Tamara Keith http://wfpl.org en What Could $100 Million Buy You — Besides Campaign Ads In Kentucky? http://wfpl.org/post/what-could-100-million-buy-you-besides-campaign-ads-kentucky For the amount of money that's expected to be spent in the Kentucky race for U.S. Senate this year, you could buy a bottle of the state's own Maker's Mark whiskey for nearly every man, woman and child in the state.<p>Some observers say the election could end up as the most expensive Senate race in history, with spending topping $100 million. And why wouldn't it be? It's at the heart of the battle for control of the U.S. Senate.<p>The incumbent, Mitch McConnell, is the top Republican in the Senate and could become majority leader. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:03:19 +0000 Tamara Keith 9758 at http://wfpl.org What Could $100 Million Buy You — Besides Campaign Ads In Kentucky? The Deficit: The Talk Is Big, But The Number Is Shrinking http://wfpl.org/post/deficit-talk-big-number-shrinking The deficit is the nation's annual budget shortfall, the difference between what the government spends in one year and what it takes in. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 11:42:58 +0000 Tamara Keith 8465 at http://wfpl.org Senate Unexpectedly Moves Forward On Unemployment Benefits http://wfpl.org/post/senate-unexpectedly-moves-forward-unemployment-benefits The Senate surprised quite a few people in Washington today when it voted to proceed on a bill to temporarily extend emergency unemployment benefits. Six Republicans joined Democrats in voting to get the measure over a key procedural hurdle.<p>But it was only the first step, and the president is applying pressure to keep it moving.<p>For Democrats, extending unemployment benefits is a top legislative priority — with the added political benefit of playing up their populist message and painting Republicans as uncaring. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 12:18:48 +0000 Tamara Keith 8163 at http://wfpl.org Senate Unexpectedly Moves Forward On Unemployment Benefits How House Speaker Boehner Survived A Roller-Coaster Year http://wfpl.org/post/how-house-speaker-boehner-survived-roller-coaster-year House Speaker John Boehner ends 2013 after quite a roller-coaster ride. The Ohio Republican's year was defined by a rocky relationship with the Tea Party wing of the GOP.<p>The year started for Boehner with an attempt to strip him of his speakership — and ended with some of the same people who had tried to oust him singing his praises.<p>In January, a vote that should have been routine turned suspenseful as a number of Tea Party-allied Republicans voted against Boehner or didn't vote at all.<p>But in the end, Boehner survived and was re-elected speaker of the House for the 113th Congress. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 14:09:17 +0000 Tamara Keith 8025 at http://wfpl.org How House Speaker Boehner Survived A Roller-Coaster Year Congressional Work On Farm Bill Likely To Spill Into 2014 http://wfpl.org/post/congressional-work-farm-bill-likely-spill-2014 House and Senate negotiators working to finish a farm bill say it is unlikely their work will be completed before the end of the year. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:16:36 +0000 Tamara Keith 7861 at http://wfpl.org Congressional Work On Farm Bill Likely To Spill Into 2014 Why $7-Per-Gallon Milk Looms Once Again http://wfpl.org/post/why-7-gallon-milk-looms-once-again The leaders of the House and Senate agriculture committees are meeting Wednesday as they continue to try to work out the differences between their respective farm bills. If they fail, the country faces what's being called the "dairy cliff" — with milk prices potentially shooting up to about $7 a gallon sometime after the first of the year.<p>Here's why: The nation's farm policy would be legally required to revert back to what's called permanent law. In the case of dairy, that would be the 1949 farm bill.<p>And if House and Senate negotiators fail to reconcile their farm bills, U.S. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 11:49:37 +0000 Tamara Keith 7766 at http://wfpl.org Why $7-Per-Gallon Milk Looms Once Again House Vote Brings Government To The Verge Of A Shutdown http://wfpl.org/post/house-brings-government-verge-shutdown Shortly after midnight Sunday morning, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would keep the government's lights on. It would also delay the Affordable Care Act for a year, making the legislation a non-starter for Senate Democrats and the president.<p>The ball is back in the Senate's court now, with fewer than 40 hours until a government shutdown begins.<p>The House bill does three things. First, it's a temporary measure to keep government operations funded through the middle of December.<p>Second, it delays Obamacare for a year. "It doesn't ask to repeal it," Rep. Sun, 29 Sep 2013 11:19:59 +0000 Tamara Keith 7020 at http://wfpl.org House Vote Brings Government To The Verge Of A Shutdown Report: IRS Scrutiny Worse For Conservatives http://wfpl.org/post/report-irs-scrutiny-worse-conservatives House Republicans investigating IRS targeting of groups for extra scrutiny say they have proof conservatives had it worse.<p>A House Ways and Means Committee staff analysis of the applications of 111 conservative and progressive groups applying for tax exempt status found conservative applicants faced "more questions, more denials, more delays," says committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich.<p>That is, when the IRS sent groups letters asking for further information, conservative groups were asked more questions — on average, three times more. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:06:49 +0000 Tamara Keith 6305 at http://wfpl.org Report: IRS Scrutiny Worse For Conservatives Top Democrat Says Documents Show IRS Also Targeted Liberals http://wfpl.org/post/top-democrat-says-documents-show-irs-also-targeted-liberals Newly released documents appear to further undermine the idea that Tea Party groups were the only ones given extra scrutiny by the IRS for potential political activity.<p>Rep. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 14:00:38 +0000 Tamara Keith 6093 at http://wfpl.org Top Democrat Says Documents Show IRS Also Targeted Liberals IRS Staffer: 'What I Did Was Not Targeting' http://wfpl.org/post/irs-staffer-what-i-did-was-not-targeting Another interview with a key IRS employee, another oblique connection to Washington, D.C., and yet still no explosive revelations in the scandal surrounding the agency's targeting of Tea Party groups.<p>That, it seems, was precisely the point of Rep. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:50:37 +0000 Tamara Keith 5830 at http://wfpl.org IRS Staffer: 'What I Did Was Not Targeting'