Ron Elving http://mtpr.net en Immigration Turbulence Buffets Boehner http://mtpr.net/post/immigration-turbulence-buffets-boehner Will the real John Boehner please stand up?<p>Just a dozen days ago, Speaker Boehner and his GOP leadership team embraced <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2014/01/31/269508298/after-3-day-retreat-gop-battle-plan-still-only-an-outline">a set of principles</a> for updating the nation's immigration laws.<p>In that moment, the House seemed about to acknowledge the most pressing issue before the Congress – the elephant in the room, if you will. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Ron Elving 14843 at http://mtpr.net Immigration Turbulence Buffets Boehner Congressman's Exit Closes Book On 'Watergate Babies' http://mtpr.net/post/congressmans-exit-closes-book-watergate-babies Henry Waxman's retirement means more than the loss of a legendary legislator on health care, energy and other regulatory issues. It also closes an era that began 40 years ago with the election of the "Watergate babies."<p>When Waxman departs, there will no longer be a House member who has been serving since that historic class of 75 Democrats was first elected in 1974. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ron Elving 14366 at http://mtpr.net Congressman's Exit Closes Book On 'Watergate Babies' Obama Showed A Deft Hand With Speech. Why Not With Congress? http://mtpr.net/post/obama-showed-deft-hand-speech-why-not-congress The toughest test of a card player comes not with a big hand or a sheer bust, but rather with cards somewhere in between. Then it's not the deal that makes the difference — it's the sheer skill of the player.<p>The hand President Obama was playing in his <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/28/267858893/live-blog-president-obamas-state-of-union-address">latest State of the Union speech</a> could scarcely be called a powerhouse. Pre-speech coverage was dominated by polls showing his approval rating well underwater and the national mood dyspeptic at best. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:36:00 +0000 Ron Elving 14256 at http://mtpr.net Obama Showed A Deft Hand With Speech. Why Not With Congress? 'Nuclear Option' Vote Marks Tectonic Shift In Senate Rules http://mtpr.net/post/nuclear-option-vote-marks-tectonic-shift-senate-rules Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's move Thursday to make possible the confirmation of presidential nominees with a simple majority marks a tectonic shift in the rules and folkways of the Senate.<p>Back in 2005, then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist called this idea "the constitutional option" when he came close to invoking it on behalf of the judicial nominees of President George W. Bush.<p>That sounded a lot more dignified than the name Frist's predecessor, Trent Lott, had used just two years earlier: "the nuclear option."<p>Guess which name stuck. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:16:00 +0000 Ron Elving 11460 at http://mtpr.net 'Nuclear Option' Vote Marks Tectonic Shift In Senate Rules 7 Election Lessons We Should Have Seen Coming http://mtpr.net/post/7-election-lessons-we-should-have-seen-coming In the end, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/06/243439199/your-election-news-in-five-headlines" target="_blank">they pretty much all won</a>. The people who were expected to prevail Tuesday night wound up in the winner's circle. In New Jersey and New York, of course, and in Virginia, too, in the end. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 15:49:00 +0000 Ron Elving 10726 at http://mtpr.net 7 Election Lessons We Should Have Seen Coming Former House Speaker Tom Foley Dies At 84 http://mtpr.net/post/former-house-speaker-tom-foley-dies-84-0 Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Former Speaker of the House Thomas Foley died today at his home in Washington, D.C. He was 84 years old. Foley had been in hospice care following a stroke and a bout with pneumonia earlier this year. He was a Democrat who served in Congress for 30 years, beginning with the Lyndon Johnson landslide of 1964 and ending with the Newt Gingrich revolution of 1994, when Foley lost his own seat. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:43:00 +0000 Ron Elving 9902 at http://mtpr.net President Obama's 'It's Good To Be The King' Moment http://mtpr.net/post/once-again-grand-gulf-between-president-and-speaker It is good to be the king.<p>That old adage holds, even though nowadays we call our chief executive "Mr. President."<strong></strong><p>After another long day of showdown over the shutdown, President Obama was able to dominate the headlines, break the tension and change the atmosphere in Washington. He could demonstrate everything that is different about being in the White House — as opposed to that other House where Speaker John Boehner lives.<p>The president could do all this just by putting out the word that he was about to appoint the most powerful central banker in the world. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:20:00 +0000 Ron Elving 9442 at http://mtpr.net President Obama's 'It's Good To Be The King' Moment With Shutdown Looming, Senate Takes Up Stopgap Spending Bill http://mtpr.net/post/shutdown-looming-senate-takes-stopgap-spending-bill Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And on Capitol Hill, words of anger and frustration today over the increasing likelihood of a government shutdown. This morning in the House, members of both parties took to the floor and pointed fingers.<p>REPRESENTATIVE EARL BLUMENAUER: If you're serious about working together to solve problems, why don't you work together to solve problems?<p>REPRESENTATIVE TED POE: Where oh where has the Senate gone? Where oh where can they be? Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:32:00 +0000 Ron Elving 9034 at http://mtpr.net Obama's Shift On Syria: A Show Of Strength Or Fear? http://mtpr.net/post/obamas-shift-syria-show-strength-or-fear One line President Obama might have borrowed for his speech to the nation Tuesday night was a famous one from John F. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:54:00 +0000 Ron Elving 8109 at http://mtpr.net Obama's Shift On Syria: A Show Of Strength Or Fear? Goodbye, Again, To Obama's Most Audacious Hope http://mtpr.net/post/goodbye-again-obamas-most-audacious-hope The sudden eruption of second-term scandals in his administration will have many costs for President Obama, but surely the most grievous will be the lost opportunity to transcend the partisan wars of Washington. That aspiration was his fondest dream for his second term, much as it was for his first. Now it seems destined to be dashed once again.<p>Of course, there are those who believe Barack Obama never intended to be anything but a conquering hero of the left. Tue, 14 May 2013 23:26:00 +0000 Ron Elving 2431 at http://mtpr.net Goodbye, Again, To Obama's Most Audacious Hope