Laura Sullivan http://wcqs.org en Justice Department Supports Native Americans In Child Welfare Case http://wcqs.org/post/justice-department-supports-native-americans-child-welfare-case The Justice Department has weighed in on a class-action lawsuit in South Dakota pitting Native American tribes against state officials, and come down resoundingly in support of tribes.<p>It's the first time the department has intervened in a federal district court case involving the Indian Child Welfare Act, a law meant to keep Native American families together. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:39:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 22887 at http://wcqs.org Justice Department Supports Native Americans In Child Welfare Case A Tax Bill Killed By The Push And Pull Of Politics On The Hill http://wcqs.org/post/tax-bill-killed-push-and-pull-politics-hill A few months back, Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, brought a bill to the floor that basically offered tax incentives to businesses and individuals. Those incentives are called tax extenders.<p>They include big stuff and small stuff — tax breaks for wind farms, tax breaks for schoolteachers who buy their own supplies. Tax breaks for rum producers in Puerto Rico, people who make movies, race track owners, even some breaks for people who bike to work. In other words, something for every lawmaker to take home.<p>This should have been a slam dunk. And at first, it was. Mon, 04 Aug 2014 07:21:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 21744 at http://wcqs.org A Tax Bill Killed By The Push And Pull Of Politics On The Hill Senate Bill Would Fine Colleges For Mismanaging Campus Rape Cases http://wcqs.org/post/senators-roll-out-bill-curb-sexual-assault-campus Eighteen-year-old Anna went off to Hobart and William Smith Colleges in upstate New York last year, where she says she was raped several weeks into her freshman year.<p>A medical examiner's report found blunt-force trauma, possibly from multiple men, and found she had high alcohol levels. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 21565 at http://wcqs.org Ghost Cats And Musket Balls: Stories Told By Capitol Interns http://wcqs.org/post/ghost-cats-and-musket-balls-stories-told-capitol-interns Every summer thousands of interns flood the offices of Capitol Hill. One of their primary duties is to give constituents tours of the famous buildings. They parade visitors from the rotunda to statuary hall, offering stories and anecdotes.<p>But while these intern tours provide a great deal of information, they are sometimes a little short on actual history.<p>On any given day in the Capitol, thousands of visitors listen to Senate and House interns. They point to the paintings and murals, the statues and architecture and talk about U.S. history. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:56:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 21483 at http://wcqs.org Ghost Cats And Musket Balls: Stories Told By Capitol Interns Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare http://wcqs.org/post/insurance-fake-identities-latest-skirmish-over-obamacare House Republicans went on the attack Wednesday over what they say is the latest bungling of the Affordable Care Act: fake identities used to get insurance.<p>Undercover investigators were able to get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance from the government's website 11 out of the 18 times they tried, according to a preliminary report from the Government Accountability Office.<p>Republicans on the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee say fraud and abuse will be rampant and may already be.<p>Democrats question all the fuss.<p>For one thing, they argue applicants don't get Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 21271 at http://wcqs.org Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare Senate Re-Authorizes Government's Role In Terrorism Insurance http://wcqs.org/post/senate-re-authorizes-governments-role-terrorism-insurance Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Today the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to reauthorize a bill first passed after 9/11. It allows the government to act as a financial backstop in the event of a large terrorist attack. Supporters say it's crucial for anyone trying to build a shopping mall or skyscraper. But as NPR's Laura Sullivan reports, the bill may run into trouble in the house.<p>LAURA SULLIVAN, BYLINE: In the days and months after the September 11th terrorist attacks - after the human toll had been calculated, the scope of the financial devastation became clear. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 20987 at http://wcqs.org Lawmakers Unearth Failures To Investigate Campus Sex Crimes http://wcqs.org/post/lawmakers-unearth-failures-investigate-campus-sex-crimes Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>U.S. colleges are failing to investigate sex crimes on their campuses. That's the conclusion of a new national survey commissioned by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. The survey is part of an effort by several senators to reduce sexual assaults in college and change a culture where only 5 percent of victims report the crime. NPR's Laura Sullivan reports from the capital.<p>LAURA SULLIVAN, BYLINE: Senator Claire McCaskill and other senators have been studying the high rate of sexual abuse on college campuses across the country. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 20587 at http://wcqs.org Lawmakers' Step Back Toward Disclosure Driven By Optics http://wcqs.org/post/lawmakers-step-back-toward-disclosure-driven-optics Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The House Ethics Committee is undoing a recent change it made to lawmakers' annual financial disclosure forms. The committee had deleted a line asking what free trips members have taken in the previous year. These trips are usually paid for by companies or private interest groups. Members justified the change this week, saying that the information was redundant. But they've now decided to reverse course and put the question back. Joining us from the Capitol to explain this is NPR's Laura Sullivan. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 20314 at http://wcqs.org VA Bill Was An Easy Sell, But Some Senators Still Feel Sticker Shock http://wcqs.org/post/va-bill-was-easy-sell-some-senators-still-feel-sticker-shock Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>No politician wants to be seen voting against veterans. A recent bill to increase veterans' benefits and overhaul much of the VA sailed through the Senate, and now the House is working on a compromise to get it to the president. Despite to the momentum, one thing caught lawmakers in both parties by surprise this week - the bill's cost. NPR's Laura Sullivan reports.<p>LAURA SULLIVAN, BYLINE: The VA bill was an easy sell. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 19727 at http://wcqs.org From The Border To The Hill, Influx Of Immigrant Kids Draws Concern http://wcqs.org/post/border-hill-influx-immigrant-kids-draws-concern Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The issue of immigration has heated up in recent weeks - not just in Eric Cantor's campaign but also along the border. There is a flood of unaccompanied immigrant children attempting to cross into the United States. The numbers have skyrocketed since last year - swamping Boarder Patrol facilities. The White House says the children are fleeing rising violence in their Central American home countries. For their part, Republicans are eager to attack the administration's immigration policies. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 19284 at http://wcqs.org