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:36:00 +0000 Ron Elving 50239 at http://wcbe.org Obama Showed A Deft Hand With Speech. Why Not With Congress? 'Nuclear Option' Vote Marks Tectonic Shift In Senate Rules http://wcbe.org/post/nuclear-option-vote-marks-tectonic-shift-senate-rules Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's move Thursday to make possible the confirmation of presidential nominees with a simple majority marks a tectonic shift in the rules and folkways of the Senate.<p>Back in 2005, then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist called this idea "the constitutional option" when he came close to invoking it on behalf of the judicial nominees of President George W. Bush.<p>That sounded a lot more dignified than the name Frist's predecessor, Trent Lott, had used just two years earlier: "the nuclear option."<p>Guess which name stuck. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:16:00 +0000 Ron Elving 46918 at http://wcbe.org 'Nuclear Option' Vote Marks Tectonic Shift In Senate Rules 7 Election Lessons We Should Have Seen Coming http://wcbe.org/post/7-election-lessons-we-should-have-seen-coming In the end, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/06/243439199/your-election-news-in-five-headlines" target="_blank">they pretty much all won</a>. The people who were expected to prevail Tuesday night wound up in the winner's circle. In New Jersey and New York, of course, and in Virginia, too, in the end. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 15:49:00 +0000 Ron Elving 46029 at http://wcbe.org 7 Election Lessons We Should Have Seen Coming Former House Speaker Tom Foley Dies At 84 http://wcbe.org/post/former-house-speaker-tom-foley-dies-84-0 Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Former Speaker of the House Thomas Foley died today at his home in Washington, D.C. He was 84 years old. Foley had been in hospice care following a stroke and a bout with pneumonia earlier this year. He was a Democrat who served in Congress for 30 years, beginning with the Lyndon Johnson landslide of 1964 and ending with the Newt Gingrich revolution of 1994, when Foley lost his own seat. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:43:00 +0000 Ron Elving 45024 at http://wcbe.org President Obama's 'It's Good To Be The King' Moment http://wcbe.org/post/once-again-grand-gulf-between-president-and-speaker It is good to be the king.<p>That old adage holds, even though nowadays we call our chief executive "Mr. President."<strong></strong><p>After another long day of showdown over the shutdown, President Obama was able to dominate the headlines, break the tension and change the atmosphere in Washington. He could demonstrate everything that is different about being in the White House — as opposed to that other House where Speaker John Boehner lives.<p>The president could do all this just by putting out the word that he was about to appoint the most powerful central banker in the world. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:20:00 +0000 Ron Elving 44553 at http://wcbe.org President Obama's 'It's Good To Be The King' Moment