Politics

RSS Feed
WAMU 88.5

Friday News Roundup - International

The brutal killing of a British soldier in London raises terror alarms. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Israelis and Palestinians. And the White House acknowledges drone strikes have killed four Americans overseas since 2009. A panel of journalists joins guest host Katty Kay for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

WAMU 88.5

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Analysis of President Barack Obama’s national security speech. Response to tornado damage in Oklahoma. And an official at the Internal Revenue Service invokes her Fifth Amendment right in a House investigation. A panel of journalists joins guest host Katty Kay for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

NPR

College Students Wait To See If Loan Rates Double

College students could end up paying a higher interest rate on their government subsidized loans unless Congress steps in. In a replay of last year's battle, Republicans, Democrats and the Obama administration all have competing proposals. A vote is scheduled in the House of Representatives Thursday. But with no consensus in sight, it's not clear if lawmakers can keep interest rates from doubling on July 1.
NPR

Same-Sex Couples Upset Over Removal Of Immigration Amendment

One of the provisions removed from the immigration overhaul bill would have allowed U.S. citizens to sponsor same-sex partners in the green card process. But senators removed that item in order to get conservative support.
NPR

Obama Speech Expected To Touch On Drones, Guantanamo

On Thursday, President Obama is expected to explain how the fight against al-Qaida has changed, and how the U.S. will adapt its counter-terrorism policies to the evolving threat. The president will speak at the National Defense University.
NPR

IRS Official's Silence Riles House Committee Members

On Wednesday, Lois Lerner, the IRS official overseeing the tax-exempt organizations office, refused to testify during a hearing on Capitol Hill, and was attacked by some Republicans on the House committee. Her brief appearance was the beginning of a five-hour session marked by angry outbursts and allegations of political motives.
WAMU 88.5

Transportation Secretary Nominee Anthony Foxx Prioritizes Transportation Projects

In a Senate hearing on Wednesday, Transportation Secretary Nominee Anthony Foxx advocated for more infrastructure projects to spur economic growth.

NPR

Losers In Chicago School Closings Target Elected Officials

The Chicago school board voted to close dozens of schools, despite community protests that the closings disproportionately affect minority students. Now the teachers union and community activists want to change the system and oust the elected officials who disagreed with them.

Pages