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Ailsa Chang

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When Lobbyists Literally Write The Bill

Monday, November 11, 2013

Lobbyists are known for their influence, but perhaps less obvious is that lobbyists often write legislation — sometimes word for word. In a recent example, media reports showed how bank lobbyists had a hand in drafting a House bill aimed at rolling back financial regulations.

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Senate Committee Grills Sebelius Over Health Law

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was back on the Hill Wednesday, this time to be grilled by the Senate Finance Committee about problems with the Affordable Care Act.

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Obama's Nominations Blocked Again In Senate

Friday, November 01, 2013

Senate Republicans have once again blocked President Obama's nominees. Despite a deal in July to let several of the president's picks go through, the rancor has returned with a fresh batch of appointments. Two nominations failed within less than an hour on Thursday, and Democrats may once again threaten to change Senate rules so Republicans can't easily derail another nomination.

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Sebelius: Hold Me Accountable For HealthCare.gov Debacle

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified on the Affordable Care Act before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. She began with an apology for the plan's troubled rollout — but then defended the law and rejected calls to extend the enrollment deadline.

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Health Site Glitches Have At-Risk Democrats Favoring Delay

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

As Republicans slam the messy rollout of HealthCare.gov, Democrats in conservative states could score political points by supporting an extension of the open enrollment period.

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The Healthcare Tech Hearings

Friday, October 25, 2013

Problems continue to plague the online healthcare exchanges set up under Obamacare, from slow access to corrupt data being sent to insurance companies. NPR congressional reporter Ailsa Chang talks about the Congressional hearings on the troubles, and what comes next.

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Obamacare Contractors Head To Capitol Hill For House Hearing

Thursday, October 24, 2013

House lawmakers got their first chance to grill government contractors Thursday about the botched rollout of the health insurance website under the Affordable Care Act. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle wanted to know what went wrong and why. For the most part, the contractors pointed fingers back at the federal government.

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Hearings On Obamacare Rollout Kick Off On Capitol Hill

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The first of what is likely to be many congressional hearings on the Affordable Care Act rollout happens Thursday. After more than three weeks, consumers trying out the new health care exchanges have complained of delays, inaccurate information and other computer problems. House Republicans are determined to shine a spotlight on the bungles.

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Defeat Isn't Easy For Conservative Republicans To Admit

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Two weeks after shutting down the federal government and hours before the Treasury was at risk of defaulting on the nation's obligations, House Republicans relented and voted on a bill ending the twin fiscal crises. It was a vote Democrats had demanded for weeks. And it was almost a complete concession to President Obama who had insisted on both conditions before discussing anything with congressional Republicans.

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Bipartisan Senators Support Delaying Vote On Syria Strike

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

President Obama, scheduled to address the nation from the White House on Tuesday evening, trekked to the Capitol in the afternoon to address the Democratic and Republican Senate luncheons.

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Senate Returns From Recess Early To Vote On Syria Strikes

Friday, September 06, 2013

The Senate held a brief session Friday to start the process of voting on the Syria resolution next week.

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Military Strike In Syria Faces Uphill Battle In The House

Thursday, September 05, 2013

The Senate returns from its month-long recess a few days early on Friday, but only briefly, for the sole purpose of bringing to the floor the Syria resolution. But a Senate vote on the proposal is still a week away, with the House not likely to act until the Senate has finished.

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Senate Committee Votes To Authorize Strikes On Syria

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Senators on the Foreign Relations Committee spent Wednesday scrambling to find language authorizing military strikes on Syria that was acceptable to both those wanting a stronger response and those hoping to limit U.S. involvement.

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Senators Rand Paul And John McCain Differ On Syria Strikes

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona approach the question of military strikes on Syria from opposite wings of the Republican Party. Paul from the isolationist wing and McCain from the traditional, more hawkish wing. Their disagreement played out in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, and serves as a preview for the far more consequential version of this debate among House Republicans.

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Syria Resolution Could Be A Hard Sell On Capitol Hill

Monday, September 02, 2013

A day after President Obama announced he'll wait for congressional authorization before launching strikes on Syria; members of Congress attended a classified briefing at the Capitol. Even though there's still one week left of summer recess, dozens of lawmakers flew to Washington, D.C. from their home districts just for the meeting.

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Many U.S. Lawmakers Want A Say On Taking Action In Syria

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Obama administration appears poised to attack Syria after concluding Bashar Assad's government used chemical weapons, but many members of Congress say they haven't been briefed enough about why military action is warranted. And their opinions about what to do in Syria are all over the map.

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In Rural N.C., New Voter ID Law Awakens Some Old Fears

Friday, August 16, 2013

Just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, North Carolina has a new law to require photo ID at the polls and to shorten early voting. Proponents say the law will stave off voter fraud. Opponents say it will effectively quash the vote of many poor minorities.

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Congress Sends Student Loan Bill To Obama

Thursday, August 01, 2013

With an easy House vote, Congress gave final passage to a student loan bill that rescinds the doubling of interest rates that took place July 1. The ultimate product resembles both a House bill that passed months ago and President Obama's proposal this spring and pegs interest rates to a government borrowing rate.

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Obama Makes Rare Trip To The Hill For Closed-Door Meetings

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

President Obama made a rare journey to Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning for closed-door meetings with House and Senate Democrats.

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Senate Passes Student Loan Legislation To Lower Interest Rates

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

After much drama, the Senate finally voted on a student loan bill that would tie the borrower's rate to the 10-year Treasury note on Wednesday. The proposal is a bipartisan compromise and similar both to a House plan and one offered by President Obama.

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