President Obama http://wfpl.org en Senator Mitch McConnell Urges IRS Commissioner to Resist Proposed Changes http://wfpl.org/post/senator-mitch-mcconnell-urges-irs-commissioner-resist-proposed-changes <p>Calling it a war on free speech, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is urging the head of the Internal Revenue Service to resist rule changes regarding politically active groups that are tax-exempt.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/27/266941639/irs-wants-to-tighten-its-rule-on-social-welfare-groups">Obama administration is tightening the tax code for non-profits</a> under section 501(c)4 to curb the influence of "social welfare" groups, which are often involved in political campaigns and activities.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:35:05 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8420 at http://wfpl.org John Yarmuth Wants Obama to Focus on Income Inequality Over Executive Authority http://wfpl.org/post/john-yarmuth-wants-obama-focus-income-inequality-over-executive-authority <p>Kentucky Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth is hoping President Obama's State of the Union address focuses on economic fairness rather than executive power.</p><p>The president is set to deliver his fifth address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday.</p><p>Supporters are hoping the speech can revive the administration's second-term agenda as <a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/27/obamas-polls-nothing-to-brag-about-ahead-of-big-speech/">Obama faces near record-low approval</a> ratings and gridlock in Washington.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:01:25 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8377 at http://wfpl.org John Yarmuth Wants Obama to Focus on Income Inequality Over Executive Authority Congressman John Yarmuth Unconvinced by Obama Administration's Argument to Attack Syria http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-john-yarmuth-unconvinced-obama-administrations-argument-attack-syria <p>The Obama administration's case to take military action against Syria after its government allegedly used chemical weapons against civilians has yet to convince Kentucky's lone Democratic congressman to support intervention.</p><p>Speaking on a WFPL News special, Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., says the country's international reputation is not enough to launch a strike.</p><p>President <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/president-obama-speak-syria">Obama is seeking congressional authorization before launching strikes</a> against Balshar al-Assad's regime, which is engaged in a two-year long civil war with rebel forces.</p><p>The Obama administration is making its case to lawmakers beginning with a presentation before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week.</p><p>Over 100 lawmakers attended a confidential briefing with national security experts on Sunday.</p><p>Yarmuth was among those lawmakers, and while he believes in the evidence presented by the administration showing the Syrian government used chemical weapons against civilians, the congressman isn’t convinced the U.S. should get involved.</p><p>"The general public probably considers national security interest any direct threat to the United States homeland, embassies, troops or property. The administration has a much vaguer I would say definition of national security interest, and they’re talking about the security of our allies and certain esoteric interests that I don’t think most Americans would agree is our national security interest," says Yarmuth.</p><p>Yarmuth says he is also concerned because the U.S. is acting alone without many allies who are willing to join the fight against Syria.</p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 21:12:40 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6705 at http://wfpl.org Congressman John Yarmuth Unconvinced by Obama Administration's Argument to Attack Syria Rand Paul on Syria: 'Congress Should Come Into Session and Debate This' http://wfpl.org/post/rand-paul-syria-congress-should-come-session-and-debate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. Sen. Rand Paul spoke to Kentucky Public Radio about the p</span><a href="/post/striking-syria-still-seems-question-when-not-whether" style="line-height: 1.5;">ossibility of U.S. military action against Syria</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> following the regime's alleged use of chemical weapons.</span></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 16:52:24 +0000 Kevin Willis | Kentucky Public Radio 6669 at http://wfpl.org Rand Paul on Syria: 'Congress Should Come Into Session and Debate This' President Obama Honors Louisville Cardinals at White House http://wfpl.org/post/president-obama-honors-louisville-cardinals-white-house <p>The University of Louisville men’s basketball team was honored at the White House today for winning the 2013 NCAA championship.</p><p>President Obama commended the team for its 16 game winning streak that ended with a victory over Michigan in the title game in Atlanta.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Today we’re here to celebrate a Louisville team that always played hard, that always worked together, that stayed focused on one singular goal, and that is to bust my bracket," Obama joked.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 19:35:30 +0000 Rick Howlett 6218 at http://wfpl.org President Obama Honors Louisville Cardinals at White House