Andrea Seabrook http://kanw.com en Ryan Brings Big Ideas, And Some Risk, To GOP Ticket http://kanw.com/post/ryan-brings-big-ideas-and-some-risk-gop-ticket Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's newly announced running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, has youth and experience. Sat, 11 Aug 2012 12:10:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 16920 at http://kanw.com Ryan Brings Big Ideas, And Some Risk, To GOP Ticket Budget Hawk Ryan Offers Romney Risk, Reward http://kanw.com/post/budget-hawk-ryan-offers-romney-risk-reward Among those on Mitt Romney's list of potential running mates, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan has youth and experience, he's a conservative from a swing state, and he has big ideas and the policy chops to back them up.<p>But the chairman of the House Budget Committee would not be the safest of choices.<p>Back in February, when the Republican primary was still in full swing and the party's right wing was conspicuously unhappy with the idea of Romney, tax hawk Grover Norquist spoke to the Conservative Political Action Conference.<p>"We are not auditioning for fearless leader," said Norquist. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 08:22:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 16035 at http://kanw.com Budget Hawk Ryan Offers Romney Risk, Reward Undeterred, GOP Vows To Repeal Health Care Law http://kanw.com/post/undeterred-courts-decision-gop-vows-repeal-health-care Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Just last week, Republican leaders were warning their rank and file not to gloat if the health care law were overturned. Well, after the decision came yesterday, GOP leaders regrouped and vowed to keep fighting. Fri, 29 Jun 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 15009 at http://kanw.com Congress Taking Student Loans, Highway Bill To Wire http://kanw.com/post/congress-taking-student-loans-highway-bill-wire Congressional leaders on Tuesday said they were close to a deal to solve two big issues facing lawmakers — student loan interest rates and federal highway funding.<p>Both issues with looming deadlines have high stakes for middle-income Americans: If Congress fails to reach agreements by this weekend, the federal highway program would come to a halt, and student loan interest rates would double, to 6.8 percent.<p><strong>Student Loans</strong><p>President Obama has been hammering on the issue of student loans for days.<p>"This issue didn't come out of nowhere; it's been looming for months," Oba Tue, 26 Jun 2012 21:22:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 14862 at http://kanw.com Congress Taking Student Loans, Highway Bill To Wire Romney's Next Challenge: Woo Skeptical Republicans http://kanw.com/post/romneys-next-challenge-woo-skeptical-republicans The battering Mitt Romney took from Republican rivals during the primary made big news. What seemed less noteworthy at the time — the knocks he took from Republicans in Congress — is now much more significant if there is to be a President Romney.<p>"He's the least of the candidates running right now that would be considered a Tea Party candidate," Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., told CNN.<p>After Romney won Florida, GOP Rep. Mon, 25 Jun 2012 07:00:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 14763 at http://kanw.com Romney's Next Challenge: Woo Skeptical Republicans Big Political Donors Shy Away From Public Scrutiny http://kanw.com/post/big-political-donors-shy-away-public-scrutiny Several dozen <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/149097856/million-dollar-donors" target="_blank">wealthy donors</a><em> have taken advantage of this post-</em><a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/06/18/155148102/citizens-united-gets-renewed-scrutiny" target="_blank">Citizens United</a> world, writing seven-figure checks to political superPACs.<p>Yet it seems there's something wealthy donors weren't counting on when they wrote those checks — attracting attention, including from the political opposition and the media.<p>"There's been a ton of so-called electronic media journalists that have lodged Wed, 20 Jun 2012 07:04:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 14566 at http://kanw.com Big Political Donors Shy Away From Public Scrutiny Sky's The Limit In Campaign Cash For Wis. Governor http://kanw.com/post/fundraising-walker-had-governors-advantage Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker vastly out-raised and outspent his Democratic challenger in the state's recall election, largely on the strength of major donations from across the country.<p>One reason for that was a quirk in Wisconsin law, which lets a governor in Walker's situation bypass limits on political donations.<p>Wisconsin law says candidates for governor normally may not take donations of more than $10,000 each. Tue, 05 Jun 2012 21:03:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 13942 at http://kanw.com Sky's The Limit In Campaign Cash For Wis. Governor #FollowFriday: A Tiny Shred Of Political Authenticity http://kanw.com/post/followfriday-tiny-shred-political-authenticity <em><sup>Note: We've asked NPR journalists to share their top five (or so) political Twitter accounts, and we're featuring the series on #FollowFriday. Here are recommendations from reporter Andrea Seabrook (<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/radiobabe" target="_blank">@RadioBabe</a>).</sup></em><p>I have a thing about political fakes on Twitter. I HATE them. Fri, 25 May 2012 15:14:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 13484 at http://kanw.com #FollowFriday: A Tiny Shred Of Political Authenticity Remember The Debt Ceiling Debate? It's Back http://kanw.com/post/remember-debt-ceiling-debate-its-back A storm is brewing in Washington that could darken political debate for months to come. It's about the debt, the deficit, taxes and spending — all hot topics lawmakers have been fighting about for years now.<p>This time, though, there's a deadline, and the consequences of inaction would be immediate. That has many in Washington saying: Here we go again.<p>In the past week, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have begun a new round of sparring over the U.S. Wed, 23 May 2012 21:27:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 13410 at http://kanw.com Remember The Debt Ceiling Debate? It's Back Why Lobbyists Dodge Calls From Congressmen http://kanw.com/post/why-lobbyists-dodge-calls-congressmen <em>This story is part of our <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=149649575" target="_blank">series on money in politics</a>.