National | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio


RSS Feed

Russia, U.S. At Odds Over Fate Of Edward Snowden

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that the man who leaked secret U.S. documents about government surveillance programs is still in a Moscow airport transit lounge and is free to go wherever he wants. Putin is dismissing calls by the U.S. to send Edward Snowden home to face felony charges, saying Moscow had nothing to do with Snowden's travel plans. He also said Russia views Snowden as a human rights activist. Secretary of State John Kerry says he doesn't think there should be a confrontation with Russia over Snowden and says he's asking, not ordering, Russia to treat Snowden as a fugitive.

NAACP Head: Voting Rights Act Ruling 'Takes Us Way Backwards'

The Supreme Court struck down key provisions from the Voting Rights Act. Robert Siegel speaks with NAACP President Ben Jealous about the high court's decision and what it means.

Chicago Blackhawks Stun Boston Bruins In Hockey Final

Chicago is celebrating its second Stanley Cup win in four seasons. The Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 3-2.

Supreme Court: Congress Has To Fix Broken Voting Rights Act

The court declared part of the 1965 law unconstitutional on Tuesday, effectively striking down a process that put states with a history of voting discrimination under extra federal oversight.

Rep. Goodlatte: Immigration Changes Should Be 'Step-By-Step'

Audie Cornish talks with Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte, chair of the House Judiciary Committee. Goodlatte opposes the Senate's sweeping immigration reform bill, arguing in favor of a step-by-step approach that would beef up enforcement efforts against undocumented immigrants who are already in the United States.

Democrats Want Answers On 'Progressives' Targeted By IRS

Democrats say Tea Party groups weren't the only ones being targeted by the IRS. And they have released documents that show "progressives" was on the lists of terms that IRS employees used to decide which groups got extra scrutiny. That wasn't mentioned in the IRS inspector general's report.

What Changes After Supreme Court Ruling On Voting Rights Act

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, stating that the legislation was based on now outdated data. The ruling removes the coverage formula that required federal oversight for voting processes in nine states.

Health Exchange Outreach Targets Latinos

States and the federal government have a big job to do when it comes to explaining to the uninsured how to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The success of the law will be judged in part by how many Latinos sign up.

Supreme Court Rules For Adoptive Family In Dispute

A biological father can have his rights terminated despite the Indian Child Welfare Act, the court says.

Weight Loss Doesn't Help Heart Health For Diabetics In Study

Researchers were surprised to find that people with Type 2 diabetes who lost a lot of weight didn't lower their risk of heart attacks or strokes. They did have better control of their blood sugar and saw other health benefits.