National | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio


RSS Feed

Insurance Exchanges Will Open To Scrutiny, Curiosity, Confusion

On Tuesday, a key part of the Affordable Care Act is going live: People will be able to buy health insurance from new marketplaces in every state. Researchers and wonks will be intensely interested. Most of the rest of us will be clueless.

House Vote Brings Government To The Verge Of A Shutdown

The House voted to tie government funding to a one-year delay of Obamacare early Sunday morning. The measure is a non-starter in the Senate and the president vows to veto, making a government shutdown all the more likely.

The Religious Alternative To Obamacare's Individual Mandate

The new federal health law has a few exemptions from its insurance mandate, including health care sharing ministries. Members pay a monthly fee to help cover some of each other's medical costs — but there are no guarantees.

NSA Reportedly Uses Data To Chart Americans' Social Ties

The National Security Agency's effort to find connections between suspects has led the agency to collate reams of phone and e-mail data with information from sources that include GPS data and Facebook, according to The New York Times. The newspaper cites documents provided by former NSA contract worker Edward Snowden.

House Takes On Temporary Spending Bill

The House is in a rare Saturday session and will vote on amendments to the Senate-passed bill to keep the government from going into a partial shutdown. NPR's Tamara Keith tells host Arun Rath the main amendment would delay the Affordable Care Act by a year.

Fire Report Details What Happened To 19 Ariz. Hotshots

Arizona Fire officials release their report on the Yarnell Hill fire, which killed 19 firefighters. It was the worst loss of life in a wildfire in 80 years. Host Arun Rath speaks with NPR's Ted Robbins.

Under Pressure, Calif. City Dismantles Homeless Encampments

The poor, farm-dependent city of Fresno in California's Central Valley has one of the highest per capita homeless populations in the country. City officials there are expected to dismantle a large homeless encampment on the outskirts of downtown any day now. NPR's Kirk Siegler tells host Arun Rath that advocates for the homeless are scrambling to find alternatives for the displaced.

Report On Arizona Hotshots' Deaths Finds A Communications Gap

The 19 firefighters who died after being trapped by an Arizona wildfire in late June were only about 600 yards from a designated safety zone at a ranch, according to a task force formed by the Arizona State Forestry Division to investigate the firefighters' deaths.

My Governor Can Beat Up Your Governor (Or Thinks He Can)

Increasingly, governors are criticizing each other's stances on taxes, guns and pensions, as well as working to lure businesses from other states. They used to defer more to each other. But like members of Congress, governors are having a harder time finding common ground.

House Ties Government Funding To One-Year Obamacare Delay

House Republicans late Saturday prepared to pass a government funding bill that would include a one-year delay in implementing Obamacare. But the White House said President Obama would veto the House measure, on the unlikely chance it made it through the Senate.