</em><p>We imagine the lobbyist stalking the halls of Congress trying to use cash to influence important people. But it doesn't always work that way. Often, the Congressman is stalking the lobbyist, asking for money.<p>Lawmakers of both parties need to raise millions of dollars per election cycle. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 07:31:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 11864 at http://kanw.com Why Lobbyists Dodge Calls From Congressmen House Investigator Issa Has Faced Allegations As Well http://kanw.com/post/house-investigator-issa-has-faced-allegations-well The man driving the investigation into the General Services Administration, California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, took the top seat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after the GOP won a majority in 2010.<p>Issa has led several splashy investigations since. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 21:55:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 11754 at http://kanw.com House Investigator Issa Has Faced Allegations As Well The Most (And Least) Lucrative Committees In Congress http://kanw.com/post/most-and-least-lucrative-committees-congress <em>This story is part of Planet Money's series on <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=149649575" target="_blank">money in politics</a>. This post was originally published on March 30. Fri, 06 Apr 2012 11:35:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 11360 at http://kanw.com The Most (And Least) Lucrative Committees In Congress On Tour With Nancy Pelosi, Fundraising Rock Star http://kanw.com/post/tour-nancy-pelosi-fundraising-rock-star <em>This story is part of a Planet Money series on money in politics. Also see our story, "<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/03/30/149648666/senator-by-day-telemarketer-by-night">Senator By Day, Telemarketer By Night</a></em><em>, and listen to us this weekend on This American Life.</em><p>Democrats love Nancy Pelosi. Republicans hate Nancy Pelosi.<p>One key reason for both the love and the hate: Nancy Pelosi is incredibly good at her job. Fri, 30 Mar 2012 20:49:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 11071 at http://kanw.com On Tour With Nancy Pelosi, Fundraising Rock Star Obama Revs Up House Democrats For Election-Year Fight http://kanw.com/post/obama-revs-house-democrats-election-year-fight President Obama flew out to Maryland's Eastern Shore on Friday to fire up his rank and file in Congress.<p>House Democrats have spent the past few days in their annual retreat, regrouping and strategizing for the year to come. Lawmakers say their hopes for success — in the economy and in politics — depend on sticking together and sending the same message to Americans.<p>The head of the House Democratic Caucus, John Larson of Connecticut, whipped up the crowd before Obama's speech. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 21:42:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 8270 at http://kanw.com Obama Revs Up House Democrats For Election-Year Fight Members Of Congress React To Obama's Speech http://kanw.com/post/members-congress-react-obamas-speech Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Though millions of Americans watched the televised speech, the president's ostensible audience was right in front of him - Congress. His relations with many Republican lawmakers are icy at best. And even his alliances with Democrats had been put under stress at times in the past year.<p>The lawmakers' responses to the speech ranged from predictable to somewhat surprised. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 8109 at http://kanw.com House GOP's 2012 Mission: Unity Against Obama http://kanw.com/post/house-gops-2012-mission-unity-against-obama The last battle scar of 2011 for the GOP came in December, when House Republicans painted themselves into a corner on extending unemployment benefits and the payroll tax cut. Mon, 23 Jan 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 7982 at http://kanw.com House GOP's 2012 Mission: Unity Against Obama New Hampshire Voters Speak Out http://kanw.com/post/new-hampshire-voters-speak-out Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Now, for some perspective, New Hampshire accounts for a tiny portion of the delegates Republicans are competing for – just 5 percent. Bigger states later on in the election season will award many more delegates. But voters in the Granite State feel their votes serve as an important vetting process, a springboard for candidates. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 7454 at http://kanw.com Spotlight Shines On Late Riser Rick Santorum http://kanw.com/post/spotlight-shines-late-riser-rick-santorum Rick Santorum has been upsetting elections from the beginning.<p>He was only 32 years old when he toppled a seven-term incumbent in a majority Democratic district in western Pennsylvania.<p>Just four years later, Santorum rode the Republican wave of 1994 into the Senate representing Pennsylvania. Thu, 05 Jan 2012 21:48:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 7204 at http://kanw.com Spotlight Shines On Late Riser Rick Santorum Why Tea Party Freshmen Caved On Payroll Tax Deal http://kanw.com/post/why-tea-party-freshmen-caved-payroll-tax-deal Conservative Tea Party-affiliated lawmakers spent weeks vowing to oppose the short-term compromise bill extending payroll tax cuts and unemployment insurance.<p>But in the end, the bill glided through the House, just before Christmas.<p>The final moments of this latest congressional showdown were fascinating not because of what happened but because of what <em>didn't</em> happen.<p>House Speaker John Boehner presided over a quick session, no roll call, no vote-counting. He brought the compromise bill to the floor under a special procedure. Wed, 28 Dec 2011 21:26:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 6838 at http://kanw.com Why Tea Party Freshmen Caved On Payroll Tax Deal On The Hill, Gingrich Made Friends And Enemies http://kanw.com/post/hill-gingrich-made-friends-and-enemies Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is new to his front-runner status, but he's hardly new to Washington.<p>He has spent decades weaving relationships in and around government — starting with his successful campaign to win the House majority back in the early 1990s. Some of his most ardent supporters now worked with him back then — but some of his angriest opponents did, too.<p><strong>'He's A Quality Guy'</strong><p>By the 1980s, Democrats had controlled Congress for decades, and Republicans were thought of as a sort of permanent minority. Wed, 14 Dec 2011 05:01:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 6172 at http://kanw.com